Shenae Anderson

World-Class Violin Performer

American violinist Shenae Anderson made her concerto debut with the Utah Symphony at age 10 at Abravanel Hall. First place prizewinner of the Stradivarius International Violin Competition: Utah Division, semifinalist of the Munetsugu Angel International Violin Competition, and recipient of the Broadus Erle Prize from the Yale School of Music, Shenae received a Bachelor’s of Music degree in 2019 from the Juilliard School where she was accepted at age 16. She is currently pursuing a Master’s of Music from the Yale School of Music where she studies with professor Ani Kavafian. Previously, she studied with Mr. Masao Kawasaki at Juilliard and Mr. Eugene Watanabe at the Gifted Music School. 

As a soloist, she has performed with the Utah Symphony, Oquirrh Mountain Symphony Orchestra, Salt Lake Symphony and the Gifted Music School Orchestra. Additionally, she has performed in chamber ensembles alongside famed musicians Roberto Diaz, Joseph Silverstein and Gil Shaham.

Shenae also enjoys participating in orchestra and has served as Second Violin Principal under Maestro Jeffrey Milarsky and Associate Concertmaster of the Juilliard Orchestra under Maestro Itzhak Perlman. Most recently, she held the Second Violin Principal position of Yale Philharmonia. Currently, she is a member of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. A winner of the MAX Keston Fellowship, Shenae will participate in a residency with the London Symphony Orchestra in 2021.

Shenae has attended Aspen Music Festival, Verbier Festival and Music Academy of the West all on full scholarship where she was privileged to work under the direction of world-renowned conductors Valery Gergiev, Sir Simon Rattle, Larry Rachleff, Gianandrea Noseda, among others.

Shenae prioritizes her responsibility as a classical musician in the twenty-first century to bring music to those around her. For two years, she served as a Gluck Fellow of the Juilliard School where she collaborated with musicians, dancers and actors to bring interactive performances to those in hospitals, psychiatric institutions, rehabilitation centers and other care facilities in New York City. Currently, she is associated with Yale’s Music In Schools Initiative as a teaching artist where she helps to provide quality music education for local title one schools in the New Haven, Connecticut area. 

Shenae loves spending time with family, eating delicious food and watching movies. She is currently studying remotely in her hometown, Draper, Utah due to COVID-19.

Highlighted Performances

Love Song Op. 7 No. 1 by Josef Suk – Shenae Anderson, violin

Valse Sentimentale, Tchaikovsky. Shenae Anderson, Violin, Vera Watanabe, Piano

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