Bio

 

Meraki is a chamber ensemble co-founded by former classmates, Anastasia Christofakis, clarinet, and Elizabeth G. Hill, piano. The ensemble is dedicated to making a social impact through music. Meraki’s recurring focus is the music of “Essence” that evokes the culture and history of people through their folk sound and musical language.

Anastasia Christofakis enjoys an active career as a soloist, chamber musician, and educator. Anastasia has presented solo and chamber performances at numerous universities, conferences, and music festivals. She has been invited to play with the Charlottesville Symphony, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and Pensacola Symphony. Dr. Christofakis is an advocate of new music, believing strongly in the commissioning of new works, and is a member of new music ensemble What is Noise. In addition, she was the winner of the Presser Music Award for her project relating to Armenian music. She received her Doctor of Music degree in Clarinet Performance at Florida State University. She holds a Master’s degree in Clarinet Performance from Roosevelt University and a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from James Madison University.

Elizabeth G. Hill is an accomplished soloist, chamber musician, orchestral pianist, and educator. A devoted supporter of new music, Elizabeth’s work in contemporary music ranges from solo and chamber ensemble performances,  including premieres for the New Voices Festival and The Fringe Festival in Washington, DC. Elizabeth is also the Principal Pianist with Baltimore-based chamber orchestra, Symphony Number One. Elizabeth’s principal instructors of solo and collaborative piano include Drs. Lise Keiter, Eric Ruple, Gabriel Dobner, and Ralitza Patcheva. She earned the Doctorate in Musical Arts (DMA) in Chamber Music at The Catholic University of America.