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June 16, 2013 Karkowska Sisters Duo

Photograph of Anna Karkowska, violin

Anna Karkowska, violin

Don Estep heralded Anna Karkowska as a violinist “destined for stardom” in the News Journal after her performance of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with they Lexington Philharmonic conducted by George Zak. Anna Karkowska was born in Lodz, Poland and made her successful solo debut at the age of fifteen at the prestigious String Masters Festival with Zielona Gora Philharmonic playing Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto.

Her many prizes and awards include First Prize at the International Competition of the Aspen Music Festival and at the WGUC Radio Station International Competition; Top Prizes at the National Competitions for Young Violinists in Poland; and one of the most precious awards for a violinist: an annual loan of the Guarneri del Gesu “Sennhauser” violin from the elite Stradivari Society. So far Anna has been the only Polish recipient of this award. She has also received the Dorothy Starling Foundation Scholarship, Satterwaite Scholarship, G.M. Grunin Prize and J.S. and Barbara P. Johnson Scholarship.

Described by Daniel Barenboim as “a very gifted young violinist,” Anna Karkowska is a graduate of the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, OH (Bachelor of Music) where she studied with P. Milewski, and of the prestigious Juilliard School (Master of Music). As a recipient of a full scholarship at Juilliard she studied with D. DeLay and H. Kang. She has performed as a soloist with many orchestras including the Penderecki Festival Orchestra, the Lexington Philharmonic, Sinfonia Cracovia, the Polish-American Symphony Orchestra, the Dearborn Symphony Orchestra, Paderewski Symphony Orchestra, the Fairmont Chamber Orchestra and the Starling Orchestra and in many prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the Ford Performing Arts Center. She has also been invited to the International Mozart Festivals in both Miami, Fl and Krakow, Poland and to record for television and radio in Poland and in the United States.

Recently Anna Karkowska recorded her first album, Virtuosity with the London Symphony Orchestra, which includes Paganini’s Violin Concerto No.1, Hoffmann’s Violin Concerto (World Premiere), Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasy and Wieniawski’s Faust Fantasy. Her performances have won the hearts of audiences and the press, eliciting high praise such as “Stunning…better played than Itzhak Perlman’s own recording” (Mount Vernon News), and “Fabulous mastery of the violinist’s art” (Electorial News, Krakow, Poland).

Read more about Anna Karkowska at the Karkowska Sister’s Web site, karkowskaduo.org


Photograph of Katarzyna 'Kasha' Karkowska, piano

Katarzyna Karkowska, piano

“A superbly talented young pianist” (David Mulbury, DMA, FAGO, University of Cincinnati) Katarzyna “Kasha” Karkowska was born in Lodz, Poland. She studied piano at the Bacewicz Music Academy in Lodz with A. Krochmalska and Professor T. Chmielewski and she graduated with honors earning her Master’s Degree in Solo Piano from the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, in the class of the internationally renowned pianist Bronislawa Kawalla.

In Warsaw, besides studying solo piano, Kasha Karkowska became a successful chamber music player, performing in a variety of chamber music groups and participating as an accompanist at the prestigious International Music Festivals in Zagan and Lancut, Poland.

As a part of the Karkowska Sisters Duo, Katarzyna Karkowska won First Prize at the WGUC International Competition and has recorded for Polish National TV and Radio and has appeared on PolVision (Chicago) and PBS (Buffalo).

Read more about Katarzyna “Kasha” Karkowska at the Karkowska Sister’s Web site, karkowskaduo.org


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