Marianna Bednarska

Yamaha Artist since 2019

  • 2020 Two Fryderyk Music Awards from the Polish Phonographic Academy
  • 2019 Second Prize and ‘Yamaha Special Young Artists Prize’ at the 74. Concours de Genève
  • 2019 Prix Credit Suisse Jeunes Solistes
  • 2018 Grand Prix’ at the ENKOR International Music Competition
  • 2017 Nomination for ‘Debut of the Year’ in Koryfeusz Award 2017

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Scoring the highest marks from juries for her musicality, personality and technique, Marianna won many international prizes, among others 2nd Prize and Yamaha Special Young Artists Prize at the 74th Concours de Genève 2019, ‘Prix Credit Suisse Jeunes Solistes 2019’, ‚Grand Prix’ at the International Music Competition ENKOR 2018, 2nd Prize and the Special Prize ‚Best Performance of a Belgian Composition’ at the Universal Marimba Competition of the Belgian Queen (Belgium 2017), 1st Prize and the Special Prize at the International Percussion Competition at Northwestern (Chicago, USA 2016), 1st Prize and the Special Prize of the Bayerischer Rundfunk at the International Marimba Competition in Bamberg (Germany 2016), 1st Prize at the International Marimba Competition in Paris (France 2009), 1st Prize at the International Marimba Competition in Fermo (Italy 2008) and 1st Prize and the Special Prize at the International Percussion Competition in Plovdiv (Bulgaria 2007). She was also a finalist in the National Eurovision Competition ‘Young Musician of the Year 2009’.

As a soloist, Marianna Bednarska preformed in many prestigious concert halls in Poland and abroad (USA, Germany, Austria, Holland, Danemark, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Italy, Croatia, Bularia, Ukraine), also with orchestras such as Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Sinfonia Varsovia, Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, Polish Radio Orchestra in Warsaw, Sinfonia Iuventus, International Chamber Orchestra of Washington, Lviv Philharmony Orchestra and Lviv Virtuosos.

She received scholarships from the Polish Government, Swiss Government, Sinfonia Varsovia Foundation of Franciszek Wybranczyk, Crescendum Est Polonia and Kunststiftung Baden- Württemberg. In 2013 Marianna Bednarska was awarded with the ‘Polish-Danish Friendship Prize’ for her close connection with Danish musical life, culminating in the CD recording of Anders Koppel’s four Marimba Concertos (DACAPO Records, 2014) which got extremely positive reviews (The New York Times, Gramophone, Deutschlandfunk, Fanfare Magazine etc.). She also created recordings for the Bayerischer Rundfunk as well as for Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne in it’s project ‘100 for 100. Musical Decades of Independence’.


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    15 Jan 15 Anders Koppel Marimba Concertos 1 - 4 (CD)

    The young Marianna Bednarska exquisitely plays all four concertos – and the solo encore PS to a Concerto (1995) – with élan and is expertly supported by the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra. Dacapo’s sound is superb. Listening to this disc is a hugely enjoyable way to spend 79 minutes.

    Guy Rickards, Gramophone Magazine

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    08 Dec 14 Anders Koppel, Marimba Concertos Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, Christensen

    Marianna Bednarska does a splendid job as the soloist, giving us performances with the dash and flourish one might expect. She is nearly always in motion and it is clear she was thoroughly prepared to shine as she does. The orchestra does a fine job as the perfect foil and contrasting voice in the music. There are times when the music has almost a rock feel, other times the motion suggests Asian and African and of course European elements, but all of it has an unmistakable Koppel imprint to it.

    The recording is most essential listening for anybody with an interest in the marimba in contemporary music. But it is quite engaging and enjoyable in its own right!

    Grego Applegate Edwards, Classical Modern Music Magazine