Anna Steinhoff, cellist, has been described by critics as “soulful,” and “the rhythmic heart of the ensemble.” Based out of Chicago, Anna specializes in period instruments such as the baroque cello and viola da gamba. She is a member of Second City Musick and the Haymarket Opera Company, and was the principal cellist of Chicago’s baroque orchestra, Baroque Band, until the end of its run in 2016. Anna performs with early music ensembles across the Midwest such as the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, Newberry Consort, Callipygian Players, Music of the Baroque, and Madison Bach Musicians. During the summers, Anna has the pleasure of being a part of the Staunton Music Festival and the Princeton Festival Baroque Orchestra, and has taught at the Madison Early Music Festival.
Anna is also a founding member of Wayward Sisters, which won first prize in the 2011 Early Music America competition. Wayward Sisters released their debut album of music by Matthew Locke on the Naxos label in 2014 and are releasing their second recording, a Restless Heart, in 2017.
In addition to classical music, Anna has performed or recorded with an array of indie rock bands such as Saturday Looks Good To Me, Mysteries of Life, Frisbie, and children’s artist Justin Roberts.
Anna completed degrees in cello performance from the Oberlin Conservatory and Northwestern University where her principal teachers were Peter Rejto and Hans Jensen respectively. She studied baroque cello privately in the Netherlands with Jaap ter Linden.