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She is a concert pianist and fortepiano player; born into a musical family. She is an active soloist and chamber musician, with a particular emphasis on historical performance and its application to modern instruments.
Ewa passionately tutors a piano class in London and South Buckinghamshire, being based in Hazlemere and Chesham, aiming to pass her knowledge and share her love of music with other people.
Her students won numerous prizes at the UK piano festivals & competitions. She has 100% passed students' exams rate of all levels and the students are achieving highly marked distinctions (also 140+/150) and merits in the vast majority.
As a prizewinner of many competitions and festivals, she has presented solo recitals in the United States and Japan, and as a soloist, she has performed at music festivals in Germany, Canada, Poland, and United Kingdom. She is an enthusiastic chamber musician and accompanist.
She received the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage scholarship for the highest artistic achievements and both in 2013 and 2014 she was awarded the Amadeus Fortepiano Prize at the Royal College of Music.
She participated in and opened the 1st International Fryderyk Chopin Competition on Period Instruments in Warsaw in 2018.
She has won awards at numerous piano competitions, including the All-Poland CEA Competition for Piano Students of Music High Schools (1st prize), the 7th Ludwik Stefanski and Halina Czerny – Stefanska International Piano Competition in Plock (1st prize and two special prizes), the Paderewski Piano Competition in Cracow (2nd prize) and others. She was a finalist in the Chopin Prize competition at the Royal Northern College of Music.
In Poland, she was a student of Professor Paweł Skrzypek at Karol Szymanowski State School of Music in Płock. Continuing her studies in England, she received a scholarship from the Royal College of Music, where she studied piano with Niel Immelman and Kevin Kenner. Parallelly, she also studied fortepiano with Geoffrey Govier, developing her passion for early music, and received her first degree from both of these instruments, graduating with a distinction. Subsequently, she obtained a Master of Music in Performance degree from the Royal Northern College of Music, where she was a scholar (Stanley Picker Trust) and studied with Dina Parakhina. She also studied at the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz in Poland under prof. Stefan Wojtas, where she achieved her Master of Arts degree.
In addition to her performance degrees, which included smaller teaching courses, she has also completed a separate 1 year intensive Piano Teaching Studium course during her studies in Bydgoszcz (Poland).
She adjudicated the Global Music Competition in the summer of 2021.
She participated in numerous masterclasses, working with many internationally renowned musicians and pedagogues. In 2007 she participated in Morningside Music Bridge – a summer music institute for young musicians of extraordinary talent (Calgary, Canada).
Her recent engagements included performances at Wigmore Hall, Southbank Centre, Steinway Hall in London, and many others.
With her husband, she founded the Csiba Duo, exploring lesser-known repertoire for period viola and fortepiano.
The main teaching achievements include the following students' awards:
2022 - Musician of the Year in the Watford High School
2019 - successful audition to RCM JD (8 years old, grade 6 within 2 years)
2019 - West London Piano Festival: 3rd prize
2019 - 100% result Grade 5 theory (8 years old)
2019 - Marlow Festival: 2nd prize
2018 - West London Piano Festival: 3rd prize
2018 - Windsor Piano Festival: 3rd prize
2018 - Marlow Festival: 2nd prize
2017 - West London Piano Festival: 2nd prize; 2nd prize, 3rd prize, distinction
2017 - Ealing Festival: 1st prize, 1st prize, 2nd prize
2016 - West London Piano Festival: 1st prize
and many others.
2022 - co-founder of the Music Experts - a centre of professional music education
2016 - 2021 - The Masters Music School - piano teacher & administrator
2018 - 2019 - Windsor Piano School - piano teacher
2013 - The Music House for Children - piano teacher
2010 - now - private piano teaching studio
Next to piano performance studies (BMus Hons, MMus) completed the following 1-year teaching courses:
- Studium of Piano Pedagogy, Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music (Poland)
- Piano Pedagogy, Royal Northern College of Music
- Outreach Workshops course, Royal College of Music
- Applied Instrumental Teaching Course, Royal College of Music
- Theoretical/practical Teaching Course, Royal College of Music
The primary aim of her high-quality teaching is sharing the love of music with others while opening the doors to the best possible results for each student. Professional & dynamic approach. Students learn how they can become independent musicians, even in the early stages of their learning. Alexander Technique rules are included in the teaching process, which helps to create good habits in posture and movements.
The individually tailored, enthusiastic and focused piano lessons cover detailed and thoroughly informed elements of technique (based on understanding your own body & hand laws), artistic values (interpretation, precision, styles, historical background, practical music theory), learning, and effective practice strategies, as well as the first-hand performance & learning psychology.
Students are invited to participate in the class concerts as well as numerous festivals and exams if they wish to do so.
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Additional Languages: English (British)
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (evenings)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz, Poland (2022) - Music Teaching Studium (Masters) (✘ Not On File)
- Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester (2015) - Master of Music, Piano (Masters) (✔ On File)
- Royal College of Music in London (2014) - Bachelor of Music, Fortepiano (Bachelors) (✔ On File)
- Royal College of Music in London (2014) - Bachelor of Music, Piano (Bachelors) (✔ On File)
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Ewa is an extremely professional, friendly, and positive tutor with vast knowledge about piano technique and repertoire.
I had lessons with Ewa between October 2020 and May 2021 before moving abroad. During this time I learned:
-repertoire by Bach, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Rameau, and Debussy
- finger posture and the effects of adjusting the finger angle
- how to use touch to control dynamics
- active listening while playing
- score interpretation according to general customs as well as individual composers' practices
- practice organisation for efficient usage of time
- how to isolate and drill the hardest bits in a challenging section
-ways to make decisions about dynamics when they aren't written in the score
-how to divide a complex phrase into logical sections
-which moments can be important in a piece and how to show importance to the audience/listener
-the importance of ending a phrase softly
-matching dynamic levels within a phrase
and much more. She helped me to prepare for a Grade 8 performance exam, giving advice about choice of repertoire, choice of editions, and how to manage the different stages of practice for each piece.
Importantly, Ewa is very easy to talk to. Whenever I had a question, she took it seriously and gave as thorough an answer as was needed. She would also tell me if she thought I was focusing on something that wouldn't benefit me with my goals, and I found this really helpful. For example, I was curious about advanced music theory. She told me this is a worthy thing to study, but told me would not benefit me much as a piano teacher (I was considering being one), and this was good to know.
I really enjoyed my lessons with Ewa. Having had piano lessons before, I can say that she taught me more, and in more detail, than my other teachers. Also, as a bonus, many things I learned from Ewa also apply to other areas of music. For example, the knowledge she gave me about phrases is relevant to singing as well, and I now notice when listening to pop music when a singer does a diminuendo at the end of a phrase!
All in all, I can't recommend Ewa highly enough as a piano teacher. She is phenomenal at this job, and it is clearly something she really enjoys as well.
If you want lessons with a great, friendly teacher who will make you at ease while encouraging you to achieve the most you can, then you will be very, very satisfied.
Thank you very much for all you taught me, Ewa. I wish you all the best!