Annemarie Moorcroft was born in London, Ontario and began playing the violin at age 4. After seeing the light as a teenager, she switched to viola and studied at Western with Ralph Aldrich before studying in Cologne, Germany with Rainer Moog. Her musical education continued in New York, where she studied with Michael Tree and Cynthia Phelps, receiving her Masters degree from the Manhattan School of Music in 1995.
In 1996 Annemarie was appointed principal violist of the German Symphony Orchestra of Berlin and soon after made her Berlin debut playing Don Quixote with Yo-Yo Ma under Vladimir Ashkenazy. She has since performed concertos under conductors Leonard Slatkin, Sir Roger Norrington and Kent Nagano among others.
Annemarie is also a versatile and avid chamber musician. Her experiences performing with David Soyer and Midori at the Marlboro Festival were early inspirations and she was a member of the Breuninger String Quartet from 1998-2010, performing regularly in the Berlin Philharmonic Hall and presently she is a member of the Fontane String Quartet. Her recent chamber music collaborators include Scott St. John, Sharon Wei, Mark Fewer and Annalee Patipatanakoon.
A passionate educator, Annemarie became a teacher of the Alexander Technique in 2010, enjoyed coaching many youth orchestras including the National Youth Orchestra of Germany and was appointed to the viola department of the Musikhochschule Hanns-Eisler in Berlin by Tabea Zimmermann in 2019. Annemarie will also be teaching viola at Western for the winter term of 2024.