prof. dr hab.

Anna Olszewska

choral conducting

Art professor, conductor, choirmaster, educator, holder of the President scholarship for Young Artists (2010) and for Professional Artists (2012) in Białystok, awarded with the Medal of the National Education Commission (2011), the Medal of Merit for Polish Culture (2019), Award of the Marshal of the Podlasie Voivodship in the field of artistic creation, promotion and protection of culture (2019), laureate of the 1st degree award of the Rector of the FCUM (2013, 2018), Honored with the Award of the  City Council  “Kulturalne Gryfy” in the Animator category (2016).

A graduate of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Białystok at the Faculty of Instrumental and Pedagogy in the conducting of prof. dr hab. Bożenna Sawicka and the voice of prof. dr hab. Cezary Szyfman, Postgraduate Choirmaster Study at the Academy of Music F. Nowowiejski in Bydgoszcz, as well as first and second degree studies at the Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań in the guitar class.

In 2007 she received a doctoral degree, in 2013 a habilitated doctor in the field of musical arts in the field of conducting, and in 2020 the title of professor of arts. He conducts research and teaching at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music, Branch in Białystok, at the Faculty of Instrumental and Pedagogy and Music Education and Vocal Studies. Organizes conferences, seminars, research sessions, workshops, etc. She is a reviewer, author and editor of scientific and popular science publications. She is a promoter and reviewer of doctoral dissertations. In the terms of 2012-2016 and 2016-2020 she was the plenipotentiary of the coordinator for education quality assurance and the representative faculty at the University Committee for Education Quality Assurance. In 2013–2016, she was the head of the Department of Artistic Education.

She is the founder and conductor of the Interschool Women’s Choir at the Secondary School No. 3 in Białystok, she also directs the Women’s Choir of the Complex of Paderewski Music Schools in Białystok with the Schola Cantorum Bialostociensis. These groups receive leading positions during choir competitions and festivals in Poland and abroad, in total over 170 awards, including: Grand Prix in Rumia 2020; Grand Prix and Amber Halo of Saint Peter the Apostle in Międzyzdroje 2019; Grand Prix in Kalisz 2018; Grand Prix in Rumia 2017; Grand Prix in Bydgoszcz 2017; Grand Prix in Gdańsk 2016; Grand Prix in Chełmno 2016; Grand Prix of the Warsaw Choir Spring 2015; Grand Prix in Ejszyszki 2013; Grand Prix in Toruń 2008 . Anna Olszewska has received the Award for the Best Conductor many times (Rumia 2020, Ohrid 2019, Lublin 2018, Kalisz 2018, Łomża 2017, Chełmno 2016, Venice 2016, Warsaw 2015, Bydgoszcz 2015, Hajnówka 2012). Until the end of 2018, she also conducted the Con Spirito Chamber Choir at School of Medical Science in Białystok.

The Women’s Choir of Paderewski Music School in Białystok Schola Cantorum Bialostociensis as the winner of the Grand Prix 54. International Festival of Choral Songs prof. Jan Szyrocki in Międzyzdroje, she was nominated to participate in the Grand Prix of Polish Choir Music of Stefan Stuligrosz in Poznań 2019, where he won Distinction and Prize for the best performance of a piece by a Poznań composer (“Sobótka”by Marek Raczyński).

Anna Olszewska conducts a rich concert activity in Poland and abroad (Ukraine, Germany, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Belgium, Lithuania, Belarus, Austria, Italy, Spain, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Romania, Hungary, Serbia, North Macedonia). Together with her choirs, she has recorded 8 CDs, premiered over 30 compositions a cappella and vocal- instrumental, Polish composers willingly dedicate their works to her and the ensembles she conducts. She is invited to sit on the juries of choir competitions and festivals. She has collaborated with many orchestras and chamber ensembles, and conducted a number of vocal and instrumental concerts.

Since 2015, he has also been the curator of a nationwide program Choral Academy - Singing Poland co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, under the substantive supervision of the National Forum of Music.

He is the originator and artistic director of the National Competition of Sacred Music "Hope in the Choir" in Tykocin.