Pianist Justyna Szajna enjoys a diverse career as a performer, chamber musician, accompanist, and teacher.
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 of Music, and accompanies the Addison Women’s Choir.
As an educator, Justyna draws on her varied interests in world music, dance, visual arts, philosophy, golf, yoga and the Feldenkrais method. 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.
Justyna is the founding member of Duo Antik, a violin and piano duo highly acclaimed for its dynamic interpretations and energetic performances, and the co-host of a new series of house concerts, bringing back the elegance and intimacy of parlour concerts from the past.
With a passion for the performing arts, Johanna is a local high school music and English teacher with the WRDSB. She teaches the vocal music program at Preston High School, and has led multiple choral and instrumental ensembles through her work as an educator. She is the director of the PHS Concert Choir and Preston Singers, whose performing highlights include Musicfest Canada, the Cambridge Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts and the local ceremony for National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.
Johanna is a graduate of The University of Western Ontario, and holds a Bachelor of Music (BMus) with Honors in Music Education, as well as a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) While at Western, she sang in the women’s choral ensemble Les Choristes, under the direction of Jennifer Moir. She is a member of the Ontario Vocal Festival and the Ontario Music Educators Association.
Johanna possesses a performing arts background in dance and theatre, and has been on-stage with Kitchener Waterloo Musical Production’sHairspray, The Sound of Music, and Annie, as well as UWO Faculty of Education’s Chess.
Johanna resides in Kitchener with her husband, Taylor.
Rehearsals held at: Preston Mennonite Church (Sanctuary) - Concession Road, Cambridge, Ontario Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We meet on Tuesdays (September - May) Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm