Joanna Domańska is a pianist and professor and an outstanding interpreter of Karol Szymanowski’s music.
Her CDs dedicated to Karol Szymanowski were honored in Poland by nominations for the Fryderyk Award, and abroad by the Pizzicato Supersonic Award in Luxemburg. Those recordings were reviewed in the British magazine Gramophone as follows: “Joanna Domanska brings great style to the Szymanowski piano works on a couple of DUX discs.”
As president of the Karol Szymanowski Music Society, she initiated the Karol Szymanowski International Music Competition in Katowice (Poland). She was awarded the Silver Gloria Artis Medal for her lifetime achievement in promoting works by Karol Szymanowski.
As a soloist, she has performed in Europe, South Korea, Japan, Morocco, and the post-Soviet states. As a chamber musician, she is active in the Silesian Trio (piano, clarinet, horn). With this ensemble, she has recorded three CDs: Polish Chamber Music for Wind Instruments (2011); Carl Reinecke – Chamber Music for Clarinet, Horn, and Piano (2016); and Mikołaj Górecki – Chamber Works (2018). She also premiered many works commissioned by this ensemble.
She collaborates with the Japanese IMC Music Publisher as editor of the series Selected Polish Pieces for Little Pianists (3 volumes: 2012, 2015, 2019) and as juror of the Chopin Competition in Asia (Tokyo).
She teaches piano classes at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice and is on juries of Polish and international piano competitions as well as gives masterclasses (South Korea, Japan, Slovakia, Germany, Czech Republic, Ukraine).
She studied with professor Jan Hoffman and professor Andrzej Jasiński at the Academy of Music in Katowice and continued her studies with Livia Rév in Paris (1986-87). She is a prizewinner of several international competitions, including the M. Long–J. Thibaud Competition in Paris (1981), the A. Casagrande Competition in Terni, Italy (1982), and the Competition for Young Pianists at the Polish Piano Festival in Słupsk (1982).