I session 1-13.07


Roland Baldini

Solo and chamber violinist, teacher. Music studies in Vienna and Salzburg with E. Steinbauer   and J. Geise (diploma with distinction), furthered under M. Rostal in Bern and F. Gulli in Siena. Has had concert tours in most European countries, also in Russia, North and South America, Asia and Africa. Masterclasses throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas. A visiting prof. of violin in Poland, Finland, Lithuania, USA and Thailand. From 1994 – 2012 prof. of violin at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater F. Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Leipzig, and since 2015 a visiting   prof. of violin at the Academy of Music in Katowice, Poland. He sits on the jury at competitions incl. the J. S. Bach Competition in Leipzig.

Izabela Ceglińska

Soloist, chamber artist, teacher. Professor of Music Arts. Graduated with distinction from Academy of Music, Łódź (prof. I Wojciechowska’s ciolin class). Further studies at master classes in Łańcut, Bayreuth and Baden-Baden. Won Ruggiero Ricci and Polish Ministry of Culture scholarships. Prizewinner at competitions, concertizes in Poland and abroad. From 1996-2001 Deputy Dean, until 2008 Dean of the Department of Instruments and Head of the String Instruments Chair at the Academy of Music in Łódź. Juror of national and international competitions.

Andrzej Gębski

Soloist, chamber artist, teacher. He graduated with distinction from the Academy of Music in Warsaw, studying the violin with prof. M. Ławrynowicz, then upgrading this with prof. W. Marschner and honing his chamber music skills with prof. K. Makowska-Ławrynowicz and A. Wróbel. Prizewinner at numerous competitions, he has performed with his Warsaw Trio and Camerata Vistula in Europe, Asia and South America and in all Polish Philharmonic Halls. He has recorded 20 CDs with Polish music (first recordings), including 6 CDs, alongside K.A. Kulka, with K. Lipiński’s works. He has authored several dozen editions of violin works and teaching materials, and premiered over 60 pieces of Polish music. He is Prof. of Violin and Head of String Instrument Department at Warsaw’s Chopin University of Music as well as Artistic Director of the Z. Brzewski Warsaw String Orchestra and teacher at the elitist Z. Brzewski Music School, whose students win their laurels at prestigious music contests. Juror of national and international competitions. His many awards include the Ministry of Culture Award, the Director of Art Education Centre Award and the Gloria Artis medal.

Danuta Głowacka-Pitet

Soloist, chamber artist, teacher. Graduated with distinction from the F. Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw (violin studies with Z. Brzewski and chamber music with J. Marchwiński), as well as Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique in Paris, with first prize diploma. Also studied with I. Dubiska, J. Fournier, G. Poulet, O. Krysa and H. Szeryng. Prizewinner at II Young Violinist Competition in Lublin, VII H. Wieniawski Int. Comp. in Poznań and XXX M. Canals Int. Comp. in Barcelona. Settled in France since 1981, she has had solo and chamber concerts with orchestras and chamber ensembles incl. Paris, Nice and Monaco. Prof. of violin at Conservatoire National de Region in Nice. Gives master classes in France, Spain, US and Poland.

Michał Grabarczyk

Solo and chamber violinist, teacher. Diplomas cum laude from music schools in Łódź (Z. Frieman’s class) and the Moscow Conserwatory where he studied wit D. Ciganov and Z. Sichmurzajewa. Prizewinner of competitions including the Wieniawski, Poznań; the Paganini, Genoa; the J. Thibaud, Paris and the Bordeaux Festival. Concertized in Europe, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Jamaica and Cuba and made numerous recordings. Professor of Violin at the Academies of Music in Poznań and Łódź. Master class teacher and juror at international competitions.

Andrzej Grudzień

Soloist, chamber artist, teacher. Pupil of prof. Z. Brzewski, degree from State Higher School of Music, Warsaw then Premier Prix de Violon and Diplome Superieur de Musique de Chambre in Belgium. Professor at Royal Conservatory, Brussels and Liege (chamber music) and Academy of Music, Dinant (violin). Concertmaster of Royal Opera. Received King Leopold II Order for distinguished services to Belgian culture and the Order of Merit Knight’s Cross for services for Polish culture.

