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Soloist: Karolina Kubalkova

Karolina Kubalkova, Most Recent Soloist with St Bart's Orchestra

At the age of 14, Karolina Kubalkova roused praise for her Prague concert where her "impressive ardour and solid tone culture" proved again that she carries the "precious gift of being able to communicate with the audience .... [giving] the impression that she has always belonged to the stage." Indeed, violinist Josef Suk, two years before his death, "congratulated her with tears in his eyes" after this performance. [Hudebny Rozhledy - 2009]

Over the course of her emerging career, Karolina has made appearances in Germany, Croatia, Hungary, England, Poland, Lithuania, Portugal, and The Netherlands, with tours in Canada, the United States, and the Czech Republic.

Presently studying with the prodigious artist - Rustem Hayroudinoff - at the Royal Academy of Music, she continues to seek out guidance from internationally acclaimed performers and teachers of the highest level, such as: Ian Fountain, Diana Ketler, Orit Wolf, Colin Stone, Pavel Nersessian, Joanna Macgregor, Gintaras Januševicius, Raymond Holden, Andrius Žlabys, Jan Wijn, Ivo Kahánek, Michael Dussek, Imre Hargitai, William Fong, Andrew Buraško, Imogen Cooper.

Performing from the age of 10, most recent 2015/2016 appearances include those at: Egle Sanatorium and the Lithuania Cultural Centre; Birstonas Summer Music Academy; Klek Masterclasses (Croatia); Mozart Concert K# 488 for Music at Casa Loma alongside the Toronto Concert Orchestra with Kerry Stratton - conductor; Verao Classico - Centro Cultural de Belem; Lisbon International Music Academy; Budapest Cultural Centre - Bartok Sonata for Two Pianos. Karolina greeted the year 2017 with a concert tour in Germany in the following venues; Tangobrucke in Einbeck, Salon Gudrun in Hannover, and Sanitorium Braunlage, closely followed by a performance of Mozart's Concerto K595 in the Dukes Hall at the RAM for visiting lecturer and artist Orit Wolf.

Educated at the Glenn Gould Royal Conservatory of Music in the Young Performers' Academy (Toronto, Canada), she joined the rising crest of young talent in local competitions gaining the top honours in piano and violin before making the decision to focus on piano, afterwards being accepted at the age of 16 to begin a Bachelors Degree at the Prague Academy of Music. Early studies with Marina Geringas (1939-2016) continue to inspire and motivate her artistic intention.

Active in the thriving music scene of London, she is committed to ongoing benefit performances at the Chelsea Westminster Hospital - where she is preparing a collaborative project involving her colleagues in the RAM. Support for other charities has included: CHICKS - a national children's charity providing free respite to disadvantaged children in the U.K. and Breast Cancer Research. Karolina has always had a deep interest in the powerful communication that music has with individuals diagnosed with Autism. She is working on a project with the RAM's outreach program to provide more consistent, properly funded, and individualized music programs for children with special needs and exceptionalities.

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