Anna Starzec

Dr. Anna StarzecA native of Poland, Anna Starzec graduated with honors from the I. J. Paderewski Academy of Music in Poland, where she pursued her Master Degree in the piano studio of Anna Organiszczak. In 2003 she was awarded the Erazmus- Sokrates Scholarship to study piano at the Hogskolen I Agder University in Norway. In 2006 she came to United States, named a recipient of a full scholarship, to complete a Masters degree at Oklahoma City University with Amy I- Lin Cheng. Two years later she was awarded the full scholarship to study on the Artist Certificate Program at the Southern Methodist University in Dallas in the studio of acclaimed pianist, Joacquinn Achucarro. Most currently she finished her doctoral studies in the studio of Christina Dahl at the Stony Brook University in New York.

Anna Starzec has performed recitals in Italy, Norway, Israel, Germany, Poland, and United States. She was invited to participate in numerous music festivals in Poland: Duszniki –Zdroj, Krzyzowa, Warsaw Music Festival,and Aleksiej Orlowiecki Music Festival in Wroclaw. In the U.S. Anna was awarded a full scholarship to participate in the 2009 Summit Music Festival in New York, and 2008 OK Mozart in Tulsa. She was among a few pianists selected from around the world to participate in the 2007 Piano Texas International Academy and Festival in Forth Worth. Anna was also invited to perform several recitals at the Felicja Blumental Music Festival in Israel.

Anna Starzec has won the 3 rd prize from International Piano Competition of the Associazione F. Chopin in Rome, and commendation of Distinction at the Ibla Grand Prize in Sicily, Italy. During her first academic year in Oklahoma (2006-2007) she won the 1st prize of the Oklahoma Music Teachers Association Graduate Level Piano Competition, and the 2nd prize of the Oklahoma Community Orchestra Young Artist Competition. She has performed the Ravel Piano Concerto in G-Major with the orchestra on their final concert of the season on April, 2007. She was selected a winner for the Oklahoma City University Concerto Competition and performed with the OCU Symphony during 2007-2008 season. As the winner of the Oklahoma Israel Exchange Young Artist Competition, Anna Starzec performed a 10 day concert tour of Israel in May of 2008 and she gave a concert recital at the 2008 OK Mozart International Festival. During her studies in Dallas she won the 2nd prize from the 2009 Hubbards Young Artist Competition. She is an active chamber musician and her trio was selected to the final of the 2011 Coleman Chamber Music Competition in Los Angeles. Last summer 2012 she was invited to be an Artist Resident on the fellowship program in the Atlantic Music Festival in Maine.