B i o g r a p h y
Polish-born pianist and composer Dr. Beata Golec lives in the Upstate New York where she teaches and collaborates with choral ensembles at the State University of New York in Geneseo. She has also taught at Eastman School of Music, Nazareth College and Genesee Community College.
Dr. Golec completed her undergraduate education in Poland at the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw (piano performance studied under Jerzy Sterczynski) and at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice (composition and music theory under Edward
Boguslawski). She completed her graduate studies in piano performance at Eastman School of Music under Professor Rebecca Penneys (MM and DMA).
Golec’s first compositions were written at age 13, but the official recognition for her as a composer came three years later when she received an award for “Fantazja Polska” for piano and cello at the “Patri Patriae” All-Polish Composers Competition for a piece dedicated to Pope John Paul II. “Fantazja Polska” premiered at Ars Cameralis Silesiae Superioris Festival in 1997 (Katowice, Poland) by Beata Golec and Miroslaw Makowski. The score of the piece has been kept in Vatican.
Several of Golec’s compositions have been premiered at the annual Women in Music Festival in Rochester, New York. The list of the performed compositions includes: Four Preludes for piano, "Phobia" for piano, "Forests" for piano, "Toccata" for piano, "Clouds" for marimba and vibraphone, Toccata No. 1 for organ solo, "Minimal Talk" for trumpet and piano,"Ocean" for piano and ‘Falling” for piano.
Golec was the assistant director of Women in Music Festival in the 2011-2012 season.
In October 2006- April 2007 Golec has been chosen the Artist of the Month by the directors of the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano
Competition. Golec was the first prize winner of the competition twice- in 2005 and 2006. She was awarded the second prize in 2007.
Her CD album entitled "Beata E. Golec- pianist and composer" consisting of compositions by J. L. Zaimont, A. Part, W. A. Mozart and B. Golec was
recorded by Blackdog Media Group at Kilbourn Hall at Eastman School of Music. The record's design has been published in The Big Book of
Packaging in 2011. The recording is available on iTunes, Amazon.com, CDBaby.com, CDUniverse.com and many other retailers.
Dr. Golec is an active performer. She debuted at Carnegie Hall in May 2005 and performed there again in 2006. She enjoys performing solo, as well as collaborating with vocalists, instrumentalists, orchestras and choirs. She has performed in a master class and concert settings for
world-renowned musicians such as: Marvin Hamlisch, Alicia de Larrocha, Angela Hewitt, Blanca Uribe, Rebecca Penneys, Yong Hi Moon, Malcolm Bilson, Philip Jenkins, Boaz Sharon, Michael Torke and Judith Lang Zaimont.
Golec performed as such venues as: Carnegie Hall, NYC, Bosendorfer Saal, Vienna, Austria, Women in Music Festival, Rochester, NY, Chautauqua Festival, Chautauqua NY, Lenna Hall, Chautauqua NY, Kilbourn Hall, Rochester, NY, Eastman Theater, Rochester, NY, State University of New York in Geneseo, Genesee Community College, Batavia, NY, Make a Wish Foundation (gala concerts in Rochester and Niagara Falls), Rotary Club (Buffalo, Rochester), Garret Club (Buffalo, NY), Ellicott Square Building, Buffalo NY, Dante Alighieri Society, Buffalo, NY, Women's Club in Jamestown, NY, Villa Maria College, Buffalo, NY, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, Canisius College, Buffalo, NY, Eastman House, Rochester, NY, Nazareth College, Rochester NY, University of Syracuse, Syracuse, NY, Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music, Warsaw, Poland, K. Szymanowski Academy of Music, Katowice, Poland, Classics on Elmwood Concert Series, Buffalo, NY, Rowan University, NJ, Temple University, PA, Roberts Wesleyan College, Rochester, NY, Town Hall in San Sebastian, Spain, Piano Festival and Masterclasses, Prague, Czech Republic, Ars Cameralis Silesiae Superioris, Katowice, Poland, Polish National Philharmonics, Warsaw, Poland, Silesian Philharmonics, Katowice, Poland, Chopin’s Manor House in Duszniki Zdroj, Poland, Lazienki Krolewskie in Warsaw, Poland andCzech Institute in Warsaw, Poland.