Anna Bishop


Anna Bishop joined the Richmond Symphony in 2015. In addition, she is also a regular substitute musician with the Virginia Symphony. She has been a member of various ensembles such as the Chicago Composers Orchestra, 42nd Parallel (a conductorless orchestra in Chicago), Williamsburg Opera, Virginia Opera, Kankakee Valley Orchestra, and the Virginia Chorale. She is a continuing member with Opera on the James and Classical Revolution RVA.

She holds a Bachelor of Music from Virginia Commonwealth University as well as attended the Masters program at Chicago College of Performing Arts on scholarship. Her principal teachers have been Susanna Klein, MingHuan Xu, and Simon Lapointe. While studying chamber music in Chicago with Stefan Hersh and his brother, Julian Hersh, Miss Bishop won the conservatory’s Chamber Music Showcase Competition later performing the Martinů Duo for Violin and Cello.

Anna has had the privilege of attending summer festivals such as the Colorado Quartet Institute and the Nova Scotia International Young Artist Program, as well as being invited to attend the San Francisco Academy Orchestra. She has performed in masterclasses with Jennifer Koh, Frank Almond, Karen Johnson, David Taylor, Giora Schmidt, the Tokyo String Quartet, and the Brooklyn Rider String Quartet. During her experience, she played under the baton of Simeone Tartaglione, Bernhard Gueller, JoAnn Falletta, Emanuele Andrizzi, Ari Pelto, Douglas Kinney Frost, Jorge Parodi, and Peter Leonard.

Outside of the RSO, Anna maintains a private Suzuki studio teaching students ages 3 to 62. She also frequently records for Spacebomb Records, an independent recording label. She enjoys eating Indian food, her rescue cats, and checking out live music of all kinds.