TAMARA-ANNA CISLOWSKA - PIANO
Tamara-Anna Cislowska is one of Australia’s most acclaimed, ARIA award-winning pianists, performing and recording in Australia and internationally to critical and public acclaim. Earning international prizes in London, Italy and Greece such as the Rovere d’Oro, and touring Japan and the USA as cultural ambassador for Australia, Tamara’s accolades include ABC Young Performer of the Year, the Freedman Fellowship, an Art Music Award for ‘Performance of the Year’ (ACT) and the 2015 ARIA award for 'Best Classical Album'. Performing as soloist with leading orchestras around Australian and overseas, as Music Director for special projects and radio presenter on ABC Classic, Cislowska collaborates with leading arts companies such as the ACO and CIRCA, and artists as varied as Anne-Sophie Mutter, Lang Lang, Robert Murray and Dawn Upshaw.
Tamara’s world premiere performance of Elena Kats-Chernin's Piano Concerto no.3, Lebewohl, with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra conducted by Alondra de la Parra has been nominated for a 2019 APRA AMCOS Art Music Award for ‘Orchestral Work of the Year’. Full list of nominees here and read Tamara's interview about it Limelight Magazine.
Upcoming concerts: Sunday 25 August, 2019 at 7pm at Art Gallery of NSW, with frequent collaborator, soprano Greta Bradman [sold out]. One of the judging panel for the 2019 Australian Women in Music Awards, Tamara tours with CIRCA for En Masse at the White Light Festival at Lincoln Center, New York (USA).
Saturday 1 December, 2018 at 7:30pm, Tamara performs with world-renowned, multi-Grammy award-winning soprano, Dawn Upshaw at UKARIA Cultural Centre, Adelaide
Tune in to DUET on ABC Classic FM, on Thursdays at 3pm, when Tamara-Anna Cislowska snags a star to share an hour of music and conversation, at the piano, with guests including Lang Lang, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Steven Isserlis, and Lisa Batiashvili.
Tamara's latest album for ABC Classics, 'Into Silence' with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, featuring composers Górecki, Pärt, Pelēcis, Vasks (media release).
Unsent love letters: Meditations on Erik Satie nominated for a 2017 ARIA Fine Arts Award for 'Best Classical Album', Tamara's 5th solo album to be nominated for an ARIA.
Tamara‘s performances of Prokofiev’s piano concerto no.2 with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, 2018:
“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, channelling the young Prokofiev as the pianist battles with pressures and forces internal and external… thunderous applause” – The Age (full review)
“a thrill to hear [Cislowska] performing the technically demanding [concerto]… 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.” – Canberra CityNews
ACO Mountain reviews: “Tamara-Anna Cislowska’s piano solos are also impeccable – ravishing in the Chopin and Beethoven and crystalline in Pärt’s bell-like Für Alina.” – Limelight magazine (album review, 4.5 stars, 2017)
“Broad aerial shots of mountainscapes become a visual accompaniment to the Larghetto from Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D Major or the hymn-like Adagio from Beethoven’s Emperor concerto, beautifully rendered by pianist Tamara-Anna Cislowska.” – Limelight magazine, (live review, 4.5 stars, Sydney Film Festival premiere 2017)
Unsent Love Letters reviews: "Their latest project... is equally outstanding... Cislowska brings the Kats-Chernin/Satie amalgam to life with the same brilliance... Unsent Love Letters is a triumph for Kats-Chernin and Cislowska, and a great tribute to the tender and exquisite music of Erik Satie." (Readings Monthly, 'Classical Album of the Month', March 2017)
"If Elena Kats-Chernin had married Erik Alfred Leslie Satie, their musical children would have sounded like the 26 little piano pieces on this beguiling album... Deceptively simple and unadorned, they trickle off the nimble fingers of Tamara-Anna Cislowska... This is the kind of music that could exist at various levels ... all the way to late-night cabaret acts in Spiegeltents, best accompanied by exotic libations... it is hard to argue with its sincerity, wit and charm." (The Australian, April 2017)
Butterflying album reviews: “a true dream team... a dazzling collection.. lushly recorded and extremely accessible… Fasten your seatbelts and hold on.” (Limelight Editor's Choice, August 2016); “Detailed clarity and vibrant energy makes every note a winner. Cislowska’s robust delivery of Schubert Blues, drawing on Schubert’s Death and The Maiden, encompasses the piano’s full expressive range" (Courier Mail, 5 stars); “Whatever Tamara-Anna Cislowska does rewards attention and listening time… Many of the pieces here are most emotively taken by Cislowska… This is chimingly liquid and memorably melodic music.” (Musicweb International).
5 star reviews of Peter Sculthorpe: Complete Works for Solo Piano in BBC Music Magazine, 'Recording of the Month' and described as "Australian piano gold" and in GRAMOPHONE: "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" (January 2015)