Lenora Anop, violin/viola
Lenora-Marya Anop is Professor of Violin and Viola, and Director of Strings at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE). A passionate, dedicated and accomplished pedagogue, her students have won orchestral positions in the United States and Asia, have competed in regional and national chamber music competitions, and have been appointed to teaching positions across the United States, Asia, and the Middle East. A testament to her success: her studio is filled with many grand-students, i.e. students of her former students, who have sent forward the next generation of instrumentalists. Students blossom under her caring, supportive, thorough, and dedicated tutelage.
Dr. Anop also enjoys a busy performing career as a soloist, chamber musician, and concertmaster. She is “ravishing . . . with [her] lean yet intense … violin particularly capturing the spirit of [the] music” (San Francisco Chronicle), “a highly skilled and invested violinist, who brought a lovely singing tone to her playing … top-notch performance(s) … meltingly sensitive” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch). She “played with balance and sympathy . . . [and] achieved a fine, lyric intensity” (Cleveland Plain Dealer); had “beautiful soloistic passages . . . well-performed”; “first-rate” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch). Following a performance of a J.S. Bach violin concerto: “Concertmistress Lenora-Marya Anop assayed the solo part with passion and clarity. This was a fiery performance, as fine as one would wish to hear in any of the world’s musical capitals.” (St. Louis Beacon).
She is the Concertmaster of the Bach Society of Saint Louis Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, the Salem Chamber Orchestra, and is the violinist of Trio Musici. An avid period artist, she also performs on Baroque and Classical period instruments.
“BACH Unlocked” is her current project. By meticulously combing through the four original manuscript sources of J. S. Bach’s Cellos Suites Nos. 1 & 2, she wrote and recorded a scholarly violin transcription of these two suites through which she introduces the student / performer to period performance style and baroque ornamentation. The CD is available for purchase on her website: BACHUnlocked.com and the companion score will be available in summer 2021. Other recent projects include solo performances of violin concerti by Mozart, J. S. Bach, Vaughan Williams, Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, as well as soloing while leading the orchestra in Bach’s Brandenburg concerti.
Previously First Violin of the professionally managed Rackham String Quartet, she performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Australia winning five national and international chamber music competitions. The Strad magazine labeled the Quartet “a force to be reckoned with” following their performance at the Evian (France) International String Quartet Competition. Champions of contemporary music, the Rackhams worked with and performed works by leading composers including Ned Rorem, William Albright, and György Ligeti, and spent their summers at the Aspen Music Festival’s Center for Advanced String Quartet Study, Tanglewood, the Madeline Island Music Festival, and the Norfolk Music Festival. The Quartet apprenticed with the Cleveland Quartet at the Eastman School of Music, followed by a three-year Rural Residency in Monterey County, California funded by Youth Music Monterey, Chamber Music America and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).
Beginning her violin studies at age 3 in Denver, Colorado (USA), she was one of the very first Suzuki students in the United States. She received her Bachelor of Music with Honors in Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music, Master of Music degree from Yale University, and Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan. She performs on a violin made by Hieronymus Amati II in Cremona, Italy (1692).