Born in Moscow in 1973, Anna Verkholantseva entered the Central Music School, where she began her harp studies at a very early age. She then entered the Moscow Conservatoire where she studied with the legendary Vera Dulova. Anna has been a consistent winner at international competitions, beginning with the prestigious First Moscow International Harp Contest in 1997, on which occasion, as first prize-winner, she was awarded a concert harp donated by Salvi / Lyon&Healy.
Anna Verkholantseva has already become an international soloist of distinction. Promoted by the Victor Salvi Foundation, she made her international recital debut at London’s Wigmor Hall in 1998, and during the same season she appeared as a concerto soloist at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire, when she was accompanied by the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Sergei Stadler. In 2000 she undertook an important concerto engagement in Tallinn with the Symphony Orchestra of Radio Estonia, and in 2001, in Vilnius; she was a concerto soloist with the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Saulus Sondetskis. Earlier this year she was a soloist with the Symphony Orchestra of Radio Vienna, to which orchestra she has recently been appointed as principal harp. She plays duos and trios with Yuri Bashmet, with whose “Moscow Soloists” she was delighted to accept an invitation to play in the 2001 “December Nights” Festival held at the Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow. During the 2000-2001 season, she formed a very successful duo with violinist Alexander Trostiansky, and, sponsored by the Victor Salvi Foundation, they gave concerts in London (Covent Garden), Italy (Venice) and the USA (San Francisco, Chicago and also in New York, where they played et Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall). A wonderful CD of their recital programme was issued by Egan Records in 2001.
Critics have been unanimous in their praise of Anna Verkholantseva’s marvellous technique and her impressive artistry. She was honoured with the accolade of an invitation to play at the opening concerts of two succeeding World Harp Congresses, at Prague in 1999 and at Geneva in 2002 (with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande). She gave the world premieres of the Suite for Violin and Harp by Thomas Rajna, the Sonata for Harp and Violin by Valeri Kikta (with Alexander Trostiansky), the Concerto for Two Harps by V. Kikta (with Natalia Shameyeva), the Sonata for Harp and Viola (with Yuri Bashmet) – works commissioned by Victor Salvi.
Before taking up her present post in Austria with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Anna Verkholantseva was, in turn, principal harpist of the Moscow State Orchestra of Cinematography, the Russian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra (conductor Alexander Vedernikov) and the orchestra of the Stadttheater in Bielefeld(Germany).