D.M.A., Manhattan School of Music, Piano Performance
M.M., Manhattan School of Music, Piano Performance
M.A., Boise State University, Piano Performance
M.M., Music Academy in Wroclaw, Poland, Pedagogy and Piano Performance
The Polish-American pianist Anna Kijanowska (key-en-OFF-ska) has established herself as a multi faceted musician, smoothly transitioning among her roles as a performing and recording artist, pedagogue, coach, and advocate of contemporary classical music around the world. She has performed, taught and collaborated in North and South America, Asia, Europe, New Zealand, Africa and Australia.
Hailed by The New York Times (2007) as "an excellent young Polish pianist," Kijanowska’s concert performances represent the stunning diversity of today’s globalized classical music scene; she is equally at home performing in Carnegie Hall as the steppes of Mongolia. Her New York debut took place in 1997 with a live broadcast over WQXR, and she has to date appeared in Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall (NYC), and the Kennedy Center and National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C, as well as in underserved venues such as the Amazon basin in Brazil, the Himalayas in Nepal, and Mongolia.
She earned a Master of Arts in Pedagogy from the Music Academy in Wroclaw (Poland), as well as a Doctorate and a Master of Music in Piano Performance from the Manhattan School of Music in New York, where she studied with the legendary pianist Byron Janis.
Dr. Anna Kijanowska is also a passionate pedagogue and educator. She is sought after as a teacher, adjudicator, lecturer and performer. Dr. Kijanowska has presented master classes, recitals and lectures at leading universities and conservatories around the world, including the Central Conservatory and Chinese Conservatory in Beijing, China; Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music at the National University of Singapore; Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and LaSalle College of Arts in Singapore; Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts in Germany; the Sydney Konservatorium; the Xinghai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou, China; the New Zealand School of Music at Victoria University of Wellington; Australian National University in Canberra; Yayasan Pendidikan Musik Conservatory in Jakarta, Indonesia; North-West University in South Africa; the Conservatory in Lima, Peru; St. Thomas University in the Philippines; the Universities of Arizona, Utah, Nevada, Virginia and California; Bard College in New York; Yale University and Harvard University, among others.
She has been invited to present papers at international conferences, including the 4th World Piano Conference in Novi Sad in 2012, and the 5th Singapore International Pedagogy Symposium in 2011. As an adjudicator, she was invited to join a number of national and international competitions, including the Washington International Competition and the Catholic University Concerto Competition in Washington, DC; the MTNA Competitions; the International Chopin Competition in Singapore; and the Yamaha Piano Competition in Guangzhou, China.
Dr. Kijanowska’s students have won numerous competitions, appeared on radio and TV, and performed with orchestras worldwide. She teaches Piano, Chamber Music and Piano Literature at the College of William and Mary.
Dr. Kijanowska is currently a faculty member at the College of William and Mary, Interharmony Festival in Italy and Germany, as well as the International Academy of Music in Italy. She is a former faculty member of the University of Richmond in Virginia, the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, the University of Nevada in Las Vegas, The Castleman Quartet Program, the Levine School of Music, and the Washington International Piano Festival in Washington D.C.
Honors, Prizes, and Awards
Top Prizes in National and International Competitions
Kosciuszko Foundation Scholarship
Batory Foundation Scholarship
Madeleine Forte Scholarship
Manhattan School of Music Scholarship
Recordings: Dr. Kijanowska's recording of The Complete Mazurkas by Szymanowski (Dux 417) was recently praised by Adrian Corleonis of Fanfare Magazine "as superior to any other interpretations that came before or after her" and received favorable reviews on both sides of the Atlantic from the New York Times and BBC Magazine. Mr. Leonard of All Music Guide wrote, "Kijanowska's performances are amazingly virtuosic, astonishingly charismatic, astoundingly empathic and completely compelling," while Mr. Muse of the Classik Reviews called her performance a “revelation.”
For information about Dr. Kijanowska's performances please visit: www.annakijanowska.com