"I've seen La Traviata at the Metropolitan Opera and Chicago Lyric Opera, but for the first time I believed her." (an audience member)
"Annika Bäckström has a high, warm and rich soprano voice that she handles exquisitely. Her musicality and thorough technical knowledge do not leave room for anything superficial or without meaning. In every composition she performs, she creates, with excellent characterization and phrasing, an atmosphere that makes the listener experience the music and meaning of the text, even if the literary language is unknown. With equal joy one listens to her soft, intimate interpretation of Grieg's 'Jeg elsker deg' and the charming interpretation of 'Glitter and be gay' from Candide by Bernstein. In the latter, she displays perfectly placed coloratura."
(Karl-Gustav Gunneflo, diploma organist and cantor, pianist, music educator)
(Inga Gunneflo, voice and speech pedagogue, concert singer, drama school teacher)
"The music is dramatic and Annika Bäckström sings with deep emotions, yet powerful with a clear and smooth voice."
Vänersborg Tidning (Vänersborg Newspaper, Sweden)
"Annika Bäckström is on a surefooted career of high promise. Her lovely soprano voice makes you bubble inside. Her beautiful smile and face, her flowing hair and spectacular dress made her Madonna-like in the church light flooded with late afternoon sun. Annika sang with such ease and wonderful control. Her lively and joyous energy delivered con brio (with spirit), certainly was uplifting...
Annika's interpretation of songs by Gunnar de Frumerie and poems by Per Lagerkvist should have been for the whole world to see!" (The Sun, Chicago)
"Annika displays great improvement and ability to tap her inner resources in creative and independent thinking. In all her work there was a marvelous element of naturalness and spontaneity that gives that 'illusion of the first time', so necessary in the theatre." (Late Dr. Roman Tymchyschyn, theatre professor/director)
"Johann Strauss' Frühlingsstimmen amply displayed Ms. Bäckström's appealing voice, her flexible technique and reliable high notes." (The Sun, Chicago)
"Annika Bäckström is a beautiful singer with a wide register. Her sincere and heartfelt interpretation made the music seem close and awakened your ears and you wanted more."
Skaraborgslän Tidning (Skaraborgslän news paper, Skara, Sweden)
"I think I saw a skinny girl and a witch singing 'Tra-la-la...No!' on stage this evening. It was so real! Oh, my god! You are amazing. It was very impressive Annika. You have a warm sweet tone and a very calming way of performing. I enjoyed it so much. I enjoyed all the stories and poems a lot! After I read them and listened to you, I felt like I was in another world. All the scenes came into my head." (Pip)
Annika is a very passionate and uplifting teacher who encourages communication through music. She is such a positive influence on the musical wellness of every student she teaches. I enjoyed this class very much." (Natalie)
Annika is awesome! I came into this class totally scared to sing on my own in front of people, because I've only ever sung in a chorus before. But now I feel more confident. I had no idea I'd enjoy this class as much as I have, but it's definitely been my favorite." (Alison)
Annika has been extremely helpful and supportive throughout the duration of the course. Her willingness to make time for me outside of regular meeting-times has been greatly appreciated. She has challenged me to work outside of my comfort zone and to just 'go for it.' I feel like I got a lot out of this course." (Lara)
"This class was extremely helpful in developing my voice. I plan to take it again."
"It has truly been an honor and a pleasure to work with you! So thank you for being an inspiration." (Serena)
"Annika's strength lies in her passion for, and understanding of, the joy and healing that singing (Becoming The instrument and using it to make music) will bring. She has an uncanny knack for making students work to live up to her enthusiasm for their journey. And soon they are feeling their instruments take shape, and feeling themselves truly releasing songs from their instruments into the world around them. Annika teaches both the building and the playing of your instrument, but mostly about the joy of having this instrument." (Loren)
"Taking a singing class teaches a person about so much more than their vocal instrument. It is a class about pushing through fears and being able to feel vulnerable. Annika really made it worth all of our time." (Brian)
"Annika is a compassionate and inspiring instructor. She encourages a warm and open classroom environment that nurtures individual growth. Her classroom activities were hands-on and varied (and often pretty amusing!). My experiences in this class wouldn't have been complete without Annika!" (Lara)
"Annika is one of the most effective and amazing teachers I have ever experienced in my long study of man, me and music. Her creativity knows no bounds. During every lesson a new part of you, that you have never met (the musical instrument your voice), by-passes all insecurity and ego and fear in hopes of getting to be in the room with her next excited yet gentle suggestion. You can't wait to find out where you're going to grow next. The more you practice, the more she can teach you about Your voice, not someone else's, not some generic ideal. Her confidence in your voice is so contagious, so you practice in hopes of getting to hear what she knows is there." (Loren)