Dr. Blanka Bednarz is on the faculty of Dickinson College where she teaches courses in violin, viola, theory and chamber music and serves as the Dickinson College Orchestra concertmaster. She is an alumna of the "Jadwiga Kaliszewska Talent School" in Poznan, Poland, Univ. of Kansas (with Ben Sayevich) and the New England Conservatory in Boston (MM and D.M.A. with E. Rosenblith, M. Auclair and J. Dunham).
Dr. Bednarz's 2017 CD with Matthew Bengtson on Musica Omnia was awarded Global Music Awards Silver Medal - Outstanding Achievement in classical and instrumental/instrumentalists category. As soloist she has performed with the Hunan Symphony, China, Connecticut Virtuosi, Symphony and Chamber orchestras of the New England Conservatory, Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonietta Polonia and the Delaware County Symphony. She has performed in renowned festivals such as Highlands-Cashier Chamber Music Festival in NC, Chanterelle and Szymanowski Days Festivals in Poland. She is on the roster of artists of the Beethoven Festival Park City, UT www.pcmusicfestival.com. The violinist performs in the USA, United Kingdom, Poland, Germany, Sweden, Finland, the Netherlands, Italy, China and Lithuania, among others at the Jordan Hall in Boston, Miller Hall, Philadelphia Ethical Society, Kosciuszko Foundation, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and Carnegie Hall in New York, Aula UAM in Poznan, and the Beijing Concert Hall. Bednarz can be heard on Capstone Records; A. W. Promotions, Acte Prealable and Musica Omnia.
She is an avid chamber musician. In 2007-08 Bednarz joined as first violinist the Vega String Quartet-in-residence at Emory University in Atlanta, GA ( marvelous foursome --Strad). She collaborated with renowned artists such as John Novacek, Barry Snyder, Rita Sloan, Stephanie Chase, Adrian Levine, Richard Stoltzman, Joanna Kurkowicz, Lawrence Lesser, Jeffrey Solow, Amernet Quartet, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Alarm Will Sound, Baltimore, Utah and Harrisburg Symphonies and members of Boston Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony and St. Louis Symphony.
Dr. Bednarz taught at New England Conservatory Preparatory School, at Emory University, coached chamber ensembles at International Musical Arts Institute; Intermuse International Music Institute and Festival, MD (http://www.iimif.us), Franklin Pond, and the Gifted School of Music in Salt Lake City. She is co-director and faculty of the Beethoven Festival Park City Young Artist Institute in Utah. She has given numerous master classes at universities and colleges in the USA, Poland and China. Bednarz is concertmaster of Sinfonietta Polonia (www.sinfoniettapolonia.pl) and Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra. Her students have gone on to work under the tutelage of Shanghai Quartet, won first chair in PA All-State Orchestra and enjoyed many other successes.
Critics voices: On Szymanowski CD: “…outstanding performances by Blanka Bednarz and Matthew Bengtson.” -- Jerry Dubins, Fanfare, Jan./Feb. issue, 2018; Blanka Bednarz “is clearly a remarkable violinist” --Daniel Morrison, Fanfare, Jan./Feb. issue, 2018. “Bednarz’s violin playing illuminates every detail of these sometimes nigh-impossible works.” --O’Connor, American Record Guide, 2018. “Bednarz’s violin playing illuminates every detail of these sometimes nigh-impossible works. ”Performances were all excellent” --Fanfare Magazine, of Sonic Images, Capstone Records. "Excellent piano trios by Mendelssohn and Ravel in masterful rendition" --Muzyka 21, Atma Trio CD, Acte Prealable.