Meet Anna Poklewski
Anna Marie Poklewski concertized extensively in Europe and Australia before coming to the U.S. in 1974. She has performed as soloist on the British Broadcasting Company, Polish Radio and Polish Television. Her solo recital debut took place in Wigmore Hall, London in 1968. Subsequently, she received great praise for her appearances with orchestras throughout England as well as major centers in the United States. A memorable performance of Chopin’s Second Piano Concerto took place at the Flint Center in 1981, in Cupertino, California where she was critically acclaimed by the local media. During her long teaching career she has given master classes in many music institutions in the United States, Europe and Asia. In 1991, she received a "Distinguished Teachers Award" from the White House given by former President George Bush. During May of 1999, 2000 and 2001 and by special invitation, she gave master classes in the Royal Academy of London. Since the year 2002, she has been invited frequently to impart two-week academies in music conservatories throughout China: Beijing,Shanghai, and among many others. She participated in the 2006 and 2007 International Academy of Music at the University of Colima, Mexico where she gave master classes and workshops for 10 days.
Ms. Poklewski has been involved with several prestigious piano competitions. She was instrumental in the formation of the International Viardo Competition for which she adjudicated during its inaugural season in 2005. She has also served as a juror in the Chinese Music Teachers Association Competition and the Bela Bartok Competition in Northern California. Several of her students have won recognition and top prizes in national and international contests.
Anna Poklewski was born in Poland. She is a graduate of both the University of Krakow and the Royal Academy of Music in London. Due to her Polish heritage, she is especially sensitive to the music of Chopin. Her sensibility, thoroughness and exceptional musicality are qualities that stand out in her instruction. She has been a member of De Anza College music faculty since 1976. During her tenure, she has gradually built and transformed De Anza’s piano program into one with international standards and reputation.