Anna Prabucka-Firlej is a graduate of the Academy of Music in Gdańsk, where she studied piano with prof. Krystyna Jastrzębska, a former student of Aleksander Michałowski and Jerzy Lefeld. She received the title of Professor of Musical Arts in 1994 followed by that of full professor in 2002. Between 2003 and 2020 she was the Head of the Department of Chamber Music at the Academy.
Between 1984 and 2006 she was invited to international music courses in Weimar, Bad Sobernheim (Germany) and Kozani (Greece), where she collaborated with such outstanding teachers as Tobias Kühne, Siegfried Palm, William Pleeth, Andras Adorian or Robert Cohen and she ran chamber music and piano courses.
As a pianist, she accompanied the greatest artists of the contemporary world of music, e.g. Siegfried Palm, Eduard Melkus, Thomas Zehetmair, Peter Damm, William Bennett, Pavel Viernikov, Ralf Manno, Andreĭ Belov, Wanda Wiłkomirska, Galina Pisarenko and Florian Skulski. The long list of prestigious events comprises a performance in the Moscow Philharmonic together with the cellist and professor of the city’s Conservatory, Maria Tchaikovsky, in which the artists played three cello sonatas by Johannes Brahms. Her intensive artistic work involves solo (in recitals and symphony concerts) and chamber performances in music centres in Poland, almost every country in Europe as well as in Chile, Peru, Iran and Thailand.
She is the founder of the Gdańsk Trio (with Krzysztof Sperski, cello, and Marek Schiller, clarinet, later Paweł Kukliński, violin). With this ensemble she participated in major music festivals, e.g. Nordelbische Sommerkonzerte, Ciclo International de Musica (Valdivia, Chile), Mousikis Imeres (Thessaloniki, Greece), Gdańsk Musical Spring, International Festival of Chamber Music Plovdiv, the Sofia Art Salon, Varna Summer (Bulgaria), Jewish Culture Days (Sopot), Music for Visitors (Helsinki), the 20th Fadrj International Festival (Tehran, Iran). She made numerous archival recordings and a number of world premieres of both contemporary pieces and forgotten works from centuries past.
She given masterclasses seminars and taught lectures and in Switzerland, Germany, Finland, Greece, the Netherlands, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Belarus, Russia, Moldova, Ukraine, Chile, Peru, Thailand and Poland.
She has done editorial work for Polish publishing houses (PWM, Eufonium, Contra), 38 items in total. She is also chosen as a jury member for numerous national and foreign competitions and auditions.
She has been a supervisor (10) and reviewer (32) of doctorates and habilitations as well as Professor of Musical Arts conferring procedures. Her students and pupils win prizes and honourable mentions (over 200, including 51 first prizes and 7 grand prix) in chamber music competitions e.g. in Paris, Rome, Oslo, Stockholm, Illzach, Vilnius, Druskininkai, Valberg, Pörtschach, Smarhonʹ, Kaluga, Kiev, Jeseník, New York, Plovdiv, Monaco as well as in Gdańsk, Łódź, Wrocław, Białystok, to name only a few.
She is an initiator and organizer of two competitions – the International Brahms Chamber Music Competition in Gdańsk (held eight times since 1997) and Macro-
-regional Secondary Music School Chamber Ensemble Meetings in Gdańsk (14 times) – as well as the International Piano Duo Festival (Gdańsk, 2014, 2016, 2019) and All-Polish Artistic-Scholarly Sessions ‘From the Forgotten Pages of Polish Chamber Music’.
She was awarded the Silver and Gold Cross of Merit, Gold Medal For Long Service, the medal of the National Education Commission, Gloria Artis and the Order of Polonia Restituta.