Name: Adrian Anantawan
Current City: Boston, MA
Year won: 2001
1. What led you to apply to the VSA International Young Soloists Competition?
I applied on the recommendation of Roger Knox, a researcher at the Holland Bloorview Children’s Rehabilitation Hospital where I had my adaptations made for my instrument. He heard me play from time to time during my appointments, which led him to send a tape to VSA.
2. What is one of your proudest accomplishments (personal or professional) since winning the competition?
A couple: Developing into a musician who has something to say, and recently finishing my summer tour in China, where I played Zigunerweisen (which I played at the VSA gala now almost 15 years ago!) and Mendelssohn Concerto.
3. What was your biggest takeaway from being a VSA International Young Soloists Winner?
The support of the organization in empowering voices of a community that have traditionally been underrepresented in society, along with the belief that artists with disabilities have a perspective worth celebrating within their artistic disciplines.
4. Tell us something exciting you’ve been doing lately (performance, project, travels, job, etc.).
I finished at Harvard School of Education in 2011, and I am currently the Director of Music at the Conservatory Lab Charter School in Boston (www.conservatorylab.org). We serve around 400 children (K-8), all of whom play a musical instrument for two hours every day. I still travel to perform from time to time and recently played for the Dalai Lama. I will be traveling back to China this summer on tour, in addition to performing recitals around the United States and Canada sporadically.