Annika made her debut in Carnegie Hall in December 2017 as a Second Place Winner in the American Protege International Romantic Music Competition. 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 Beethoven's Pathétique Sonata. Annika was one of four nationally selected finalists for The American Prize competition in Piano Concerto Performance in 2017, and one of five nationally selected finalists in the Piano Solo Performance division in 2019. 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 Khachaturian.
At the age of 14, Annika made her concerto debut with the FullScore Chamber Orchestra in Chicago at the Merit School of Music, performing Mozart's Concerto No. 12 in A. In October 2017, she was invited by the Tutti Chamber Orchestra to perform a concerto in the orchestra’s 19th Fine Arts Fall Festival. Annika was named an Illinois Young Steinway Artist, and performed her solo repertoire in her Young Steinway Artists Concert in December 2018. She 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.
Annika Huprikar is a junior in the Harvard/Berklee College of Music five-year dual degree program, where she is pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Harvard and a Masters of Music in Film Scoring from Berklee. 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 has composed for solo piano, chamber groups, choir, and orchestra. Continuing with her music education at Berklee College of Music, she has combined her love for music and film through pursuing a M.M. in Film Scoring. She has been competing in film scoring competitions such as Indie Film Music Contest and Score The World, and has completed short scenes as well as scored for student projects. Lately, she has been working with Racket Club, a music-to-picture company in New York City, as a composer for short indie film scenes and commercials.
In the realm of musical theater, Annika co-composed the music for Harvard University's First Year Musical, which is a completely original musical written, composed, directed, and performed by Harvard freshmen in April 2021. Their music album, "The Fortunates", is available on Spotify. She has also studied choral writing under Dr. Robert Kyr, one of the leading educators and composers of choral music.
Annika composed an 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 was named an All-State Musician by the ILMEA in 2019 for one of her award-winning solo piano compositions, and 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.
Annika was part of THUD (The Harvard Undergraduate Drummers), a music group on campus that writes an original show each semester, performing with a unique set of percussive instruments (cups, mallets, buckets, and more).
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