Annabel Hauk was born in 1999 in Frankfurt, Germany and started playing the cello when she was 5 years old. She recently graduated at New England Conservatory in Boston, where she studied with Prof. Laurence Lesser and is now continuing her studies with a Master’s Degree at Mozarteum Salzburg with Prof. Giovanni Gnocchi. From 2012 to 2017 Annabel was a student of Prof. Istvan Vardai at the Feuermann Conservatory/ Kronberg Academy.
Recently Annabel played under the leadership of Paul Meyer and the Kurpfälzische Kammerorchester in the castle in Mannheim and with Meesun Hong Coleman in the l’Auditori Barcelona . She was selected as a Classic FM rising Star 2023 and gave her debut 2022 in Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam and in the Symphony Bratislava together with the pianist János Palojtay as part of the concert series “New Masters on Tour” by the Holland music sessions. Moreover, she played with Gidon Kremer, Jörg Widmann and Christian Tetzlaff at Kronberg Academy’s Chamber Music Connects the world and with Alexander Melnikov at Villa Musica Rheinland-Pfalz. In October, she gave a solo recital at the Museums Salon of the Frankfurter Museums Gesellschaft.
Concerts and competitions in the USA
When Annabel lived in the United States she gave recitals at venues like the Neue Galerie in NYC and Jordan Hall in Boston and won a Silver Medal at the 4. International Manhattan Music Competition. Moreover, she was a member of the Tempest String Quartet, which won the honors competition at NEC only two months after establishment. The first prize at the international Enkor competition followed as well as an invitation to the renowned Perlman Music Program on Shelter Island, NY. There, Annabel got to work with Donald Weilerstein, Roger Tapping and Merry Peckham and played together with Itzhak Perlman. In 2019, she was part of the Beethoven String Quartet Seminar at NEC, led by the Borromeo String Quartet.
Festivals and masterclasses
Also before her time in the USA, Annabel attended various Festivals and masterclasses like the Pyeong Chang Music Festival (South Korea) in 2017 where she was taught by Hans Jensen and Lluis Claret, the Kronberg Academy Festivals/ Masterclasses (2013-2016) where she got to work with Lynn Harrell, Gary Hoffman, Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt and Julius Berger and the Cello Academy Rutesheim 2016 with Jens Peter Maintz. Besides her soloistic education, Annabel developed a great passion for chamber music at the chamber music Festival Musica Mundi (2010-2012) in Belgium under the leadership of Maxim Vengerov and at Mit Musik Miteinander 2012, a workshop by the Kronberg Academy where she played with Vilde Frang und Yura Lee. Annabel received further inspiration from Jerome Pernoo, Reinhard Latzko, Wolfgang Boettcher, Torleif Thedeen, Joshua Epstein, Vladimir Perlin, Gavriel Lipkind and Christopher Park.
Festivals and concerts in her youth
Already at the age of seven, Annabel started winning numerous prices like the first and special prize at the Mendelssohn Competition and repeatedly at Jugend Musiziert where she was awarded the German Federal Prize for her solo cello recital in 2013. Two years later, she received the commissioned cello of the instruments fund of the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben.
Concerts in and outside Europe
Annabel gave recitals at Festivals like the Rheingau-Musikfestival, the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the Sandsteinfestival and the Rising Stars Series at the Pyeong Chang Music Festival in South Korea. Moreover, she performed at the Beethovenhaus in Bonn, the Radio Bremen, the Conservatory in Izmir (Turkey), the theatre in Giessen, the Kampener Musiksommer and at the Holland Music Sessions. As a soloist, Annabel performed with the Heidelberg Symphony Orchestra, the Baden Baden Philharmonia, the Trier Philharmonic Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Wuppertal.
Annabel is recipient of the Presidential Distinction Award from NEC, the Bucerius scholarship from the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben and is a scholar from the Willy Robert Pitzer foundation as well as the Erasmus Gesellschaft. Since February 2020, Annabel is playing a cello by “G.B. Grancino, Milano 169?” from the instruments fund of the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben.