TAMARA-ANNA CISLOWSKA - PIANO
Tamara-Anna Cislowska is one of Australia’s most acclaimed and recognised pianists. Soloist, recitalist and chamber music specialist, she performs in Australia and worldwide in repertoire spanning three centuries, to critical and public acclaim, and is also renowned for her eloquent writing and popular new role as presenter on ABC Classic FM radio. Tamara has won international prizes in London, Italy and Greece, including the Rovere d’Oro, and in Australia has earned awards such as ABC Young Performer of the Year, a Freedman Fellowship from the Music Council of Australia, the 2012 Art Music Award for ‘Performance of the Year’ (ACT) and most recently the 2015 ARIA for 'Best Classical Album'.
Tamara performs the world premiere of Elena Kats-Chernin's piano concerto no.3, Lebewohl, with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra conducted by Alondra de la Parra on 6 September 2018. The second performance will take place on 9 November, 2018 with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra conducted by Karina Cannellakis. Read Tamara's interview about it Limelight Magazine.
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 keyboard, with guests including Anne-Sophie Mutter, Steven Isserlis, Lisa Batiashvili, Danielle de Niese, and many more.
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 also features as soloist on the Australian Chamber Orchestra's 'Mountain', nominated for a 2017 ARIA for 'Best Original Soundtrack' (Limelight review here)
Tamara‘s performances of Prokofiev’s piano concerto no.2 with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, February 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, October 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)