The American pianist and composer, Margaret Wacyk, was born into a musical family. Her talents first attracted attention at the age of 7, when she began her musical studies. She made her public concert debut at the age of 10, and went on the pursue further musical education in Europe and in America at New York University at the Juilliard School and names acclaimed pianist Mordecai Shehori as her most influential teacher.
As a soloist, Margaret Wacyk has concertized in the USA and Europe. Highlights of recent seasons included her New York City concert debut in Carnegie Recital Hall in the Spring of 2000, recitals in Steinway Hall and a return to Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall in June 2004. Among the highlights of her 2008-2009 season is her return to Carnegie Hall in October, an appearance at the Big Arts Series in Sanibel, Florida and recitals across the country.
Margaret Wacyk has developed a thriving teaching practice with her dynamic personality and unique approach to teaching piano in an exciting way. She takes each student’s unique talents and personalities into consideration and makes the goal of keeping their love of music engaged and growing as her personal credo. After having had a successful private teaching practice in Manhattan and having been on the piano and theory faculty of the Diller Quaile School of Music in NYC, she has fulfilled her long time dream of starting her own school. She hopes that her Pianoforte School will share instill the inspiration that comes from music with others. This school named ‘Pianoforte’ opened in March 2005 in Bedminster, New Jersey.
Margaret Wacyk has released two solo recordings on the Romeo Records Label and has had her latest CD chosen in June 2005 as Gramophone Magazine’s “Best New Releases from North America”. This recording has also been recently featured on WQXR’s radio program "Reflections from the Keyboard." Her third recording featuring a program of J.S. Bach, L.v. Beethoven, Robert Schumann and Frédéric Chopin was released on the Empyrean label in early 2009.
In addition to her work as a pianist, Margaret Wacyk has been an actve composer. She has had her compositions performed by the Juilliard Student Orchestra and her music is featured on the soundtrack of the film The Lesson.