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Tamara anna cislowska


"Australian piano gold... transfixing." (Sculthorpe: Complete Works for Solo Piano)

— BBC Music Magazine 

“A perfect combination of artistry and virtuosity." 

— The Strad

"A highly refined pianist, Cislowska drew kaleidoscopic tones from the instrument, reminding [one] of a young Rubinstein." 

— Canberra CityNews

“…unruffled and almost defiant virtuosity.” (Liszt Totentanz, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra)

— New Zealand Herald 

"…crystalline drops of sound." 

— Sydney Morning Herald

“…the audience welcomed one of the busiest concert pianists around, Tamara-Anna Cislowska. What a treat to be able to hear such a fantastic, sensitive and agile pianist navigate Prokofiev’s intense and lengthy cadenzas.... Cislowska’s playing was impeccable. She was in turns immensely powerful and charmingly vulnerable … thunderous applause.” 

(Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 2, Canberra Symphony Orchestra)

—The Age 

"Cislowska's great gift is to pick up on the saudade inherent in this distinctive, finely-crafted, lyrical music, and project it outwards in an utterly natural, unforced manner. A profoundly affecting release." (Sculthorpe: Complete Works for Solo Piano)

—  Gramophone

"With solid technique, innate sensitivity and interpretative powers, Cislowska commands the music’s changing moods.... Cislowska’s intelligent, unerring musicianship and strong hand... make this project an Australian treasure." (Sculthorpe: Complete Works for Solo Piano)



Tamara-Anna Cislowska is one of Australia’s most acclaimed and recognised pianists, and winner of the 2015 ARIA award for ‘Best Classical Album’ for her landmark recording, Peter Sculthorpe: Complete Works for Solo Piano (ABC Classics), featured as ‘Recording of the Month’ in BBC Music Magazine and Limelight Magazine. She has performed across five continents in repertoire from Scarlatti to Sculthorpe, to consistent critical and public acclaim, winning 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, recipient of the Freedman Fellowship (2003) from the Music Council of Australia and in 2012 the APRA-AMCOS Art Music Award for ‘Performance of the Year’ (ACT). Tamara was also nominated for a 2014 AIR Independent Music Award for ‘Best Independent Classical Release.’

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 in Europe, America and Australasia, including as soloist with the London Philharmonic, the New Zealand Symphony, and all the Australian Symphony Orchestras with conductors such as Matthias Bamert, Edo de Waart, Asher Fisch, Johannes Fritzsch, Christopher Hogwood, James Judd, Markus Stenz, and Yaron Traub. She has toured with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and as recitalist has performed at the Purcell Room in London, Kleine Zaal of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Frick Collection in New York, and the Sydney Opera House. She is a frequent guest of festivals such as Pierre Cardin’s Festival de Lacoste, the Kurt Weill Festival, Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Canberra International Music Festival, MONA FOMA, Musica Viva’s Huntington Festival and Soundstream: Adelaide New Music Festival.

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, tenor Kenneth Tarver, soprano Amelia Farrugia, and the Danish String Quartet. Tamara was also co-founder of Australia Quartet, ensemble in residence at the University of Technology, Sydney.

Recent soloist engagements include with Sydney Symphony (Mozart) and Queensland Symphony Orchestras (Rachmaninov and Mozart), Christchurch Symphony Orchestra (Rachmaninov), Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (Liszt), and Sydney Youth Orchestra (Britten).

2016 engagements included a six-concert national tour with internationally acclaimed composer and pianist Elena Kats-Chernin for the highly anticipated release of Butterflying, a new recording of Kats-Chernin’s music for ABC Classics, including at Melbourne Recital Centre, Sydney’s Concourse and Riverside Theatres, Arts in the Valley Festival (NSW) and Brisbane’s Music by the Sea. Invited for a residency and several performances at Darwin Festival this year, she also performs with the Australian World Orchestra (AWO) in Sydney and Singapore, at Musica Viva’s Huntington Festival, Bowral Autumn Music Festival, and two concert tours to Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne and France (Paris, Verdun) for the centenary of Australian composer Frederick Septimus Kelly. Tamara also records on the new album by Gurrumul, and performs other solo recitals around Australia.

