Anne Koscielny, piano
Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff, Saturday, December 1, 2012
Throughout the United States, in Mexico, South America, Europe and Asia, Anne Koscielny has performed in solo recitals, chamber ensembles, and with orchestras. She is the winner of many awards and prizes including first prize in the Kosciuszko Chopin Competition in New York City and first prize in the National Guild of Piano Teachers Recording Competition. She received a Bachelor of Music Degree (With Distinction) from the Eastman School of Music where she studied with Cecile Genhart, then a Performer’s Certificate and Master of Music Degree (under full scholarship) from Manhattan School of Music studying with Robert Goldsand. She has also studied with Frank Mannheimer and she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for study in Vienna.
Her London debut in 1972 was received with great critical success. The Daily Telegraph described the performance as follows: “Fire and feeling. Outstanding interpretations. Power and control. This was a remarkable debut.” Koscielny has also performed the complete cycle of Beethoven Piano Sonatas in several states including Connecticut (University of Hartford, in 1984 and again in 2000), Maryland (University of Maryland at College Park), Louisiana (Centenary College in Shreveport), Massachusetts (Gordon College in Wenham) as well as many from the cycle in numerous other cities. At Yale University, Koscielny performed several solo recitals and also the complete cycle of Beethoven Sonatas for Violin and Piano with Yale faculty violinist Syoko Aki.
Koscielny has performed for the Washington Performing Arts Society at Kennedy Center, the National Gallery of Art, both in several recitals and with orchestra, and the Phillips Collection on numerous occasions. She has appeared as festival artist for the Maryland International Piano Festival (later known as the William Kapell International Competition), the Matthay Piano Festival, the Frank Mannheimer Piano Festival, Gina Bachauer International Competition, Southern Missouri International Piano Competition, the New Orleans International Piano Competition, and Pennsylvania Academy of Music Festival. In chamber concerts Koscielny has performed with the New Hungarian, American, New World, Guarneri and Emerson String Quartets. For twelve years, she was artist-in-residence at Taos School of Music (New Mexico), a renowned summer school for strings and piano. Performances with orchestra include the Jacksonville Symphony, Hartford Symphony, Boston Pops, Eastman-Rochester Orchestra, Taipei City Symphony, and National Gallery of Art Orchestra (as well as many smaller orchestras) with a large concerto repertoire.
She has served on the Fulbright Screening Committee in New York City and also on the screening committee of the 2003 William Kapell International Competition as well as the Gina Bachauer Competition, the Maryland International Piano Competition, the Young Keyboard Artists’ Association, the New Orleans International Competition, the Southern Missouri International Competition, the 2004 Kosciuszko Chopin Competition (NYC) and numerous others throughout the United States, in Canada and Brazil. Over the years, many of her students have won top prizes in major international competitions and have established successful careers in teaching and performing.
Koscielny has performed and lectured as a convention artist for numerous U.S. State Music Teachers Associations. Other concerts, masterclasses, lectures and workshops have taken her to several cities in China such as Shenyang, Yantei, Xiamin, Shanghai and Guiyang, in Zella Mehlis, Nordhausen, Leipzig (at the Bluethner Pavilion and Mendelssohn Haus) and Schloss Colditz, Germany, and Cork, Ireland in addition to over seventy-five U.S. college and university campuses. She also has performed and lectured for many prestigious venues such as the Kosciusko Foundation House in NYC, the Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation Series in UT, the American Liszt/Matthay Society Convention, Chautauqua Institution, the Hartford Piano Society, Texas Music Festival Piano Institute, New England Piano Teachers Association and the Mohawk Trail Concert Series in MA.
Koscielny has held positions as professor of music at the Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford, the University of Maryland at College Park, and was a visiting professor at Eastman School of Music and Furman University. She recently completed a repeat performance of the complete Beethoven Sonata cycle (in eight concerts) at the Pennsylvania Academy of Music, in Lancaster, PA and at the Horowitz Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, Howard Community College in Columbia, Maryland, as well as a concert and master class tour in Shanghai and Guiyang, China. Koscielny lives with her husband, pianist and teacher Raymond Hanson, in western Massachusetts.