- Instrument: Piano
Born in 1995 in Poland, Joanna started her musical education at the age of eight. In 2014 she received a diploma with distinction from the Zenon Brzewski Secondary School of Music in Warsaw in the piano class of Elżbieta Karaś-Krasztel. She is currently a third-year piano student at the Royal Academy of Music in London, studying for her Bachelor’s degree under the guidance of Tessa Nicholson. She has also participated in masterclasses and lessons given by musicians such as Kevin Kenner, Dang Thai-Son, Christopher Elton, Andrzej Jasinski, Katarzyna Popowa-Zydron, Eugene Indjic, Pascal Devoyon, Krzysztof Jablonski and Tobias Koch.
Joanna has performed as a soloist and as a chamber musician in Poland, the United Kingdom, Germany and Canada. She has enjoyed success in several international competitions and festivals, including winning first prize in the International Chopin Competition for Young Pianists in Rzeszów, and the special prize for the best performance of a work by Chopin in the 15th International Chopin Festival in Sochaczew, Poland. Whilst studying at the Royal Academy of Music, in 2015 and 2016 she received the Doris Ethel Blake Prize and Francis Simms Prize. In February 2016, she won The Musicians’ Company’s Harriet Cohen Bach Prize, performing the music by Johann Sebastian Bach. In June 2016, she was pleased to receive the Mark James Piano Prize from the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund in London.
In 2013, Joanna received a full scholarship by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage in Poland and Mount Royal University in Calgary, Canada, to participate in the internationally renowned Morningside Music Bridge, a one-month music programme in Canada. While there, she was awarded the Stuart Holland Memorial Award, which is given to students who took best advantage of the opportunities offered. Joanna was chosen by the National Fryderyk Chopin Institute to take part in their “Young Talents” programme – a special project to promote talented young Polish pianists. As a result, she received a full scholarship to participate in masterclasses devoted entirely to the music by Chopin, led by the winners of the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw. In 2016, Joanna was also chosen by the Royal Academy of Music to receive a Mendelssohn Scholarship during the International Mendelssohn-Academy in Leipzig, Germany.