The Hong Kong pianist, Anna Vienna Ho, received an Advanced Postgraduate Diploma and her Master of Music in Piano Performance with distinction from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, where she has studied piano with Anthony Hewitt and Margaret Fingerhut and was a recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, including Malcolm John Bullock Memorial Trust Award, Birmingham Conservatoire Association Award and Royal Birmingham Conservatoire International Students Scholarship. Prior to that, she gained her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Music at the Hong Kong Baptist University, where she was awarded the Hong Kong Government Talent Development Scholarship in two consecutive years. Anna was the winner of numerous international competitions, including International Robert Schumann Klavier Welttbert, Concours International Leopold Bellan, Internationaler Deutscher Irmler-Klavierwettbewerb, Rome International Music Competition, International Music Competition “Таланты XXI века”, International Moscow Music Competition, 5th Propiano International Competition, Quebec International Music Competition, Montpelier Arts Center Classical Recital Competition, London Grand Prize Virtuoso International Music Competition, International Music Competition "ИСКУССТВО! ДРУЖБА! МИР!" and IYMC Classical Music International Competition, among others.
As a pianist, Anna has given solo recitals and performed in many concert venue in Asia and Europe, including Royal Albert Hall, Birmingham Town Hall, Parco della Musica and Hong Kong City Hall. She has participated and performed in many festivals including the CBSO Debussy Festival, Festival Parisien, Chopin Festival, Rugby Festival of Culture and more. Besides performing as a soloist, Anna is also an experienced collaborative pianist who has performed in various chamber recitals and collaborated with many choirs and orchestras. She has also worked as a repetiteur for opera companies. Her recent engagements include Opera Novella production of Donizetti's Don Pasquale.
Besides developing a career as a concert pianist, Anna has also performed actively as a vocalist. She has studied voice with Klemens Cheng and Helen Field. In 2012, she was chosen as the soprano solo in Britten's A Ceremony of Carols and performed the work with the HKBU Choir. Passionate about opera, Anna has participated in different opera performances in Hong Kong and the UK. She has sung the role of The Third Apparition in Verdi's Macbeth for Opera In A Box and Gherardino in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi for the London Gay Symphony Orchestra. Other productions she has sung within including Bellini's Norma (Midland Opera), Verdi's La Traviata (Midland Opera), Puccini's La Bohème (Midland Opera), Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor (Musica Viva), Bizet’s Carmen (Midland Opera and Musica Viva), Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana (Midland Opera), Leoncavallo's Pagliacci (Midland Opera), Puccini's Suor Angelica(Random Opera) and Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors (Musica Viva). She was the prize winner of several music festivals, including Holmfirth Musical Festival, Newcastle-U-Lyme Festival of Music, Leamington Spa Competitive Festival, Hounslow Festival of Music, Bristol Music Festival, Longwell Green & Kingswood Performing Arts Festival, Coulsdon and Purley Festival, Basingstoke Music Festival among others.
Anna has started her interest in composition since she studied in secondary school. Her compositions include piano, vocal and chamber works, which were premiered around the world by various musicians. Her Hymn "A New Creation" was included in a CD album published by International Christian Quality Music Secondary and Primary School in 2010. In 2014, she was chosen as one of the finalists in the New Generation 2014 and premiered her String Quartet "The Forester" in the New Generation Concert at RTHK Studio One and was broadcast on RTHK Radio 4. Her art song "Gefrorne Tränen" was premiered in the HKBU Student Composition Showcase. In 2016, her song cycle "Impression of life" and two Italian songs, "Non posso disperar" and "Aprile", were premiered at Weoley Hill United Reformed Church, Birmingham, UK. Her Cantonese song “Parting on a Moonlit Night” was premiered at St. Andrew’s Church Rugby. In 2018, her solo piano piece "Images" is included in the RMN Classical album "Modern Music for Piano" and distributed in stores and digital platforms. Her choral work "The Infinite Shining Heavens" was premiered by London Oriana Choir in their annual concert. Her new opera "Buddha and the Monkey King" has been premiered at the Tête à Tête Opera Festival in September 2020. She has collaborated with Bulgarian Artist Tatiana Arsova and has written music for Animal Hope Varna, an animal charity organization in Bulgaria. She was commissioned by the Birmingham Opera Company for its digital project. Her composition "Chase", for solo Clavietta, has been selected as part of David Bohn's composition project. Her composition "Fedora", for solo bass flute, has been selected and performed by Lisa Cella in the fifteen minutes of fame project. Recently, her piece for solo piano and tape "Medusa" is included in the RMN Classical album "In Focus4" and distributed in stores and digital platforms. Her second opera “The Monk of the River” will be premiered in this year’s Tête à Tête Opera Festival in August.