Prof. Karina Gidaszewska

Prof. Karina Gidaszewska started music education in Kalisz Music School when she was 6 years old. In the beginning she learned to play the piano but her passion was always the violin. She began to play this instrument when she was 13 years old. Graduated from Music Uniwersity in Poznan in the class of Professor Jadwiga Kaliszewska and Professor Bartosz Bryla. Have taken part in a number of music courses, were she mastered playing the violin under supervision of world famous professors.

Currently she works in Secondary Music School in Poznan, where she is the head of the string section. She also works as a Professor of the violin and the chamber music in I.J.Paderewski Music Academy in Poznan and G. K. Bacewicz Music Academy in Lodz.

Her students are the winners of numerous national and international competitions in Poland, England, Greece, Italy, Serbia, Romania, Hungary, Austria, USA…

She is a lecturer of different master violin courses, a consultant of many music schools all over Poland and a juror of national and international violin and chamber music competitions.

Prof. Beata Halska Le Monnier

Mariam Batsashvili

Born in Poland, Beata Halska, has chosen France as her adoptive homeland. She has achieved a considerable international reputation. Her artistic development has been strongly influenced by famous pedagogues like Y. Menuhin, J. Jankielewicz, S, Vegh and H. Szeryng, Barbara Halska.

She obtained the highest distinction (Premier Prix) in J. Fournier’s class at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique of Paris. She has attended, as guest soloist, great festivals like Menton, Radio France, Paris and Reims; well-known concert halls such as the Theatre of the Champs Elysees, the Opera Comique, the Salle Gaveau, Radio France, the great Theater of Brescia, Milan and Lisbon, the Philharmonic af Warsaw, the Suntory Hall in Tokyo.

As laureate of numerous prizes obtained at numerous competitions (Neapel, Vercella, Brescia), she was given the prize of the Fondation de France and is one of the artists supported by the Menuhin and Philip-Morris Foundations.

The whole artistic activity of Beata Halska was crowned with her entry in The Academy of Sciences and Arts of Versailles.

She is artistic director of the International Summer-Academy of Musique in NOWY SACZ/POLOGNE.

Mariam Batsashvili is the winner of the 3rd International Franz Liszt Piano Competition for Young Pianists in Weimar and the 10th International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Utrecht, awardee of the Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli Prize, and former ECHO 'Rising Star' and BBC 'New Generation Artist’. In the past years, Mariam has given concerts in more than 30 countries in numerous most significant concert halls such as Wigmore Hall in London. Her debut album 'Chopin/Liszt' for Warner Classics was released in August 2019: Born in 1993 in Tbilisi, Georgia, Mariam first studied with Natalia Natsvlishvili at the E. Mikeladze Central Music School in her hometown, before continuing at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt in Weimar with Prof. Grigory Gruzman. Mariam is supported by the ‘Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben’ and ‘The Keyboard Charitable Trust’. She has been an official Yamaha Artist since 2017.

Prof. Jadwiga Padjas - Zielińska

Pianist and teacher, recognized as ‘’the Artist of Austria’’. Artistic Director of the International Gloria Artis Festival, President of the International Artistic Association Gloria Artis in Vienna. Member of the board of the Polish Diaspora Forum in Austria. She graduated from the Academy of Music in Krakow class of prof. Irina Sijalowa – Vogel. For over than 30 years Mrs. Padjas lives in Vienna, where she pursues lively pedagogical activities and promotes talented students and pianists. Her students are top prize winners of international competitions in Austria, Italy, Russia,, Poland. Jadwiga Padjas is a Jury member of many competitions such as International Chopin Piano Competition in Vienna, International Piano Competition Chopin Plus in Krakow and International Piano Competitions in Moscow, Trzciana, Kielce and many others. In September 2009 she received the prize ‘’ Meritorious for Polish culture’’ for her musical and educational contributions. Recently she has been working with Baylor University in USA.

Joanna Sochacka

Joanna has already been a very successful performing artist. So far she played recitals in such countries as Israel, France, Switzerland, Austria, USA, Moldova, Estonia, Italy, Spain, Austria, Morocco, England, Holland, Czech Republic and Germany. She recorded her debut CD with Grazyna Bacewicz works for DUX label (world premiere), and furthermore soon there will be available her CD with Chopin Preludes op. 28 for Sheva Collection in the Naxos distribution. She performed in many renowned concert halls in Poland and abroad, including Carnegie Hall in New York, Beethoven Haus Chamber Hall in Bonn, Royal Albert Hall in London, National Philharmonic Hall in Warsaw, Philharmonic Halls in Lodz/Kielce/Cracow, Mozarteum in Salzburg, National Forum of Music in Wroclaw, the Liszt Concert Hall in Raiding. She is a jury member of international piano competitions in China, Holland, Hungary, Germany and Austria. She has been awarded prizes at more than 20 international and national piano competitions and received multiple grants by scholarship foundations for the most talented musicians, for example Julian Cochran Foundation (2020), Rita Zimmermann Musik Stiftung Bern (2019). She studied at Haute Ecole de musique do Geneve in Switzerland and Künstuniversität in Graz, Austria.

Prof. Michelle Howland

Michelle Howland is a pianist, teacher, Art Manager and Director of the International Elevato Piano Competition. She is promoting talents and organizing many events and concerts in Germany, Poland, Austria and England. Furthermore she is cooperating many Masterclasses with renowned pianists such as Walter Prossnitz, Mikhail Lidsky, Milana Chernyavska. She has established an exceptional reputation for earning awards with her students, such as piano competitions throughout Germany, and the Victoria Performing Arts Festival in Canada. Her students have achieved high marks and received many valuable scholarship awards. They have participated for many years in events such as Canada Music Week, and Beethovenfest Bonn. During her recent years in Germany, Michelle Howland has combined art and music together to create an environment that exposes children to music in different ways. She created a "Piano Theatre" by combining children's classical stories and plays with piano music. Most recently, she designed a project combining ballet and piano together.

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