Anna Kozak holds a Bachelor of Music degree from University of Toronto and a Master of Music Degree from University of Calgary.
Anna joined the First Violin Section of the ESO after winning an international audition in 2001.She loves being an orchestral musician, it’s a profession that has taken her to concert halls all over Europe with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as Carnegie Hall in New York with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.
Currently, in addition to the ESO, Anna is part of the Alberta Baroque Ensemble, where she performs as the Associate Concertmaster, chamber musician, and soloist. Baroque music has always had a special place in her heart and this past summer Anna had the privilege to be a participant at the Tafelmusik Summer Institute in Toronto, a two-week intensive course in baroque repertoire and performance practice. There, she had the opportunity to work and study with Jeanne Lamon, Elisa Citterio, and other wonderful Tafelmusik musicians.
Anna believes that a musician’s life wouldn’t be complete without the connectedness one feels when rehearsing or performing in a smaller group with other musicians. It is that belief that has made her an active and sought after chamber musician all her life, from being a founding member of Onyx String Quartet to being a Principal Second Violin in the newly formed Chamber Orchestra of Edmonton.
Last season Anna has taken some time off the ESO’s busy schedule to pursue professional development projects. One of those projects was discovering and getting to know repertoire for violin and piano by Ukrainian composers. In that search, she has discovered many hidden gems that are rarely, if ever, played in Canada. With the help of a grant from Edmonton Arts Council, she and pianist, Leanne Regehr, have completed an independent residency in Calgary and on November 17, 2019, they will present few of those gems at a concert titled “Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors” at the Anglican Parish of Christ Church in Edmonton.
Anna has the privilege to perform on a violin made in Florence in 1770 by Giovanni Battista Gabrielli.