Anna Genest

Violin

Anna Genest explained how she got her first violin - “For years I begged my parents for a violin. They gave me a ukulele, which I put under my chin and bowed with a pencil. They caved in!”

What do you want patrons of the Symphony to know about you?
I have been a member of the Jacksonville Symphony since 2002. Originally from Canada, I came to Jacksonville from the New World Symphony in Miami, which is the country’s premier training orchestra. It is also where I met my husband, who is the violin professor at UNF. We have two elementary school-aged children and a cairn terrier. They are the center of our lives. Each morning, all of us walk to the kids’ school in Riverside where I have been passionate about renovating and landscaping our century-old home.

What would you be doing if you weren’t a professional musician?
Every summer, we load our household into our small car and drive to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where I, and my husband, play in the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra. This is an opportunity to play alongside some of the country’s finest musicians and provides more musical inspiration than I can possible describe. One of my greatest joys closer to home is playing String Quartets with the Florida Chamber Music Project at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. I truly delight in crafting polished performances and making music among friends.

Education:
Bachelor’s Degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Master’s Degree from The Julliard School, studying with Sally Thomas.