Michaela Trnkova, international harpist, is an honor graduate of the Prague Conservatory and holds a Bachelor’s in Music, and Masters in Music from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. She received the Jack T. Schlenger Scholarship at the Peabody. She also won First Prize in the Leonard Dorf Competition in Belgium and has won prizes in numerous other competitions.
Michael is Coordinator of the Peabody Preparatory Harp Department and is on the faculty of Loyola University and Gilman.
In the summer of 2012, she was instrumental in creating the first summer harp program for the Peabody Preparatory. She enjoys teaching all ages and all levels at Peabody as well as in her private practice.
Aside from teaching, Michaela has a parallel career in performance in both classical and pop venues which takes her around the world. She has performed for U.S. Presidents George H. Bush, Bill Clinton and Czech President Vaclav Havel. Other performances include numerous symphony orchestras including a performance in Alice Tully Hall in NY. She is a regular recitalist for the Civil Society honoring National dignitaries. Recitals include performances in the Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, Belgium, and recordings with the Singapore Symphony.
Her pop concerts include performances with American Idol, Clay Aiken and Ray Charles. She has performed for Prince Karel Schwarzenberg, Milos Forman, Willard Scott, Tom Brokaw, Martina Navratilova, James Lovell and Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright.
Michaela also lectures on music and arts in the Czech Republic. She is a member of the American String Teachers Association, The American Harp Society, the Maryland State Teacher Association and the American Music Teacher Association. Michaela was a vice-president of the Baltimore Harp Society Chapter from 2004-2005 and currently is a treasurer of the Washington, D.C. Harp Society Chapter.