Among her many prizes and awards are: the First Prize at the International Competition at the Aspen Music Festival, Colorado, the First Prize at the WGUC Radio Station International Competition (twice) and one of the most precious awards for a violinist: a loan of Guarneri del Gesu, "Sennhauser" from the elite Stradivari Society . Anna is the only violinist born in Poland to be awarded by this prestigious organization whose previous laureates have been Sara Chang, Gil Shaham or Maxim Vengerov. She has also received the Dorothy Starling Foundation Scholarship, Satterwaite Scholarship, G.M. Grunin Prize and J.S. and Barbara P. Johnson Scholarship, as well as Top Prizes at the National Competitions for Young Talented Violinists in Poland (Lodz, Lublin, Elblag, Olsztyn, and others).
Anna has already performed as a soloist with many orchestras including the Penderecki Festival Orchestra, the Lexington Philharmonic, Sinfonia Cracovia, the Polish-American Symphony Orchestra, the Deaborn Symphony Orchestra, Paderewski Symphony Orchestra, the Fairmont Chamber Orchestra and the Starling Orchestra, and in many prestigious venues including the Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center (NYC) National Center for the Arts, (Mexico City, Mexico) the Gusman Center for Performing Arts (Miami, Florida), National Grand Theater (Warsaw, Poland) , Ford Performing Arts Center (Deaborn, MI) and Cracow Royal Philharmonic to a great success.
A special chapter in her career are the following performances: the concert for the Fulbright Foundation Gala at the National Grand Theater in Warsaw, Poland, with the Penderecki Festival Orchestra, for the Eightieth Birthday of Pope John Paul II in Chicago, Illinois with the Polish-American Symphony Orchestra, for the governor of Kentucky at the celebration of Henry Clay Award, for the UNICEF as a benefit for children in Guatemala, Miami, Fl, for His Imperial and Royal Highness Prince Henri Constantine Paleologue, and for the Panasonic Foundation Conference, Colorado Springs, CO. Her performances have won the hearts of audiences and press.
Anna is a graduate of Wieniawski Music Highschool. Lodz Poland (the violin class of Zenon Ploszaj), College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, OH (Bachelor of Music, recipient of a full scholarship and a special award in the form of a stipend for living, the violin class of Piotr Milewski), and of the prestigious Juilliard School of Music in New York City (Master of Music, recipient of full scholarship, the violin class of Dorothy DeLay and Hyo Kang ).
She has recorded several programs for Polish National Television and Radio (Pegaz, Harmonia Mundi, Karkowska Sisters Duo, Written by the Bow), appeared on PolVision (Chicago) and PBS Buffalo.
Her talent was recognized and aided by letters of recommendation from the famous musicians of our times : Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Mehta, and Krzysztof Penderecki.
“Her technical precision and musical expression were amazing (…) It
was easy to detect Anna’s love both for the instrument and for the
music.(…) the audience reacted at the end of the first movement of
Tchaikovsky Concerto with a standing ovation, and again at the end of
the concerto with another standing ovation”
Dr. Harold Wortman, News Journal
“who can play Mozart can play everything…a soloist in Mozart’s Violin Concerto KV 218 was Anna Karkowska…a pearl-like technique, a beautiful sound, the unique gift of absolute concentration on music”
Anna Wozniakowska, Polish Journal
“stunning…better played than Itzhak Perlman’s own recording”
Mark S. Jordan, Mount Vernon News
“...a very gifted young violinist”
Daniel Barenboim, Music Director, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
“Remember this name: Anna Karkowska, She is destined for stardom”
Don Estep, News Journal
“...immensely talented young violinist”
Krzysztof Penderecki, Composer,Conductor Grammy Award Winner
“...a young artist of extraordinary gifts”
George Zak, Music Director, Lexington Philharmonic
“With her playing she proved to have fabulous mastery of violinist art; ”
Ewa Cichon, Electorial News