Karolina Syrovátková

October 21, 2017

Piano & Alexander Technique


Hailed for her “musical spontaneity and technical bravura, Karolina Syrovatkova, Czech pianist and educator is recognized for her innovative approach to performance and pedagogy. Robert Freeman, a former Director of the Eastman School of Music states that “her growing reputation as a performer and teacher represents the Czech Republic at the highest possible level anywhere in the

world.” Her vision and teaching philosophy is deeply rooted in both the pianistic lineage of European and American schools and in the well-established principles of the Alexander Technique. 


In addition to an active performing and teaching career, Karolina s multifaceted musical vision has led her to launch classical music series both in the US and in Europe.  Her musicianship and musicological research have been broadcast by Czech and US stations, such as the Czech TV, GCTV and Austin s KMFA Fortepiano Radio Series.  Diverse audiences on four continents (Europe, China, North and South America) have deeply connected with Karolina s advocacy and passion for music in solo and chamber settings.

Karolina began her professional music studies at the Prague Conservatory in the Czech Republic.  Her success at home opened doors to further studies in the United States. She first achieved a Bachelor s degree summa cum laude from the University of Maryland under the tutelage of Professors Sloan and Gowen and then Master s degree with highest honors from the University of Texas at Austin in the studio of Prof. Anton Nel.  Karolina recently received her Doctorate in Piano Performance Summa cum Laude at the University of Texas in Austin in the studio of Anton Nel. Her final project titled In Search of the Vanished Present in Janáček s Cycle of Piano Miniatures “On the Overgrown Path” has been nominated to receive the “best lecture recital award.” She is currently working on a research and recording project of the entire piano works of Leoš Janáček. 

While at UT Austin, Karolina was awarded a full teaching assistantship and coordinated as well as taught classes for the University of Texas Piano Project. Also an avid chamber musician, she won the Sidney M. Wright Endowed Presidential Scholarship Competition in Piano Accompanying.

Karolina has frequently appeared in concerts and master classes in Europe, the United States and China. Also interested in conducting, Karolina performed at the EAMA festival at the “L École Normale” in Paris as well as enjoyed being a musical director and organist of the Adelphi Presbyterian Church in Maryland. In 2013, Karolina also co-founded the Hallettsville Cultural Event Center s classical series in Hallettsville, Texas which provided the region with the highest quality performances.