Russian violinist Ania Safonova is Associate Concert Master with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. She joined the Orchestra as Associate Concert Master in 2008. During the 2018/19 Season, she performs in The Royal Ballet productions of Frankenstein and Don Quixote.
Safonova was born in Siberia and started playing the violin at the age of five. She made her concert debut aged seven with the Omsk Philharmonic. She emigrated with her family to Israel in 1991 and continued her violin studies at the Tel Aviv Conservatory, later moving to London to study at the Purcell School and the Royal College of Music. She was Associate Leader of the Halle Orchestra 2001–06.
Safonova has performed at many international festivals and played as a guest leader with orchestras including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Scottish Chamber Orchestra. She also features as Associate Concert Master in the 2009 Royal Ballet production of Kenneth MacMillan's Mayerling, which is available on DVD by Opus Arte.