40th anniversary season (2017-18)
BCPAC Next Performance
Karkowska Sisters Duo
Anna and Kasha Karkowska
Anna Karkowska, described by Daniel Barenboim as “a very gifted young violinist”, was born in Lodz, Poland, and made her successful solo debut at the age fifteen at the prestigious String Masters Festival with Zielona Gora Philharmonic playing Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto, the performance that met with standing ovations and encores.
Among her many prizes and awards are: the First Prize at the International Competition at the Aspen Music Festival, Colorado, the First Prize at the WGUC Radio Station International Competition (twice) and one of the most precious awards for a violinist: a loan of Guarneri del Gesu, "Sennhauser" from the elite Stradivari Society . Anna is the only violinist born in Poland to be awarded by this prestigious organization whose previous laureates have been Sara Chang, Gil Shaham or Maxim Vengerov. She has also received the Dorothy Starling Foundation Scholarship, Satterwaite Scholarship, G.M. Grunin Prize and J.S. and Barbara P. Johnson Scholarship, as well as Top Prizes at the National Competitions for Young Talented Violinists in Poland (Lodz, Lublin, Elblag, Olsztyn, and others).
Anna has already performed as a soloist with many orchestras including the Penderecki Festival Orchestra, the Lexington Philharmonic, Sinfonia Cracovia, the Polish-American Symphony Orchestra, the Deaborn Symphony Orchestra, Paderewski Symphony Orchestra, the Fairmont Chamber Orchestra and the Starling Orchestra, and in many prestigious venues including the Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center (NYC) National Center for the Arts, (Mexico City, Mexico) the Gusman Center for Performing Arts (Miami, Florida), National Grand Theater (Warsaw, Poland) , Ford Performing Arts Center (Deaborn, MI) and Cracow Royal Philharmonic to a great success.
A special chapter in her career are the following performances: the concert for the Fulbright Foundation Gala at the National Grand Theater in Warsaw, Poland, with the Penderecki Festival Orchestra, for the Eightieth Birthday of Pope John Paul II in Chicago, Illinois with the Polish-American Symphony Orchestra, for the governor of Kentucky at the celebration of Henry Clay Award, for the UNICEF as a benefit for children in Guatemala, Miami, Fl, for His Imperial and Royal Highness Prince Henri Constantine Paleologue, and for the Panasonic Foundation Conference, Colorado Springs, CO. Her performances have won the hearts of audiences and press.
Anna is a graduate of Wieniawski Music Highschool. Lodz Poland (the violin class of Zenon Ploszaj), College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, OH (Bachelor of Music, recipient of a full scholarship and a special award in the form of a stipend for living, the violin class of Piotr Milewski), and of the prestigious Juilliard School of Music in New York City (Master of Music, recipient of full scholarship, the violin class of Dorothy DeLay and Hyo Kang ).
She has recorded several programs for Polish National Television and Radio (Pegaz, Harmonia Mundi, Karkowska Sisters Duo, Written by the Bow), appeared on PolVision (Chicago) and PBS Buffalo.
Her talent was recognized and aided by letters of recommendation from the famous musicians of our times : Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Mehta, and Krzysztof Penderecki.
“a superbly talented young pianist”
So exclaimed David Mulbury, DMA, FAGO, University of Cincinnati. Kasha was born in Lodz, Poland. She earned her Masters of Arts majoring in piano solo performance from Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw.
Kasha studied at the Music Academy in Lodz majoring in piano after graduating from Wieniawski Music High School. Bronislawa Kawalla, an internationally renowned pianist invited Miss Karkowska to continue her studies with her at Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw. While at the Chopin Academy Kasha won awards for her music and scholastic achievements. In Warsaw, besides studying solo piano, she became an avid chamber music performer, playing in a variety of chamber music groups. Both her solo concerts and her chamber music performances met with a great success
As an accompanist she shared her sister's triumph at the Aspen Festival International Competition. Since then she has continued to perform as a soloist and a part of the Karkowska Sisters Duo to a great public acclaim. Kasha has appeared on Polish National, Mexican and American TV and Radio (including PBS) as a part of the Karkowska Sisters Duo.
Karkowska Sisters Duo
Anna and Kasha Karkowska
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