Anna Steinhoff, cellist, has been described by critics as “soulful,” and “the rhythmic heart of the ensemble.” Based in Chicago, Anna specializes in the baroque cello and viola da gamba. She is a member of Third Coast Baroque, the Haymarket Opera Company, and Second City Musick, and was recently appointed to be principal cellist with the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra. Anna has performed with early music ensembles across the Midwest such as Bella Voce Sinfonia, Newberry Consort, the Bach and Beethoven Ensemble, Music of the Baroque, and the 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.
Anna is a founding member of Wayward Sisters, with whom she 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 and their second recording, a Restless Heart, was released in 2017.
In addition to classical music, Anna has performed and recorded with indie rock bands Saturday Looks Good To Me, Mysteries of Life, Frisbie, and children’s artist Justin Roberts. Anna received degrees in cello performance from the Oberlin Conservatory and Northwestern University where her principal teachers were Peter Rejto and Hans Jensen. She studied baroque cello in the Netherlands with Jaap ter Linden.