Born in Puerto Rico to Cuban parents, Anna Ventura began taking violin lessons with Suzuki violin teacher Mario Rosa at the age of 6. She was soon accepted into the Programa de Cuerdas Para Niños at the Conservatory in San Juan, Puerto Rico and joined the orchestra, choir and music theory classes. At age 12, Anna was chosen to attend the Escuela Libre de Musica de Puerto Rico, where she became concertmaster of the symphony orchestra and studied privately with violinist Jaime Medina.
While in the 8th grade, Anna moved to New Jersey where she soon became concertmaster of the Garden State Philharmonic’s Youth Symphony and joined the studio of concert violinist Nadia Koutzen.
Mrs. Ventura was the recipient of the Sears Roebuck Governor’s Scholarship to represent Puerto Rico at the National Music Camp (now Interlochen Arts Camp) in Interlochen, Michigan and received full scholarships to attend this camp in the summers of 1987, 1988 and 1989. She attended the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico where she majored in violin performance and studied with famous violinist Jose “Pepito” Figueroa. In her sophomore year, University of Miami violin professor Thomas Moore auditioned her in Puerto Rico. Professor Moore offered her a full tuition scholarship to attend the University of Miami and study with him. While at the University of Miami, she also studied with Violin Professor Glenn Basham, until she completed her BA in 1996. Also while at the University of Miami, she was selected the 1992 All American College Orchestra in Walt Disney World’s Epcot Center, as Principal Second Violin.
While attending a Suzuki violin workshop at The University of Miami and having been a Suzuki violin student herself, she soon found her passion was music education. Ventura taught middle school orchestra full time for 5 years, until her first child was born.
Anna Ventura completed her music education courses at Florida International University. She has been a certified Dade County K-12 music teacher since 1999 and is a certified Suzuki Violin Teacher. She is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas as well as the American String Teachers Association.