Photographer: Steven Godbee
News: ABC Classics releases the landmark, double-disc recording of the complete works for solo piano by the late, great Australian composer, Peter Sculthorpe, performed by Tamara-Anna Cislowska: media release and 'Five Questions for Tamara-Anna Cislowska' in LIMELIGHT magazine's Sept 2014 issue
Read 4 star reviews of Tamara's CD, with violinist Anna McMichael -"Close your eyes and I'll close mine" (Tall Poppies) - in May 2014 issue of LIMELIGHT magazine, "A magical release", and in The Australian (March 2014). 'CD of the week' on ABC Classic FM, and on Fine Music FM (14-18 July).
TAMARA-ANNA CISLOWSKA, PIANO
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. Tamara has won international prizes in London, Italy and Greece, including the Rovere d’Oro, and in Australia was the youngest pianist to win ABC Young Performer of the Year at age 14. She is a recipient of the prestigious Freedman Fellowship (2003) from the Music Council of Australia and most recently, the 2012 Art Music Award for ‘Performance of the Year’ (ACT).
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 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 (earning acclaim as “skilful and poetic - a true artist” from The Times), 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, and frequently performs with international artists such as composer Elena Kats-Chernin, flautist Sharon Bezaly, Kenneth Tarver, the Danish String Quartet and Lara St John. A founding member of the acclaimed Mozart Piano Quartet in Berlin, touring North and South America in this ensemble, Tamara was also co-founder of Australia Quartet, ensemble in residence at the University of Technology, Sydney. She 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.
2014 engagements include 12 performances in the Canberra International Music Festival, Piers Lane’s Australian Festival of Chamber Music, the Richard Bonynge Piano Series at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, for Recitals Australia in Adelaide, AWO Chamber Music Festival, Tyalgum Festival, for Art Gallery of NSW’s Resonate Series (with soprano Fiona Campbell) and a new solo recording. 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.
Tamara has recorded for Chandos, Naxos, ABC Classics, Artworks and MDG (Dabringhaus und Grimm), including with the London Philharmonic (with James Judd) and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras, receiving three ARIA nominations and critical acclaim (“a perfect combination of artistry and virtuosity” -The Strad). Her six solo albums have enjoyed enduring popularity, all featuring in the classical charts.
Video links for Tamara:
Sculthorpe 'Left Bank Waltz' on Youtube
Sculthorpe 'Djilile' on Youtube
Cadenza from Britten Piano Concerto