Anna Besson

An active and versatile performer, Anna Besson has spent several years developing her experience as a soloist and orchestral musician within ensembles such as the orchestra of the Opéra de Paris, La Chambre Philharmonique, Le Concert Spirituel, Insula Orchestra, Le Concert d'Astrée, Orfeo 55, La Grande Ecurie et la Chambre du Roi, and as a founding member of quartet nevermind. She has also played in such prestigious concert halls and festivals as Boston Early Music Festival, Utrecht Early Music Festival, MA Festival Bruges, Salzburger Festspiele, Royaumont, Via Staelle, Festival Mezzo, Barbican Center, Melbourne Recital Center, Hamburg Philharmony, Opera de Paris, and more.

As a founding member of a nocte temporis, conducted by Reinoud Van Mechelen, Anna searches for ways to transcend the 18th- and 19th-century chamber music repertoire with flute. Erbarme dich, their début CD on the Alpha Classics label, has been released to critical acclaim (CHOC de Classica, five Diapasons, the Caecilia Prize) and features works by J.S. Bach for tenor and traverso.

As a soloist, her discography includes Telemann's Concerto for traverso and recorder with Erik Bosgraaf (Brilliant classics), Molter's Concerto for traverso in D major with Die Kölner Akademie (CPO), The Dubhlinn Gardens - 18th-century Irish music with a nocte temporis (Alpha), and Telemann’s Parisian Quartets with quartet nevermind (Alpha Classics). She also recorded her first solo album for romantic flute with fortepianist Olga Pashchenko featuring works by Beethoven, Kuhlau, Doppler and Walckiers (Alpha).

Passionate about traditional music and dance, she has extensively researched the Irish flute and Irish repertoire of the 18th and 19th centuries. Equally at home on the traverso, modern flute and romantic flute, Anna is regularly invited to give masterclasses in France and abroad and was a jury member of the International Van Wassenaer Chamber Music Competition in Utrecht in 2018.

Winner of the Cziffra Foundation's annual auditions, Anna Besson studied modern and early flutes at the Conservatoires Supérieurs de Musique de Paris and Geneva.