Dr. Tinka Knopf de Esteban graduated from the Mary C. Wheeler School, attended Pembroke in Brown University and received her BM., MM. and DMA from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. She held a beca from the Spanish Government for study and received a diploma in Piano from the music school directed by Andres Segovia in Santiago de Compestela, Spain. Dr. Knopf was a member of the piano faculty, teaching piano, piano pedagogy, and was the Associate dean at the Peabody Conservatory until she was injured in an auto accident which damaged her hearing. She is currently serving as a pedagogical consultant to the Conservatory in the Balears, Spain, as well as teaching piano at the Nantucket School of Music. Her professional activities included, as a member of MTNA: President of the Eastern Division and National Vice President. She held a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for studies in medieval theory in Madrid. She is presently on the Advisory Board of the MTNA and is advisor to the Board of Directors of the Nantucket School of Music.
As a teacher, Dr. Knopf has taught two National Baldwin winners, as well as a national runner-up. She has given numerous workshops and masterclasses throughout the US, Greece, Yugoslavia and Spain. Her major teachers of influence were Alicia de Larrocha and Julio Esteban. She has various publications put out by Manduca Publications. She is listed in various Who’s Who. She was a member of the Maryland Volunteer Health Organization, representing the Tinnitus Association, and is a former Vice Regent of the DAR. She and her husband, Fernando Esteban helped establish the Julio Esteban Music Library in the Conservatori de les Illes Balears, and currently reside in Nantucket and Mallorca, Spain.