Tamara Anna Cislowska is one of Australia’s most acclaimed and recognised pianists. She has performed across five continents in repertoire spanning three centuries, from Scarlatti to Sculthorpe, to consistent critical and public acclaim. Overseas, she has won international prizes in London, Italy and Greece, including the Rovere d’Oro. In Australia she was the youngest pianist to win ABC Young Performer of the Year at age 14, was recipient of the Freedman Fellowship (2003) from the Music Council of Australia and most recently, the 2012 Art Music Award for ‘Performance of the Year’ (ACT). Tamara was also been nominated for a 2014 AIR Independent Music Award for ‘Best Independent Classical Release’ and her 2014 recording of the complete solo piano works by leading Australian composer, Peter Sculthorpe, was selected as ‘Recording of the Month’ in BBC Music Magazine and Limelight magazine.
Giving her first public performance at age two playing Bartok, and commencing studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music four years later, Tamara gave her first orchestral performance at age eight. She is the most awarded prizewinner at the Sydney Performing Arts Challenge, winner of the prestigious David Paul Landa Memorial Scholarship for pianists, and has toured Japan and the United States as cultural ambassador for Australia.
Tamara is a regular guest of orchestras and festivals worldwide, including as soloist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the New Zealand Symphony, Auckland Philharmonia and all the Australian Symphony Orchestras with conductors such as Werner Andreas Albert, Matthias Bamert, Asher Fisch, Johannes Fritzsch, Christopher Hogwood, James Judd, Markus Stenz, Yaron Traub, Edo de Waart, and Marco Zuccarini. She has toured with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and as a recitalist she has performed at the Purcell Room in London, Kleine Zaal of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Frick Collection in New York, and the Utzon Room at Sydney Opera House.
Highly sought-after for chamber collaborations, Tamara was a founding member of Berlin’s Mozart Piano Quartet, touring North and South America in this ensemble, and frequently performs with international artists such as composer Elena Kats-Chernin, flautist Sharon Bezaly, Kenneth Tarver, the Danish String Quartet and violinist Lara St John. Tamara was also co-founder of Australia Quartet, ensemble in residence at the University of Technology, Sydney and has been invited to perform at festivals such as Pierre Cardin’s Festival de Lacoste, the Kurt Weill Festival, the Canberra International Festival of Music, Musica Viva and Soundstream Adelaide New Music Festivals.
The 2015 season includes performances for Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Recital Centre, Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, ABC Classic FM, Port Fairy Spring Music and Music by the Sea Festivals. She also performs as soloist with Christchurch Symphony Orchestra (Rachmaninov), as guest artist with the Soundstream Collective (Adelaide) and Acacia Quartet (Sydney), and records for ABC Classics with Elena Kats-Chernin a new double-disc for 2016 release.
2014 engagements included the Canberra International Music Festival, Piers Lane’s Australian Festival of Chamber Music, the Richard Bonynge Piano Series, Recitals Australia in Adelaide, the APRA-AMCOS Art Music Awards, AWO Chamber Music Festival, for Art Gallery of NSW’s Resonate Series (with Fiona Campbell) and concerts in Puerto Rico (USA). Highlights of 2013 included as soloist with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra(Liszt), Sydney Symphony (Mozart) and Queensland Symphony Orchestras(Rachmaninov and Mozart), Sydney Youth Orchestra (Britten) and solo and chamber recitals including for the MONA FOMA, Musica Viva and Canberra International Music Festivals, Australian World Orchestra, ABC Sunday Live and at Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Recital Centre and Adelaide’s Elder Hall.
In September 2014, Tamara also released the landmark solo recording for ABC Classics of the complete solo piano works by the pioneering Australian composer, Peter Sculthorpe, selected for BBC Music Magazine’s ‘Recording of the Month’ (5 stars), Limelight magazine’s ‘Editor’s Choice’ (5 stars), ‘CD of the Week’ on ABC Classic FM and Fine Music FM, and several weeks at no.1 on the ARIA classical charts. Received to critical acclaim internationally, the album has been hailed as “an Australian treasure” (news.com.au), “Australian piano gold… transfixing” (BBC Music Magazine), and “A profoundly affecting release” (Gramophone).
Tamara has recorded for Chandos, Naxos, ABC Classics, Artworks and MDG (Dabringhaus und Grimm), including with the London Philhamonic and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras, receiving three ARIA nominations and critical acclaim. Her six solo albums have all reached the top 10 in the classical charts and her 2013 CD, “Close your eyes and I’ll close mine” (Tall Poppies) with violinist Anna McMichael was selected as ‘CD of the Week’ on both ABC Classic FM and Fine Music FM, and nominated for an AIR Independent Music Award in 2014.
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Photography: Steven Godbee
The Advertiser review of Tamara’s performance with Adelaide’s Soundstream Collective, of George Crumb’s Music for a Summer Evening: “Sydney based pianist Tamara-Anna Cislowska teamed with Soundstream director Gabriella Smart to revel in Crumb’s evocative sonorities and strangely ambient timbres … [with] deft finger and hand work both inside the instrument as well as on the keys.”
Tamara’s 2014 CD, Peter Sculthorpe: Complete Works for Solo Piano (ABC Classics), enjoys weeks at no.1 on the ARIA Classical Charts, and 5 star reviews in BBC Music Magazine where it is ‘Recording of the Month – Instrumental’, in Limelight magazine where it is ‘Editor’s Choice’ and in Fine Music Magazine.