Eastman - Rochester New Horizons Music
The Birthplace of New Horizons. Founded in 1991 by Dr. Roy Ernst, Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY
Praised by international critics for her “captivating performance”, “artistic excellence” and “sparkling rich” sound, violinist Anyango Yarbo-Davenport has quickly become a highly sought after soloist and collaborator. In 2010, Anyango appeared twice at Carnegie Hall, both times receiving 1st Prizes at international competitions. She won the “Most Distinguished Violinist Award” and received the “Special Mention Award as Composer” for her piece In Memoriam of My Father from the 2010 IBLA Foundation World Competition in Italy. Anyango was the only violinist selected from over 80 competitors to perform on the foundation’s Stradivarius violin fecit 1715 at the Winner’s Gala in Sicily. Anyango’s solo performances can be heard regularly in concert halls worldwide such as the Munich Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall, Detroit Orchestra Hall, and Mozarteum Saal Salzburg, Austria - as well as via broadcast by PBS TV & Radio, WXXI, and NBC in the US, UK and Austria. Anyango was awarded the 2011 Presser Music Award for academic and artistic excellence.
Highlights of Anyango’s concert season include the premiere of two violin concertos by distinguished composers Lesemann and Eremiasova, performances at the inaugural The Eastmans in Berlin tour hosted by the Kurt Weill Fest Germany, and being a featured soloist during the national Women in Music Festival Tour presented by the Eastman School of Music & CUNY. Most recently she was invited to join the artist roster of the Ritz Chamber Players.
An avid advocate of contemporary music, she frequently performs and collaborates with composers and conductors such as David Liptak, Chen Yi, Brad Lubman, Alan Pierson, Lowell Liebermann and Judith Lang-Zaimont. Ms.Zaimont adapted the violin solo version of Astral for Anyango, which was edited and premiered by her and is now published by Jeanné Inc.
Anyango was born and raised in Munich, Germany as the daughter of African American soprano Africa Yarbo-Davenport and the late Austrian conductor Hans Peter Jillich. She was trained at the music academies of Munich, Germany and began her undergraduate studies at the University of Salzburg ‘Mozarteum’, Austria. In 2005, Anyango received a full-scholarship from the Eastman School of Music to study in the master class of Charles Castleman. She made her solo debut at Eastman in 2006 with Schnittke’s Concerto Grosso No.1 and performed as concertmaster with Emmy Award winner and Eastman alum Jeff Beal. She received the coveted Performer’s Certificate with her Bachelor’s degree in 2008 from Eastman, where she is pursuing the Doctorate Degree. The late Prof. Zvi Zeitlin (Eastman) and Ms. Päivyt Meller (Sibelius Academy Helsinki/ Finland) belong to Anyango’s mentors.
Anyango is a Teaching Assistant at Eastman and Eastman’s Community Music School and conducts the Green Strings ensemble. Since the age of 19 Anyango is regularly invited to teach solo and chamber music master classes at the college and high school level in Europe and the US. She is dedicated to the musical education of underprivileged and handicapped children and collaborates with non-profit organizations for equal opportunity.
Anyango currently performs on a violin made by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, fecit 1785, lent to her by her teacher, Professor Charles Castleman.