Anna Maria Baeza
Clarinetist Anna Maria Baeza is a solo and chamber musician who has performed in recital throughout the U.S., Canada, France, Czech Republic, and Hungary. She has performed live on French and Czech television and on public radio in the U.S. She has been a featured artist on Robert Sherman’s Young Artists Showcase on WQXR. She recorded and performed Hradčany, a work for clarinet and orchestra by Eric Funk, in a project with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Valek. Baeza has a strong interest in the music of living composers and has premiered works written for her by Anthony Vazzana, David Bartel, Carlos Carrillo, and Isabel Soveral. She has performed at June in Buffalo, a festival and conference dedicated to composers and interpreters of new music, performing and premiering works by Steve Reich, Bernard Rands, and Greg Pfeiffer. She has also premiered works by James Mobberley and Mathew Rosenblum. As part of a series of projects made possible by a two-year career development grant she received from Concert Artists Guild, Baeza commissioned two chamber works by Carlos Carrillo. She has been a member of the Orchestra Pro Unesco in Paris, Orchestra of Santa Fe, and the Aspen Festival and Chamber orchestras. She has participated in music festivals at Aspen, Banff, and Taos/Angel Fire. She holds a DMA degree in clarinet from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where she studied with Charles Neidich and Jack Kreiselman. She holds Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees from the University of Southern California, where she worked with David Shifrin and Mitchell Lurie. Other major teachers include Guy Deplus. She has also studied with chamber musicians Julius Levine, Gilbert Kalish, and Yehuda Gilad. Her music faculty positions have included Manhattanville College, the New York Youth Symphony, Chamber Music Center of New York, Brearley School, Third Street Music School Settlement, and Rudolf Steiner School in New York City. She teaches, coaches, and conducts at Saint Ann’s School in Brooklyn Heights and in the summer teaches adults at Summerkeys in Lubec, Maine. Baeza has taught at Juilliard’s MAP program since September 2018.