Annika was born in Freiburg, Germany, where she started studying the piano at a young age. As a regular participant and prize winner at piano competitions, she was accepted as a young student into a program for musically gifted youth at the Musikhochschule Freiburg. Later she earned her Bachelors degree at the same institution and continued her performance studies in Hanover. The influence of world renowned pedagogue John Perry led her to move to Canada where she studied with him while earning two Artist Diplomas at the Glenn Gould School in Toronto as well as a Masters degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy. Here, she also had the privilege to be instructed by other famous musicians, such as Leon Fleisher, André Laplante, Stephen Kovacevich, Marc Durand and Robert McDonald. Annika has extensive teaching experience including at the university level and has been an active accompanist and chamber musician. She taught at The Kingsway Conservatory of Music from 2003 until its closing in 2021.