Winner of the Presser Music Award for artistic and academic excellence, violinist Anyango Yarbo-Davenport has been praised by international critics for her “captivating performance” and “sparkling rich sound.” Born and raised in Munich, Germany, she is the daughter of African American soprano Africa Yarbo-Davenport and the late Austrian conductor Hans Peter Jillich. Anyango has quickly become a sought after soloist and collaborator since moving to the United States in 2005. She regularly performs in venues like Carnegie Hall, Munich Philharmonic, Mozarteum Saal Salzburg, Kodak Hall at Eastman Theater, and her performances are broadcast on US, South American and European Radio & TV. She is the winner of the International Competition for Romantic Music, American Protegé International, IBLA Foundation World Competition Italy, Jugend Musiziert Germany, Alpen-Adria, MTNA USA, the Rotary Club Salzburg, among others. 

Highlights of Anyango’s upcoming concert season include the performance of Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasy with the Orchestra Bellas Artes Bogota at the televised annual New Year’s Gala, a recording of contemporary American music with pianist Vanessa Fadial (The Colburn School) and collaborations with members of the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonics. She will perform the concertos of Beethoven, Brahms and Sibelius throughout South America and USA, and is invited to present masterclasses as teaching artist, conductor and musician health clinician.

An avid advocate of contemporary music, Anyango regularly collaborates with composers and has commissioned several violin concertos. She is also a published editor at Jeanne Inc. for composer Judith Lang-Zaimont. Anyango was a featured artist of the Women in Music Festival tour presented by the Eastman School of Music & CUNY, and The Eastmans in Berlin tour hosted by the Kurt Weill Festival (Germany.)

Trained at the Musikhochschule Munich (Germany) and by concertmaster Svetozar Anatchkov, Anyango began her undergraduate studies at the University of Salzburg ‘Mozarteum’ (Austria) and received a full-scholarship from the Eastman School of Music (USA) to study in the master class of Charles Castleman. She made her solo debut at Eastman with Schnittke’s Concerto Grosso No.1. She received the coveted Performer’s Certificate with her Bachelor’s degree from Eastman, where she is currently a candidate for the Doctorate of Music. During her Master’s studies she was mentored by Flesch-School descendant Paivyt Meller at the Sibelius Academy (Finland) and the late Prof. Zvi Zeitlin at Eastman.

Dedicated to performing and teaching, Anyango was awarded the Jack L. Frank Award for Excellence in Teaching and has previously taught at Marshall University, the University of Rochester and the Eastman School of Music as Prof. Castleman’s Assistant. She is also an active conductor and has been the director of New Horizons Orchestras at Eastman from 2009-14. Her students have won international competitions such as most recently I. Concurso Internacional de Viola en Paraiba 2015 (Brazil), perform for artists such as Maxim Vengerov and hold professional orchestra positions. She is also dedicated to the musical education of underprivileged and handicapped children and collaborates with non-profit organizations for equal opportunity. 

Anyango currently serves as Professor of Violin and Chair of the String Department at the Juan N. Corpas University in Bogotá, Colombia.

Anyango currently plays on a modern violin by Polish maker Bronek Cison given to her on generous loan by William Harris Lee Chicago through the Sphinx Foundation.