Dr. Barbara Karaskiewicz was born in communist Poland and took her first piano lesson at the age of five. She graduated from University of Music in Katowice/Poland with distinction (1999) under Prof. Monika Sikorska-Wojtacha.
During the 1990s she won major prizes at several competitions, including the 4 th International Karol Szymanowski Competiton in Lódz (Poland) and the Special Award for the best Polish participant; “The Youth' Stage” at the 21 st Festival of Polish Pianistic and the Special Award for the best performance of Karol Szymanowski's pieces; the 28 th and the 29 th Competition for the Fryderyk Chopin Artistic Scholarships in Warsaw; the 1 st Polish National Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw; the 20 th Century Music Competition in Warsaw and the Mozart Competition in Gdansk, Poland.
After having graduated from the University she further honed her piano skills in postgraduate studies under Prof. Wojciech Switala. In 2013 she completed her Ph.D. in piano performance at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, Poland.
Barbara performs all over Europe and in South America. She can boast of a broad solo and chamber music repertoire, spanning from Baroque music to contemporary works. She is especially keen on playing works by neglected and rarely performed composers. This is her fourth CD.