A popular singer and jazz vocalist in her native Poland, Anna Jurksztowicz began her career in an amateur renaissance vocal ensemble, Musicus Poloniensis, and studied classical singing at the Music Academy in Szczecin. Moving on from bel canto repertoire to jazz and pop, she became a professional performer at the age of sixteen, sharing the stage with the most famous Polish entertainers. Throughout the 1980s Jurksztowicz was a lead vocalist of a jazz vocal group Music Market that specialized in gospel and spiritual music. She also appeared with the Poznan-based Spirituals and Gospel Singers, touring and recording throughout Poland, Germany, Sweden and Russia.

Her first solo performance in 1985 at the Opole Festival led to her winning of the First Prize and the Karol Musiol Prize and in subsequent festivals she was awarded with several other prizes for performances of new songs. Jurksztowicz has represented Poland at festivals and song contests in Poland, Germany, South America, Latvia, Sweden, Italy, Turkey, Egypt and India. Her voice can be heard on numerous soundtracks for motion pictures, including W pustyni i w puszczy [In Desert and Wilderness], and Polish language versions of the Walt Disney productions of Happy Pooh Year, The Piglet Movie and The Hefalump Movie. She has also recorded for TV series Kingsajz [King Size], Czułość i kłamstwa [Tenderness and Lies], Matki, żony i kochanki [Mothers, Wives and Lovers], Na dobre i na złe [For Good and Ill], Więzy krwi [Blood Ties], and Ranczo [The Rancho]. Jurksztowicz is also well-known for her special concerts of music for children. Many of her songs in this area of repertoire have become great and enduring hits for the successive generations of young listeners.

In 2011 Jurksztowicz collaborated with Berlin-based musicians on the Mozart Smooth Jazz project, featuring her own arrangements of Mozart’s most famous operatic arias and songs. She presented this program first at the Mozartiana Festival in Gdańsk and toured with it throughout Europe. During the past season latest she toured as a soloist with Poland’s leading symphony orchestras solo in performances of film music.

Ms. Jurksztowicz’s latest project is a CD recording of contemplative music. Drawing on various religious and spiritual traditions, she incorporated texts by famous such poets as Federico García Lorca, Czesław Miłosz or Wisława Szymborska into her own arrangements of spirituals, gospel, canticles, and mantras. Thomas Barquee, a California-based producer for Spirit Voyage Records, collaborated with Jurksztowicz on this fascinating new outlet for her versatile and creative talent, and the recording will be released later this year.

Anna Jurksztowicz is also a well-known music publisher and owner of Si Music, a company with a sizable catalogue of scores and CD recordings. Her company’s series, Modern Classics from Poland, promotes music by Krzesimir Dębski and other contemporary Polish composers.

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