Ewa Pobłocka - A prize-winner of the Tenth International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, Ewa Pobłocka also received the prize for the best performance of Chopin mazurkas (1980). She began taking piano lessons when she was five. She pursued her studies at Gdańsk Music Academy under Zbigniew Śliwiński and Jerzy Sulikowski, and received her diploma with distinction in 1981. She completed post-graduate studies in Hamburg under Conrad Hansen (1982) and has benefitted from artistic consultation with Jadwiga Sukiennicka, Rudolf Kerer, Tatiana Nikolaieva and Martha Argerich.
In 1977, she won First Prize in the International Viotti Music Competition in Vercelli, and in 1979 the gold medal at the International Festival of Young Laureates in Bordeaux. She has performed throughout Europe and the Americas, as well as in the Far East and Australia, in such venues as the Herkules-Saal in Munich, Musikhalle in Hamburg, Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, Barbican Centre and Wigmore Hall in London, Musikverein in Vienna, Lincoln Center in New York and Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto. She has played as a soloist with the London Symphony Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Bayerischers Rundfunkorchester, Sinfonia Varsovia and Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra and has repeatedly toured as a Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra soloist under the baton of Kazimierz Kord and Antoni Wit.
Ewa Pobłocka is a passionate chamber musician and has regularly performed with the Silesian Quartet, as well as singers like Jadwiga Rappe, Olga Pasichnyk and Ewa Podleś. She has given numerous premieres and made world premiere recordings of works by Polish contemporary composers, including piano concertos by Andrzej Panufnik, Witold Lutosławski, Paweł Szymański and Paweł Mykietyn.
She has performed for many European radio stations and recorded for such labels as Polskie Nagrania ‘Muza’, Deutsche Grammophon, Pony Canyon, Victor JVC, CD Accord and BeArTon. Many of her recordings have won prizes and critical acclaim. Her most recent CDs have featured Grieg’s complete piano works, solo works by Brahms and Schumann and the complete songs of Chopin. In 2010, the Fryderyk Chopin Institute released her CD with Chopin’s Mazurkas and Sonata in C minor on period piano (Pleyel, 1848).
Pobłocka is also a distinguished teacher. As well as teaching piano at Bydgoszcz Music Academy. She is also a guest professor at the National University of Fine Arts and Music in Tokyo and Nagoya. She has sat on the jury of many international piano competitions inter alia International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw. She received the annual Ministry of Culture and National Heritage Award and the Cavalier’s Cross of the Polonia Restituta Order from the Polish President (2004).