The Polish pianist, Małgorzata Garstka, obtained her Bachelor of Music degree at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, where she studied with Wojciech Switala and Hanna Holeksa. She is currently studying at the Royal Academy of Music, under the guidance of Diana Ketler and Andrew West (Class of 2016). She won the Johann Sebastian Bach International Piano Competition in Gorzów, international piano competitions in Barletta and Filadelfia, and achieved second prize in the Juliusz Zarebski International Piano Competition in Warsaw. She has been awarded scholarships for outstanding achievements from the Polish Ministry of Culture and the Polish Ministry of Higher Education. She has participated in master-classes with Andrzej Jasinski, Kathryn Stott, Anna Malikova, Aleksey Orlovetsky, Tatiana Shebanova, Daniel Hope, and members of Altenberg Trio, Apollon Musagète Quartett and Chilingirian Quartet.
Pianist and collaborative artist, Małgorzata Garstka, specialises in chamber music and piano accompaniment. The idea of creating a collective vision, cooperating with other people and sharing experiences with them is what she values very highly. Being a part of something greater than just an individual act is what makes this field extremely exciting for her. She has been appointed the Hodgson Fellow at the Royal Academy of Music for the 2016-2017 academic year.
Małgorzata Garstka has performed as a soloist and chamber musician at many prestigious venues in the UK (St Martin in the Fields, St Jamess Piccadilly, London School of Economics, Colston Hall, The Arts Club), Poland (Lutosławski Concert Studio of Polish Radio, Silesian Philharmonic Hall, Huberman Philharmonic Hall, Royal Castle), Germany, Slovakia, Ukraine, France, Portugal and Italy. She currently lives in London, England.