„Great love for music and piano is expressed in every tune created by Anna Lipiak, which in connection with maturity, conscious formation of phrases, sincerity and her charming personality comprises a hypnotizing mixture that wins listeners’ hearts.”GRZEGORZ NIEMCZUK (THE PIANIST)
She loves to create a true relationship with her audience so besides performing she also loves to talk to them. Anna always had a speech during the concerts, trying to enrich their knowledge about the composer and the music she performs. She also is a sincere and sensitive person and always shows it in her playing. After years, she has built her memorizing process method and feel proud of it. She learned new pieces instantly and mental practicing has shown her that even when she doesn’t have a real piano she can keep herself in a very good condition as a pianist for example during concert tours. As a Polish pianist, one of her goals is to share with the audience the musical heritage of her country.
WHAT EDUCATION HAVE YOU COMPLETED AND WHAT DID YOU GAIN FROM THOSE EXPERIENCES?
In 2018 I graduated from the Music Academy in Bydgoszcz (Poland), studying with prof. Katarzyna Popowa-Zydroń and prof. Jerzy Sulikowski. My previous education was the Silesian University in Cieszyn under Greg Niemczuk’s class,where my musical transformation has started.
The journey of my education was certainly not ordinary. My passion was discovered quite early: I was introduced to the piano at the age of 5, learning in a small town close to the border with Germany. But I had to wait almost 2 years to be officially accepted as a student. The reason? They thought I’m too young… After 23 years I’m proud that I was so stubborn to show how much I love the music and the piano.
The simplest way is not always the best one, so instead of studying at one of the most prestigious Music Academy in Poland in Katowice (where I was accepted after graduation) I decided to collaborate with the young pianist and teacher – Niemczuk in the small music institute in the South of Poland. I had amazing opportunities to develop my piano skills there. I could practice from 5 a.m. until 11 p.m. and I enjoyed the benefits of working 8-10 hours per day. I changed everything in my playing, technique, the process of memorizing. Since it was not a traditional Music Academy, I was practically the only piano student winning competitions, getting scholarships, and performing. It required huge self-discipline. It was not exactly the place for the pianist, but for music education in general. Collaborating later with prof. Popowa-Zydron and prof. Sulikowski taught me to become a real artist. I knew I’ll be a pianist since I was a child, it was never a duty for me, but the most universal language I could speak about the emotions of my soul. I knew I could never do anything else with such a huge passion and involvement. I am a musician because I feel I can be a better human sharing the beauty of the music with the audience, moving their hearts, trying to stop the time.
WHAT OBSTACLES HAVE YOU OVERCOME TO GET WHERE YOU ARE TODAY?
I had to believe in myself. It was the most difficult challenge. It was not a problem for me to work really hard. I was practicing 8-10 hours per day for years to change bad habits, the tension in my arms and hands, to develop my technique, to open my creativity, to break mental limits (thinking that I’m worse than others). The moment when I stopped comparing to others has changed everything. It’s important to see the progress, our own hard work, and to be proud of this effort. No one else can understand how much we had to struggle to be in the place we are now. My advice? Believe in your dreams, work hard. Helping happiness – there are no limits. Trust me, I’m only 28 and most of my dreams came true. That’s a good feeling.
HOW DO YOU SPEND YOUR TIME OUTSIDE OF WORK? AND WHAT WOULD YOU BE IF YOU WERE NOT A PROFESSIONAL MUSICIAN?
I love to spend time with my husband, going trekking in the mountains, being in contact with nature helps me reborn myself. I spent lots of time on meditation and mindfulness. I also took part in the Vipassana course last year. What a beautiful experience. People have time for everything but hardly ever find the proper time for their mind… I like cooking – I’m a specialist in vegetarian dishes. I adore reading good books, biographies of great people, books about personal development, coaching process. One of my dreams was to hike in the Himalaya mountains and last year I managed to realize it! I was preparing very hard for half a year (running every day the whole wintertime). I’m dreaming to create a foundation to help children. Especially Nepal has changed me as a human. If I weren’t a musician I would be an alpinist or mental coach. I’m a very sensitive person, always with a smile on my face, with an optimistic attitude, but also a perfectionist. I like to have control over what’s going on around me.
IN WHAT WAYS ARE YOU MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN PEOPLE’S LIVES THROUGH YOUR MUSIC CAREER?
I think the sense of life of every human being is to discover and fulfill in the best way his own mission on earth. People should use God-given talents to serve others. When I go out on the stage to share performed music with the audience, beyond a huge joy and satisfaction, I feel also a big responsibility. I’m grateful for the audience’s trust and the decision to spend this time just with me and the music. I desire to share the real emotions of the composer as faithfully as I can … All the time our world is in a hurry and one needs really good arguments to stop it. I truly believe that the music which I perform has just such a power. It is a universal language that connects people of all races, nationalities, and genders. It has no limits. The only thing one needs is to open his heart and listen. … The mission of the art is to express the deepest emotions, to move hearts and souls. When it works, it is the greatest and the biggest success for the artist. The most beautiful gift that one human can give to another one is to open his heart and share a part of himself.
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