Former Hartt faculty member, Anne Koscielny, has passed away.
In addition to being a professor of music at The Hartt
School of Music, University of Hartford, she also taught at the University of Maryland at
College Park and the Eastman School of Music. In recent years, Ms. Koscielny lived with her husband, pianist
and former Hartt professor Raymond Hanson, in western Massachusetts.
Ms. Koscielny had an very active performing career. She performed solo recitals, chamber ensembles and with orchestras throughout the United States, in Mexico, South America, Europe and
Asia. She won many awards and prizes
including first prize in the Kosciuszko Chopin Competition in New York
City and first prize in the National Guild of Piano Teachers Recording
Competition. She received a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Eastman School of Music where she studied with Cecile Genhart,
then a Performer’s Certificate and Master of Music Degree from the Manhattan School of Music studying with Robert
Goldsand. She has also studied with Frank Mannheimer and she was awarded
a Fulbright Scholarship for study in Vienna.
Her London debut in 1972 was received with great critical success. The Daily Telegraph
described the performance as follows: “Fire and feeling. Outstanding
interpretations. Power and control. This was a remarkable debut.”
Koscielny also performed the complete cycle of Beethoven Piano
Sonatas in several states including Connecticut (University of Hartford,
in 1984 and again in 2000), Maryland (University of Maryland at College
Park), Louisiana (Centenary College in Shreveport), Massachusetts
(Gordon College in Wenham) as well as many from the cycle in numerous
other cities. At Yale University, Koscielny performed several solo
recitals and also the complete cycle of Beethoven Sonatas for Violin and
Piano with Yale faculty violinist Syoko Aki.
Koscielny performed for the Washington Performing Arts Society at
Kennedy Center, the National Gallery of Art, both in several recitals
and with orchestra, and the Phillips Collection on numerous occasions. In chamber concerts, she performed with the New Hungarian, American, New World, Guarneri and
Emerson String Quartets.
She will be missed by generations of students she influenced.