Martha Malkiewicz

Bassoon & Contrabassoon

Martha Malkiewicz joined the bassoon section of the Buffalo Philharmonic in 1984 and the faculty of Canisius College in 1987. She received her degrees from Indiana University (bachelor of music performance) and the Eastman School of Music (master of performance and master of music education) and did advanced study at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna, Austria, where she received a Young Artists Award for chamber music.

Ms. Malkiewicz has been a member of the Evansville Symphony Orchestra, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and other orchestras in Italy, Austria, Germany and Hawaii. She has given solo recitals and performed chamber music in Austria and Germany, and throughout Western New York as a member of Young Audiences, Amherst Chamber Winds and Ars Nova.

She has taught both private lessons and music appreciation courses at the College of Charleston, Geneseo State College and Villa Maria College. As a member of the BPO, Martha has worked extensively with the education department, designing performances and speaking about the BPO to schools and community organizations.

Most recently, Martha designed the course "Canisius and the BPO Experience," which brings BPO musicians and staff members to the college and takes Canisius College students to Kleinhans Music Hall for concerts and backstage viewing of the BPO. Ms. Malkiewicz is also the founder of Informally-Formal, a chamber music series that brings BPO musicians to the Montante Cultural Center for music, light refreshments, and conversations with the audience. She currently is co-director of ArtsCanisius, the concert series at Canisius College.

In her free time, Ms. Malkiewicz teaches piano, bassoon, international folk dancing, and ballroom and etiquette to children. She also enjoys sewing and going to movies.