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’ (news.com.au).