Biography

Anna Pietrzak is a versatile guitarist,

pedagogue, recording artist,  adjudicator, artistic director of the GITAROMANIA Festival in Poland 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 Pietrzak teaches students of all ages, from primary school to university level and beyond. Thanks to her vast experience her students are laureates of national and international guitar competitions. Until 2019 she  was a guitar lecturer and chamber music teacher at the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music and the Ryszard Bukowski Secondary Music School in Wrocław, Poland. She also worked as a guitar teacher at the Fryderyk Chopin Primary Music School in Oleśnica between 2000 to 2019. Thanks to her vast experience Anna’s students are laureates of national and international guitar competitions. 

Currently she works at the British Columbia Conservatory of Music in Canada.