Ànnika is an internationally acclaimed young artist and celebrated scholar-musician. In 2013, she was named a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts. She is a 2019 Congressional Award recipient and will be honored at a Gold Medal Ceremony in Washington D.C. next June. Ànnika has received numerous national and international music prizes. Most recently, she was the top instrumental prizewinner of the International Richard Strauss Competition in Salzburg, Austria. She was awarded the Bach and Tchaikovsky Performance Awards for “Extraordinary Artistry” from InterHarmony International Music Festival. A multi-talented instrumentalist, Ànnika was awarded the Paderewski Gold Medal for piano performance by the American College of Musicians. 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 while on international tour with renowned conductor Valery Gergiev and the inaugural NYO-USA, which was published in the League of American Orchestras’ award-winning Symphony Magazine.
Ànnika has given solo performances at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, and the United Nations. She has served as Concertmaster of numerous international orchestras and has performed at the Konzerthaus, Haydnsaal, Solitär/Bösendorfersaals Universität Mozarteum Salzburg, DeHandelsbeurs, Alobrandeschi Castle, TBC Gallery, 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 recently featured in The Wall Street Journal and 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, November 3, 2007, on stage of the newly dedicated 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 is an “All Honors” scholarship graduate of The Juilliard Pre-College Division and recipient of the 2013 Commencement Award. She was admitted as a scholarship student into the College Division and accepted into the Juilliard-Columbia Exchange Program. She was selected for the Juilliard Leadership Program and awarded the Gluck Community Fellowship. As winner of Juilliard’s Music Theory Department Composition Competition, she was offered a debut performance and recording in Juilliard’s Morse Hall. In 2017, Ànnika was one of five students awarded a “Bachelor of Music with Academic Honors” degree. Currently, she is pursuing a master’s degree at Harvard University.