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Karolina Syrovatkova



Biography

Internationally recognized Czech pianist Karolina Syrovatkova has been called by the ABQ Review "a true poet of the piano." She is known for her innovative approach to performing in which she combines her pianistic and dramatic talents to create shows about great composers.  She is the winner of several international competitions including the North London and the Sidney M. Wright Presidential Competition.  Her vision as a musician is deeply rooted in both the pianistic lineage of European(L’Ecole Normale in Paris, Prague Conservatory) and American schools (University of Maryland: BM, University of Texas at Austin: MM and DMA) and in the well-established principles of the Alexander Technique (AmSAT Certified Teacher). In addition to an active performing and teaching career, Karolina’s multifaceted musical vision has led her to launch classical music series both in the US and in Europe. She has been a champion of Czech music, particularly the music of her distant relative, Bedrich Smetana and of Leoš Janácek. Her latest CD of Janácek’s complete piano music will be released in December 2018. Her experimentation with bridging the gap between classical music and its audiences has led her to create a new art form she calls a “drama concert.”  Her series titled Living With the Great Composers combines theater and a classical piano recital in an educational, easy-to-understand and easy-to-love format. She has written and channeled the personae of Fanny Mendelssohn, Clara Schumann, Olga Janácek, and Caroline von Esterházy. You can find her on Youtube: Youtube/karolinasyrovatkova or www.pianistkarolina.com

Watch Past Performances

Video 9/30/2018: Karolina Syrovatkova

Czech pianist Karolina Syrovatkova is known for her innovative approach to performing, in which she combines her pianistic and dramatic talents to create shows about famous composers. Her series Living With the Great Composers combines theater and a classical piano recital in an educational, accessible, and fun format. She has written and channeled the personae of Fanny Mendelssohn, Clara Schumann, Olga Janácek, and Caroline von Esterházy.

Presented in collaboration with the Embassy of the Czech Republic.

Czech programming on Millennium Stage is generously supported by The Karel Komárek Family Foundation.

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