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In Memoriam: Anne Koscielny, 1936 - 2015

Wed, Feb 18, 2015

It is with sadness that we announce that Anne Koscielny, a stellar member of our piano faculty between 1987 and 2001, passed away on February 15, 2015. 

Anne had undergone surgery for a brain tumor on May 12, her 78th birthday, and she lived her remaining nine months surrounded by music, family, and friends. Among her countless performances, a particular standout was her eight-concert cycle of the complete thirty-two Beethoven sonatas, performed seven times between 1984 and 2012. Her recital at Howard Community College that proved to be her last included a thirty-minute Schubert sonata that she had just learned. Played six weeks before her brain surgery, and with no inkling of what awaited her, it showed an artist at the pinnacle of her technical, intellectual, and expressive powers. Besides a sister, her daughter, son-in-law, and grand-daughter, she is survived by her husband, pianist  Raymond Hanson, aged 95. In addition, she leaves legions of former students for whom she was a lasting mentor.