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Anna Górecka

Anna Górecka is a pianist who is mainly interested in richness and variety of the 20th and 21st century music (from ''Gaspard de la Nuit'' by Ravel to Sonata by Mikołaj Górecki Junior). In her repertoire one can find works by eminent classics and romantics, including Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Brahms and many others together with the most recent works by Zygmunt Krauze or Tomasz Kamieniak. Dialogues between authors representing various periods and styles are the main subject of her interest. Górecka cooperates with many eminent musicians. Among them we will find conductors like Reinbert de Leeuw, Juozas Domarkas, Mirosław Jacek Błaszczyk, Agnieszka Duczmal, Jacek Kaspszyk, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Grzegorz Nowak, Antoni Wit. Together with the violinist Krzysztof Bąkowski she performs repertoire from Mozart to Arvo Part. In 2005 their album with Karol Szymanowski’s compositions for violin and piano (CD Accord, ACD 077-2) won the title ''Recording of the month'' awarded by the British monthly music magazine - Classical CD Reviews MusicWeb. Her album with Henryk Gorecki’s Concerto op. 40 got a nomination for Polish CD award “Fryderyk”.

In 1991 Anna Górecka graduated with distinction from the Academy of Music in Katowice where she studied with prof. Andrzej Jasiński (teacher of Krystian Zimerman). In July 1991 she was admitted to a class of prof. Wiktor Merzhanow, a famous Russian pianist and pedagogue, with whom she studied for 2 years. Górecka has been awarded a scholarship of the Ministry of Culture and Art and Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst.

She is also a laureate of piano competitions in Senigallia and Hamburg (Internationaler Brahms Wettbewerb) and the Polish Piano Festival. Górecka has been on concert tours in Japan, Great Britain, USA and many other European countries. She has performed in Berlin Philharmonic, Moscow Conservatory Grand Hall, Boesendorfer Saal in Vienna, Colston Hall in Bristol, Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre, Osaka Festival Hall, Palau de la Musica in Barcelone, Hermitage Theatre in Petersburg, National Philharmonic in Warsaw etc.

Here is what one of the reviewers said after her recital in the London’s Wigmore Hall: „[...] Górecka proved herself an outstanding pianist at her Wigmore Hall debut. Górecka’s talent is more than just the result of having had lessons since the age of four. There is God-given ability here. [...] Her performance of the middle section of Ravel’s masterpiece „Gaspard de la Nuit” [...] was one of the most moving pieces of piano-playing I have ever heard.”

Anna Górecka gave first performances of many contemporary works (H. M. Górecki: „Salve Sidus Polonorum”, „Kołysanki i Tańce”, new version of „Pieśni o radości i rytmie”, Z. Krauze: „Listy”, M. Górecki: „Capriccio”, „Sonata”). There are many works composed especially for her, including piano sonatas by Mikołaj Górecki and Tomasz Kamieniak.
A special place in Górecka's repertoire is reserved for the compositions by her father, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki.

Anna Górecka teaches a lot; she is a professor at the Academy of Music in Katowice, her students have been awarded many times on Polish and international competitions.




Press:
„Brilliant piano version [of the Górecki’s Concerto op. 40] performed by the daughter of the composer, Anna Górecka, in whom we have found an excellent interpreter of this work [...]”„Ruch Muzyczny”

„[Górecka] proved herself an outstanding pianist at her Wigmore Hall debut. Górecka’s talent is more than just the result of having had lessons since the age of four. There
is God-given ability here. [...] Her performance of the middle section of Ravel’s masterpiece „Gaspard de la Nuit” [...] was one of the most moving pieces of piano-playing I have ever heard.” „Evening Standard”

„[...] she gave a mysterious and thrilling account of her father Henryk Górecki’s „Four Preludes.” There was an energetic virtuosity [and] muscular intelligence, most evident in Ravel’s „Gaspard de la Nuit.” „The Independent”


„Górecka is a pianist of passion and energy, occasionally recalling Martha Argerich. She is already a genuine virtuoso with a technique to burn. She seemed most at home in the turbulent passages [in the Ravel’s „Gaspard de la Nuit”] with their pyrotechnical challenges. That was a pianistic triumph.” „Country Life”


„Anna Górecka in S. Prokofiev’s piano concerto fascinated us with her musical maturity and very high technique.” „Gazeta Wyborcza”


„[...] her sensitivity in Chopin, the breadth of her imagination and the quality of her relationship with the conductor and orchestra in the Prokofiev [...]”„The Times”


„Capriccio by M. Górecki found in Anna Górecka a marvellous interpreter who not only managed to convey its basic line but also all its subtle nuances.” „Dziennik Zachodni”