‘Such an interesting new soloist in the world of flute has not existed for a very long time’ (Naxos). Few flautists of her generation have performed so extensively worldwide as soloist and chamber musician. Ana de la Vega’s Wigmore Hall debut was reviewed as ‘Outstanding’ (Classical Source), her Cadogan Hall London performance as ‘true artistry’ (Musical Opinion), and her Berlin Philharmonie debut as ‘first-class’. Highly acclaimed for her recent performances with the English Chamber Orchestra in London, Ana has recorded her debut concerto disk with the same orchestra on PENTATONE which, while still in its release period, is attracting unbridled attention worldwide (Classic FM CD of the week, NDR CD of the week, BBC Scottland, Amazon Best Seller, Apple A-LIST at al.).
While Gramophone writes ‘a charming and persuasive advocate for these two indelible works’ (Mozart Concertos in D & G major), NDR Kultur acknowledges her ‘velvety tone’ and ‘crystal-clear playing’, comparing her frivolity to the birds of summer, and above all stating that her interpretation of the classical flute concertos ‘would certainly have inspired Mozart’.
Her premiere of Mysliveček’s lost flute concerto with the English Chamber Orchestra was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, made Critics’ Choice in London TimeOut and received rave reviews in BBC Magazine, Gig Magazine and the Daily Telegraph. Having discovered numerous lost works for flute which she pioneers in expanding the flute repertoire, Ana de la Vega is rapidly becoming one of the most exiting ambassadors of her instrument today.
Ana was a student of the Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris where she studied for her Premier Prix under Catherine Cantin, as well as with Philippe Pierlot and Raymond Guiot and hence is a successor of the great French school of Flute playing. She now works frequently with Pete Josephs in Berlin.
At the age of 23 she won the position of Principal Flute with the Orquestra Sinfonica do Norte in Portugal before founding the London International Players, a compelling London ensemble which brings together the finest musicians of her generation. On the wings of her dynamism they have already in their first season performed in Europe’s greatest halls to high regard, making headlines in the UK and abroad with their ‘explosive and ‘dazzling’ performances (World Of Classical Music, Wigmore Hall review).
Born in Australia, Ana grew up on a farm in Southern N.S.W as the 3rd of 4 sisters. ‘When I decided to be a flautist, I had never seen a flute. I didn’t know what an orchestra was and I had certainly never been into a concert hall. I was seven years old trapping flies in the garden with my sister when Jean Pierre Rampal’s recording of the Mozart Flute and Harp Concerto KV219 (Erato) came through my parents speakers. The second movement of that concerto rendered me choice-less – a physical reaction – an infiltration of body and soul. Every decision from that moment on led me to the flute, to Paris… and to Mozart…a long way from the flies and the dust!’
“Flawless: de la Vega possesses a velvety smooth tone in all registers, dark in timbre, lean and flexible, with superior masterful technique.”
– FONO FORUM