Annika Huprikar is an incoming sophomore at Harvard University, and is a dual degree student in the five-year Harvard/Berklee College of Music program, where she plans to get a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Harvard and a Masters in Music from Berklee, likely in Film Scoring. She is a classically-trained pianist, composer, and chamber musician, and has been studying piano since the age of six. For classical piano, Annika has been under the tutelage of internationally-acclaimed classical pianist Susan Merdinger. At Berklee, Annika is currently studying Jazz Piano under the tutelage of world-renowned jazz pianist and composer Joanne Brackeen (NEA Jazz Master 2018).
Annika was one of four nationally selected finalists for The American Prize competition in Piano Concerto Performance in 2017, and was one of five nationally selected finalists in the Piano Solo Performance division in 2019. Annika made her debut in Carnegie Hall in December 2017 as a Second Place Winner in the American Protege International Romantic Music Competition. Most recently, she won 2nd place in the Elite International Music Competition, for which she was invited to play at Carnegie Hall in March 2019; she performed the Pathetique Sonata by Beethoven. She has also won awards in the international Great Composers Competition, with a 2nd prize for Best Mozart Performance and 3rd prize for Best Rachmaninoff Performance. She won first prize at the Illinois Music Association's statewide competition in the Senior Piano Solo division with solo music by Rachmaninoff. Annika has also competed at various Sonatina and Sonata Festivals around Illinois. She has received Gold and Silver medals at the Sonata Festivals at Harper College and Roosevelt University in Chicago, and won distinction in Piano and Voice in the ILMEA Competition. She has also won first prize in piano at the Granquist Music Competition.
In March of 2017, at the age of 14, Annika made her concerto debut with the FullScore Chamber Orchestra in Chicago at the Merit School of Music to play Mozart's Concerto No. 12 in A Major. In October of 2017, she was invited by the Tutti Chamber Orchestra to perform a concerto in the orchestra’s 19th Fine Arts Fall Festival. Recently, Annika was named an Illinois Young Steinway Artist, and performed her solo repertoire in her Young Steinway Artists Concert in December 2018.
Annika composed her first album called A Medley of Melodies, which is dedicated to senior citizens with memory loss. She won a Bronze Medal in the composer category in the Global Music Awards international music competition for her album. She has been named an All-State Musician by the ILMEA in 2019 for one of her award-winning solo piano compositions. She was invited to attend and perform at the Illinois All-State Composition Festival in January 2019. Her latest orchestral composition, Olympus, was performed by the Sheridan Solisti Orchestra at Music Institute of Chicago in June 2019. More recently, in July 2020, Annika received an Honorable Mention in the Ernst Bacon American Music Performance national competition, adjudicated by The American Prize, for her original compositions. Annika was also part of the Midwest Young Artists Conservatory as a chamber musician in a piano quintet, and made her Ravinia debut with the quintet.
In addition to her study of music at Berklee College of Music, Annika composed the music for Harvard's First Year Musical, which is a completely original musical written, composed, directed, staged, and performed by Harvard freshmen in April 2021. The album for their original musical The Fortunates is available on Spotify. She also recently wrote a solo piano piece called Ethereal, which blends romantic classical elements with jazz technique. It was performed in Harvard's Arts First Concert in April 2021. Annika is also a composer in Harvard Composers Association, and scored a video created by Harvard students on Fossil Fuel Divestment in October 2020.
She is also an analyst for Harvard Undergraduate Capital Partners (HUCP), a group that works with top VC firms around the country to connect them to compelling start-ups through in-depth research and delivery of due diligence and sourcing insights to partner VC firms. She is also planning on working for The Harvard Crimson newspaper on the technology board, as well as being a member of Harvard's Women in Computer Science.
Annika is the co-founder of Music-Is-Medicine, a volunteer organization (est. 2014) that brings musicians in the community together to play for senior citizens. The group regularly performs music at nursing homes around the community, and enjoys sharing music with the residents to bring them joy.