Adrian Anantawan

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Adrian Anantawan
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Background information
Born1983 (age 37–38)
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Years active1999–Present

Adrian Anantawan is a Canadian violinist. Anantawan, who began studying violin at age nine, has performed with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra[1] and at the White House.[2] He is an alumnus of the Etobicoke School of the Arts in Canada, the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Yale University and the Harvard Graduate School of Education.[3] Growing up in the neighbourhood of Clarkson, in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, he attended St. Christopher's Elementary School, and is a member of the St. Christopher's Church Parish. He is currently a member of the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation[4] and is Director of Music at the Conservatory Lab Charter School in Boston as well as Milton Academy.


Of Thai Chinese descent,[5] Anantawan grew up in Toronto and began his violin training, at the age of nine, in Mississauga with violinist Peggy Hills, and later under violist Mark Childs in Toronto.[6]

In 1999 and 2000, Anantawan earned positions with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, becoming one its youngest members both years.[7]

Throughout his musical career, Anantawan has won many music awards and has received numerous recognitions. He has been profiled by CBC, CTV, YTV, CityTV, TVO, and many major newspapers and magazines.[8][9][10] In 2001, Anantawan received the Mississauga Arts Council Emerging Music Talent award[11] and the YTV (Canada) Young Achiever award. In 2002, he received the Starling Award for promising young soloist from the Meadowmount School of Music, founded by Ivan Galamian.[12] In the same year, he won the International Rosemary Kennedy Award and debuted at the Kennedy Center, Washington D.C.[13] In 2005, he received the CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award.[14]

Adrian Anantawan and Amy Yang perform during the announcement of the President's Global Cultural Initiative in the East Room, September 25, 2006

In 2006, after enjoying a full merit scholarship, Anantawan graduated from the world-renowned Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. While there, he studied under Ida Kavafian and Yumi Ninomiya Scott. In the summers of 2004, 2005 and 2006, he was awarded scholarships to the National Arts Center Young Artist Program and studied with Pinchas Zukerman.,[10][15] where he now serves as an instructor in its pre-college division.[16] Summer of 2006 and January 2007 also saw Anantawan with a full scholarship at the Perlman School of Music under Itzhak Perlman.[17]

Anantawan has been performing regularly since 2001. He soloed with orchestras throughout Canada and the US. He represented the Canada Cultural Showcase at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece [18] and at the Opening Ceremonies of the Vancouver Winter Games in 2010.[19] In November 2005, he debuted with the Toronto Symphony under the direction of Peter Oundjian.[1] In the spring of 2006, his recital at the Glenn Gould Studio for CBC Radio 2 - "Music Around Us" was broadcast live nationally.[8] In September 2006 he performed at the White House to help launch the President's Global Cultural Initiative.[2]

Anantawan has also performed for Pope John Paul II, Christopher Reeve and the Dalai Lama.[5]

In 2008, he completed his master's degree in Music with a full scholarship at Yale University under Peter Oundjian.[20] Anantawan was inducted into Terry Fox Hall of Fame in 2008, Toronto.[21]

Disability activism[edit]

Anantawan was born without a right hand. He is an active member and spokesperson for the CHAMP (Child Amputee) Program of The War Amps[10] and Bloorview Kids Rehab Center in Toronto.[22] He recently completed a project involving the use of adaptive musical instruments in classical performance, culminating in the world-premiere of the Virtual Music Instrument with the Montreal Chamber Orchestra.[23]

  • Inducted into Terry Fox Hall of Fame, Toronto, 2008
  • White House appearance in the presence of the First Lady to help launch the Global Cultural Initiative, sponsored by VSA arts, 2006
  • Juno Nominee for Best Children Album "A Butterfly in Time", 2006
  • National broadcast of TSO debut concert by CBC, January 1, 2006
  • National broadcast of Glenn Gould Studio recital, Music around Us by CBC, 2006
  • Nominee for Terry Fox Hall of Fame, 2005
  • Galaxie Rising Star Award, CBC, 2005
  • Starling Award for Most Promising Young Soloist, 2005
  • Awarded the use of a 1698 Amati violin, 2004 – present
  • Gold, and Grand Awards, International Mercury Film Festival, 2003 (profile)
  • Gold, and Gold Special Jury's Awards, Worldfest, Houston, 2003 (profile)
  • VSA arts Rosemary Kennedy International Young Soloist Award, 2002
  • Kids Hall of Fame Inductee, N.Y., 2001
  • Young Achiever Award YTV (YAPS to the Max), 2001
  • Mississauga Art Council Emerging Music Award, 2001
  • Member of NYO of Canada, placed second in the nationwide audition, 2000
  • One of the youngest violinists accepted by the NYO of Canada, 1999

Media coverage[edit]

  • Has been profiled by newspapers such as Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, National, the Sun, Mississauga News, The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, South Mississippi News, New Hampshire, etc., 1999 – present
  • His profiles on television include:
    • Profile, Fairchild Television, Dec 2006
    • One on One with Paula Todd, TVO, Jan/2006
    • W5, Help & Hope CTV, March/2005
    • PBA profile for the War Amps, all channels, 2002 – present
    • "Gift" Supper Gala, National News, CTV, CBC, City TV, Global, 2004
    • "The Daily Planet" Discovery Channel, 2004
    • Idea City 02, City TV, June/2002
    • Moving On, CBC, 2001
    • YAPS to the Max, YTV, 2000
  • Special documentary entitled 'The Story Behind The Notes', premiered on The Documentary Channel, June 30/2008[1]


  1. ^ a b c Toronto Symphony Orchestra - Media Room[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ a b State Department Launches Global Cultural Initiative Archived 2008-02-14 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Search". Harvard Graduate School of Education.
  4. ^ "Foundation - Scholarship Holders - ANNE-SOPHIE MUTTER".
  5. ^ a b Griggs, Brandon (16 March 2013). "One-handed violinist helps the disabled make music" (in Spanish). CNN. Retrieved 19 March 2013.
  6. ^ Abilities Magazine Archived May 24, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ NYOC - National Youth Orchestra of Canada Alumni List (Violins) Archived July 6, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ a b CBC - Music Around Us - Glenn Gould Studio
  9. ^ CTV - W-Five - Help and Hope
  10. ^ a b c Abilities Arts Festival
  11. ^ Mississauga Arts Awards History Archived May 18, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ Meadowmount School of Music - Highlights from 2001 Sound Samples Archived May 16, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ VSA Arts - Arts in Action Archived October 10, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ Galaxie Rising Stars Program of the CBC Archived January 3, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ 2007 NAC Young Artists Programme Participants
  16. ^ "Young Artists Program".
  17. ^ Biography - L'Orchestre de Chambre de Montreal Archived May 24, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  18. ^ CITY OF ATHENS - Cultural Events During the Paralympics
  19. ^[permanent dead link]
  20. ^ "Yale University". Archived from the original on 2008-06-04.
  21. ^ " - Mississauga's online newspaper - Today's stories".
  22. ^ Bloorview report & list for web[permanent dead link]
  23. ^[permanent dead link]

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