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Marianna Bednarska is a young Polish percussionist. She demonstrated her musical talent from her earliest years, and after graduating with merit from Henryk Mikolajczyk’s percussion class at the K. Szymanowski Secondary Music School in Warsaw, she is now studying under Marta Klimasara at Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Stuttgart. 20-year old Marianna Bednarska is already a well-recognized percussionist. She has won 19 first prizes in national and international percussion competitions, where she scored the highest marks from juries for outstanding musicality and technique. The most important prizes were won in the marimba competitions in Paris (2009), Fermo (Italy 2008) and the Percussion Competition in Plovdiv (Bulgaria 2007), where she also received a Special Prize, and in several percussion competitions in Poland. She was a finalist in the National Eurovision Competition “Young Musician of the Year 2009”. As a soloist, Marianna Bednarska has played concerts in many prestigious concert halls in Poland and abroad with orchestras such as Sinfonia Varsovia, the Aalborg Symphonic Orchestra, the Lviv Philharmonic and the Polish Radio Orchestra in Warsaw. Marianna Bednarska has also received many prestigious scholarships from among others the Polish Government, the Sinfonia Varsovia Foundation and Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg. In 2013 Marianna Bednarska was awarded 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.

Live Dates

07/10/2014   New video: Marianna Bednarska plays Anders Koppel
Composer Anders Koppel and his young Polish soloist Marianna Bednarska tell the unusual story of how they found each other on the Internet!
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07/10/2014   From Valby via YouTube and Facebook to Warszawa
Anders Koppel’s unconventional way of finding a young soloist for a new CD recording
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16/10/2015   Fanfare

Koppel: Marimba Concertos
"The Concerto form brings out the best in the Danish composer Anders Koppel, and his four (!) marimba concertos are particularly enticing. A brilliantly played, stunningly recorded disc of orchestral music by Marius Constant reminds us of this neglected composer who, like Koppel, kept an open mind"
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16/10/2015   Fanfare - THE WANT LIST 2015

Koppel: Marimba Concertos
"The unique sonorities that this composer conjures, along with his true understanding of the implications of the genre—that is, a constant flux between competition and coexistence—make for consistently enjoyable listening experiences."
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23/06/2015   Kristeligt Dagblad

Anders Koppel: Marimbakoncerter
"Anders Koppel har med sine fire marimbakoncerter spillet en afgørende rolle for udviklingen af et koncert repertoire for det specielle instrument marimbaen."
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21/05/2015   Fanfare Magazine

Anders Koppel: Marimbakoncerter
"This is a fabulous disc, one which I plan to return to over and over again."
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23/03/2015   International Record Review

Anders Koppel: Marimba Concertos
"A winner of a disc, then, especially recommended to those who are not immediately engaged by the idea of four marimba concertos nose to toe – give it a bash and I’m sure you’ll be won over."
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01/03/2015   Deutschlandfunk

Faszination Marimba
"Nach diesem famosen CD-Debüt mit sämtlichen Marimbakonzerten von Anders Koppel, hochvirtuos und dabei gleichzeitig hoch musikalisch interpretiert von Marianna Bednarska, sollte man sich ihren Namen merken."
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09/02/2015   Muzyka

Anders Koppel: Marimbakoncerter
"Marianne har en fantastisk teknik, men hun har også noget mere – en musikalitet, som gør det muligt for hende at nuancere anslaget."
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26/01/2015   WTJU

Anders Koppel: Marimbakoncerter
"Koppel’s four marimba concertos sound fresh, exciting, and accessible."
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14/01/2015   The New York Times

Anders Koppel: Marimba Concertos
"The piece, dramatic, exuberant and colorful, became an instant hit with marimbists [...] Three more concertos for the instrument followed over the years, reflecting a kaleidoscope of stylistic influences but also Mr. Koppel’s very distinct, melodically generous, language."
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12/01/2015   Gramophone

Anders Koppel: Marimba Concertos
"The young Marianna Bednarska plays all four works [...] 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."
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19/12/2014   MusicWeb International

Anders Koppel: Marimba Concertos
"Henrik Vagn Christensen directs with assurance, making clear that the orchestra is a protagonist in the dramas, as well as the Marimba which itself is in the safest of hands in these performances."
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03/12/2014   Fyns Amts Avis

Anders Koppel: Marimba Concertos
4/6 Stars

"Skæg musik, spillet med begejstret entusiasme af den unge supermusikalske polak - smukt ledsaget af Aalborg Symfoniorkester."
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29/11/2014   The Classical Reviewer

Anders Koppel: Marimba Concertos
"Both Marianna Bednarska (marimba) and the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra conducted by Henrik Vagn Christensen deserve the upmost praise for these fine performances. They receive an excellent recording from Symfonien, Aalborg, Denmark and there are detailed booklet notes."
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16/11/2014   WRUV Reviews

Anders Koppel: Marimba Concertos
“Interesting, fun, contemporary works for marimba and symphony orchestra. Play!”
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16/11/2014   JC Klassisk

Anders Koppel: Marimba Concertos
"Selv ned i et pianissimo får hun en dejligt klingende tone frem fyldt med sprødt liv og intensitet."
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23/10/2014   Flensborg Avis

Anders Koppel: Marimba Concertos
4/6 Stars

"Kæmperos til den unge polak."
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Photo: Marianna Bednarska

Discography

Marimba Concertos
Marimba Concertos
Anders Koppel

SACD 6.220595 (2014)

Effervescent, jazzy music for marimba and symphony orchestra, played with trem¬en¬dous talent by 19-year-old Marianna Bednarska


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