Bianka Szalaty was born in Wrocław, Poland, in 1994. Currently, she is preparing for her ‘Konzertexamen’ with Tomasz Zawierucha at the Folkwang Universität der Künste in Essen. She completed her Masters at the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań with Łukasz Kuropaczewski.
As a soloist Bianka Szalaty has been a prizewinner at numerous international competitions – she won First prize at the 10th J.S. Bach International Guitar Competition in Tokyo – and has received scholarships from the Ministry of Culture and Prime Minister of Poland. She performs music by John Dowland and J.S. Bach, as well as more modern music by Leo Brouwer, Stephen Dodgson and Peteris Vasks.
Bianka Szalaty has a duo with the lyric mezzo-soprano, Ewelina Koniec, Meninas Duo, for which she transcribes the music of Leonard Bernstein, Benjamin Britten, Francis Poulenc as well as Manuel de Falla and Karol Szymanowski.
Bianka Szalaty gave solo and duo concerts at many international festivals: in Moscow, Brno, Copenhagen. At the age of 13, she first performed with orchestra – Concerto in D by Antonio Vivaldi with the Koszalin Philharmonic Orchestra; since then she has played most important guitar concertos by Joaquín Rodrigo, Manuel Maria Ponce, Heitor Villa-Lobos.
Thanks to winning the 1st Nürtingen International Online Guitar Competition she became EuroStrings Artist 2021.