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Washburn grew up in a vibrant musical community in rural Maine, and began her career performing and teaching in Boston after studying with Peter Zazofsky at Boston University. After a few summers of teaching at Cazadero Music Camp, she was drawn to the west coast where she completed her master's at San Francisco Conservatory of Music as a student of Bettina Mussumeli.

After hearing Philharmonia Baroque play Beethoven's 7th Symphony in a masterclass at the Conservatory, she knew she wanted to perform as vibrantly on gut strings, and has pursued that goal ever since. Along with working with Nic McGegan and Philharmonia for ten years, Washburn performs regularly with Bach Collegium San Diego, Live Oak Baroque Orchestra and Tesserae in Los Angeles, and plays violin and viola with Agave, a (mostly) baroque chamber group. She can be heard on their most recent albums, Peace in Our Time and American Originals. In 2021, the latter was nominated for a GRAMMY Award.

In recent years, Washburn has also been known to appear on stage with a variety of other ensembles, including recording and performing with pop-orchestra Magik*Magik Orchestra with artists like Sting, Chicago, John Vanderslice, Third Eye Blind, and hiphop/opera group Ensemble Mik Nawooj. Additionally, she regularly performs with Sylvestris Quartet, in residence at Hawai'i Performing Arts Festival in Waimea each summer since 2018.

Anna began teaching for PCA in 2021.

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