Ever since her Mom got her a toy piano for her 3rd birthday, Anna has been creating and sharing music as a pianist, composer and violinist in solo, chamber, orchestra settings; in the USA, Philippines, Canada and Germany. She earned performance degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (B.M.- High Honor, Strelow Scholar) where she studied with pianist Howard Karp and violinists Tyrone Greive and Vartan Manoogian; and from Hunter College-New York (M.A., Rosa Regelman Heintz Scholar) where she studied with pianists Abbey Simon and Herbert Stessin from Juilliard. She also studied composition with composers Stanley Wolf, George Tsontakis, Pullitzer Prize winner Melinda Wagner at Hunter College, Manhattan School of Music and Juilliard. Anna Maria had her New York debut in 1991 at the Philippine Consulate-New York, producing and performing a program of her own work. She is equally committed as a music mentor, starting with coaching (at 9 years old) her two younger sisters and continuing to teach privately and in the conservatory settings through her high school years until present day; in Wisconsin, New York City, Boston, USA; the Philippines, Germany and Canada. Anna Maria’s most recent mission in music is to bring classical music in music therapy settings and to special needs adults.
Current projects: “Music & Microbes” Music & lecture series with Microbiologist (husband) Dr. Stefan Pukatzki for PAGASA Medical mission to the Philippines; SANATOMA Piano Duo with concert pianist Satomi Tozawa, performing programs of works by composers who are women and commissioned works in Canada, Japan and USA; Hospice and Critical care concert series in Canada, Germany and USA; collaborations with artist-sister Isabel Manalo; Production initiatives including Millennium Chamber Symphony-NYC, a performance ensemble comprised of new artists alongside established professionals.
Noteworthy projects: Performing solo piano recitals in Manila, Philippines on the eve of the 1986 revolution; JS Bach 300th BirthdayTribute performance and pathologist lecture production in NYC; “Skin Codes” environmental music composition in collaboration with Isabel Manalo at the Paul Zuccaire Gallery , Stony Book, NY (November 2015)
Personal interests: travel, meditation, theology, psychology, films, languages, animal and human rights, birdwatching, stargazing, reading short fiction, writing short non- fiction (but not about herself).
Professional Affiliations: ASCAP (Composer member); AFM, Chamber Music America, AMTA, SAI Alumna- Denver Chapter.
Chamber Musician Anna Maria Manalo is deeply committed to interpreting and expressing our shared humanity through the language of Music.
“Anna clearly demonstrates an ability to convey the emotional intent of the composer, and yet pour out her own personality in her interpretation.”
“I have the opportunity to work with many pianists, from Milwaukee to New York. Anna was one of the most pleasurable pianists I’ve worked with in a long time.” – Concert Violinist Marvin Suson
“We are sending our heartfelt gratitude to you with your work with Joshua. We truly are so glad that you are Joshua’s teacher- you are a blessing to him and to us. Thank you for your work.” – Parent from Madison, WI
“I want to thank you for your absolutely beautiful piano music last night. I am facing a very stressful day today, and to be able to sit back, close my eyes and lose myself in your beautiful music, was extremely valuable to me. I could have listened to you for hours and hours and hours…”- listener from Alberta, Canada