Polish-Canadian pianist, Katarzyna MUSIAŁ, celebrated for her charismatic artistry and captivating stage presence is regarded “as a major talent, blessed with an astounding technique and an interpretive panache” by the Chicago Classical Review. Her playing has been described by the New York Concert Review as a pure delight... wonderfully evocative... vividly detailed. Her interpretations plumbed emotional depths with harmonic coloring. Ms. Musiał has been characterized by the Beijing Press as a pianist who has entranced her audience with her brilliant musical skills. Fanfare Magazine affirms: If an artist is able to project charisma through her playing, Musiał is proof that it’s possible.
Recent highlights include performances at Carnegie Hall, the International Beethoven Festival (Chicago), the International Chopin and Friends Festival in New York, Festival Musicale delle Nazioni (Rome), Chopin Festival (Mariánské Lázně), and a seven-city tour of China. Also, as a soloist, she has performed with the New York Camerata, Chicago Prometheus Chamber Orchestra, Toronto Sinfonietta, and Orchestra Classique de Montreal among others. In addition to having won First Prize at the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition (New York), Ms. Musial, a Steinway Artist, is also a prize winner at the Krzysztof Penderecki International Competition of Contemporary Chamber Music (Cracow), the Kay Meek Competition (Vancouver), as well as a recipient of the Alban Berg Prize for outstanding merit (Vienna).
Her last album, My Spanish Heart, received rave reviews. "Whether playing Albéniz, Granados, Turina, Mompou or de Falla, she takes to the idiomatic rhythms like a flamenco dancer, delivering characteristic Spanish melodic snaps as if her keyboard had castanets", as described by WholeNote Magazine. The album was selected as "CD of the Week" by KDFC in San Francisco and by KUSC in Los Angeles as well as reaching the top 10 and top 5 classical music albums charts in North America. My Spanish Heart builds upon her previous successful recording Come Dance with Me, which was played on over 100 radio stations; including the BBC (UK), Polish Radio – “Dwójka” (Poland), CBC (Canada), WQXR, WFMT, WGBH - "CD of the Week" (USA), to name a few.
Ms. Musial is also the Founder and Artistic Director of the Stella Musica Festival which aims to promote women in music. The Festival will celebrate its sixth edition in 2019.
Ms. Musial holds a Master’s degree with high honors from the Academy of Music in Cracow under Professor Stefan Wojtas, as well as an Artist Diploma from the Vancouver Academy of Music under Professor Lee Kum-Sing and a Diploma in Advanced Music Performance Studies from Montreal’s Concordia University under Professor Anna Szpilberg and Philip Cohen who was her mentor for many years.