VIOLINIST BLANKA BEDNARZ
Violinist Blanka Bednarz enjoys a versatile career as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, concertmaster and teacher. She has concertized in the USA, United Kingdom, Poland, Germany, Sweden, Finland, the Netherlands, and Lithuania; at venues such as the Jordan Hall in Boston, Miller Hall, Philadelphia Ethical Society, Kosciuszko Foundation House, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York, Aula UAM and White Hall in Poznan, Lake Placid Center for the Arts, Cardiff City Hall; and at various prestigious festivals such as Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival, Chanterelle Festival, Mozart Festival in Poznan, Wieniawski Festival, Days of Szymanowski, and the International Chopin and Friends Festival in New York. As a soloist Bednarz has appeared with the orchestras internationally and her playing has been hailed as “beautiful, mature, and rich in color” (Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland). Bednarz is a member of the Atma Trio (established in 2002 with cellist Cheung Chau and pianist Slawomir Dobrzanski). The ensemble’s performances consistently meet with critical acclaim. Gazeta Wyborcza praised Bednarz’s “passionate performance and artistic maturity.” The Trio has performed under the auspices of the Szymanowski and Hofmann Associations, A. Kawecka Foundation, in venues and at festivals such as the National Museum of Instruments, the Baltic Sea Culture Center, the White Hall, Wielkopolskie Centrum Chopinowskie, the Wieniawski Festival, the Days of Szymanowski Festival, and the Mozart Festival. The Trio broke several attendance records in Poland, performing also in Lithuania, Germany, and Sweden. In the US, the trio has performed under the auspices of the Chopin Foundation of the US in Miami, at Lawrence Conservatory, at numerous universities, and at the Chopin and Friends Festival in New York City. The trio has been heard on Radio Merkury and Radio Emaus, as well as on television stations in Poznan and Wroclaw. The Trio’s series Atma Trio and Friends has been sought after. Prior to joining the Atma Trio, Bednarz had been a member of the Huntington Piano Trio which performed at the Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, on Boston's WGBH Radio and concert series, and on Polish Radio. Tygodnik Podhalanski described the trio’s performance as “beautifully sensitive,” and the Boston Globe praised its “eloquent” rendition of Kirchner’s Second Trio.