Anna Maria Manalo has created and shared music as a pianist, composer and violinist in solo, chamber, orchestral and community settings in the USA, Philippines, Canada and Germany. She earned performance degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (BM — High Honor) where she studied with pianist Howard Karp and violinist Tyrone Greive; and from Hunter College-New York (MA) where she studied with pianists Abbey Simon and Herbert Stessin from Juilliard. She also studied composition with composers Stanley Wolf, George Tsontakis, Melinda Wagner at both the Manhattan School of Music and Juilliard. She is equally committed as a music mentor, beginning with teaching her two younger sisters and continuing to teach privately and in the conservatory settings through her high school years until present day in Colorado, Wisconsin, New York City, Boston, the Philippines, Germany, and Canada. Anna Maria’s most recent mission is to bring classical music into music therapy settings and for special needs students. Anna is the co-founder of the Millennium Chamber Symphony in New York City, and is on the faculty of the Maestro Music Institute of Denver, CO and was recently awarded as a “Steinway Top Teacher.”
Anna’s recent programs feature at least 90% women composers, with premieres by composers Loretta Notareschi, Melissa Shiflett, Cait Nishimura, presented in Denver, CO, New York, NY, Madison, WI, and Bremen Germany. She was a speaker on the 2020 Chamber Music America Conference Panel “Music and Cognitive Differences.” She is a founding performer of ongoing chamber music series at hospices in Alberta, Canada, homeless shelters in Denver, CO, and the Visiting Artists/Millennium Chamber Symphony Music & Healing Series with Mt. Sinai, New York.