B i o g r a p h y
Anastasia Antonacos has given notable performances around the world as a solo recitalist and chamber musician. She has played at venues such as the Salle Cortot, Casa Orfeo, Holland’s Alkmaar Conservatory, and Alice Tully Hall. She has also played in Greece, Russia, France, and Belgium, as well as various places in the U.S., including Washington D.C., where she testified for funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. Her solo CD, Colour is the Keyboard, was recorded and produced by Grammy winner Bob Ludwig of Gateway Mastering Studios.
She won First Place at the International Young Artist Music Competition in Bulgaria, and she holds prizes from the Capdepera International Piano Competition in Mallorca and the Indianapolis Matinee Musicale Competition. In 2004 the Greek Women’s University Club of Chicago awarded her the Kanellos Award. She attended the Holland Music Sessions, the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival, and the Wilhelm Kempff Beethoven Course in Positano, Italy, where she was one of eight pianists selected for an intensive study of Beethoven led by John O’Conor.
A former member of the full-time piano faculty at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Antonacos holds a master's and doctorate in piano performance from Indiana University in Bloomington, and a bachelor's degree from the University of Southern Maine School of Music. She is a faculty member at the USM School of Music and a founding director of 240 Strings. She performs regularly around New England as a member of the Portland Piano Trio, which has been chosen for multiple residencies at Avaloch Farm Institute.
Annie has made solo appearances with the Northshore Philharmonic Orchestra, the Midcoast Symphony Orchestra, the Portland Symphony Orchestra, and the Bangor Symphony Orchestra. She has collaborated with violinist Joseph Silverstein, as well as with members of the Vermeer, Cassatt, DaPonte, and Barkada Quartets. Committed to new music, she has premiered works by Daniel Sonenberg, Richard Nelson, and David Martynuik. She lives with her husband and daughter in Portland, where she was named one of the 100 Most Influential People of Portland by the Phoenix.