Tamara-Anna Cislowska - piano virtuoso
Tamara-Anna Cislowska is one of Australia’s most acclaimed and recognised pianists. She has performed repertoire spanning three centuries, from Scarlatti to Sculthorpe, across five continents, 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, a 2012 Art Music Award for ‘Performance of the Year’ (ACT), nominated for a 2014 AIR Independent Music Award and winner of 2015 ARIA Award for Excellence.
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. As a recitalist she has performed at London’s Purcell Room, Amsterdam’s Kleine Zaal of the Concertgebouw, New York’s Frick Collection, and at Melbourne Recital Centre. 2015 highlights include concerts for Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Recital Centre, Australian Festival of Chamber Music, ABC Classic FM, with Adelaide’s Soundstream Collective and Sydney’s Acacia Quartet.
Tamara has recorded for ABC Classics, Tall Poppies, Chandos, Naxos, Artworks and MDG (Dabringhaus und Grimm), receiving three ARIA nominations and one for a 2014 AIR Independent Music Award. Her 7 solo albums have all been top 10 in the classical charts, with her 2014 release, Peter Sculthorpe: Complete Works for Solo Piano (ABC Classics) remaining no.1 in the ARIA Classical Charts for several weeks. Deemed ‘Recording of the Month’ in BBC Music Magazine and in Limelight magazine, the double CD has earned 5 star reviews and has been praised as “Australian piano gold”,
and “A profoundly affecting release” (Gramophone)
Reviews for Peter Sculthorpe: Complete works for solo piano (ABC Classics):
“Australian piano gold… transfixing.” – BBC Music Magazine (January 2015)
"Cislowska's great gift is to pick up on the saudade inherent in this distinctive, finely-crafted, and for the most part lyrical music, and project it outwards in an utterly natural, unforced manner. A profoundly affecting release" – Gramophone (January 2015)
“With solid technique, innate sensitivity and interpretative powers, Cislowska commands the music’s changing moods in the 58-track collection... Cislowska’s intelligent, unerring musicianship and strong hand... make this project an Australian treasure." - news.com.au, 2014
“Evocatively played, [Djilile] is a real highlight. Simori … is given a whirling, pulsing performance… a wonderful way to summarise the career of a musician who showed us that Australian music could compete on a world stage.” - LIMELIGHT magazine, 2014
“an essay in gently touched-in subtleties... hypnotic... intimate...The music feels healthful and good to live with" - MusicWeb International, 2014
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