MICHAELA TRNKOVA, COORDINATOR
Graduated from Prague Conservatory of Music with honors; BM and MM Peabody Conservatory. Michaela won first place in the Leonard Dorf Competition, Baltimore, and the Neerpelt Competition, Belgium. She has performed in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, the Fairfax Symphony, and the Prince George’s Philharmonic; recorded with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra; and has had numerous recitals in New York. Michaela has performed for U.S. Presidents William H. Clinton and George W. Bush, Czech President Vaclav Havel, and Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Numerous performances with the late Ray Charles. Along with being a full time faculty member and Harp Coordinator at the Peabody Preparatory, she is also a current faculty member at Catholic University and George Washington University.
DR. ANASTASIA PIKE
Dr. Anastasia Pike is on the faculty of the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, Teachers College/Columbia University, and Christopher Newport University. Anna received her doctorate from Columbia University, and has master's degrees from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, Pensacola Theological Seminary, and the University of Maryland, where she also received two bachelor's degrees with honors. She completed additional studies at the Juilliard School, the MasterWorks Festival - London, and upon personal invitation to the Salzedo School. Her primary instructors were the late Grammy award-winning Cleveland Orchestra principal harpist Alice Chalifoux and former National Symphony Orchestra harpist Jeanne Chalifoux.
Anna is principal harpist of the Capital City Symphony, and opened the 2009-2010 season with a sold-out concert as concerto soloist. Locally, she has appeared as principal harpist with the Fairfax, Harrisburg, Richmond, and Virginia Symphonies. She has delighted audiences including European royalty, senators, congressmen, legislators, and celebrities, and has performed on national and international television, in venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Kennedy Center. She has also performed with members of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, the City of London Sinfonia, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the English Philharmonic, Europa Galante, the London Mozart Players, L’Orchestra des Champs Elysees, and the Metropolitan Opera.
Anna is also a member of The Sprezzatura Duo, formed with fellow harpist Kate Loughrey. "Sprezzatura" means "the art of making something difficult look effortless." The duo demonstrates the art of "sprezzatura" in their fun, creative, and entertaining concert programs that appeal to audiences of all ages. In 2012, Anna and Kate co-founded the Harps for Kids Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) public charity that provides lessons and community outreach programs to local youth. In 2016, they gave the world premiere of a commissioned piece at the American Harp Society's National Conference.
In addition to her career as a concert harpist, Anna is also an award-winning pianist, and maintains studios of both piano and harp students. She has also been featured on more than 10 different CDs as both harpist and/or pianist. As an arts educator, Anna has conducted national and international research, and has interviewed artists including Pierre Boulez, Alice Chalifoux, Evgeny Kissin, and Leonard Slatkin. She has written articles for the American Harp Journal as well as entries for various encyclopedic works by Salem Press. She has presented at the College Music Society's National Conferences, and is the Event Director for the Society's day-long 2016 Pre-Conference Workshop.
Anna is the President of the Washington, DC chapter of the American Harp Society.
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