Ann Cecil-Sterman paints large abstract works that depict human physiological function as viewed through the sensation of the pulse as a Chinese Medical practitioner places their fingers on the wrist of a patient. Her work is strongly informed by her musicianship. (Read less)
Ann is the author of two best-selling Chinese Medicine textbooks, The Art of Pulse Diagnosis, and Advanced Acupuncture: A Clinic Manual, a required text in many acupuncture schools in the United States and in wide use in Europe. She travels all over the world, to Spain, England, Mexico, Italy, Australia, Switzerland and all over the United States to teach the application and methodology of advanced acupuncture, the art of pulse diagnosis, and with her husband Andrew Sterman, the use of food as medicine. She is a long-time student of Dr Jeffrey Yuen, having extensively studied acupuncture, diet, Chinese medical history, herbs, qigong, essential oils, stones and philosophy with him across North America. Her private acupuncture practice is focussed entirely on freeing the patient to engage, realize, flourish in, and celebrate their full potential.
She often plays in the Philip Glass Ensemble as principal flutist and has appeared with them on tours of the United States, Italy, Greece and Australia, performing the most arduous of Glass's repertoire including Koyaanisqatsi, Powaqqatsi and Anima Mundi. (She will tour with them again, twice, in 2017.) She has appeared at Carnegie Hall in the Tibet House benefit as soloist with Trey Anastasio and Patti Smith, and at BAM Next Wave and MATA festivals. She’s featured on countless commercials, series, and on the soundtracks of several Hollywood films including Secret Window, Taking Lives, No Reservations and Mr Nice. Her three CD series on the EMI and ABC labels went gold and earned her duo an ARIA (Australian Grammy) nomination both as performer and producer. She has recorded for Avian, Sony, EMI, ABC, Disney, CBS-TV and Warner Bros. Her teachers included Julius Baker of the New York Philharmonic, Jean-Pierre Rampal, and Mardi McSullea. She plays exquisite instruments: a flute made by Rive in Paris in 1875, a bass flute made by Rudall Carte in London in 1920 and a piccolo made by Haynes in Boston in 1966. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and two children.