Polish-Canadian pianist Katarzyna MUSIAŁ, regarded as a major talent, blessed with an astounding technique and an interpretive panache by the Chicago Classical Review, has performed as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Her playing has been described by the New York Concert Review as a pure delight... wonderfully evocative... vividly detailed. Her interpretations plumbed emotional depths with harmonic coloring. Ms. Musiał has been characterized by the Beijing Press as a pianist who has entranced her audience with her brilliant musical skills. Fanfare Magazine affirms: If an artist is able to project charisma through her playing, Musiał is proof that it’s possible.
In addition to having won First Prize at the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition (New York), Ms. Musiał was also a prize winner at the Krzysztof Penderecki International Competition of Contemporary Chamber Music (Cracow), the Kay Meek Competition (Vancouver), as well as a recipient of the Alban Berg Prize for outstanding merit (Vienna) and the Philip Cohen Award for outstanding performance and musicianship (Montreal).
Recent highlights include performances at Carnegie Hall as well as at the International Beethoven Festival (Chicago), Chopin Festival (Mariánské Lázneˇ), Festival Octobre musical (Tunis), Festival Musicale delle Nazioni (Rome), Music in the Mountains Festival (California) and the Festival of Polish Composers under the auspices of Henryk Mikołaj Górecki. Other major engagements include performance at Vancouver Olympic Games, a seven-city tour of China, as well as concerto performances with the New York Camerata, Chicago Prometheus Chamber Orchestra, Toronto Sinfonietta, Orchestre Symphonique de L’Isle, Orchestre Classique de Montreal, Imperial Orchestra, Ensemble Arkea and Bielsko Festival Orchestra, with which she opened the International Bach Festival (Poland).
Her last album, My Spanish Heart, received rave reviews. “Whether playing Albéniz, Granados, Turina, Mompou or de Falla, she takes to the idiomatic rhythms like a flamenco dancer, delivering characteristic Spanish melodic snaps as if her keyboard had castanets”, as described by WholeNote Magazine. The album was selected as “CD of the Week” by KDFC in San Francisco and by KUSC in Los Angeles as well as reaching the top 10 and top 5 classical music albums charts in North America. My Spanish Heart builds upon her previous successful recording Come Dance with Me, which was played on over 100 radio stations; including the BBC (UK), CBC (Canada), WQXR, WFMT, WGBH – “CD of the Week” (USA) to name a few.
Lynn Rene Bayley from Fanfare Magazine writes: "What a wonderful, surprising, and delightful disc this is.... played with a rare combination of energy and stylishness. Hers is the kind of pianism that has become all too rare in today’s cookie-cutter, competition-driven world... this is, quite simply, a remarkably fascinating and enjoyable album by an artist of evidently high merit.” Jerry Dubins emphasizes: “If an artist is able to project charisma through her playing, Musiał is proof that it’s possible. Musiał has a way with each of the pieces on the disc—a magic, magnetic touch, if you will—that drew me in and held me captive from beginning to end... Katarzyna Musiał’s new album gets most enthusiastic recommendation.”
Ms. Musial, a Steinway Artist, enchants audiences with her repertoire that showcases many different styles spanning from baroque to modern. Selected venues include among others the Warsaw National Philharmonic Hall, Cracow Philharmonic Hall, Warmia-Mazuria Philharmonic Hall, Shanghai Oriental Art Center, Tianjin Grand Theatre, Chan Centre in Vancouver, Isabel Bader Theatre in Toronto, Place des Art in Montreal, Royal Palace La Granja in Madrid, Hatch Recital Hall in Rochester as well as Weill Recital Hall in New York.
Ms. Musial is also the Founder and Artistic Director of the Stella Musica Festival which aims to promote women in music. The Festival will celebrate its fifth edition in 2019.
Ms. Musial holds a Master’s degree with high honours from the Academy of Music in Cracow under Professor Stefan Wojtas, as well as an Artist Diploma from the Vancouver Academy of Music under Professor Lee Kum-Sing and a Diploma in Advanced Music Performance Studies from Montreal’s Concordia University under Professor Anna Szpilberg and Philip Cohen who was her mentor for many years.
She is a recipient of grants from the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Institute Adama Mickiewicza, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec – Vivacité Montréal, and Vancouver Chopin Society, among others.
"...while I play I strive to bring out the soul of the music that inspires me, and share its natural beauty and deep emotions with my audience..."
"Through the wonderful pieces
of Manuel de Falla, Noces de Espana, I was able to see, once again, that Katarzyna is
an extraordinary musician... great sensitivity, an outstanding intelligence,
great analysis skills, amazing hearing.
"We are particularly excited to be playing with Katarzyna Musial, one of the finest pianists I’ve ever had the privilege of hearing."
"Katarzyna Musial, an unusually gifted musician... I have always come away impressed by her consistently high level of artistry and impeccable technique."
"The performance of this technically very demanding work (Zarebski Quintet) was a great success, mostly thanks to her convincing leading role. It was received with enthusiasm by the Canadian audience...I noticed the astonishing maturing of her musicianship. The second movement (Chopin - Piano Concerto in F minor) was moving and inspiring, the whole concerto, full of energy and virtuosity."
"Katarzyna Musial, an artist without peer when it comes to modern piano repertoire."
"Her performance was brilliant! She has a command of the instrument and her interpretation was filled with colour and nuance... Paul Hindemit's Four Temperaments requires a collaboration between conductor and orchestra which Katarzyna performed with èlan and subtlety."