The 2014 and 2015 seasons also included performances for Sydney Opera House’ All About Women festival, Melbourne Recital Centre, Piers Lane’s Australian Festival of Chamber Music, AWO Chamber Music Festival, Port Fairy Spring Music Festival, North Queeensland Arts Awards, the Richard Bonynge Piano Series, Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Adelaide’s Recitals Australia, for ABC Classic FM and the APRA-AMCOS Art Music Awards. Tamara also performed concerts in Puerto Rico (USA), for the Art Gallery of New South Wales (with mezzosoprano Fiona Campbell) and as guest artist with the Soundstream Collective (Adelaide) and Acacia Quartet (Sydney).

Tamara has recorded for Chandos, Naxos, ABC Classics, Tall Poppies, Artworks and MDG (Dabringhaus und Grimm), receiving three ARIA nominations and critical acclaim, with seven solo albums, all reaching the top 10 in the classical charts. Her 2014 release, Peter Sculthorpe: Complete Works for Solo Piano (ABC Classics) enjoyed several weeks at No.1 in the ARIA Classical and Limelight charts and was ‘Editor’s Choice – Instrumental’ in BBC Music Magazine, January 2015. Earning 5 star reviews, the landmark recording was praised as “Australian piano gold” (BBC Music Magazine), “a profoundly affecting release” (Gramophone), and “an Australian treasure” ( Cislowska’s 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.

More what the critics say:

“The Piano Concerto, dating from 1983, is one of Sculthorpe’s most magnificent creations. Tamara Anna Cislowska has already recorded it with Edo de Waart, a relaxed performance with ‘impressionistic’ orchestral sound; the Naxos recording is sharper and in both recordings Cislowska sounds completely at home in a mesmerizing work.” (Sculthorpe: Earth Cry, Naxos)

– Gramophone 

“…strong and expansive. She played with a fleet-fingered fluency that allowed the contrasting poetic sections to make their own impact without losing dignity.” 

(Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Christchurch Symphony Orchestra)

— The Press News 

“…a thrill to hear [Cislowska] performing the technically demanding Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor…wonderful control and contrast in her playing style—one moment delicate and sublime then suddenly heavy, solid and demanding and in powerful control of her keyboard.” 

(Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 2, Canberra Symphony Orchestra)

—  Canberra CityNews, 

“Sculthorpe's concerto is powerful and mesmeric. The strength of Cislowska's playing and musical conception made this a forcefully compelling performance. It was playing of great conviction and every note had place and meaning, giving the music a lucid coherence.” (Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Nicholas Braithwaite, conductor)

– The Australian 

"Hypnotic, almost meditational from the off, not to mention hyper-gentle, every note drips with resonance… from the excellent young pianist, Tamara Anna “Cislowska. The cadenza … is gripping... Magnificent.” 

(Sculthorpe: Earth Cry, Naxos)

– Musicweb-international 

“…the brilliant, sensitive and wide-ranging pianist, Tamara Anna Cislowska... Cislowska’s Rachmaninov C sharp minor Prelude has a majestic tread, and the dark whirlpool that is the Prelude in B flat major has all the romantic panache you could ask... This is an original and unhackneyed collection which is likely to yield far more discoveries than old friends. It is recorded by the brilliant and sensitive Tamara -Anna Cislowska. Not to be overlooked.” 

(Tamara-Anna Cislowska Collection, ABC Classics)

– Musicweb International

"real mastery... extraordinary stamina and skill.” 

— Canberra CityNews

“Powerful octaves, cracking tempi and fearless assaults on some of the most technically demanding passages in the romantic repertoire earned her a prolonged and enthusiastic ovation and the demand for two encores.” 

— Adelaide Advertiser

"superlative... Tamara-Anna Cislowska proved a most sensitive partner, especially given the challenges of Prokofiev's demanding piano part.” 

— Limelight Magazine

“a finely chiselled performance of brilliant brittleness.” 

— Sydney Morning Herald

"Skilful and poetic - a true artist.” 

— The Times