Prof. Anna Kijanowska, WPTA-Poland President, is a passionate pedagogue and educator. She is sought after as a teacher, adjudicator, lecturer and performer, who 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 World Piano Conference in Novi Sad in 2012, and the 5th Singapore International Pedagogy Symposium in 2011 and III and IV Contemporary Piano Meetings in Portugal. 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. She became World Piano Teachers Association-Poland President in 2019.
Dr. Kijanowska’s students have won numerous competitions, appeared on radio and TV, and performed with orchestras worldwide.
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 (pupil of Vladimir Horowitz and Rosina Lhevinne), Sara Davis Buechner (pupil of Rudolf Firkušný and Mieczysław Munz), and Mykola Suk (pupil of Lev Vlasenko). She has also studied with Dr. Madeleine Forte (pupil of Alfred Cortot, Rosina Lhevinne and Wilhelm Kempff) at Boise State University in Idaho.
Prof. Kijanowska is currently Associate Profesor at the Institute of Music/University of Silesia in Poland and she is a former faculty member at the College of William and Mary, 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., Interharmony and Clazz Festival and the International Academy of Music in Italy.