Adele Anthony

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Adele Anthony (born 1 October 1970)[1] is an Australian-American violinist. In 1984, at age 13, she was the youngest winner of the ABC Instrumental and Vocal Competition; she later won other international competitions and studied in New York. She is now based in the United States, where she lives with her husband Gil Shaham, and tours and records.


Adele Anthony was born in Singapore as the daughter of Alphonse Jivaras Anthony, the founding concertmaster of the SSO.[2] She began to play the violin at the age of two and a half when the family settled in Tasmania. She subsequently attended Dernancourt Primary School, South Australia, and studied violin in Adelaide with Lyndall Hendrickson and Beryl Kimber. In her high school years, she attended Pembroke School, Kensington and Saint Ignatius'College Athelstone.

At age 13, in 1984, Anthony was the youngest winner of the ABC Instrumental and Vocal Competition,[3] (now known as the ABC Symphony Australia Young Performers Awards), performing the Violin Concerto by Jean Sibelius with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. She was later the winner of the 1996 Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition.

She subsequently studied with Dorothy DeLay at the Juilliard School in New York for eight years.[4]

Her recordings include Philip Glass's Violin Concerto No. 1 (1999/2000 on Naxos Records), Arvo Pärt's Tabula Rasa with Gil Shaham, Neeme Järvi and the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (on Deutsche Grammophon) and Ross Edwards' Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Maninyas / Sibelius's Violin Concerto in D minor with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra conducted by Arvo Volmer (Canary Classics CC09).

She is married to violinist Gil Shaham. They have three children.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Federman Family Tree". Archived from the original on 28 November 2012. Retrieved 14 October 2012.
  2. ^ Alphonse Jivaras Anthony, a former student of Isolde Menges and Tibor Varga. See also: James Buescher, 11.11 2007
  3. ^ "ABC: Past Winners". Archived from the original on 10 November 2012. Retrieved 14 October 2012.
  4. ^ Limelight magazine, February 2009, p.42


  • Philippe, Borer, Aspects of European Influences on Violin Playing & Teaching in Australia, M.Mus. diss., 1988 (on Adele Anthony's early training, see Appendix D, pp. 182–193)
  • Lyndall Hendrickson, A longitudinal Study of Precocity in Music, in Giftedness, a Continuing Worldwide Challenge, edited by A. J. Cropley, New York, Trillium Press, 1985, pp. 192–203
  • Brian Wise, Playing with fire [interview with Gil Shaham], in «The Strad», vol. 120 n. 1436 (December 2009), pp. 26–30.

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