Described as "a world class musician" (Galena Gazette), Chicago native Anita Graef has earned recognition for her music making as an artist performing throughout the United States. She performs with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra as a CCM-CSO Diversity Fellow, with the New World Symphony beginning in 2018, and concertizes frequently, including a recent debut performance on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert series, broadcast nationally on 98.7 WFMT.
She has performed at the Brevard Music Festival as principal cellist, the Catskills Chamber Music Festival, Miami Music Festival, as well as Credo Chamber Music Festival at Oberlin Conservatory. She is a member of the Juliani Ensemble, where she has collaborated with members of both the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Lyric Opera Orchestra, among others. She was recently awarded a Third Prize at The North International Music Competition, and the Silver Prize with Distinction at the Young Classical Virtuosos of Tomorrow international competition.
She complete her Bachelor’s studies at the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, where she studied with professor Anthony Elliott. Following this, she began pursuing a Master’s Degree at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, under the tutelage of Ilya Finkelshteyn.
When not making music, Anita enjoys reading, cooking, weight lifting, hiking, spending time with friends and family, and exploring new cities.
Anita performs on a modern Italian cello by Ferdinando Garimberti, dated 1923.