Anna von Urbans has performed in the United States, Canada, and many European countries, appearing at international festivals and musical events such as The Masterclass Chamber Music Festival (Denmark), XI International Music Tournament (Belgium), Charity Concert at CAPE Ettelbruck (Luxembourg), Festival de Musique at Nobressart (Belgium), 40th International Piano Festival (Poland), various concerts at the Rudolph Ganz Hall and the Grand Park Petrillo Shell in Chicago, as well as the Chicago Cultural Center, the Zipper Concert Hall, LACMA Bing Theater and Schoenberg Hall in Los Angeles. Her performances have been heard on the classical radio stations in America and in Europe. Aside from her solo carrier she has collaborated with established chamber groups, including the Contemporary Arts Ensemble (New York), Ensemble Resonanz (Hamburg), Ganz Piano Trio (Chicago), Pas de Deux Piano Duo (Los Angeles).
After winning numerous national and international competitions she has received grants from the Nicholas Petterson Fund, fellowship from the Societe Luxembourgeoise de Musique Contemporaine and the Fulbright Scholarship. Ms. von Urbans’ teachers have included Pawel Checinski (Chicago College of Performing Arts at the Roosevelt University, Chicago), Donald Walker (Northern Illinois University), Ruth Laredo (Manhattan School of Music, New York), and composer John Corigliano (The Juilliard School, New York). For the past several year Ms. von Urbans has been focused on a piano duo repertoire with specialty in contemporary music.
Over the years, Anna has developed quite extensive teaching/coaching studio. Her students, ranging from young pianist to professional musicians benefited from her expertise in piano literature and a stage performance. Giving many master classes she coached students all over the world. But her piano teaching not only reached the classical musicians and performers, she has also established herself as a celebrity piano coach for their roles in films, musicals and theater productions. Some of her clients included: Camilla Belle, Jack Kilmer, Zoe Saldana, Alba Love, Robert Downey Jr, Jackson Rathbone, Nicole Ricchi, Joel and Benji Madden, group Jack&Jack to name the few.
In light of her interest in a piano duo ensemble, in 2010 Anna von Urbans has created
THE AVU “ARTISTS – VISION – UNIVERSE” FOUNDATION.
The goal of the the Foundation is to create a bridge between the old and the new; between the classics and the contemporary; between various platforms of art. The idea came from combining two pianos with other instruments (some built for a given performance) and voices; video installations; film; architecture; choreography and visual arts. The logistics and the differences in the language of all these artistic media presents a fantastic challenge. However, the underlined motivation is simple: to expand the repertoire heard in concert halls and inspire music that has no labels, no barriers by creating a dynamic musical vehicle that could communicate meaningfully with a wide array of audiences and finding innovative ways of connecting great classical traditions with original expressions suited to the present generation of listeners.
AVU foundation, has been established also to further promote commissions of new pieces for this genre, foster research, education and development in this field and advance awareness among composers and the general public for this art form. In a wider sense the Foundation endeavors to provide a platform for cooperation, experimentation and exchange among musicians and artists of all genres.
The foundation is currently working with composers Tomas Endus, David Karpel, Dave Mann, Jacek Voss.
Recent projects included Cottes Netteroon´s transcriptions, by Tomas Endus, which were presented at Centre Pompidou in Paris, in May 2011 ,with videos work from Carl Rossen. The “Suite Espagnole”, with the Flamenco dancer, Nicola Ruriell, presented in concerts in Spain and Germany in spring 2012.
The season 2016/2017 has brought a variety of repertoire and international performances: The all Ravel piano duo extravaganza played with a Polish pianist, Kordian Gora, took place in Slupsk, Poland during the international piano festival, while the tour finalized in Los Angeles County Museum LACMA with a performance of “Rite of Spring” by Stravinsky and “Porgy and Bess” by Gershwin in September 2016. Previous piano ensemble concerts included: The arrangement for two pianos of Leonard Bernstein’s “West Side Story” performed by Anna and her piano partner, Maria Demina, in the Bing Theater of Los Angeles County Museum, and was broadcasted live on the radio in September 2009. Her collaboration with Italian pianists took place during festivals “I Fiori della Musica” in Italy in October 2009. An American premiere of a 4 pianos piece by a Dutch composer Simeon ten Holt “Canto Ostinato” is in works to be perform in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.