[ Joanna Domańska

Joanna Domańska

Joanna Domańska

[pianist and teacher, Director of Competitions.]

Joanna Domańska started her piano studies at the Academy of Music in Cracow with professor Jan Hoffman, and she graduated with distinction from the Academy of Music in Katowice, in the piano class of professor Andrzej Jasiński in 1982. She continued her piano studies with Livia Rév in Paris 1986-1987 on a grant from the Government of France.

She is an outstanding interpreter of Karol Szymanowski's works.

Domańska is a laureate of international piano competitions:M. Long – J. Thibaud in Paris 1981 and A. Casagrande in Terni, Italy 1982, as well as of the Young Stage at the Polish Piano Festival in Slupsk 1982. She has been invited to participate in music festivals worldwide, such as the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Festa Musica Pro in Assisi, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence, Festival de Radio France et de Montpellier, Warsaw Autumn, the Cracow Composer Days, Karol Szymanowski Music Days in Zakopane, the Polish Piano Festival in Slupsk and the Chopin Festival in Duszniki.

Among others Domańska recorded three CDs with Karol Szymanowski's works. The first one was recorded in 1995 by British record company Olympia (Maques op.34, 20 Mazurkas op.50 - OCD 344). The album was received enthusiastically and was twice nominated for the "Fryderyk" award given by the phonographic industry in Poland.

In 2007 the Polish record company DUX published Domańska's second album (DUX 0576), recorded with Andrzej Tatarski: the first ever performance of a piano version of Szymanowski's music to ballet "Harnasie", adapted for two pianos.

In 2008 she recorded her third CD published at DUX with piano works of Karol Szymanowski (Metophes op.29, 12 Studies op.33, IIIrd Sonata op.36, 4 Polish Dances - DUX 0615). This CD was honoured by "Pizzicato" with "Supersonic Award" – one of the most valuable awards worldwide.

Currently Domańska is professor at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice.

She has served on the juries of piano competitions at home and abroad. She has also been invited to run numerous master classes, hold seminars, open classes and consultations in Poland, Japan, Korea and others countries.

In years 2002 - 2011 Domańska has been deputy vice-president of the Karol Szymanowski Music Society. Since December 2011 she is president of this organization.