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Anna Maria Mendieta, harp

Anna Maria Mendieta, principal harpist with the Sacramento Philharmonic, has performed with orchestras and chamber music groups across the country including the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Opera, Russian National Orchestra, and the Russian State Ballet. She has performed for Pope Benedict XVI, President Clinton, the King and Queen of Spain, President Gorbachev; for National Hispanic Week in Washington D.C., 2011 World Youth Day events in Madrid, Spain, and at the Vatican in Rome, Italy.

With many albums to her credit, Anna Maria has appeared in movies, television, NPR, and the Emmy Awards. She has performed with Federica von Stade, Josh Groban, Frank Sinatra Jr., Olivia Newton John, Charlotte Church, Moody Blues, John Denver; and Barry Manilow, who calls her his “favorite harpist”.

Ms. Mendieta performs all styles of music from classical to contemporary, and is recognized internationally as a pioneer in performing Argentine Tango music on the harp with praises from The American Symphony Orchestra League as an “exceptional and charismatic [concerto] soloist”. Her creation of “Tango del Cielo”, a national touring concert-show, is the focus of a documentary film. When she’s not pulling strings, Anna Maria is out on the dance floor as a part of the show.