Anna Callner is a native of Seattle, Washington. After receiving a double B. A. from Bard College (NY) in cello performance and Russian Literature, Anna went on to earn a Master of Music degree in cello performance from Florida International University in Miami, where she served as the teaching assistant to the Miami String Quartet. While pursuing her undergraduate double degree Anna spent time studying cello and poetry in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Performances ranging from classical ensembles to rock and avant garde music have led Anna and her cello to venues across the United States, South America, Eastern and Western Europe and most recently, Asia. After completing a two year intensive Suzuki teacher training program at the School for Strings (NYC) in 2007, Anna has taught cello and general music, focusing on string studies, to all ages and levels of learners. For three years, Anna taught high school general music and orchestra at a public charter school in the South Bronx, NYC.
After nearly a decade of teaching and performing in New York City, Anna relocated to Hawaii, living first on Hawaii Island and then moving to O`ahu where she plays with the Hawai`i Symphony Orchestra and teaches. In addition to the HSO, Anna performs regularly with the Kamuela Philharmonic, Early Music Hawaii, and Maui Chamber Orchestra. In 2016 Anna was extremely honored to be invited to be the first cellist to perform at the renowned Merrie Monarch Festival, performing for the Miss Aloha Hula competition with Halau ka Liko Pua o Kalaniakea. When she is not performing, Anna has a busy teaching life on O`ahu, where she runs a string orchestra program at Lanikai Elementary School, teaches cello at `Iolani School, chamber music at Punahou School, and has a growing private cello studio. Her approach to teaching is dynamic, creative, personal, empowering, and fun. More information about her teaching and performing experiences can be found at www.cellopaw.com.