Anna Gutowska

Soloist, chamber artist, teacher. She graduated cum laude from mus. schools in Rzeszów, Poland, Conservatoire du Lausanne (studies with J. Jaquerod) and Universitat fur Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien, ( pupil of Z. Zienkowski). A prize winner at numerous nat. and int. competitions, was offered grants by foundations in Poland and abroad. Nominated by the Art Agency Arte 90 she received a Młoda Polska training grant from the Min. of Culture and Nat. Heritage which led to recording a disc with H. Wieniawski’s Violin Concerti. Concertizes in many countries both as solo violinist and chamber player. Violin teacher at the Universitat fur Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien and the CEFMAC mus. courses in Marianka , Slovakia and Austria and Japan.

Walentyna Jakubowska

Violin teacher, teacher trainer. After graduating from Leningrad (St. Petersburg) Conservatory she studied violin methodology with Lev Raaben. Author of much-acclaimed violin coursebook for beginners. Presently Professor of violin on the faculty of St. Peterspurg Conservatory, Head of Strings at the Mussorgsky School of Music and master class tutor. Awarded a Distinguished Services to Russian Culture medal, Distinguished Services to Polish Culture medal.

Ewa Kowar-Mikołajczyk

Solo and chamber musician, teacher, teacher-trainer. Doctor of Musical Arts. Graduated from the Chopin Academy of Music, Warsaw, where she studied with prof. Z. Brzewski, prof. M. Ławrynowicz and prof. K. Makowska-Ławrynowicz. Completed master classes in Łańcut taught by prof. Z. Bron, E. Feltz, K. Lewin. Concerts in Europe and Asia. Violin teacher at Keimyung University in Daeg, South Korea and present teacher-trainer at Warsaw’s Fryderyk Chopin University of Music and prof. of violin at the Chopin Univesity affiliate in Białystok and the Z. Brzewski Secondary School of Music in Warsaw. Juror of competitions and auditions. General Secretary of ESTA Poland. Honours include Distinguished Services to Polish Culture medal.

Roman Lasocki

Distinguished violin virtuoso, teacher, popularizer of violin music. Studied violin with F. Jamry at the Higher School of Music, Łódź (diploma cum laude) and then with A. Gertler, H. Szeryng, T. Wroński, and S. Lewandowski. Appeared in the world’s major concert halls and many composers dedicated their works to him. Professor and Vice-Rector of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw and Professor of Violin at the Academy of Music in Katowice. Juror of national and international competitions. Received numerous honours an awards.

Dorota Obijalska

Violinist, chamber musician, teacher, teacher trainer. A graduate of the Music Academy in Gdańsk – violin studies with prof. Maria Suwara.Formerly a long-serving violinist with the Warmińsko-Mazurska Filharmonia in Olsztyn and a member of the Con Flauto quartet, she is the founder and conductor of the string orchestra ABSOLWENT (Alumnus) and co-author of a popular book of pieces for violin and piano Fiddling Notes, intended for the youngest player. She teaches the violin at primary and secondary music schools in Olsztyn and, since 2002, has been a Suzuki method teacher, which she studied with Tove Detrekoy. She has completed a large number of methodology courses run by outstanding pedagogues including those taught by Almita Vamos. Her students and chamber groups enjoy great success at competitions. She runs workshops for children and teachers and is a juror at violin competitions. She has received numerous awards for her pedagogical work.

Patrycja Piekutowska

Soloist, teacher. She completed her violin studies at the Chopin Academy of Music, Warsaw In prof. T. Gadzina’s class with a first-class diploma, and subsequently, a post-graduate master course with I. Oystrach at the Royal Conservatoire in Brussels. Holds a post-doctoral degree in Musical Arts. She taught the violin at the Chopin University of Music in Warsaw for 9 years, and, for 6 years was Associate Professor of Violin at the Academy of Arts in Szczecin. During the 20 years of her artistic career she has appeared in 36 countries with nearly 900 concerts on leading concert platforms including the Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in New York, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Teatro Guaira and Sala the Sao Paulo in Brazil and the National Center for performing Arts in Beijing. She has released 12 solo violin discs, several of which won awards in Belgium, Luxemburg, Spain, Italy, as well as Midem Classic Award in Cannes. Since her graduation year, Patrycja Piekutowska has given master classes at home, across Europe, in Asia and in South America.

