I enjoy a diverse career as a solo and collaborative pianist, piano teacher, workshop clinician and adjudicator.
I received a Bachelor of Music (BMus) in Piano Performance from the University of Toronto, a post-graduate diploma in Chamber Music from Wilfrid Laurier University, and a Master of Music (MMus) in Performance and Literature from Western University.
During my formative years, I was the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships at the local, provincial and national levels in Canada, as well as Germany and my native Poland.
As a performing artist I have appeared with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, and I was a soloist with the K-W Chamber Orchestra and Waterloo Chamber Players. I enjoy collaborating with local and international artists, and have appeared at various music festivals, including the Elora Festival, Festival of the Sound, Northern Lights Music Festival and Festival del Lago in Mexico. Locally, I enjoy performing at the K-W Chamber Music Society and various noon-hour series concerts. I accompany the Addison Women’s Choir of Cambridge. I also enjoy accompanying and coaching instrumental and vocal students as they prepare for recital, festival and exam appearances.
As an educator, I strive to instill the love of learning and performing music in my students, while focusing on a strong foundation of technical proficiency and musicianship. Through my creative guidance and unique pedagogical methods, I help my students develop into confident performers and solid competition winners.
My strong interest in the mechanics of playing and injury prevention in musicians has led me to explore the human body through the study of yoga and osteopathy. I am a certified yoga instructor at the Shanti Center for Mindful Movement and Yoga in Waterloo, founder of Yoga for Musicians – KW, and currently a student at the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy.
I strive to promote a healthy and holistic approach to practicing and performing music for musicians of all ages and skill levels.
This is my ongoing research as I apply my osteopathic knowledge about the body as a dynamic unit of structure and function to what we do as musicians. I am particularly interested in the nervous system and its intrinsic involvement in the process of learning and performing music. With that in mind, I explore methods of improved self-care for musicians – posture correction, efficiency of practice, injury prevention and managing performance anxiety. My great hope is to help musicians find more comfort and balance in their bodies while cultivating calm and focus in their minds.
Music gives us an opportunity to evolve our mind-body-soul connection by fostering whole-body awareness, mindful listening and sensitivity of expression. It is a great responsibility for an educator to nurture young talent by considering each student as a unique individual and encouraging their self-discovery, growth and expression as a musician and a human being.
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