Anna Tilbrook read music at York University before winning a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music where she won all the major accompaniment prizes and was given a Fellowship from 1998-99. In 2002 she was awarded the Royal Overseas League Society of Woman Musicians Prize for an outstanding woman musician.
Anna made her debut at the Wigmore Hall in 1999 and has since given recitals in all the major London concert venues and in festivals and prestigious recital halls throughout the U.K and abroad. She has given a series of concerts with the internationally renowned Fitzwilliam Quartet and can regularly be heard on broadcasts by Radio 3.
Anna has worked with artists such as Barbara Bonney, Sir Charles Mackerras, Sir Thomas Allen, Anthony Rolfe-Johnson, Ian Bostridge and is the regular duo partner of James Gilchrist. As well as accompanying, Anna is in demand as a repetiteur, continuo player, audition pianist and vocal coach, working for companies including The Royal Opera House, The Royal Ballet, The Britten-Pears School and The London Symphony Orchestra.
Recent engagements have included a number of recitals around the U.K. with James Gilchrist (Wigmore Hall, The Sage Centre, Blackheath Concert Halls), recitals with Lucy Crowe in Derby and London, two recitals with violinist Harriet Mackenzie in Bergen, Holland and a recital of Beethoven and Chopin Cello Sonatas with Adrian Brendel for Dartington Summer School. In the 2005 Two Moors Festival Anna performed all the Schubert Songs Cycles in one day with Stephen Varcoe, James Gilchrist and Tom Guthrie and in February 2006 performed Winterreise with Stephan Loges in Belfast (broadcast live on BBC Northern Ireland) and with James Gilchrist in Newcastle. In May 2005 ‘Oh Fair to See’, a CD of Finzi Song Cycles, performed by James Gilchrist and Anna was released by Linn Records to great critical acclaim.
Future engagements include performing all the Schumann Song Cycles for the Two Moors Festival and a series of performances of the Shostakovitch Piano Quintet with the Fitzwilliam String Quartet.
‘Anna Tilbrook is an outstanding accompanist: discreet when necessary, but also able to make the simplest phrase or chordal progression tell without a touch of exaggeration’ (BBC Music Magazine July 2005).