Paweł Radziński

Soloist, chamber artist, teacher. Pupil of M. Kujawa. Diploma cum laude from the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow (V. Pikaizen’s class.). Completed master classes taught by K. Hausegger, R. Ricci and H. Szeryng. Frequent concert appearances. Founded a student chamber ensemble Academia, now Accademia dell’ Arco concertizing in many countries. He collaborates with Sinfonietta de Paris and is a fosterer of contemporary music. Professor of Violin on the faculty of Academy of Music, Bydgoszcz, teaches master classes in many European countries and at home in Łańcut and Żagań. Juror of competitions.

Edward Zienkowski

World-famous virtuoso, teacher. Pupil of O. Ruppel and S. Herman in Gdańsk and A. Gertler in Hannover and Brussels. Top prize-winner in the Wieniawski Competition, Poznań; the Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Berlin; the Paganini, Genoa and the Shigeti, Budapest. Concert tours and recordings worldwide. Professor of Violin (master class) at the Universitat für Musik und darstellende Kunst, Vienna and on music courses in Poland, Germany, Austria and Japan. Juror of international competitions.


Katarzyna Budnik

Soloist, chamber musician. A Chopin University of Music graduate, she studied the violin with M. Ławrynowicz and A. Gębski, and the viola with P. Reichert. Prizewinner at international competitions including.: the L. van Beethoven (Hradec, 1st prize), the J. Brahms (Pörtschach, 1st prize), the M. Rostal (Berlin, 2nd prize), the M. Reger Chamber Music Comp. (Sondershausen, 2nd prize and special award), the prestigious ARD International Competition of Music (Munich, 3rd prize) and the J. Rakowski Viola Comp. (Poznań, 1st prize). She concertized in Poland, the Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, France and Russia. A Ministry of Culture grant holder, she also won a Young Poland scholarship. Doctor of Musical Arts, she is Assistant Professor of Viola at the Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, and, since 2014, leader of the viola section with Sinfonia Varsovia orchestra.

Piotr Reichert

A graduate of the Academy of Music in Sofia, (A. Nejnski’s class.). In 1981-88 a violist with the Polish Chamber Orchestra led by J. Maksymiuk and the Sinfonia Varsovia. Since 1998 a member of the Camerata String Quartet, (prizes in Paris 1990 – 1st prize, Munich and Tokyo). Chamber music recordings (for DUX, THOROFON, RICERCAR, KOCH). Won the Diapason d’Or, Studio 95 (Record of the Year) and Fryderyk 2000 award. Co0ncertized throughout Europe in the US and Japan. He teaches the viola at the F. Chopin Univ. of Music in Warsaw and Białystok and the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz. His pupils have won prizes at numerous internationals music competitions.


Zdzisław Łapiński

Diploma with distinction from the State High Mus. S. in Kraków (cello studies with H. Zarzycki and then with A. Parisot at Yale Univ.) Cellist with a quartet – 1st prize at Chamber Mus. Comp. in Łódź (1977) and 3rd prize at String Quartet Comp. in Evian, France (1978). 3rd prize winner at Cello Comp. in Poznań (1978). Member of Trio Jagiellońskie awarded at the Chamber Mus. Comp. in Florence (1979). Numerous recordings for Polish Radio and TV and Radio France. Concerts in Europe, US, Brazil, Japan, Lebanon and Malta. Principal cellist with Capella Cracoviensis (1979-81), concertmaster with PRTV Orchestra in Kraków (1981-89), concertmaster with NOSPR in Katowice. Professor of cello and Rector of the Music Academy, Kraków.

Marta Nowaczyk-Łapińska

Cello studies with prof. Z. Łapiński at the Music Academy Cracow, furthered at numerous masterclasses included those taught by I. Monighetti, J.Berger, C. Bohorquez, and U. Tischbirk. A cellist with Cracow’s Polish Radio and TV Orchestra and Capella Cracoviensis, she achieves notable success in her teaching career, which is evidenced by the prizes won by her pupils at national and international competitions (Liezen, Dolny Kubin, Wrocław, Warszawa, Poznań, Kłodzko, Kraków, Stalowa Wola). Since 2002 – Director of the B. Rutkowski Primary and Secondary School of Music in Cracow.

