Pianist Justyna Szajna enjoys a diverse career as a performer, chamber musician, teacher, and adjudicator.
During her formative years, Justyna was the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships at the local, provincial and national levels. She received a Bachelor Degree in Piano Performance from the University of Toronto, a post-graduate Diploma in Chamber Music from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Masters Degree in Performance and Literature from the University of Western Ontario.
Much sought after as a collaborative pianist, Justyna has appeared in concerts throughout Canada, the United States, Mexico, Germany and her native Poland. She has performed with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, was a soloist with the K-W Chamber Orchestra, and is a regular performer at the K-W Chamber Music Society, collaborating with international artists. Festival appearances include the Elora Festival, Huntsville Festival of the Arts, Festival of the Sound, and Northern Lights Music Festival.
Justyna currently resides in Kitchener, Ontario, where she serves as collaborative pianist and coach at the music department of the University of Waterloo, is on the piano faculty at the Beckett School at Laurier, and accompanies the Addison Women’s Choir.
As an educator, Justyna draws on her varied interests in world music, dance, visual arts, philosophy, sports, yoga and the Alexander technique. She is a certified yoga instructor and the founder of Yoga for Musicians – KW. Her enthusiastic approach to nurturing young talents has made her much in demand as a teacher and adjudicator, and she enjoys the opportunity of working with students of different ages and skill levels in master classes and workshops. Her creative guidance and unique pedagogical methods help students develop into confident performers and solid competition winners.