Heralded as “a star in the making” (Classikon), Annie Gard is the 2016 recipient of the Eleanor Sophia Wood Bequest Travelling Scholarship, The Albert Travelling Scholarship, and The James Witheford Foundation Prize for Historical Performance. As the winner of the Historical Performance concerto competition at the Sydney Conservatorium (2014), she performed as soloist in Antonio Vivaldi’s Violin Concerto in D minor RV 242 and J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg 4.
Alongside her commitment to historical performance, with a special interest in romantic performance practice, Gard is a founding member of the highly regarded traditional tango ensemble Fuego Blanco and has studied in Buenos Aires the intricacies of both the music and the dance. A passionate orchestral musician, Gard has performed at the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Recital Hall, Melbourne Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and at the opening of the Organ Festival Holland, as well as Yale University, Harvard University, and London’s Royal College of Music. She appeared as concertmaster with Tafelmusik Winter Institute Orchestra (2017), Sydney Baroque Music Festival (2015), Fondazione Italiana per la Musica Antica: Urbino (2015), and Sydney Conservatorium Early Music Ensemble (2010-2015). Before moving to America from her native Australia, Gard was an active chamber musician performing with The Australian Haydn Ensemble, Canberra International Music Festival, The Muffat Collective, Salut Baroque, and Ensemble Pendulum. In summer 2017 she made her debut with both Pinchgut Opera and The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra.
Gard, who earned a Bachelor of Music Performance degree from Sydney Conservatorium of Music, is a candidate for a master’s degree in Historical Performance at the Juilliard School under the guidance of Cynthia Roberts and Robert Mealy. During her time at the Sydney Conservatorium she was a student of Dr. Goetz Richter, Marina Robinson, and Jemima Littlemore. Masterclass appearances include those with William Christie, Clive Brown, Riccardo Minasi, Midori Seiler, and the London Haydn Quartet.