Gotthard Popp

Solo and chamber cellist, teacher. After graduating from the Franz-Liszt-Hochschule in Weimar and subsequently the Moscow Conservatory he appeared as solo and chamber player of the Brahms-Trios in 25 countries in Europe and Asia. For 5 years a soloist with the Radio Orchestra in Leipzig. Prof. of cello, first in Weimar’s conservatoire, then, from 1986 at the Musikhochschule in Dortmund, where he also led the chamber and symphony orchestras. In the 2004 – 2012 season he founded and served as Art. Director of the Orchesterzentrum in Nordrhein. At present he is Art. Director of Stringtime in Goch.

Double bass

Leszek Sokołowski

He first studied double-bass at secondary music school in Białystok and then at Warsaw’s Acad. of  Mus. studying with M. Stadnicki and prof. A. Mysiński and continuing at masterclasses led by Klaus Stoll – principal double-bassist of Berlin Philharmonic. At present, he is Professor of Double-Bass at  University of Music in Warsaw and Academy of Music in Gdańsk, also a principal double-bassist with the Podlaska Opera and Philharmonic. He collaborates with Camerata  quartet and Deutsche Oper Berlin Polish Quartet. He founded and now leads the chamber orchestra Sinfonia Academica.  A recipient of Gloria Artis medal.

Chamber ensembles

Andrzej Grudzień

Soloist, chamber artist, teacher. Pupil of prof. Z. Brzewski, degree from State Higher School of Music, Warsaw then Premier Prix de Violon and Diplome Superieur de Musique de Chambre in Belgium. Professor at Royal Conservatory, Brussels and Liege (chamber music) and Academy of Music, Dinant (violin). Concertmaster of Royal Opera. Received King Leopold II Order for distinguished services to Belgian culture and the Order of Merit Knight’s Cross for services for Polish culture.

Dorota Sosnowska

Violinist, solo ans chamber musician, teacher. Graduated with distinction from Warsaw’s Chopin Academy of Music (S. Kawalla’s class), advanced her violin playing with prof. W. Marschner. Performed as member of Polish Chamber Orchestra under J. Maksymiuk and the K. Teutsch Ensemble. Currently a violinist with the Basel Symphony Orchestra, leader of the string trio KADMOS and member of the piano trio Fennica. A dedicated teacher, organizes concerts for talented young Polish musician in Germany, Switzerland and France.

Dariusz Smolarski

Violinist, solo and chamber musician, teacher. Graduate of the Chopin Academy in Warsaw, the first student of Professor M. Ławrynowicz to become an assistant in his class. Prizewinner at international competitions, concertmaster of the Symphony Orchestra in Płock. Teaches the violin  at the music school in Płock and the Zenon Brzewski Secondary School of General Education and Music, Warsaw. Organizer of the M. Ławrynowicz International Meetings of Young Violinists in Płock.

Chamber orchestra

Marek Szwarc

Violinist, solo and chamber musician, teacher, conductor. Violin studies (diploma cum laude)  with E. Statkiewicz at the Music Academy in Poznań, at the Royal Conservatoire in Brussels, and chamber music with L. Poulet. Concertized and made recordings as soloist with the National Philharmonic, concertmaster of the National Opera Orchestra and Con moto ma cantabile. Formerly on the faculties of the Music Academies in Poznań and Łódź and Daeg, South Korea. Currently Professor at the F. Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, teaching chamber music and orchestral study.

Aural training

Danuta Dobrowolska-Marucha

Music theorist, prof. of musical arts, founder of modern aural training methods, author of innovative aural training materials including coursebooks for different levels of teaching. Degree cum laude from Warsaw’s Chopin Academy of Music. Postgraduate studies with N. Boulanger in Paris. Professor of aurial training on the faculties of the F. Chopin University of Music in Warsaw and the Music Academy in Bydgoszcz, Head of the Intercollegiate Aurial Training Chair, Postgrad. Aurial Tr. Studies, Lecture Concerts and Intercollegiate Aural Training Unit. Min. of Culture consultant, Min. of Education expert, juror of Solfege competitions and international music courses tutor.