Dr. Blanka Bednarz  is an alumna of the Jadwiga Kaliszewska Talent School in Poznan, University of Kansas (BM, summa cum laude) and the New England Conservatory (MM, summa cum laude and D.M.A.). She studied with Eric Rosenblith, Michelle Auclair, Ben Sayevich and (viola with) James Dunham. Bednarz’s chamber music coaches include members of the Ying, Cavani, Borromeo Quartets, and Patricia Zander.

As soloist she has performed, among others, with the Connecticut Virtuosi, Symphony and Chamber orchestras of the New England Conservatory, Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonietta Polonia, Dickinson College Orchestra, Central Pennsylvania Symphony, and the Delaware County Symphony. 

The violinist performs in the USA, United Kingdom, Poland, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Finland, China, the Netherlands and Lithuania, among others at the Jordan Hall in Boston, Carnegie Hall and Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, Miller Hall, Philadelphia Ethical Society, Kosciuszko Foundation House, Groβer Sendesaal des Rundfunks Berlin-Brandenburg, Groβer Sendesaal des Landesfunkhauses Hannover, Beijing Concert Hall and A. Mickiewicz University Auditorium  in Poznan.  She can be heard on Capstone Records, Acte Préalable and Musica Omnia.

Bednarz is an avid chamber musician. With Atma Trio she participated in prestigious festivals, such as International Festival Chopin and Friends in New York City, the “Days of Karol Szymanowski” in Zakopane, “Chopinesque Confrontations”,  “International Festival of Organ and Chamber Music” in Slupsk, Mozart Festival in Poznan, Poland, International Wieniawski Festival in Szczawno-Zdroj, and Chanterelle Festival in Goluchow (Poland), Chopin Festival in Miami, FL, Highlands-Cashier Chamber Music Festival in NC, on invitations from organizations such as the Chopin Foundation of the United States, Kosciuszko Foundation, Karol Szymanowski’s Society, Polish Embassy in Beijing and Polish Embassy in Berlin, and many others. The ensemble has performed in Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Sweden, Poland, throughout the United States and China. In 2011, Bednarz and Dobrzanski presented Szymanowski's works at Beijing Concert Hall, under the auspices of the Szymanowski Festival in Beijing, an event of the cultural programme of Poland’s presidency of the EU, under the patronage of the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. The trio has been heard on Radio Merkury and Radio Emaus, as well as television stations in Poznan and Wroclaw. Atma Trio's CD, on the leading Polish label Acte Préalable, was highly praised in Muzyka 21:  "Excellent piano trios by Mendelssohn and Ravel in masterful rendition."

In 2007-08 Bednarz joined as the first violinist the Vega String Quartet-in-residence at Emory University in Atlanta, GA, an ensemble that critics describe as “marvelous foursome” (Strad). She collaborated with renowned artists such as Barry Snyder, Rita Sloan, Adrian Levine, Richard Stolzman, members of Boston Symphony, William Ransom, Joanna Kurkowicz, Heng-Jin Park, Martin Storey, Corigliano Quartet, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Alarm Will Sound and the Baltimore Symphony. 

Bednarz won the first prize in the Naftzger Young Artist Competition, took the second prize at the Jefferson Symphony Concerto Competition in Denver and received numerous other awards and honors, including the Presser Foundation, Tourjée Alumni, Datatel Awards, and St. Botolph Foundation Grant

Bednarz is Associate Professor of Music at Dickinson College, PA.  She taught at New England Conservatory Preparatory School, Emory University; she coached chamber ensembles at International Musical Arts Institute, ME; International Music Institute and Festival, MD (www.imif.us), at Franklin Pond, in Atlanta, etc. She has given numerous master classes at numerous universities and colleges in the USA, Poland and China.

Bednarz is concertmaster of Sinfonietta Polonia (www.sinfoniettapolonia.pl). Her playing has been hailed as “beautiful, mature and rich in color” (Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland). 

Critics’ voices:

"The violinist charms with beautiful sound, impressive palette of color and extraordinary musicality. " 

--Monika Mankowska, Twoj Tydzien Wielkopolski, 2011  

"Bednarz's control was remarkable... She played with great facility, perfectly in pitch...with imploring sweetness...The playing was magnificently accomplished, and exhibited a fundamental comprehension of the ethnicity in the music..."
             --Dayle Van der Sande                  

                              concert Aug. 19, 2007 at Philadelphia Ethical Society), Polish Music Newsletter,
                              October 2007, Vol. 13, No. 10. ISSN 1098-9188.)

 


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