Karen Ann Krieger hails from Chicago and holds piano performance degrees from the University of Illinois and Western Illinois University. She has toured extensively throughout the U.S., Great Britain, British Columbia, and Cyprus as a clinician and performer. Karen has thrilled a wide range of audiences during her appearances with the Nashville Symphony, Atlanta Russian Orchestra, and the Gregg Allman Band. Ms. Krieger’s unique ability to teach basic through advanced keyboard skills, jazz improvisation, and MIDI technology, provides her students with solid foundations that have won them state and national piano performance and composition contests.
She and her husband, Stephan, have co-authored two books, Learn from the Legends: Rock Keyboard and Learn from the Legends: Blues Keyboard. As a composer, their blues book has won national recognition as 2001’s National Music and Sound Award for “Best New Music Folio” by Music and Sound Retailer Magazine. Her solo piano competitions have been included on the National Federation Competition List.
In addition to her successful career in music, Ms. Krieger has gained recognition as an ADDY Award-winning television journalist interviewing a variety of people from Presidents Carter and Reagan to Billy Joel. Presently, Karen Ann Krieger is an Associate Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy, and Chair of the Collegiate Piano Department at Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music.