Official website: www.joannasochacka.com
Joanna Sochacka is a polish pianist, described by critics: “one of the most promising artists of the young generation” (Classical Mag), “amazingly powerful and hypnotic, pianist who knows what she is about” (Lynn René Bayley), “pianist who explores with intelligence and great pianistic culture, the very different sound worlds” (Remi Franck, Pizzicato Magazine), ” she is not only playing…she lives in music” (Sonja Koller, General Anzeiger).
She performed in several countries (England, France, Austria, Germany, Czech Republic, Spain, Switzerland, Estonia, the Netherlands, Italy, Moldova, USA, Israel) in many prestigious concert halls, including: Carnegie Hall in New York, National Forum of Music in Wrocław, Royal Albert Hall in London, Beethoven-Haus Concert Hall in Bonn, National Philharmonic in Chisinau, National Philharmonic in Warsaw, Cracow Philharmonic, Mozarteum in Salzburg, Ferenc Liszt Concert Hall in Raiding. Her debut CD with the piano music of Grażyna Bacewicz (DUX 1689), which was a world phonographic premiere, was acclaimed by the global press, radio and television (one of the best CD releases of Gramophone Magazine). Soon there will be available her CD with Frederic Chopin’s music, recorded for the Sheva Collection in the Naxos distribution.
Since the very young age, she became a prizewinner of international competitions in England, USA, Estonia, France, Germany, Austria, Hungary incl. 17th Citta di Padova International Competition in Padua (I prize and all special prizes – 2019). She received numerous scholarships, including: the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage Young Poland (2020), Julian Cochran Foundation (2020), Dartington Scholarship Trust in England (2007, 2013), Sapere Auso (2009-2014), the National Fund for Children (2008-2012), the National Adam Mickiewicz Institute (2010), Rita Zimmermann Musik Stiftung Bern in Switzerland (2019), SEMP Mobility Program in Geneva, Switzerland (2019).
She is a jury member at many international competitions including International Liszt Piano Youth Competition in China and Utrecht, Elevato International Piano Competition in Salzburg and Bern, IOPC- Instrumental Performance Competition, Kreisler International Competition in Bonn, artistic director of the Arthur Rubinstein Piano Prize. Joanna provides masterclasses for Association Chinese Culture Music & Arts in China and Germany.
She currently studies at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Graz, Austria in the class of prof. Milana Chernyavska. Moreover, she is a PhD student at the Academy of Music Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz in Łódź in the class of dr hab. Hanna Holeksa. She graduated from Academy of Music in Cracow, class of prof. Andrzej Pikul, and from Haute École de Musique de Genève in Switzerland, class of prof. Fabrizio Chiovetta.
She honed her under the supervision of many outstanding pedagogues: Dmitry Bashkirov, Paula Badura-Skoda, Dina Yoffe, Akiko Ebi, Kevin Kenner, Anna Malikova, Andrzej Jasiński, Jura Margulis, Dmitry Alexeev, Jean Marc Luisada, Tatiana Zelikman, Ronan O’Hora, Elza Kolodin, Piotr Paleczny, Bradley Bolen, Emanuel Krasovski, Aquilles delle Vigne, Janusz Olejniczak, Konstanze Eickhorst, Lilja Zilberstein.