Katarzyna Marzec – Salwinski was born in Czestochowa (Poland), and she made her debut as a soloist with the Czestochowa Philharmonic Orchestra in Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto in 1992. The excellent reviews of the concert, and the scholarship granted by the Mayor of Czestochowa encouraged her to pursue a musical career. She continued piano studies at the Academy of Music in Cracow under the guidance of Ewa Bukojemska, studying simultaneously Musicology at the Jagiellonian University. Eventually her passion for performance won over academic research. Upon receiving Master of the Arts in Piano Performance, she moved to the United States, where she worked intensively with Pawel Checinski at the Chicago College of Performing Arts as a student and a frequent piano duo partner. Currently she is completing the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree under the guidance of Harvey Wedeen at Temple University.
Katarzyna Marzec-Salwinski has performed as a soloist, with orchestras and with various chamber ensembles in Europe, throughout the United States, in the Middle East and Japan. Most recently, she performed a devilishly difficult Second Piano Concerto by Prokofiev, with Maestro Luis Biava and TUSO. Katarzyna has been particularly active as a performer of contemporary music, with several premiere’s in her career. Following her interest in literature and its connections to music, she was involved in a field of the Polish modern art song, both in making arrangements and performing. This earned her several awards (for the best accompaniment in 1994, for the best collaborative artist in 1995). She is a sought-after collaborative pianist and vocal accompanist. She has collaborated and performed with such distinguished singers as Roberta Knie, Richard Stilwell, Michael Best, Stuart Neill, Tatyana Rashkovsky and others. Katarzyna has participated in numerous musical festivals, including the International Festival of Contemporary Music “Warsaw Autumn” (1996), “Hala February” in Kuwait (2000), and Osaka Chamber Music Festival (2005). She has appeared in several concert series, among others “Mostly Music at NEIU” in Chicago and “Concerts at One” in New York, and performed live for radio and television. Currently Ms. Salwinski serves as an Artist-In-Residence at the Ethical Society of Philadelphia. She is also an accomplished teacher whose students won competitions and performed at Carnegie Hall and Kimmel Center.