Education: academic studies of music – lots of it…
Passions: fancy harmonies | reading books under trees | encouraging people | philosophizing with friends | going beyond personal limits
Always searching for: the ultimate improvisation | great people | clues and tricks for composing
long & boring version:
Anselma Veit is a prominent figure in bassoon circles and publishes instructional and soulful music since 2009. With her work she influences the way music is taught and makes a strong impact on generations to come. Anselma has written commissioned pieces for private individuals and organisations such as the Australasian Double Reed Society, Anciuti Music Festival Italy and Jeunesses Musicales Suisse.
In 2012, the International Double Reed Society (IDRS) introduced her sheet-music books internationally to a worldwide audience by featuring them under the title “The Return of User Friendly Bassoon Tunes” . She has been portrayed in the famous “Fou the basson” French Magazine. Her bassoon expertise was showcased by the German Stretta Music Journal to guide young music lovers to their instrument of choice. In 2023, she was featured again by the International Double Reed Society (IDRS) as a leading artist personality of our time.
As a curator she was part of the panel at the 1. International Tango Bassoon Competition alongside Sophie Dervaux, Wiener Philharmoniker, Mathieu Lussier, Université de Montréal, Frank Morelli, Juilliard School New York City, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and Marc Trénel, Orchestre de Paris.
Anselmas Music has been nominated the Export Grant by the European Union and Anselma’s artistic work is sponsored by Moosmann Fagotte. Her sheet music and compositions for oboe and bassoon are part of the nationwide French Music curriculum every year since 2015 and recommended by the Confédération Musicale de France (CMF).
Born in Austria, Anselma Veit studied violin, bassoon (performing artist) and piano (piano teacher) at the Music Universities Graz and Vienna, The Mozarteum Salzburg. As a guest student she studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris and took Postgraduate Masterclasses in New York City. She made further studies in jazz-composition (piano and arrangement) with Monika Lang. Anselma graduated in all studies with distinction and highest scores.
Anselma Veit started playing the bassoon at the age of 20 and won her first orchestral position four years later. She has played with the Trier Philharmonic Orchestra, the Volksoper in Vienna, the Augsburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and in the Vienna State Opera Orchestra.
She qualified for getting grants from the Mozarteum Salzburg, from the European Union (Erasmus Stipendium) and twice from the Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada. Playing orchestra concerts and in chamber music ensembles brought her around the globe via plane, ferry, Shinkansen, Transsibirian Railway and fishing boat (for small islands). And to many beautiful locations like The Konzerthaus am Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin, Germany, Bolshoi Zal, St. Petersburg, Russia, to the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington DC, USA, to the Goldener Saal of Wiener Musikverein, the Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre, Japan, the all wooden Sibelius Hall in Lahti, Finland, the stunning Franz Luszt Academy in Budapest and to the Shanghai Grand Theater, China.
For many years she has been teaching the bassoon in the Music School of the City of Vienna. Anselma’s students are regularly prize winners in national kids and youth competitions. She successfully prepared young musicians to studying the bassoon as a pro at the University for Music. Being a teacher she noticed a need for some fresh air in the student literature. So she started composing and testing new methods. Xerox copies of her works were on high demand. To make these new books available for a bigger audience, not just locally, she started a publishing company.
Currently, besides her artistic work and being a publishing director Anselma Veit is the head of Musikschule 1010 – Privatschule in Vienna.