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. Tamara is a winner of the 2012 Art Music Award for 'Performance of the Year (ACT)', in which she performed Elena Kats-Chernin’s Torque at the 2011 Canberra International Music Festival.

Tamara is a frequent guest of orchestras worldwide including as soloist with London Philharmonic Orchestra, New Zealand Symphony, Auckland Philharmonia and all the major Australian symphony orchestras with conductors such as Werner Andreas Albert, Mathias Bamert, Asher Fisch, Johannes Fritzsch, Christopher Hogwood, James Judd, Marcus Stenz, Yaron Traub, Edo de Waart, and Marco Zuccarini. She has toured with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and performed for festivals around the world, including Pierre Cardin’s Festival de Lacoste and the Kurt Weill Festival, and played recitals at the Kleine Zaal of the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, the Purcell Room in London (earning acclaim as “skilful and poetic - a true artist” from The Times), the Frick Collection in New York and Utzon Room at Sydney Opera House.

Tamara is also regularly invited to collaborate with internationally renowned artists including composer Elena Kats-Chernin, tenor Kenneth Tarver, and violinist Lara St John. She was a founding member of the acclaimed Mozart Piano Quartet in Berlin, and toured to North and South America in this ensemble, and is co-founder of Australia Quartet.

In 2013 Tamara performs as soloist with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (Liszt), Sydney Symphony (Mozart), Queensland Symphony Orchestra (Rachmaninov, Mozart), and Sydney Youth Orchestras (Britten), along with solo and chamber recitals around Australia including for the renowned Musica Viva and Canberra International Music Festivals, MONA FOMA, for ABC Sunday Live and for Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Recital Centre, and Elder Hall (Adelaide). 2012 engagements for Tamara included the Soundstream Adelaide New Music Festival, Port Fairy Spring Festival, Sydney Mozart Society, Melbourne Musicians and the ABC’s Sunday Live program, as well as concerts with Australia Quartet.

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. The youngest pianist to win ABC Young Performer of the Year at age 14, Tamara soon after toured Japan and the United States as cultural ambassador for Australia. In Australia she is the most awarded prizewinner at the Sydney Performing Arts Challenge, and has been recipient of the prestigious David Paul Landa Memorial Scholarship for pianists, and the Freedman Fellowship (2003) from the Music Council of Australia. Overseas, she has won international prizes in London, Italy and Greece.

As a recording artist, Tamara has received three ARIA nominations and critical acclaim (“a perfect combination of artistry and virtuosity,” The Strad), with six solo albums all featuring in the classical charts. She has recorded with the New Zealand Symphony (James Judd) and the London Philharmonic Orchestra (Matthias Bamert) for Chandos and Naxos.

 


Watch Tamara: Cadenza from Britten Piano Concerto  

Listen again: ABC Sunday Live, with Australian World Orchestra Trio (recorded live 15.9.13)

Listen again: New Music Up Late (ABC Classic FM), contemporary 'lullabies' with violinist Anna McMichael (recorded live at MONA FOMA 2013)