We want to start spotlighting some of the many amazing musicians we have playing with the Sault Symphony Orchestra, and it seemed only fitting that we'd start with our concertmaster, Anya Mallinger!
Born into It
Anya has been a part of the musical world since the day she was born. Her father, William Aide, is one of Canada's best-known pianists, even receiving the Order of Canada. It would have been difficult for Anya to avoid music, growing up in such a home.
"I grew up listening to him practise every day and hearing him rehearse with many fine classical musicians," said Anya. "My dad noticed my natural affinity for music and enrolled me in violin and piano lessons at the age of 5. I gravitated toward the violin, though in hindsight I wish I had practised the piano more."
A Musical Education
Anya continued her musical education at the post-secondary level. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Performance from the University of Toronto and a Master of Arts in Violin Performance from the University of Western Ontario. She also received Teacher Certification as a Suzuki Instructor.
And a Musical Career
Over the years, Anya has participated in many masterclasses with internationally-renowned artists and played with several musicians and ensembles, including the Ryuka String Quartet, Orchestra London, and her husband, pianist Stephen Mallinger. She is also an instructor of violin, viola, and chamber music with the Algoma Conservatory String Academy.
To Anya, these opportunities and experiences are important, and the ongoing pandemic has been difficult on musicians like her.
"I am truly missing the connection of in-person lessons with my students and the excitement of live performance," said Anya.
If you'd like to see Anya in action, check out this performance from our Mother's Day Concert in which she performs Pachelbel's Canon in D with two students and her husband, Stephen.