Australian ﬂutist Ana de la Vega has recently leapt onto the international classical music scene, attracting critical acclaim for her ‘crystal-clear’ and ‘velvety tone’ (NDR Kultur), ‘superior, masterful technique’ (Fono Forum), ‘feathery-light playing’ (Der Spiegel), and ‘unobtrusive virtuosity’ (Pizzicato).
Her debut recording, released in June 2018 on the Pentatone label and featuring Mozart and Myslivecek ﬂute concertos with the English Chamber Orchestra, was selected as No.3 of Classic FM’s ‘Best Albums of 2018’, reaching No. 1 on Amazon’s Classical Best Sellers list (Germany), NDR Kultur CD of the week, BBC Scotland CD of the week, and Classic FM Netherlands CD of week.
Born to Argentinian and British parents, Ana grew up on a farm in New South Wales, Australia, as the third of four sisters. She studied ﬂute at the University of Sydney before going on to study at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris under the tutelage of Raymond Guiot and Catherine Cantin, drawing inspiration from the famed French school of ﬂute playing.
Ana says about her serendipitous discovery of the ﬂute: ‘When I decided to be a ﬂautist I had never seen a ﬂute. I was seven years old playing in the garden on our farm when Jean-Pierre Rampal’s recording of the Mozart Flute and Harp Concerto came through my parents’ speakers. The second movement of that concerto rendered me speechless. Every decision from that moment on led me to the ﬂute, to Paris… to Mozart… A long way from the ﬂies and the dust!’
Recent and forthcoming performance highlights include concerts with the Deutsche Kammerorchester Berlin, English Chamber Orchestra, Prague Royal Philharmonic, Bremen Philharmonic, Bayerische Kammerphilharmonie, Lucerne Festival Strings, Bochum Symphoniker, Dresden Staatskapelle Solisten, Sinfonia Rotterdam and Trondheim Soloists, as well as debut appearances at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, London Wigmore Hall, Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, Berlin Philharmonie, London Cadogan Hall, Essen Philharmonie and Munich Philharmonie Gasteig.
Ana’s second Pentatone album of rare concertos for ﬂute and oboe by Haydn and Stamitz, recorded with oboist Ramón Ortega Quero and the Trondheim Soloists, was released January 2020 and, similarly to her debut album, is receiving unbridled acclaim. Winning NDR and WDR CD of the weeks, reviews have hailed the album as ‘Perfect Harmony’ (NDR) ‘outstanding class’ (RBB) and “…nothing to be desired in terms of musical interpretation.” (Pizzicato)
An ambassador of Altus hand-crafted, Japanese ﬂutes, Ana looks forward to the release of the fully handcrafted 1807 Altus ﬂute, having played the rare prototype of the 1807 for the previous 5 years.
“Flawless: de la Vega possesses a velvety smooth tone in all registers, dark in timbre, lean and flexible, with superior masterful technique.”
– FONO FORUM