Anne Black, Viola

A multi-faceted artist fluent in many media, Anne Black has built a richly varied career in the performing and visual arts.

She is Principal Viola of Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra and Cantata Singers and also performs with many Boston-area organizations, including Boston Pops, Emmanuel Music, Boston Lyric Opera, Masterworks Chorale, and the Record Players.  A champion of contemporary music, Ms. Black is violist of Dinosaur Annex Music Ensemble and appears often with Collage New Music, including Collage’s Grammy-nominated recording of John Harbison’s Mottetti di Montale.  She has performed and recorded over a dozen works by microtonal composer Ezra Sims, and commissioned his “Concert Piece” for viola and chamber orchestra which she premiered and recorded with the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston in 1990.  She was viola d’amore soloist in Meyerbeer's opera Les Huguenots with the American Symphony in 2009.

A tenured member of Handel & Haydn Society's period instrument orchestra, she also performs with Boston Baroque, Aston Magna Festival, Peregrine Consort, and Endicott Chamber Players.  She performed on Mozart's own Viola, during its first trip to the US, for a live performance and recording at WGBH in June 2013; her article about this experience was published in Journal of the American Viola Society.  She was viola d'amore soloist with Boston Baroque and the Blanche Moyse Chorale in Marlboro, Vermont.

She has produced and edited several album projects with her husband, recording engineer Frank Cunningham, including albums for violinist Daniel Stepner and pianist Sally Pinkas, violinist Masha Lankovsky and pianist Byron Schenkman, and currently, a solo album with Ed Barker, Principal Bass of the Boston Symphony.  She also produced two albums for Guy Fishman, Principal Cello of the Handel & Haydn Society Orchestra.

Ms. Black is a prize-winning photographer and visual artist in multiple media. She was a resident artist at the Arlington Center for the Arts for 13 years, and opened a studio in West Concord, MA., in June 2017.

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