Annie Nalezny, Pianist and Teacher

Annie Nalezny was born in Paris, France where she studied music under the direction of Nadia Tagrine at the renowned Schola Cantorum. Upon completion of her studies, she was awarded a diploma of virtuosity and she taught on the faculty of the Schola Cantorum for the next ten years.

Internationally, she has won several prizes for her playing, including the first prize in “Pour la Musique par la Musique”, laureate in the Leopold Bellan Competition, and first prize in the Claude Kahn Competition. She has coached with Vlado Perlmuter, Jacques Fevrier, Adam Wibrowsky, and John Perry.

In 1974 she came to California which she subsequently made her home. Her public appearances have included several recitals in universities and community colleges, the Alameda Mozart Festival (where she had the honor of opening the 1981 season) and numerous benefit recitals throughout the Bay Area. In 1984, she played the Schumann Concerto with the Festival Orchestra of Palo Alto. In March of 1985 she gave a solo recital at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland, California. One of her recitals was recorded for live broadcast on KSUF in San Francisco. She performed for several seasons on the Community Concert Series, a division of Columbia Artists Management.

Besides maintaining a private teaching studio, she joined the staff of the Crowden Center for Music in the Community in 2005. She continues to perform regularly for numerous clubs and organizations and serves frequently on juries of local piano competitions. While specializing in works from the classical and romantic periods, she often includes in her performances works by her composer Bruce Nalezny, her husband. On November 7, 2010 she gave an all Chopin recital at the Berkeley Piano Club including the 24 Preludes op. 28
and the 24 Etudes op. 10 and 25. She has recorded two CDs including the 12 Chopin Etudes op. 10 and various compositions by Bruce Nalezny.

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