Ann Cnop is born in October 1981 in Vilvoorde (Belgium), where she gets her first violin lessons at the age of 7. A few years later she enters the Conservatory of Mechelen where she studies violin with Frans Vos and chamber music with Florent Van de Vondel. During this period, she also takes part in several violin and chamber music competitions and has the opportunity to perform as soloist with several orchestras.
At the age of 17 she chooses the Lemmens Institute in Leuven (Belgium) to study violin with Elisa Kawaguti and singing with Dina Grosberger. After obtaining her master violin degree (magna cum laude) in 2004, she enrolls at the Conservatory of Brussels to specialize in baroque violin with Sigiswald and Sara Kuijken and Luis Ottavio Santos. She concludes these four years of historical performance practice in a master’s degree (magna cum laude) and is awarded the Ingeborg Köberle Prize, an award annually given by the Brussels Conservatory to the two most meritorious students.
During her studies, she attends master classes with Johannes Leertouwer and Ryo Terakado (baroque violin) and Rainer Hoffmann (chamber music).
Ann is regularly seen as a soloist at major venues from Mexico to Japan. Under the direction of Sigiswald Kuijken she performed Bach’s concertos and Mozart’s Symphonie Concertante. With Il Fondamento she played the violin concerto in e of Felix Mendelssohn.
She also participates in concerts and recordings with renowned ensembles such as La Petite Bande (Sigiswald Kuijken), Il Fondamento (Paul Dombrecht), Europa Galante (Fabio Biondi), Concert Royal Köln (Karla Schröter), Bach Concentus (Ewald Demeyere), Les Agrémens (Guy Van Waas), Il Gardellino (Marcel Ponseele).
Since 2013, Ann is concertmaster of the German orchestra Concerto Foscari (Hannover), plays in duo with Luc De Vos (piano) and is the first violin of the string quaret Quatuor a4.
Currently she is doing extensive research on the performance practice of the Romantic repertoire. This is also the subject of her PhD (University of Ghent).
Ann is also a teacher of violin and baroque violin at the Royal Conservatory of Ghent.