Author Biography
 
Author Biography

Anna Sikorzak-Olek

Anna Sikorzak-Olek graduated from the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw where she had studied in the professor Urszula Mazurek's master class. Thanks to grants from the Ministry of Culture and Art she attended numerous masterclasses and courses in France, Germany, Czechoslovakia and Italy. She has developed an active career as both a soloist and chamber musician. She has given Polish premieres of Tadeusz Paciorkiewicz’s Harp Concerto, three concertos by Piotr Moss (Espres­sioni Varianti, Remenances and Voyage for two harps and orchestra), Mikołaj Hertel’s concertos for harp and strings (Primavera and Athos), Con­certo in China by Jean-Michel Jarre, Aria in classical style by Marcel Grandjany, the Concerto for Percus­sion and Harp by Stanisław Moryto, the Concerto for Flute and Harp by Marta Ptaszyńska, Music for Flute, Harp and Orchestra by Jerzy Maksymiuk, the Concerto for Harp and Orchestra by Bogusław Schaeffer and Morceau de concert by Marceli Popławski. Her recordings for Polish Radio include concertos and concertante works by Claude Debussy, G.F. Handel, Witold Lutosławski, Tadeusz Paciorkiewicz, Marceli Grandjany, Thomas Daniel Schlee, Piotr Moss, Marta Ptaszyńska, Andrzej Panufnik, Marceli Popławski, Jerzy Maksymiuk and Bogusław Schaeffer. She has also made many recordings for Polish Television. As a chamber musician, she has performed in duos with flute, oboe, percussion, soprano, in works for two harps and with the Warsaw Harp Quartet. She also frequently plays with the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Sinfonia Varsovia. Her discography comprises over a dozen CDs, including a recital with the flautist Kazimi­erz Moszyński, Grażyna Bacewicz’s music for harp, 20th-Century Concertos for Harp (with the Amadeus Orchestra under Agnieszka Duczmal and oboist Mariusz Pędziałek, nominated for the 2001 ‘Fryderyk’ Award), the concerto by Thomas Daniel Schlee, Ernest Bloch’s Suite Modale with the flautist Katherine DeJongh, ‘Souvenir – Beliebte


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