Biography

Anna Pietrzak is a versatile guitarist,

pedagogue, recording artist,  adjudicator and founder of the Vancouver Guitar Orchestra.

Anna is a laureate of over a dozen guitar competitions in Europe. She has performed as a soloist as well as with chamber music ensembles and orchestras in Poland, Austria, China, the Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Spain, Canada, Germany, Switzerland, Hungary, and Slovakia. In 2017 she made her Canadian debut with the Toronto Concert Orchestra under the baton of Kerry Stratton

She received her PhD degree from the Academy of Music in Wroclaw in Poland where she studied with prof Piotr Zaleski and Marek Zieliński. Anna’s certification also includes a graduate degree from the Conservatory of Music in Piraeus in Greece in the guitar program of Costas Cotsiolis. She perfected her skills in master classes held by renowned guitarists like Aniello Desiderio, Joaquin Clerch, Carlo Domeniconi, Pavel Steidl, Ivo and Sofia Kaltchev and Peter & Zoltan Katona.

 She has released three albums which received positive reviews from the press. The Albums are: ‘La Catedral – 20th Century Guitar Music’, the crossover ‘GITANA Electric – Eclectic’ and ‘Farewell’ where she performs in a duo with her brother Łukasz Pietrzak.

Anna currently resides in Vancouver, BC, where she teaches students of all ages, from beginner to university and postgraduate levels. Because of her vast experience and inspiration her students are laureates of national and international guitar competitions.