Once Upon a time…
Ànnika is internationally recognized as an acclaimed young artist and celebrated scholar-musician. She is the recipient of numerous national and international prizes. Most recently, she was awarded top Instrumental Prizewinner of the International Richard Strauss Competition held in Salzburg, Austria. InterHarmony International Music Festival (Germany & Italy) awarded her both the Bach and Tchaikovsky Performance Awards for “Extraordinary Artistry.” A multi-instrumentalist, Ànnika was awarded the Paderewski Gold Medal for piano performance by the American College of Musicians/Piano Guild National. Additionally, she holds a Certificate of Music Performance in Singing from Trinity College London-Guildhall School of Music. An award-winning writer and poet, Ànnika has numerous published works, including journal writing in the League of American Orchestras Symphony Magazine.
Ànnika has performed in recitals and with orchestras throughout the United States, including Hawaii; and internationally, in Italy, Austria, Germany, France, Belgium, Georgia, Spain, Prague, Russia, Iceland, and the UK. In the U.S., she has performed solo at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, and the United Nations in New York. In Europe/Eurasia, she has served as Concertmaster of numerous international festival orchestras and has performed at the Konzerthaus, Haydnsaal, Solitär/Bösendorfersaals Universität Mozarteum Salzburg, DeHandelsbeurs, Alobrandeschi Castle, TBC Gallery, Palacio de Deportes, Mariinsky Theatre, The Great Hall - Moscow Conservatory, and at the BBC Proms at Royal Albert Hall. In 2012, she performed at World Youth Day in Madrid, Spain, a week celebration with more than two million visitors centered around Pope Benedict XVI. She performed at a private dinner reception for 65 U.S. Bishops and at daily concerts with audiences of over 12,000 guests each at the Palacio de Deportes.
Ànnika has appeared live on NPR’s “From the Top,” CBS-6 “Virginia This Morning,” and the CBS Evening News Special. She was first violinist in Carnegie Hall’s inaugural National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America and selected to be followed by film crew and featured in a documentary chronicling the international tour led by Maestro Valery Gergiev with Grammy Award-winning soloist Joshua Bell. Ànnika was recently featured in The Wall Street Journal and was cast as a performer and speaker in the PBS documentary BECOMING AN ARTIST.
At age 10, Ànnika gave a passionate speech and violin performance before Mayor Meyera E. Oberndorf and the Virginia Beach City Council that won support for building a new performing arts center in her hometown. A dream realized, on November 3, 2007, on center stage of the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, she was presented the Key to the City by Mayor Oberndorf at the Opening Night Gala performance by legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman.
Ànnika was an All Honors graduate of The Juilliard Pre-College Division and recipient of the 2013 Commencement Award. Following graduation, she was accepted as a scholarship student into the College Division and, further, admitted into the Juilliard-Columbia Exchange Program. Additionally, she was selected for the Juilliard Leadership Program and awarded the Juilliard School Gluck Community Fellowship. At graduation, Ànnika was one of five students awarded a “Bachelor of Music with Academic Honors” degree. She is, currently, pursuing a master’s degree at Harvard University.