Born in Poland, currently residing in Canada, Justyna Gabzdyl is considered by Montreal La Presse as “a pianist of a high caliber.” According to Jean-Eudes Vaillancourt – pianist, conductor, and composer, her play is characterized by the mastery of sound as well as sophistication combined with a great stage flair. Justyna performs as a recitalist, chamber musician, and with orchestras interpreting classical and contemporary music.
Justyna graduated from the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw (now Fryderyk Chopin University of Music). After graduation in 2005, she continued her education at Ecole Normale de Musique Alfred Cortot in Paris. Her desire to master skills was crowned with the Doctorate Degree in interpretation from the Université de Montréal in May 2012. Throughout her academic path, she worked with many distinguished artists and pedagogues, including Bronislawa Kawalla, Jerzy Marchwinski, Nelson Delle-Vigne Fabbri, Paul Stewart, Pascal Devoyon, Philippe Entremont, and Jean-Eudes Vaillancourt.
Numerous prizes and distinctions mark her solo career. At the age of 9, she was awarded the Best Pianist prize at the competition for the most beautiful interpretation of Mozart’s music in the Felix Nowowiejski Philharmony in Poland. She was also unanimously awarded the 1st prize at Ecole Normale de Musique Alfred Cortot in Paris (2006), 1st prize for excellence at the International Competition of Music and Drama Leopold Bellan in Paris (2007), 2nd prize for excellence at Lagny-sur-Marne Piano Competition in France (2007). Justyna also received scholarships from the Zygmunt Zaleski Stichting Foundation, Faculty of Music at the Université de Montréal, Quebec Socio-Cultural Polish Foundation, and Denise Angers scholarship for excellence in piano.
Her orchestral debut was made with the Student Chamber Orchestra conducted by Lukasz Borowicz at the concert commemorating the anniversary of the Independence of Poland. She also performed with the Montreal Intercultural Orchestra, Serghei Lunchevici Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra 21 and Toronto Sinfonietta. She has worked with such conductors as Silvia Tabor, Paolo Bellomia and Matthew Jaskiewicz.
Justyna participated in several international celebrations – "Lutoslawski 100," “Chopin 2010,” as well as performed at the international music festivals and masterclasses, such as Paris Summer Sessions, De Varsovie à Paris – meetings with young talents, Music-A Braine l’Alleud in Belgium, Apeldoorn Stichting Masterclass in Holland. Looking for new artistic experiences, she also performed at the electroacoustic music concerts.