Meghan Gieske is a multi-talented freelance musician in the DC area, where she is completing a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance at The Catholic University of America Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, under the instruction of Dr. Nikita Fitenko. She has also studied with Vanessa Cornett, Tamari Gurevich, and Ketevan Badridze.
She began her musical career in the Midwest, receiving awards at numerous piano competitions, including the South Bend Symphony Young Artists Competition, the Elnora Harman Stickley Memorial Piano Competition, and the Michiana Chopin Competition. As a chamber musician, Meghan was the recipient of a Fischoff National Chamber Music Association Mentoring Scholarship and was named the Fischoff Artist of the Month in April 2007.
Meghan completed her undergraduate work at the University of St. Thomas, in St. Paul, MN. In addition to her solo study, she toured nationally and internationally with the university Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Liturgical Choir. She graduated magna cum laude in 2011 with a Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance and Catholic Studies. Following graduation, she gained experience teaching at the Hovland Conservatory of Music.
Beyond her experience as a performer, Meghan’s academic interests include music theory, specifically the intersection of music theory and performance. She also plays viola and has been a member of the Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis and the Catholic University of America Symphony Orchestra. When not engaged in musical activities, Meghan enjoys philosophy and long-distance running.