Bianka Szalaty (International Guitar Festival Rust)

Repeatedly described as an ambitious, extremely talented artist with a very distinct personality, beautiful sound and impeccable technique, obviously belongs to the strict forefront of young Polish guitarists. Expression, musical sensitivity and maturity, as well as unusual diligence joined with consistency in tenacy of purpose, determines her great future potential.

Born in 1994, in Wroclaw, she graduated from the Music School in Koszalin under the tutelage of guitar doyen Mr Zbigniew Dubiella. From 2013 she is a student of one of the most oustanding guitarist and teacher dr Łukasz Kuropaczewski at the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznan. She also bettered her skills at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen studying with prof. Jesper Sivebæk.

A fact that she is already a prizewinner of over 35 international and nationwide competitions, solo and as a part of an ensemble shows her indisputable talent. Only last year she has been awarded with prizes in Poland, Germany, Greece, Italy, Slovakia. The young guitarist was awarded by many scholarships in whole Poland. She had several dozen masterclasses with virtuosos from all over the world, among them: Manuel Barrueco, Pepe Romero, Marco Tamayo, Scott Tennant, Carlo Marchione, Thomas Muller-Pering.

Bianka performed concerts in Poland, Germany, Denmark, Greece, Italy, Austria, during many guitar festivals, among them in Santorini, Athens, Rust, Sapri, Lagonegre, Copenhagen, Aarhus, Poznań, Szczecin, Katowice, Żory, Jelenia Góra. She played as a soloist with Philharmonic Orchestras in Poland and Greece. In 2012 she recorded her first solo CD – “Guitar – my love” in the Polish Radio in Koszalin. As a result of her passion about composing we can listen to “Variations on a Polish folk theme”.

Bianka Szalaty is the EuroStrings Scholarship Winner for the International Guitar Festival Rust.