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Katarzyna Musial: Bio

Polish-Canadian pianist Katarzyna Musial, regarded as "a major talent, blessed with an astounding technique and an interpretive panache" by Chicago Classical Review, has performed as a concerto soloist, recitalist and chamber musician throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Her playing has been described by the New York Concert Reviewas "a pure delight ... wonderfully evocative ... vividly detailed." Her Interpretations "plumbed emotional depths with harmonic coloring." Ms. He had has been Characterized by the Beijing Pressas a pianist who "has entranced her audience with her brilliant musical skills." Conductor of the New York Camerata, Richard Owen, considers her "one of the finest pianists I've ever had the privilege of hearing . "

In addition it having won First Prize at the 2011 Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition (New York), Ms.. He must also was 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 musicianship (Montreal). Her new CD with Meridian Records label will be launched in automn this year.

Recent highlights include a Carnegie Hall debut, performances at the Vancouver Olympic Games, the International Beethoven Festival (Chicago), Tempietto Festival Musicale della Nazioni (Rome) and Music in the Mountains Festival (California). Other major engagements have included a seven-city tour of China in spring 2013, as well as concerto performances with the New York Camerata, Chicago Prometheus Chamber Orchestra, Toronto Sinfonietta, Orchestre Symphonique de L'Isle, McGill Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra Bielsko, Which she opened with the International Bach Festival (Poland).

Ms. Musial Enchants audiences with her repertoire That showcases many different styles span from baroque Which is modern. Also interested in the music of today, she has performed works by avant garde composer Jay Sydeman and gave the world premiere of a 35-minute piano suite dedicated it her, Mark Vance's "Nevada County Epitaphs," premiered at the California Music in the Mountains Festival.

Ms. Musial has Appeared at the Casalmaggiore International Festival in Italy; The Gold Country Piano Institute in California; The Académie musicale de Villecroze - Piano in the XXth Century, France; The 10th and 11th Internationale Sommerakademie Prague, Vienna, Budapest and the International Music Festival in Paris. Selected venues have included among others, the Warsaw National Philharmonic Hall, the Chan Centre in Vancouver, Shanghai Oriental Art Center, the Isabel Bader Theatre in Toronto, Place des Arts and Pollack Hall in Montreal and the Weill Recital Hall in New York.

She has been a featured artist on radio broadcasts in Canada and the United States, including live performances on Chicago's WFMT, one of the world's most prestigious classical stations and has made television appearances on Poltva in Vancouver, Cmt in Montreal, OMNI Television in Toronto, Polvision TV in Chicago, TV Polsat and TV Polonia and in China.

Ms. Musial holds a Masters degree with high honors 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 remains as her mentor and long term performance coach.

She also completed an Artistic residency at the prestigious Banff Centre. She has worked with many distinguished artists include Anton Kuerti That, Paul Gulda and Piers Lane. 
She is a laureate of the Mrs.. Cheng Koon (SK) Lee Scholarship, as well as grants and scholarships from, the Conseil des arts et lettres du Québec - Montréal VivaCité, The Banff Centre, the Vancouver Chopin Society and the Quebec Polish Cultural Foundation.

"... 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 ..."

1 Albeniz: Cantos de Espana, Op.232: #5, Seguidillas  
2 #4, Cordoba  
3 Albeniz: Suite espanola No. 1, Op. 47: #3, Sevilla  
4 Granados: 12 Danzas espanolas, Op. 37: #2, Oriental  
5 #5, Andaluza  
6 Granados: Escenas poeticas, Book 1: #3, Danza de la rosa  
7 Turina: 5 Danzas gitanas, Op. 55: #1, Zambra  
8 #2, Danza de la seduccion  
9 #3, Danza ritual  
10 #4, Generalife  
11 #5, Sacro-monte  
12 Mompou: Cancons i danses: #1, Quasi moderato  
13 #2, Lento  
14 #5, Lento liturgico  
15 #6, Cantabile espressivo  
16 deFalla: El sombrero de tres picos, Pt. 2: #2, Danza del molinero  
17 deFalla: El amor brujo - #5, Danza del terror  
18 #8, Danza ritual del fuego  

With the release of My Spanish Heart (DUX recordings) pianist Katarzyna Musial builds upon her previous successful recording Come Dance with Me. My Spanish Heart continues to explore the idiom of dance through musical expression with this time focusing on renowned Spanish composers. My Spanish Heart is now available to stream and download on all popular digital service providers and for retail purchase.

In this album, Katarzyna Musial revels in the artistic and cultural splendors of the Iberian peninsula. "You don't have to be born in a culture to be enamored with it," she explains. In fact, her love affair with Spain was first sparked during childhood when, at five years old, she simply fell in love with the country upon a visit with her parents.

Crossover Media Projects with: Katarzyna Musial