Born in Australia in 1954, Anna grew up playing trumpet, and graduated from the University of Melbourne (Victorian College of the Arts) on the instrument in 1976, with honours. Her first musical engagements ranged from playing with symphony orchestras, brass bands, big bands and television bands, to recording motion picture soundtracks and television advertisement jingles.
Anna's accolades on the trumpet are extensive and international. She plays various styles of music, particularly new and historic music. A foremost specialist of virtuoso baroque (valveless) trumpet playing, Anna's musicianship and exceptional technique have earned her an international reputation for the interpretation of music from the 17th and 18th centuries. Anna has also performed a number of contemporary compositions written especially for her and dedicated to her (Larry Sitsky's "Dagh" for solo trumpet).
As a classically trained musician, and while building a career as a soloist and chamber musician, Anna has also held a range of orchestral and lecturing positions across Australia and Europe. She has made numerous recordings as well as published works for the baroque and modern trumpets.
A highly respected teacher and clinician on modern and historic trumpet playing, her passion and talent for music has led to her conducting and training professional orchestras, baroque ensembles, brass ensembles, wind ensembles and brass bands. She currently holds the position of Professor of Trumpet and Brass Chamber Music at the Cologne University of Music in Germany.