Monika Kornel (Malczyńska) started her piano studies at the Primary Music School in her hometown Torun (Poland) at 7 years old. She has studied at the State Conservatorium of Music, where she received her Diploma in Music and Piano Performance, Academy of Music in Lodz (Poland), and at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
In 1995 she participated in master classes with Robert Wooley in London and Bob van Asperen in Amsterdam. In December of that year Monika was invited to perform the harpsichord concertos of J.S.Bach with the Torun Chamber Orchestra in Poland.
On her return, Monika enrolled for the harpsichord course to further her studies in early music. In 1999 she completed her Master of Music in Performance degree with Paul Dyer at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
Monika performs regularly as both soloist and continuo player with a number of well known ensembles and orchestras including the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Willoughby Orchestra, SBS Orchestra, the St Laurence Baroque Orchestra, Marais Project, Salut!Baroque. In 1998, she also appeared in the Sydney Bach Festival and regularly participating in major music festivals and concerts in Australia. Monika’s French Double Harpsichord, based on an original instrument by Jean-Henri Hemsch (1756), was made in Melbourne in 1975 by Alastair McAllister and recently restrung and revoiced by Carey Beebe.
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Blog posts and interviews with Monika
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We asked them a few questions
- How old were you when you decided to be a musician and what led you the instrument(s) you now play? I decided to become a pianist at age of 13. My interest in early music and the harpsichord started during her high school year at the Conservatorium of Music in Poland and continued after arriving in Australia
- When you’re not rehearsing/performing/teaching, where are you most likely to be? When not involved in music, Monika loves to be out on the water, on the boat and fishing. She also enjoys gardening, everything what connected to Australian nature, and she loves traveling in Europe.
- After you finish a concert, what is the first drink you want to have in your hand? After a concert Monika enjoys a glass of excellent Australian Shiraz.
- If there weren’t external factors involved, how long do you think a concert should go for? A concert should go as long as ones musical hunger is fed and full.
- When should we clap? I always associate clapping as a form of respect for the composer rather than for the performer. Therefore, to be safe, the audience should read the program order briefly to know how many movements are involved before the applause.