Anna Khmara - pianist, professor at the Department of Accompaniment of the National Academy of Music of Ukraine, leading accompanist of P.I. Tchaikovsky Music Academy of Ukraine.
Born in Russia, she began her music studies at the age of five. Then she studied at the M. Lysenko Kyiv Secondary Special Music School, professor I. Lipatova. She continued her studies at Tchaikovsky national music academy of Ukraine, professors I. Lipatova and I. Pavlova. In 2003 - 2006 - assistant-internship, professor L. Tsvirko. She also improved her skills at master classes by N. Starkman and P. Nersesyan.
Anna is the winner of numerous international competitions, including the International Competition of Chamber Ensembles of the Gnessin Institute, the Pierre Lantier International Competition (Paris), Concertino-Prague, the F. Chopin Competition (Rome), the International Piano Competition (Belgrade), the Competition «Academy Tadini» (Lovere), the Pietro Argento competition (Gioia-del-Colle) and others.
As a soloist she collaborates with the Kyiv Chamber Orchestras, the Cherkasy and Chernivtsi Philharmonic Orchestras. Concerts took place in Ukraine, Poland, Italy, Switzerland, USA.
Polish concert pianist, Mariola Sokolowska, enjoys a very high demand today. Well sought after, both as a soloist, accompanist and teacher, Mariola Sokolowska was the winner of the Frederic Chopin Scholarship Award . She graduated from Elsner Secondary School of Music in Warsaw and from Lipinsky University of Music in Poland with a Master degree of art, specialising in piano performance and pedagogy. Ms. Sokolowska was subsequently appointed as a teacher and accompanist at the above named University. She has participated in numerous workshops and masterclasses, most notably the Franz Schubert Interpretation Workshop in Weimar, Germany, as well as Victor Merzhanov masterclasses.
Her performance credits include appearances with the Sudety Philharmonic Orchestra,Lepoldinum Chamber Orchestra,music festivals such as Bastat Music Festival in Sweden with the Gdansk Philharmonic Orchestra as well as the Wratislavia Cantans Music Festival in Poland. She has furthermore performed several concerts in England, Czech Republic, Germany, Sweden and Poland. Ms.Sokolowska was also featured many times on the radio and Polish TV. Ms. Sokolowska's recording debut featured double bass music with critically acclaimed New York double bassist Pawel Knapik, with whom she recorded musical CD's.