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Biography of Ann Fontanella

Att age seven, Ann was selected to begin studying under Sherry Kloss, Jascha Heifetz's teaching assistant. Ann debuted with the Philadelphia Orchestra at age 10. For the next five years, Ann was the protégé and final student of Erick Friedman, Heifetz's own protégé. Erick Friedman was the only violinist with whom Heifetz ever recorded on equal footing.

At the age of 14, Ann was one of the youngest artists ever accepted to Yale University's School of Music. Later that year she appeared on NPR's From the Top to critical acclaim. Ann released her debut album Bach, Schubert, Bruch in 2005.

In addition to being a violinist, Ann is also a commissioned composer. In 1999, 2001, 2004 and 2005 she was an award recipient in the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Competition. The song "Rondo" (in the playlist above) was one of the award-winning compositions.

Ann plays on a 320-year-old Grancino violin with Heifetz's own custom-engineered mute that he used for four decades. Ann is supported by Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour (PennPAT), which pays for half of costs in: DE, DC, MD, NJ, NY, OH, PA, VA and WV.

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