Barbara Halska is professor at The Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw.
An active solo and chamber recitalist, Barbara Halska is a highly acclaimed pedagogue frequently invited to run masterclasses in France, Germany, Ukraine, Switzerland, Norway [Rennes, Strasbourg, Stuttgart, Geneva, Trondheim, Cherkasy.] Having served on numerous panels of adjudicators at various international competitions, Barbara Halska is founder and artistic director of the International Piano Duos Competition in Białystok, as well as initiator artistic director of Musical Interpretation Course and Festival "Holidays with Music" held annually in New Sacz (since 1996).
Barbara Halska received her musical education at the National School of Music in Katowice, and the Higher State School of Music in Warsaw (piano class of prof. Mary Smyczyńska-Fałęcka). Her concert activity began at the time of study (1953-1959), then a scholar of the Fr. Chopin Society. Under the guidance of Professors Józef Śmidowicz and Jerzy Żurawlew, Halska completed her piano studies in Warsaw. In 1961, she began working in the instrumental department of AMFC as an accompanist, simultaneously touring as chamber musician in Poland and abroad. Over a few years, her work as chamber collaborator took her to international master classes and courses held in Baden-Baden, Goslar, Lenk, Łańcut, Salzburg and Weimar, where she work alongside Jean Fournier, A. Heine, J. Jankielewicz, A. Gertler, S. Vegh, A. Kisseljow, A. Prinz and M. Flaksman.
Since early 1980, Halska has been running music interpretation courses for solo and chamber performance in France, Switzerland and Spain (St. Maur, Plerin sur Mer, Lenk, Le Touquet, Valls, Vichy and Nowy Sącz). As a chamber musician, she has performed with eminent soloists such as Rosa Fajn, Michale Flaksman, Jean Fourier, Aldo Parisot, Boris Pergamenszikow, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Elena Wassiljewa, Maja Nosowska, Elżbieta Gajewska, Daniel Spiegelberg, Andrzej Bauer, Cecylia Barczyk, as well as her daughter Beatą Le Monnier. She has accompanied dozens of young musicians at national and international competitions including in Moscow, Paris, Prague, Rome, Madrid, Geneva, Toulouse, La Rochelle, Barcelona, Leipzig, Vienna, Naples, Rome, Brescia, Vercelli and Formia.
Halska has been broadcasted numerously on TV and radio. As a recording artist, she has worked for Polskie Nagrania, Veriton, Dux, Olympia and Acte Prealable - CD output embodies works of Boulez, Prokofiev, Schumann, Schubert, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Twardowski, Borkowski, Lutosławski, Górecki, Chopin, Szeligowski, Woytowicz, Perkowski, Regamey, Paderewski, Wieniawski, P. Moss and Tansman.