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Described by the New York Times as ‘artful’, Dr. Marta Bedkowska-Reilly debuted in New York City performing Ernest Bloch’s Schelomo with the Chelsea Symphony. Her main influences were her teachers and mentors, Marcy Rosen, Natalia Gutman and Rocco Filippini.
An active chamber music performer, Marta has appeared in all major concert venues in New York City, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Barge Music and Symphony Space. She also performed in Italy, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany, France and Poland, playing with, among others, the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, Bachanalia Festival Orchestra, the United Europe Chamber Orchestra and Orchestra dell' Accademia del Teatro alla Scala. She has been invited to numerous festivals, including the Pontino Musica, Catania International Music Festival, Lake District Music Festival, Zeist Muziekdagen, Summit Music Festival, as well as for the United Nations’ Consular Corp.
Marta was a Fulbright scholar, sponsored by the United States Department of State, at Mannes School of Music where she received a Professional Studies Diploma. She obtained her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Cello Performance at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York where she was an Enhanced Chancellor Fellow. She focused her research on the post-tonal analysis and performance of Witold Lutosławski’s music. Prior to studying in the United States, she spent two years in Italy obtaining post-master degrees from Italian conservatories, such as Accademia Walter Stauffer di Cremona, Accademia Internazionale della Musica di Milano (now Scuola di Musica Claudio Abbado) and Scuola di Musica di Fiesole. She completed her Master of Arts degree with distinction at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. Marta has studied chamber music under Jacob Latainer, Ursula Oppens and Rolf Schulte, as well as with members of Chilingirian, Juilliard, Mendelssohn, Manhattan and Orion String Quartets.
Marta is currently on the music faculty of Alliance University (formerly Nyack College) School of Music and Manhattanville College Music Department. She has also served on the faculties of the Rudolf Steiner School, Hunter College and Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. She plays a 1937 cello made in Mirecourt by George Apparut. She resides in Manhasset, NY with her husband and their two sons.