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'. Her world premiere performance of Elena Kats-Chernin’s Piano Concerto no.3, Lebewohl, with Queensland Symphony Orchestra conducted by Alondra de la Parra lead to the work’s nomination in the 2019 APRA AMCOS Art Music Awards for ‘Orchestral Work of the Year’.
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. She has also 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.
Frequent guest of orchestras and festivals worldwide, Tamara has performed as soloist with the London Philharmonic, Auckland Philharmonia, and all major Australasian symphony orchestras with conductors such as Matthias Bamert, Edo de Waart, Asher Fisch, Johannes Fritzsch, Christopher Hogwood, James Judd, Karina Kanellakis, Alondra de la Parra, and Markus Stenz. Recent soloist engagements include with Sydney Symphony (Mozart) and Queensland Symphony Orchestras (Rachmaninov and Mozart), Christchurch Symphony Orchestra (Rachmaninoff), Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (Liszt, Gershwin), and Sydney Youth Orchestra (Britten), and in 2017-18, concerti by Gorecki, Prokofiev and the world premiere of Elena Kats-Chernin’s piano concerto, Lebewohl, with the Tasmanian, Canberra and Queensland Symphony Orchestras – with her performance of Lebewohl with this last earning a 2019 Art Music Award nomination for ‘Orchestral Work of the Year’.
Other recent engagements include CIRCA’s En Masse (playing Stravinsky, Schubert) for Brisbane Festival 2018 and touring in 2019 to Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival (USA); recording and touring with Australian Chamber Orchestra’s Mountain for Sydney Film Festival, and to the Barbican (UK); Music Director for composer Elena Kats-Chernin’s Birthday Bash concert (2017) presented by City Recital Hall (Sydney); Dark MOFO (performing Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time), Darwin Festival, Melbourne Recital Centre, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, and concerts with Kats-Chernin, for their two albums, Butterflying, and Unsent Love Letters: meditations on Erik Satie (ABC Classics), the latter nominated for a 2017 ARIA award for ‘Best Classical Album’ and available worldwide on Deutsche Grammophon. In 2018 Tamara also performed as soloist with the Metropolitan Orchestra (Shostakovich); as Music Director and performer in the Joan’s 8 Grands concert spectacular; in recital at UKARIA Cultural Centre with world-renowned soprano, Dawn Upshaw; with the Australia World Orchestra Chamber Ensemble, and regional touring for Musica Viva with Elena Kats-Chernin. 2019 engagements includes as soloist with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Giordano Bellincampi (Gershwin), a residency and performance for Bundanon Trust with Kats-Chernin, performances with soprano Greta Bradman in Sydney and Darwin, and more.
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 soprano Dawn Upshaw, flautist Sharon Bezaly, tenor Kenneth Tarver, and the Danish String Quartet. Tamara was also co-founder of Australia Quartet, ensemble in residence at the University of Technology, Sydney. Recent chamber music collaborations have included for 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, Four Winds, and Port Fairy Spring Music Festival.
With five ARIA no.1 albums, most recently ‘Into Silence’ recorded with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, and ‘Unsent Love Letters: meditations on Erik Satie’, available on Deutsche Grammophon outside Australia, Tamara has recorded for Chandos, Naxos, ABC Classics, Tall Poppies, Artworks and MDG (Dabringhaus und Grimm), receiving 3 ARIA nominations and critical acclaim, with 7 solo albums reaching top 10 in the classical charts. Her 2014 release, Peter Sculthorpe: Complete Works for Solo Piano (ABC Classics) enjoyed months 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” (news.com.au). 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.
Tamara presents weekly program ‘Duet’ for ABC Classic FM with guests including Lang Lang, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Steven Isserlis and Lisa Batiashvili, and also edits for Boosey & Hawkes (Berlin).