Anna Maria Olsson is a composer and violinist from Sweden, currently based in the UK. Anna grew up in Stockholm and has been classically trained in violin from a very young age. However, since Anna also has roots in Southeast Asia, multi-culture and travel has always been close to heart, which is something she tends to incorporate into her music. "I enjoy exploring different kinds of music, and find an excitement in discovering something new that I like." - Anna Maria Olsson.
Anna brings an emphasis on improvisation into her playing and is actively exploring different approaches to electro-acoustic performance. The final project of her Bachelor degree was a debut album featuring both her compositional and instrumental skills. Crossing Lines was released in May 2016 and consists of 9 pieces for multi-track violin that draw on a variety of musical styles. The concept of the album was to explore the musical possibilities of the violin outside the frame of a particular genre, breaking the stereotypical image of the violin as a classical instrument.
In 2016, Anna graduated from Birmingham Conservatoire with a BMus (hons) in instrumental performance. The same year, she gained a scholarship to continue on the MMus Composition course at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Since starting her course, she has taken part in various exciting projects and festivals, such as the Flatpack Film Festival, Emulsion, Frontiers Festival and Kaleidoscope. In January 2017, Anna's commissioned work The Woodcarver was premiered at Emulsion V and was later broadcast on BBC Radio 3.