Leading musicians setting up base in Kiama

Internationally renowned flautist Ana de la Vega and her German husband, violinist Daniel Roehn, are returning to Kiama in December to open a School of Flute and Violin.

“After 15 years on the international stage, I can’t wait to get home,” says Ana.

“Day-by-day corona cases escalate here in Germany.

“Kiama feels like a paradise to us.”

Ana started her career as a flautist in the Kiama Primary School band and has since risen to build a spectacular international career.

She studied flute at the University of Sydney before continuing her studies 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.

Her debut recording featuring Mozart and Myslivecek flute convertos with the English Chamber Orchestra, released in June 2018, reached No 1 on Amazon’s Classical Best Sellers list (Germany) and was selected as Classic FM’s No 3 Best Albums of 2018.

ARTE, the biggest cultural TV channel in the world, recently aired a 45-minute documentary called Ana de la Vega und die Flöte, which featured footage recorded when she was just a young girl living on the family farm in Kiama.

In the 12 months before COVID, she made debut appearances at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Philharmonie Berlin, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Wigmore Hall & Cadogan Hall London, Essen Philharmonie and
Munich Philharmonie Gasteig.

Ana’s husband is the third generation of Germany’s most distinguished violin family, and has built a career as an international soloist.

“We will start the Daniel Röhn & Ana de la Vega School of Flute and Violin in Kiama and Sydney when we return in December,” says Ana.

“We have enrolled our daughter Lily in Kindergarten and Daniel is already teaching at the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne via Zoom.”

Ana and Daniel will teach flute, violin and viola to students of all ages, with the full range from beginners to professionals. Classes will begin in January.
Ana will also run Introduction to Classical Music and Appreciation classes for adults; and Daniel is planning to give children’s Introduction to Classical Music classes.

“We are keen to introduce as many young Australians, as well as adults, to the beauty of classical music so they can experience the joy of this music, either as a performer or listener, with them for life,” says Ana.

On previous visits, Ana and Daniel have given performances at the Anglican Church on Terralong St. She’s keen to continue the tradition.

“We hope and intend to contribute to the musical life of Kiama,” she says.

Excitingly, chamber music concerts of the highest level with colleagues from the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra are currently being planned.

Ana’s website is www.anadelavega.webflow.io and Daniel’s is www.danielroehn.com

by perrie@thebuglenewspaper.com.au

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