Virtuoso performer Fontanella has been noted for her performances from a very young age. Fontanella began studying violin at age 6, and at age 10 she debuted with the Philadelphia Orchestra. At 14, Fontanella was the youngest artist accepted into the Master’s of Music/Certificate program at Yale University.
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Fontanella began to flourish as a composer as well, studying with professors at the Peabody Conservatory and West Chester University and winning the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Competition in 2001 and 2002. Her first CD titled “Bach, Schubert, Bruch” was released in 2005.
Fontanella’s debut concert at London’s Wigmore Hall was acclaimed one of the “top five concerts” of the 2005 concert season. Heading off the 2006 concert year with a performance at Weil Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall in New York City, Ann’s performance elicited rave audience response answered by numerous encores.
A review by writer Dr. John Birchell hailed Fontanella as “the only working artist today who might be mistaken for (Jascha) Heifetz.”
A stunning performance in 2008 elicited the following from a reviewer: “With the presence of a fairytale princess and the diverse ability of a virtuoso, she effectively tossed off a repertoire ranging from the breathtaking ‘Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto’ to Henri Vieuxtemps’ electrifying variations on ‘Yankee Doodle’ with conviction and verve.”
At Thursday’s concert, Fontanella will play the two aforementioned pieces and others by composers such as Saint Saens, Sarasate, Vivaldi, and Schubert.