Barbara Karaśkiewicz

She was born in communist Poland and took her first piano lesson at the age of five. Barbara graduated from the University of Music in Katowice/Poland with distinction in 1999. After having graduated from the University she further honed her piano skills in postgraduate studies under Prof. Wojciech Świtała. In 2013 Barbara had completed her Ph.D. and in June 2018 has received the post-doctoral degree at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, Poland.

During the 1990s she won major prizes at several competitions, including:

  • the 4 th International Karol Szymanowski Competiton in Lodz (Poland) and the Special Award for the best Polish participant;
  • “Estrada Młodych” at the 21 st Festival of Polish Pianistic and the Special Award for the best performance of Karol Szymanowski’s pieces;
  • the 28 th and the 29 th Competition for the Fryderyk Chopin Artistic Scholarships in Warsaw;
  • the 1 st Polish National Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw;
  • the 20 th Century Music Competition in Warsaw;
  • the Mozart Competition in Gdansk, Poland.

The pianist performed so far in the following countries: Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Croatia, Montenegro, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Gibraltar, Greece, Spain, the Netherlands, Ireland, Lithuania, Latvia, Macedonia, Malta, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Germany, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia , Slovakia, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine, Uruguay, United Kingdom, Italy.

She performs piano recitals, chamber music (as the pianist – founder of Huberman Piano Trio) and also as a soloist of symphonic concerts along with excellent conductors, such as: Stefan Bevier, Szymon Bywalec,  Ernst Hoetzl, Ruben Silva, Jerzy Swoboda, Pavel Šnajdr , Arvo Volmer, Józef Wiłkomirski, Monika Wolińska.

The artist has recorded all piano works by the Polish composer Roman Statkowski (3 CDs). She has recorded selected piano works by the British living composer Michael Garrett. Barbara’s fifth album, containing piano works by Karol Szymanowski, is being nominated for the Fryderyk 2018 Music Award  in the category The Best Polish Album Abroad.