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in From Poland with Love!

October 23, 2010


Frederic Chopin, the Polish composer's 200th birthday was celebrated in Western New York with a concert featuring pianist Berenika Zakrzewski and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.   The Kosciuszko Foundation-Western New York Chapter was the lead sponsor of the special event.  A private post-concert reception with Maestro Falletta, Berenika and the BPO was hosted by the WNY Chapter.  

Berenika's performances have taken her all over the world.  She has appeared with the Pittsburgh Symphony and Asheville Symphony under Daniel Meyer, with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra under Jukka Pekka Saraste, the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Canada under Erich Kunzel, the Penderecki Festival Orchestra under Heinrich Schiff, the Boston Civic Symphony under Max Hobart in Jordan Hall, the Oxford Philomusica, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the RIC Symphony Orchestra, the Bialystock Philharmonic, Sinfonia Varsovia, Camerata New York, the Poznan Philharmonic, the Canadian Chamber Orchestra, the Christ Church Orchestra, the Beethoven Academy Orchestra and the Aspen Sinfonia among others. She has given a tour of South America as a soloist with the Youth Orchestra of the Americas performing in the major concert halls of Brazil, Panama, Peru, Uruguay, Costa Rica, and Argentina, including the Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires for enthusiastic audiences. She also performed at Rock hotel Piano fest in New York and in the Allen Room, Jazz at Lincoln Center and at the Wigmore Hall, London.

Berenika attended Professional Children's School in New York as well as the Juilliard School of Music. Upon finishing high school she went to Harvard University where she was the recipient of the Leonard Bernstein Scholarship. She graduated magna cum laude in both Music and Government. She then pursued her Masters degree at Christ Church, Oxford University and then her post-graduate diploma at the Royal Academy of Music, London.