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Annika Hupirkar

Annika Huprikar, a sophomore in high school, is a pianist and composer. She has been studying piano since the age of six. She is a classically trained pianist, under the tutelage of Susan Merdinger. Her love for classical music launched when she first heard music composed by Mozart.

Annika has participated in various Sonatina and Sonata Festivals around Illinois. Previously, she 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. More recently, she won first prize in piano at the Granquist Music Competition, with a perfect score. She is one of four nationally selected finalists for The American Prize competition in Piano Concerto Performance in 2017. Annika made her debut in Carnegie Hall in December 2017 as a Second Place Winner in the American Protege International Romantic 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 in the orchestra's 19th Fine Arts Fall Festival. Annika has performed in Steinway Piano Galleries as well.

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