ANAÏS - AGE 10
COMPOSITION FOR STRING QUARTET
THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC
VERY YOUNG COMPOSERS PROGRAM
THE TOOMAI QUINTET
Anaïs Reno, a 15-year old Drama student at LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts, in NYC, was born on November 29, 2003, in Geneva, Switzerland. Despite her very young age, Anaïs has been artistically very active, involved in the performing arts since age 8.
After winning the 2016 Forte International Competition’s Platinum Award at Carnegie Hall, in New York, Anaïs won Second Prize at Michael Feinstein’s Great American Song Book Academy competition in Carmel, Indiana in the summer of 2018, and First Prize at the Mabel Mercer Foundation competition, in New York, in March of 2019.
Studying voice with her father, a former opera singer, as well as voice and music from 2013 with Sarah Tolar, as a recipient of the Renati-Kaplan Scholarship Program at the 92nd Street Y, Anaïs has had a rapidly growing career as a singer, with a love for jazz and the Great American Songbook.
Since age 10, Anaïs has had the opportunity to sing with highly acclaimed professionals in the field and perform in prominent venues. Thus, she has performed with the NY Philharmonic in David Geffen Hall with her own compositions, she has had 3 solo shows at Feinstein’s 54 Below with Billy Stritch and Tedd Firth, the first being at age 13. She made her Birdland debut last June, she was asked to perform by Michael Feinstein last May at a private event, she performed last May at the Friar’s Club. Anaïs was also showcased last Spring in a concert sponsored by the National Arts Club and the Mabel Mercer foundation, as well as in Carnegie Hall.
As a member of the New York Philharmonic’s Very Young Composers Program, her first original composition was performed by the Philharmonic in David Geffen Hall , at age 10. Subsequent compositions for string ensemble were performed by the JACK String Quartet and the Tomai String Quintet, and at age 12 she performed original songs with members of the Philharmonic, including a benefit concert at Geffen Hall.
Her upcoming performance schedule includes her debut at the Cabaret Convention in Rose Hall on October 31. Anais will be a guest artist at the Nat King Cole concert in NJPAC on November 15. She will have her second Birdland show honoring the music of Duke Ellington/ Billy Strayhorn on December 23, she will perform with Nicolas King and Tedd Firth at the National Arts Club on May 1, as well as the 92 Street Y gala with Billy Stritch on May 18, and at Feinstein’s 54 Below on May 9 for her 4th show.