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Tamara-Anna Cislowska

Tamara-Anna Cislowska is one of Australia’s most acclaimed and recognised pianists for both her solo and chamber performances, and the winner of the 2015 ARIA Award for Best Classical Album for her recording Peter Sculthorpe: Complete Works for Solo Piano (ABC Classics). She has performed worldwide with repertoire spanning five centuries, and won international prizes in London, Italy and Greece, including the Rovere d’Oro.

In Australia, Tamara-Anna Cislowska has earned accolades such as the 2012 APRA–AMCOS Art Music Award for Performance of the Year (ACT), the prestigious David Paul Landa Memorial Scholarship for pianists, and the Freedman Fellowship (2003). The youngest pianist to win the ABC Young Performer of the Year competition – at age 14 – she gave her first public performance at the age of two, playing music by Bartók. She commenced studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music four years later, and gave her first orchestral performance at age eight. She is the most awarded prizewinner in the history of the Sydney Performing Arts Challenge, and has toured Japan and the United States as a cultural ambassador for Australia.

Tamara-Anna Cislowska is a regular guest of orchestras and festivals in Europe, America and Australasia, including as soloist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and all the major Australian symphony orchestras, with conductors such as Matthias Bamert, Edo de Waart, Asher Fisch, Johannes Fritzsch, Christopher Hogwood, James Judd, Markus Stenz and Yaron Traub. She has toured with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and performed as a recitalist at the Purcell Room in London, the Kleine Zaal of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Frick Collection in New York, and the Sydney Opera House. Highly sought after for chamber collaborations, Tamara was a founding member of Berlin’s Mozart Piano Quartet, touring North and South America in this ensemble. She is a frequent guest of festivals, including Pierre Cardin’s Festival de Lacoste, the Kurt Weill Festival, Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Canberra International Music Festival, MONA FOMA, Fremantle and Perth Festivals, Musica Viva, and Soundstream: Adelaide New Music Festival.

Her most recent engagements include tours to France, the UK and Singapore, solo appearances with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Sydney and Queensland Symphony Orchestras, and Sydney Youth Orchestra, and solo and chamber recitals around Australia including for the Huntington Estate Music Festival, Darwin Festival, Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Australian World Orchestra Chamber Festival, and for Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Recital Centre, and Riverside Theatres.

In 2017, Tamara performs for Perth International Arts Festival, Canberra International Music Festival, Castlemaine State Festival and Bellingen Festival; tours and records with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and is Music Director for two concerts for Sydney’s City Recital Hall. She is a regular broadcaster for ABC Classic FM alongside her busy performing schedule, which also includes recitals at Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Melbourne Recital Centre, the Art Gallery of NSW, Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre and as part of Monash University's Piano Series.

As a recording artist, Tamara-Anna Cislowska has albums on Chandos, Naxos, ABC Classics, Tall Poppies, Artworks and MDG (Dabringhaus und Grimm). She has received four ARIA nominations and much critical acclaim, with seven solo albums featuring in the classical charts, including Butterflying: Piano Music of Elena Kats-Chernin (ABC Classics) reaching No.1 on the ARIA charts and 12th album overall in 2016; and her solo 2014 release, Peter Sculthorpe: Complete Works for Solo Piano (ABC Classics) which remained at No. 1 in the ARIA Classical and Limelight charts for several weeks, and was selected as ‘Editor’s Choice – Instrumental’ in BBC Music Magazine’s January 2015 edition. Earning five-star reviews, the landmark recording was described as ‘Australian piano gold’ (BBC Music Magazine), ‘a profoundly affecting release’ (Gramophone), and ‘an Australian treasure’ (

The Huntington Estate Music Festival is one of the brightest stars in Australia’s musical firmament. For three decades, it has been bringing together top-flight musicians from around the country and around the world to present a breathtaking array of chamber music masterpieces, both iconic favourites and delicious new discoveries. Presented by the Huntington Estate Winery in association with Musica Viva Australia, and held in the winery’s Barrel Room, one of the most remarkable and surprising music venues in the world, the Festival is a delight to audiences and musicians alike.After 30 stellar years of exceptional music-making, however, the 2019 Festival will be the last, with Huntington Estate owners Tim and Nicky Stevens reluctantly deciding that their grapes – and their young family – must come first. To mark this significant occasion, ABC Classic is proud to delve into its broadcast archives to present this selection of some of the Festival’s most memorable performances across a typically diverse and intriguing range of repertoire: from Schubert and Dvořák to Bach’s astonishing eldest son Wilhelm Friedemann and Australian composers Ross Edwards and Ian Munro.It was Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra who began the Festival and established it as a serious contender on the world stage – and the hottest concert tickets in the country! This album includes superb three recordings from those early years: music of Mendelssohn, Brahms and Percy Grainger.In 2006, the ACO passed the baton to Musica Viva and Artistic Director Carl Vine, opening up the Festival’s artist roster to an extraordinary range of musicians, both local and international. From among the literally hundreds of thrilling performances, this album features New York-based Australian pianist Andrea Lam, Russian-Armenian clarinettist Narek Arutyunian, the rich bass-baritone of Teddy Tahu Rhodes and Vienna’s acclaimed Eggner Trio, along with regular Festival guests the Goldner String Quartet and the rising stars of the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) Chamber Orchestra.…/2The CD of this compilation is available exclusively at the Festival itself, but for all those who can’t make the trip to Mudgee, ABC Classic is releasing the full album as a digital album, for download and streaming, so that audiences all around the world can share in the celebration. TRACKLISTING  1     MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 3 ‘Scottish’: II. Vivace non troppo2     BRAHMS arr. ANGERER Chorale Prelude ‘O Gott, du frommer Gott’3     GRAINGER Blithe Bells       Australian Chamber Orchestra, Richard Tognetti director (2002 / 2004)        SCHUBERT4     An die Musik (To Music)5     Erlkönig (The Erl-King)6     Die Forelle (The Trout)7     Die Taubenpost (Pigeon Post) from Schwanengesang       Teddy Tahu Rhodes bass-baritone, Kristian Chong piano (2007)        WF BACH Sinfonia in F major ‘Dissonant’8     I. Vivace9     II. Andante10   III. Vivace11   IV. Menuetto I & II       ANAM Chamber Orchestra, Paul Wright violin / conductor (2010)      12   ROSS EDWARDS String Quartet No. 2 ‘Shekina Fantasy’:       I. Allegro moderato       Goldner String Quartet (2010)        MENDELSSOHN13   Song without Words Op. 67 No. 2 – Allegro leggiero14   Song without Words Op. 85 No. 4 – Andante sostenuto       Andrea Lam piano (2012) 15   WEBER Clarinet Quintet in B-flat major: II. Fantasia       Narek Arutyunian clarinet, Australian String Quartet (2012)        MUNRO Piano Trio No. 2 ‘Book of Lullabies’ – Excerpts16   II. Lullaby in Edo17   III. Kun Mun Kultani Tulisi18   IV. Skye Boat Song       Dimity Hall violin, Julian Smiles cello, Ian Munro piano (2013) 19   DVOŘÁK Piano Trio No. 1: II. Adagio molto e mesto       Eggner Trio (2015)