Ana Simonutti, the pianist born in Belgrade, appeared in front of the audience for the first time at the age of seven, at the Kolarac Concert Hall (Belgrade). Six years later she had her first international debut with her father, the famous violinist Tripo Simonutti in Paris, where they represented Yugoslavia at the international music spectacle The Night of the Stars broadcast directly by French television. A year later the German newspapers described Ana as a Wunderkind after the concert with her father Tripo in a German town called Oberhausen which was proclaimed the event of the year.
Ana graduated and completed her postgraduate studies in Piano Performance at the University of Belgrade (Faculty of Music) in the class of prof. Jokuthon Mihailović. She specialized also in chamber music in the class of prof. Olivera Đurđević.
During more than 30 years of her career as a concert pianist Ana held more than two thousand concerts, performing either as a soloist or with Tripo and Irena in the Trio Simonutti as well as in duo with her sister or father.
As a soloist Ana Simonutti has worked with such renowned conductors as Ren Huijie (China), Namsraijav Butenbajar (Mongolia), Stanko Jovanović, Vojislav Simić, Pavle Medaković, Zoran Andrić and many others.
Her appearances were accompanied by some of the most reputable Serbian and international orchestras: Serbian Radio and Television Orchestra, Serbian Army Orchestra Stanislav Binički, the Beijing Guo Lian Orchestra – China, the Mongolian State Philharmonic Orchestra, The Chamber Orchestra of Niš, etc.
She performed not only throughout the country and the region (Slovenia, Montenegro, Croatia, Bosnia and Herezgovina, Macedonia) but also in Europe (Hungary, Bulgaria, France, Austria, Germany) and in Mongolia and China.
When describing Ana Simonutti’s performance the critics noted that she “plays in an absolutely unique way, grasping and transmitting the most ungraspable moonlight rays – in an ephemerous, etheric and weightless, foam-like manner,” with such “nobility and elegance” (Borba), “majestically” (Dan), offering us “a new vision of Liszt and Chopin all in pastel valeurs” (Borba).
Ana has had hundreds of appearances on national and foreign televisions.
She recorded three CDs for PGP-RTS, the best known discographic house in ex-Yugoslavia, two LPs for Jugodisk, five audio cassettes, as well as several compact discs for Radio Belgrade.
She participated in multitudinous important festivals: BELEF, Golden Autumn – Ulan Bator (Mongolia), NOMUS – Novi Sad, Mokranjac Days – Negotin, Marble and Sounds – Aranđelovac, Festival of classical music – Vrnjačka Banja, Budva “Theatre City”, Summer festival – Ulcinj, “Mimosa festival” – Herceg Novi, just to name some of them.
As soloist as well as member of the Trio Simonutti, Ana Simonutti was awarded the First Audience Award and the First prize of the Association of Mongolian composers at the international festival The Golden Autumn in 1998. In 2001 Cultural Educational Association of Serbia awarded Ana the Golden Badge for her exceptional contribution to the cultural development.
Over the years Ana Simonutti has been selected more than once as the recipient of various awards and recognitions from Red Cross for all the humanitarian work she has been carrying out so devotedly from the beginning of her career. So far she has held a lot of humanitarian concerts as well as hundreds of concerts intended for promotion and popularization of classical music among the young audience.
A number of famous composers (Dejan Despić, Konstantin Babić, Nikola Hercigonja, Dušan Radić, Zlatan Vauda, Rastislav Kambasković, Vojislav Kostić, Miroljub Aranđelović Rasinski etc.) wrote and dedicated some of their pieces to Ana Simonutti, as a member of the Trio Simonutti.
Since 1994 she has been member of Association of Musical Artists of Serbia.
Since 1993 Ana has been working in Mokranjac Music school in Belgrade.