Polish-born pianist and harpsichordist MAGDALENA BACZEWSKA [ba-CHEV-ska] has enjoyed a multifaceted career as concertizer, educator, recording artist, producer, and administrator. Director of the Music Performance Program and Lecturer in Music at Columbia University in the City of New York, Baczewska has been acclaimed as a “world-class” musician (The American Record Guide), lauded as “eloquent & technically flawless” (The Washington Post) and “highly sophisticated and truly admirable” (The Weekend, New York) in her “taste and admirable sensitivity” (Palm Beach Arts Paper).
Having performed as soloist with the San Francisco Symphony, China National Symphony, and Macao Symphony, among others, she has also made appearances with violinist Joshua Bell and Tan Dun, with whom she has shared extensive orchestral and chamber collaborations. She has appeared in New York’s Carnegie Hall, San Francisco’s Davies Symphony Hall, Beijing’s National Center for Performing Arts, Guangzhou’s Opera House, Shenzhen’s Polytheater, Paris’ Salle Cortot, among others. Baczewska is a laureate of the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Polish Minister of Culture, as well as several international piano competitions (the Kosciuszko Foundation’s Chopin Competition, the Dorothy McKenzie Recognition Award, Prix du piano Ecoles d'Art Américaines Fontainebleau, Grand Prix European American Music Alliance Paris).
Her recent album with the Paraty label, featuring works of Chopin and Szymanowski, is lauded for its “imagination and spontaneity” (Jan den Kruijiff, Musikalifeiten) and “magnificent, unique voice” that “ stylistically never falters” (Donald Isler, Classical Music Guide Online). The first pianist to play J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations twice in one evening--first on the harpsichord, then on piano--since Rosalyn Tureck’s 1977 double-bill Carnegie Hall performance, Baczewska has toured Europe and the U.S with double performances of the Variations, having also recorded them along with Strauss’ Sonata Op. 5 for her critically-acclaimed A Tribute to Glenn Gould. As BlueSleep® Artistic and Music Director, Baczewska produced the bestselling Music for Dreams set for the Google-popularized MetroNaps EnergyPod® to further BlueSleep’s treatment of sleep disorders.
An avid educator, Baczewska teaches full-time at Columbia University and as visiting professor at Accademia Europea Villa Bossi in Varese, Italy. She has been invited to conduct masterclasses at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing arts, having appeared as masterclass artist in the Beijing Central Conservatory, Grassland International Music Festival (Hohhot, Inner Mongolia); the International Keyboard Institute and Festival (NYC); the New York Piano Festival (NYC), New Music School (Chicago), and Charleston Southern University, among others.
With technology pioneered by Yamaha Disklavier, Baczewska also gives remote masterclasses, having worked with students at Microsoft School of the Future, Elon University, and Hartt School of Music, among others. She also volunteers through Selfhelp, Inc., teaching music appreciation online at the Virtual Senior Center. Herself a keen learner, Baczewska is pursuing a post-baccalaureate degree at Columbia University's School of Professional Studies.
Baczewska holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Mannes College The New School for Music under the tutelage of Jerome Rose, and a doctoral degree from the Manhattan School of Music in the studio of Constance Keene. Lambert Academic Publishing published her dissertation, In Search of Bach’s Cantabile: The Role and Aspects of Oratory and Singing in Keyboard Interpretation. Baczewska is a Yamaha Artist.