Ana Maria Sousa Castro was born in 2001 in Oporto, Portugal. She began her musical studies at the age of 6, at the conservatory. Ana is currently doing her Bachelor of Classical viola at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam with Francien Schatborn and Nobuko Imai.
In 2013, she became a pupil at Artave, a portuguese professional music school. She was the principal violist at the Artave Orchestra and the APROARTE Orchestra. She has been a member of the Young Portuguese Orchestra (JOP) since 2017 and has performed as principal violist in several concerts (Berlin, Bucharest, Lisbon and Oporto).
She attended master classes with the professors Ryzard Woiciky, Luís Magin Muñiz, Christophe Weidmann, Francien Schatborn, Pedro Saglimbeni Muñoz, Sophie Arbuckle, Veit Hertenstein, Tatjana Masurenko, Isabel Charisius, Máté Szucs, Nobuko Imai, Francien Schatborn, among others.
She has played at Casa da Música Concert Hall in Oporto with Orquestra XXI, in August 2016, and with the Zurich Symphonic Youth Orchestra in October of the same year.
Ana attended the 2017 and 2018 editions of Peter de Grote Festival, in Groningen, where she performed solo, as sextet and octet. In 2017, she was awarded for Outstanding Musicianship and, in 2018, she was one of the prizewinners of Labberté-Hoedemaker Awards.
In 2019, Ana won the 1st prize at the 5th edition of Vasco Barbosa national strings competition, in Lisbon, Portugal. This gave her the opportunity to play as a soloist with the chamber orchestra “Camerata Atlântica” at CCB’s concert house in a live broadcast to the Portuguese classical radio Antena 2.
In July 2019, she concluded high school, being awarded the best string instrumentist of her class, receiving, with that, the opportunity to play as soloist with the Artave orchestra.
In 2020, Ana created the Rijks quartet, a string quartet that played in several venues in the Netherlands. In December of 2021, the Rijks Quartet was invited to play live in the national television program, Podium witteman.
In January of 2021, Ana played, as a member, with the Spanish Youth Orchestra (JONDE) and was also invited to join the Jeunes Virtuoses de New York.
She is also a founder member of FAMART, cultural association in Portugal that organizes concerts, masterclasses and other international projects. Recently, Ana played in the professional Portuguese orchestra, OCP, in CCB’s concert house.