Marianna Bednarska is a young Polish percussionist. She demonstrated her musical talent from earliest years. After graduating with merit from Henryk Mikolajczyk’s percussion class at the Karol Szymanowski Secondary Music School in Warsaw and the Bachelor Degree with highest mark from Marta Klimasara at Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Stuttgart, she is now studying for the Master Degree in Solo Music Performance under Philippe Spiesser at Geneva University of Music ‘Haute école de musique de Genève’.
Marianna Bednarska is already a well-recognized percussionist. She has won 21 first prizes in national and international percussion competitions, where she scored the highest marks from juries for her outstanding musicality and technique. The most important prizes were won in following percussion and marimba competitions: 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 Pize 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 a finalist in the National Eurovision Competition “Young Musician of the Year 2009”.
Marianna Bednarska attended the many international masterclasses, inspiring herself from well-known percussion virtuosos, such as Keiko Abe, Katarzyna Myćka, Marta Klimasara, Philippe Spiesser, Gordon Stout, She-e Wu, Andrei Pushkarev, Christopher Lamb,Stanisław Skoczyński, Jean Geoffroy, Momoko Kamiya, Ney Rosauro, Svet Stoyanov, Rainer Römer, Anders Astrand, David Friedman, Ludwig Albert and many others.
As a soloist, Marianna Bednarska has played concerts in many prestigious concert halls in Poland and abroad (Poland, Danemark, Germany, Austria, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Bularia, Italy, Ukraine and USA), also with orchestras such as Sinfonia Varsovia under Volker Schmidt-Gertenbach, Aalborg Symphony Orchestra under Henrik Vagn Christensen, Polish Radio Orchestra in Warsaw under Łukasz Borowicz, International Chamber Orchestra of Washington under Masatoshi Mitsumoto.
Marianna Bednarska has received many important scholarships from among others the Polish Government, the Sinfonia Varsovia Foundation 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, both in Poland and abroad (The New York Times, Gramophone, Deutschlandfunk, Fanfare Magazine).