Ananda María Domínguez Kesselman

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Ananda has been surrounded by music since she was in the womb because her mother was playing flute, full-time in an opera, ballet and symphonic orchestra and her father was conducting. When she could barely sit up, she would pretend to play intricate pieces on the piano which led to her improvising beautiful melodies at one years old. Soon after her fourth birthday, she began piano lessons and quickly progressed because she was already at a first grade reading level. Reading music came easily to her and her natural musicality and love for music flourished.

One day, Ananda saw a video of a five year old boy playing flute that enthralled her. She immediately asked if that could be something she could have and play! Once she received one, she mastered multiple melodies within an hour of receiving it, and performed on our weekly “Musical Mashup” (outdoor concert for our neighbors and friends due to Covid-19) the following day, which she had already been performing piano in. After a week of playing, she recorded a video of her performing “Twinkle, Twinkle Variations” that received over 15,000 views in two days on a well known Instagram flute page!

Ananda has been playing flute for seven months and the piano for two years now. On a typical day she sightreads, learns and records a new piece because her note reading is incredible, due to her solid piano background. It’s fun to sightread with Ananda, in between working on more challenging repertoire! This has allowed her to progress quickly on the flute, since she doesn’t have to worry about reading the notes. This summer, Ananda participated in the NY Philharmonic 30 day practice challenge! To her surprise, they featured her as participant in their Instagram stories writing how much they loved her flute performance of Theme from “A Little Night Music” by Mozart. She managed to learn a new piece of music everyday for thirty days as well!

Ananda won 1st Place in the Charleston International Music Competition – 2020 Romantic Music Competition, 2020 Holiday Music Competition and 2021 Winter Music Competition. She also won 1st Place in the 2020 King’s Peak International Music Competition, 3rd Place in the Rocky Mountain Winter Romantic Music Festival Music Competition and an Honorable Award in the 2021 American Music Talent Competition for her “extraordinary and inspiring performance”. She is currently in the Second Round of the Crescendo International Music Competition and will perform in Carnegie Hall before 2023 when it reopens. Ananda is an Ambassador for Nuvo Instrumental, who discovered her after she was playing the flute for one week.

You can find Ananda’s 2020 Romantic Music Competition performance here.

You can find Ananda’s 2020 Holiday Music Competition performance here.

You can find Ananda’s 2021 Winter Music Competition performance here.

You can find Ananda’s 2021 Baroque Music Competition performance here.

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