Anna Szostakconductor and teacher, she is one of the leading choral conductors in Poland. Szostak lectures at the Institute of Music, Department of Conducting and Music Didactics at the Cieszyn branch of the University of Silesia.
She promotes the idea of performing early music on period instruments and has initiated and organised many concerts of Renaissance and Baroque vocal-instrumental music. For the purposes of her concert and recording work, she has created several early music ensembles, featuring leading musicians from Poland and abroad. She has conducted such ensembles as Il Tempo and Concerto Polacco and appeared in concert with Emma Kirkby and Barbara Schlick. She has co-conducted Witold Lutosławski’s Trois Poèmes d’Henri Michaux with Antoni Wit at the Warsaw Autumn, with Roland Hayrabédian at the Cathedral of Saint Louis des Invalides in Paris, and with Peter Hirsch at the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels.
She has recorded for the Polish Radio and taken part in television programmes. She has also made numerous recordings for disc, many of which have received nominations or awards. Her CD featuring a selection of Paweł Szymański’s works (CD Accord), including Lux aeterna for voices and instruments (1984), won Studio’s Disc of the Year 1997 and the Fryderyk 1997 in the contemporary music category, a disc of Karol Szymanowski’s Kurpian Songs (Musicon) won a Fryderyk 1997 in the solo music category. Many composers have written and dedicated their works to Szostak, Camerata Silesia, and its soloists.
Anna Szostak is a recipient of many prestigious prizes and awards for performing and phonographic achievements. She was honoured with the Prize of the Minister of Culture and the Arts for special achievements in the field of music, and in 2004 with the Jerzy Kurczewski Prize for outstanding achievements in choral music.