Plymouth Philharmonic OrchestraFeatured Artist
Born in Bucharest, Romania, Ana-Maria LaPointe has been the concertmaster of the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra since 2008. She hails from a musical family, with both parents retired musicians from the George Enescu Philharmonic. On her mother’s side of the family, Ana-Maria is the fourth generation of professional violinists.
Ana-Maria’s mother began teaching her to play the violin when she was 5 ½ years old. After graduating from George Enescu High School, she came to America on full scholarship to study at Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA, with Sophie Vilker, concertmaster of Boston Ballet and accomplished pedagogue.
Before coming to the United States, Ana-Maria won numerous competitions and made appearances on radio and TV, including the Orpheus Competition, the Interpretation Competition, and “Musicians Today and Tomorrow.” She also made a notable appearance on WGBH after arriving in the United States.
During her undergraduate studies at Longy, Ana-Maria won the Concerto Competition, performing as a soloist in the Bruch Violin Concerto. In 2005, Ana-Maria earned a Master’s in Violin Performing from Longy School of Music, studying under Malcolm Lowe, who was the concertmaster of the Boston Symphony at the time. She has performed recitals in Romania and the United States, including Carnegie Hall in New York. Along with the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra, she is a member of the Lexington Symphony Orchestra, Symphony New Hampshire, and Vista Philharmonic.
Ana-Maria is a dedicated music teacher, sharing her expertise as a faculty member at Cushing Academy, Hopkinton High School, and Wellesley Public School.
In her spare time, Ana-Maria enjoys gardening, taking walks, and playing tennis with her husband Ian and tennis-champion daughter Emilie. She has three cats, Apollo, Sapphire, and Ari.