About Adrian Anantawan

Adrian Anantawan holds degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music, Yale University and
Harvard Graduate School of Education. As a violinist, he has studied with Itzhak Perlman,
Pinchas Zukerman, and Anne-Sophie Mutter; his academic work in education was supervised by
Howard Gardner. Memorable moments include performances at the White House, the Opening
Ceremonies of the Athens and Vancouver Olympic Games and the United Nations. He has
played for the late Christopher Reeve, Pope John Paul II, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Adrian has performed extensively in Canada as a soloist with the Orchestras of Toronto, Nova
Scotia, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Montreal, Edmonton and Vancouver. He has also presented
feature recitals at the Aspen Music Festival and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. He has also
represented Canada as a cultural ambassador in the 2006 Athens Olympics, and was a featured
performer at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremonies. Adrian helped to
create the Virtual Chamber Music Initiative at the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab Centre. The
cross-collaborative project brings researchers, musicians, doctors and educators together to
develop adaptive musical instruments capable of being played by a young person with
disabilities within a chamber music setting. He is also the founder of the Music Inclusion
Program, aimed at having children with disabilities learn instrumental music with their typical

From 2012-2016, he was the co-Director of Music at the Conservatory Lab Charter School,
serving students from the Boston area, kindergarten through grade eight—his work was
recognized by Mayor Marty Walsh as a ONEin3 Impact Award in 2015. Adrian is also Juno
Award nominee and was awarded a Diamond Jubilee Medal from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for his contributions to the Commonwealth. He is the current Chair of Music at Milton Academy, the Artistic Director of Shelter Music Boston and is an Associate Professor of Music at Berklee College.

Recognition and Awards

| Awardee
Diamond Jubilee Medal
| Next50
Social Impact Leader
| Newbury Fellowship

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