Anna Velzo is the Principal Oboe with the International Chamber Artists. As an active freelancer, she performs with groups around Chicago including the Chicago Sinfonietta, Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Rockford Symphony Orchestra. She was Principal Oboe, as well as Soloist, with the New Millennium Orchestra, and has performed regularly on 98.7 FM WFMT. Ms. Velzo also performed oboe and English horn in the St. Barth Music Festival in the French West Indies, next to celebrated artists such as Mathieu Dufour, Principal Flute of the Berlin Philharmonic; Jelena Dirks, Principal Oboe of the St. Louis Symphony; and Charles Stegeman, Concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra. In September 2010, she released her debut album Escale. Ms. Velzo is known for her innovative classical projects as well as collaborations with other artists from other genres; while studying in New York, she founded and led the world music group, Anna and the Post Road Band.
Along with being a performing and recording artist, Anna has a passion for teaching and educational outreach. She is on the educational outreach committee of International Chamber Artists, holds a full private studio at First Conservatory of Music in La Grange, IL, and offers master classes and group coaching in the Chicago area. She also co-teaches and designs curriculum for the annual Double Reed Boot Camp at First Conservatory each summer.
Ms. Velzo attended the Manhattan School of Music and the DePaul University School of Music. Her principal teachers included Alex Klein, Joseph Robinson, Bob Morgan, Glenn Danielson, and Daniel Williams.