Anna Heflin seeks to understand and explore music as voraciously as possible as a composer, writer and violist. She fosters a fascination in the relationship between music, text and how they continually influence each other. Her debut album, “The Redundancy of the Angelic: An Interluding Play”, will be released April 9 2021 on Infrequent Seams and her compositional work has been hailed as “a fever dream, at times simple and enigmatic, and at other times abrasive and viscerally expressive” (Rochester City Newspaper). Her works have been performed at Bang on A Can, Banff Centre, New Music on The Point, Cathedral of the Divine Saviour in the Czech Republic as part of Ostrava Days 2019, by S.E.M. Ensemble at Bohemian National Hall in NYC, Arete Venue and Gallery, Spectrum NYC, University at Buffalo and San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Heflin’s writings are an integral part of her compositions and her work as a journalist is another aspect of her creative process and output. She has interviewed renowned artists including (in no particular order) Meredith Monk, Anthony Davis, Du Yun, Ted Hearne & Saul Williams, Alisa Weilerstein, Michael Gordon, Ash Fure, Black Violin, Alex Mincek, Sam Pluta, Lawrence Brownlee, Anthony Tommasini, Emerson String Quartet, J’Nai Bridges, and others. You can find her writings on her site, Which Sinfonia (whichsinfonia.com).
As a freelance violist in NYC, Heflin has performed at venues including the Metropolitan Opera with ABT, at Bard Summerscape with American Symphony Orchestra, David Koch Theater, The Flea Theater with Experiments in Opera/Contemporaneous, Merkin Concert Hall with Millenium Chamber Orchestra, Carnegie Hall, EMPAC, National Sawdust and Roulette Intermedium with Contemporaneous, mise-en space, Scandinavia House and The Cell with Ensemble Mise-En.
Heflin graduated with her MM in viola performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 2017, where she studied with Jodi Levitz and took electronic music courses in the Technology and Applied Composition (TAC) department. Heflin received her BM in viola performance in 2015, where she studied with Helen Callus. She studies composition with Eric Wubbels.
Heflin is from Pasadena (CA) and lives in NYC.