A fierce advocate of contemporary music, violist Anne Lanzilotti has distinguished herself premiering works and collaborating with composers of her generation including Dai Fujikura, Ted Hearne, Andrew Norman, Caroline Shaw, Jagoda Szmytka, and Scott Wollschleger. Lanzilotti’s online resource Shaken Not Stuttered demonstrates extended techniques for strings used in Norman’s orchestral and chamber works. Lanzilotti has performed with Alarm Will Sound, Ensemble of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL Alumni, Ensemble Signal, and with computer music engineers from IRCAM. She performs regularly in the New York area and on tour with The Rhythm Method string quartet.
Pierre Boulez, Gustavo Dudamel, Sir Simon Rattle, and Michael Tilson Thomas are among the conductors Lanzilotti has worked with as an orchestral musician. She was co-Principal violist of the New World Symphony. Lanzilotti played in the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin as a fellowship violist, during which time she premiered many new works for orchestra at the international new music festivals MaerzMusik and Ultraschall, and recorded works by Wagner and Janáček for the Dutch Label PentaTone. In addition to classical performance, Lanzilotti has worked with artists such as Björk, DeVotchka, and She & Him.
A passionate Teaching Artist, Dr. Lanzilotti is on the faculty at NYU Steinhardt, where she maintains a studio of undergraduate and graduate students, coaches chamber music from Mozart to Brahms to Shaw, and developed and teaches a two-semester course on extended techniques for strings. Lanzilotti is a co-founder and Artistic Consultant for Kalikolehua — El Sistema Hawai‘i, a free orchestra program for underserved youth. During the summer, Lanzilotti is the viola professor at Casalmaggiore International Music Festival.
Lanzilotti began her string studies with Hiroko Primrose, a renowned pedagogue and protégé of Shinichi Suzuki. Other mentors have included Peter Slowik at Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Jesse Levine at the Yale School of Music, Wilfried Strehle (Solo-Viola, Berliner Philharmoniker) in Berlin, and Karen Ritscher at The Manhattan School of Music. Lanzilotti's doctoral dissertation is an analysis of Andrew Norman’s The Companion Guide to Rome that also deconstructs the influence of architecture and visual art on the work. Lanzilotti performs on a 1970 Peresson viola. Brooklyn-based, she is a native of Hawai‘i.