Anna Maria Mendieta
Harpist, Chamber Ensemble, Symphony Soloist, Multimedia & Educational Programs
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"… an exceptional soloist ... impressive. A charismatic player, she ranged through her instrument: exquisite, finger flicked dustings up and across the strings; or guitar-like strums, crisp and percussive; or rich-blooded low notes or brilliant high ones. The interwoven sound of Mendieta and the orchestra was luminous …"

—Richard Scheinin,

San Jose Mercury News

and featured "In The News" by

the American Symphony Orchestra League


CONTACTS
Music of Anna Maria Mendieta
PO Box 27584
San Francisco, CA 94127
+1 (415) 584-3167
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BIOGRAPHY
ANNA MARIA MENDIETA
"Artistic excellence," "charismatic," "exciting," and "brilliant" are words that critics have described concert artist Anna Maria Mendieta. Ms. Mendieta enjoys a busy career as a concert soloist, symphony soloist, recording artist and teacher. She is the principal harpist with the Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera and has performed with many symphony orchestras and chamber music groups across the U.S. and abroad. She performs all styles of music from Classical to Contemporary as a soloist and with her many ensembles. Specializing in Spanish Classical and Argentine Tango, Ms. Mendieta is often featured performing the concerti of Joaquín Rodrigo as well as special tango arrangements created for her for the harp and orchestra by GRAMMY Award-winning composers and arrangers. She has received international recognition and standing ovations as a pioneer and "an exceptional soloist" by the American League of Symphony Orchestras for the tango music of Astor Piazzolla making history with the unique programming and use of harp in this musical style. Her national touring concert-show of award-winning performers, "Tango del Cielo" (Tango of Heaven) is the focus of a documentary film. Her educational outreach ensemble "Del Cielo"is the two-time winner of the San Francisco Symphony's Adventures in Music program for the 2016 and 2017 seasons. Ms. Mendieta has appeared as a soloist for motion pictures, television, National Public Radio, and the Emmy Awards. She has performed for Pope Benedict XVI, for President Clinton, President Gorbachev and the King and Queen of Spain. www.AnnaMariaMendieta.com
TANGO DEL CIELO (Tango of Heaven) – Solo, Ensemble, Concerto
Anna Maria's unique specialties include the Argentine Tango and fiery Spanish classics in concert-shows that are especially entertaining incorporating music and dance (tango and flamenco) and multimedia use of art, film, backdrops, vignettes, and lighting effects. Her "Tango Del Cielo" concert-show also includes a special tribute to the Silver Screen, since it was through silent movies that tango was brought to the U.S. Anna Maria's ancestor Nita Naldi (also a harpist) was Rudolph Valentino's co-star for several movies; these scenes and others come to life on the stage. Programs can be performed with her ensembles and with orchestras, with or without dance, and are appropriate for all ages. Ms. Mendieta provides all scores and parts with multimedia, beautiful backdrops, and a tech person to manage it all. www.HarpTango.com
Anna Maria's programs connect tradition with innovation, history with the present, the auditory with the visual, and the serious with the playful. When Anna Maria is not pulling strings, she’s out on the dance-floor as a part of the show!
Notice to Orchestras! - The year 2019 marks the 20th anniversary of Joaquín Rodrigo’s death, on July 6, 1999. Ms. Mendieta has the support of Cecilia Rodrigo and The Rodrigo Foundation and has been requested to continue to perform his works for Harp and Orchestra.
"... a brilliant harpist and interpreter of the harp music of Rodrigo, in particular the Concerto Serenata for harp and orchestra, which she performs magnificently."
— Cecilia Rodrigo, President of the Joaquín Rodrigo Foundation, Madrid

REVIEWS
"… a true master of her instrument … Mendieta’s performance was exciting and beautiful!"
— Elizabeth Warnimont, The Benicia Herald
"One of the finest harpists I have ever worked with. When you have a musician of this caliber, it is only right to bring her out in front."
— Conductor Michael Morgan, Sacramento Philharmonic and Oakland Symphony
"What Anna Maria is doing with the harp and tango is fantastic ... and the audience loves it!"
— Pablo Ziegler, Grammy Award Winner for Best Tango Album, filmed Interview
"After listening to her solo, I decided that harp is one of the best suited instruments for tango."
— Igor Polk, Tango Noticias Magazine, Chicago

DISCOGRAPHY
Broadway - Center Stage
Anna Maria Mendieta
Sugo Music Label
Enchanted Christmas
Anna Maria Mendieta
Sugo Music Label
National Geographic Music Series: Around The World - Serenity
Anna Maria Mendieta
Sugo Music Label