Beata Szalwinska is a Polish pianist graduated from Fryderyk Chopin Music Academy in Warsaw. As a French Government stipendiary, she also studied at the Ecole Normale de Musique Alfred Cortot in Paris. In the last year of her studies she won a competition for the best performance of a piano concerto where the award was her debut in the National Philharmonic in Warsaw where she played the Symphony no. 4 of Karol Szymanowski. After the performance, the music critic Krzysztof Baculewski wrote in the music journal “Ruch Muzyczny”:
“…already during the first notes, the soloist played intrigued with a romantic phrase sounding almost Chopin-like; she enchanted the audience with her colorful interpretation. The performing concept seemed to follow the classical form, inspirited however with sudden articulation motifs, attractive phrasing and, broadly speaking, with a different, fresh approach. Beyond any doubt, Beata Szalwinska is an extremely talented pianist which was confirmed by the standing ovation after the performance of the Symphony…”
She is a laureate and a finalist of many prestigious classical music competitions including the first prize in the “11e Tournoi International de Musique” in Tamines, Belgium. The artist has toured all over Europe, taking part in festivals and premiere concerts. She has also recorded several albums for radio and television. Beata Szalwinska took part in numerous piano events and festivals, such as, in Luxembourg “De Klenge Maarnicher Festival” (with “Kammerorchester Tübingen” conducted by Gudni Emilsson) and the concert celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Ettelbruck Philharmonic Orchestra, where, in the presence of the Grand Duke and the Grand-Duchess of Luxembourg, she performed “Rhapsody in Blue” of George Gershwin.
Beata Szalwinska continues to tour as a soloist, a chamber musician and a pedagogue; for many years she cooperated with Prof. Ryszard Karczykowski, one of the best Polish tenors. She is also founder of “Aconcagua Quintet”, which interpretes the repertoire of Astor Piazzolla and his “Tango Nuevo” music. The first album of the band was acclaimed the album of the month by Classicmania in Luxembourg. Besides their concerts in Luxembourg, the quintet has also performed in Nice, France and for the Polish audience at the concerts in the Grand Theatre in Warsaw and in the concert hall of the Radziejowice Palace.
In 2010, the artist accompanied “Soledad” quintet at a joined concert and also represented Luxembourg at the Grande Region Festival for performances in Luxembourg, France, Germany and Finland with a production called “Life”, created by the Finnish dancer and choreographer Anu Sistonen. Then, Beata Szalwinska and Anu Sistonen prepared another production together, entitled “Two Alone”, in which the pianist performs 9 Preludes op. 1 by Karol Szymanowski, with the premiere in Luxembourg in June 2012.
The year 2012 had begun with the release of the second album with the world premiere of the latest version of the “Aconcagua Concerto” by Astor Piazzolla, for piano solo and sextet. The project is the result of the cooperation between “Aconcagua Quintet” and the new “Kinneksbond Concert Hall” in Mamer, Luxembourg. This album, including also other works interpreted in duet with Gilberto Pereyra, was very well welcomed by both public and professional critics as shown by the critics of the weekly magazine “Jeudi”; “the sensual play and the big sensibility of the pianist Beata Szalwinska cause enormous sensations which cross you throughout.”
The same year, Beata Szalwinska is named Ambassadress of the foundation “Music for Life” and she takes out, for the benefit of this association, a single with her composition “No Words”, which knew a remarkable success.
In February 2014, the music and dance performance “Flood”, fruit of a cooperation with Anu Sistonen, and with the third sonata in B minor of Fryderyk Chopin, was highly appreciated to such a point that Marie-Laure Rolland wrote that “the interpretation of this sonata by Beata Szalwinska is of a remarkable virtuosity”.
In November 2015, an Australian record company, “Record Drums”, edits a CD, “No Words”. As Ambassadress of “Médecins du Monde – Luxembourg”, she also registers, for the benefit of this association, a new CD including “Dany Boy” and “Over the Rainbow”, previously unreleased transcriptions by the great pianist Frédéric Meinders, who, in his review, notes that Beata Szalwinska “shows a combination of great personality and intimacy”.
Since 2015, Beata Szalwinska plays in duet with Alexander Anisimov, a Russian bass singer. The two artist present the 22 Romances of S. Rachmaninoff, during a charity concert for the benefit of “Médecins du Monde – Luxembourg”, at the Philharmonic Hall Luxembourg, in Warsaw, invited by the First Counselor for Cultural Affairs of the President of Poland, for a recital broadcast live by Polish radio, then, at The Bonbonnière Theater in Maastricht, Netherlands, Salle Cortot, Paris, Carnegie Hall, New York. At each performance, they are given a great ovation by the public.
Currently, two new records are planned; “World of Astor Piazzolla by Beata Szalwinska” as well as a CD with new transcriptions for piano solo of the most beautiful American songs.
Our great concert pianist Ms. Beata Szalwinska, pianist has just published a very beautiful recording of romantic songs by Sergei Rachmaninov accompanying our great bass Alexander Anisimov at the Hänssler Classic Record Company. You can hear excerpts from a gala recital of some of Sergei Rachmaninov songs by visiting Alexander Anisimov's profile at this page or just press this link.