I session 12 – 24.07


Izabela Ceglińska

Soloist, chamber artist, teacher. Professor of Music Arts. Graduated with distinction from Academy of Music, Łódź (prof. I Wojciechowska’s violin 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. Honoured with a Gloria Artismedal.

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. Honoured with a Gloria Artismedal.

Anna Gutowska

Soloist, chamber artist, teacher. She graduated cum laude from music schools in Rzeszów, Poland, Conservatoire de Lausanne, and Universitat fur Music und darstellende Kunst Wien, as a pupil of Z. Zienkowski. A prize winner at numerous national and inter- national competitions, she has been offered grants by foundations in Poland and abroad. Nominated by the Art Agency Arte 90 she received a Młoda Polska training grant from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage which led to recording a disc with H. Wieniawski’s Violin Concerti. Concertizes in many countries. Violin teacher at the Universitat fur Musik und darstelende Kunst Wien and the music courses in: Slovakia, Austria, Japan, Mexico, Iran, Kuwait.

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 four-time 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

Chamber musician, teacher, teacher trainer. A graduate of the Music Academy in Gdańsk – violin studies with prof. M. 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. A violin teacher at primary and secondary music schools in Olsztyn and, since 2002, 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. Runs workshops for children and teachers and is a juror at violin competitions. Received numerous awards for her pedagogical work.

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, he also teaches a “talent class” at the Mus. School in Bdygoszcz, as well as teaches at the Z. Brzewski Mus. School in Warsaw, teaches master classes in many European countries and at home in Łańcut and Żagań. Juror of competitions. Honoured with a Gloria Artis silver medal.

Magdalena Szczepanowska

She first learnt to play the violin with her father, subsequently studying with J. Jarzębska, T. Wroński, S. Kawalla, and M. Rezler. She  graduated with distinction from Warsaw’s Academy of Music, as well as attending masterclasses led by O. Krysa and by A. Gertler.  Awarded prizes  at competitions including  Lublin, Kraków, Gorizia, Brescia and Vercella. Appears regularly in chamber music concerts e.g. performing alongside the cellist P.Hausenplas with OTTOCORDE duo, as well as the SUBITO piano trio with  L. Napierała  and appearing, since 2009, at the Baroque d’Augverne festivals in France.  Was a founder-member of a quartet partnering for years S. Wojtowicz, and a member of Nat. Philh. Cham Chamber Players led by K. Teutsch. Formerly a long-serving teacher at secondary music schools in Warsaw (primarily the Z. Brzewski School), at present Prof. of Violin at Warsaw’s Univ. of Music and at Krakow’s  Acad. of Mus., she has trained  many prizewinners. She runs music courses in Poland and Slovakia, and judges competitions such as. T. Wroński Int. Comp. Concorso Lipizer in Gorizia, Int. Jeunesses Musicales in Belgrade, Talents for Europe in Slovakia. Her contribution to music has been recognized with multiple awards including  Gloria Artis, and in 2008, won the honorific Teacher of the Year title.

Agata Szymczewska

Soloist, chamber artist, teacher. First Prize winner at the Int. A. Wieniawski Violin Competition (Poznań, 2006). HAs received four Frederic awards, The Passport Award (from the Polish weekly Polityka) and a London Music Masters award. Concerto appeatances with major orchestras incl. the London Philharmonic under  N. Marriner, S. Ozawa, A. Boreyko, K. Penderecki, J. Maksymiuk and M. Vengerov. Performs and records with outstanding musicians incl. K. Zimerman, M. Argerich, A-S. Mutter and Y. Bashmet. Since 2014 she has player first violin in the word-famous Szymanowski Quartet. Teaches the violin at the F. Chopin University of Music in Warsaw and conducts master classes in Poland, Germany, Great Britain, China and South Korea. Her present-day instrument is now, courtesy of Anne-Sophie Mutter, a 1755 Nicolo Gagliano violin


Ewa Guzowska

Soloist, chamber artist, teacher – PhD, Ass. Prof. at the Academy of Music, Poznań. She graduated with distinction from the Music Academy in Poznań and the Universyty der Kunst in Berlin, where she also completed her post-graduate studies. A soloist with numerous orchestras, she has received many prizes and honourable mentions. She entered and won a competition for a grant and practice with the Deutsche Symphony Orchestra. Komische Oper and Deutsche Oper in Berlin. Ewa Guzowska conducts masterclasses at home and abroad, is a juror of viola competitions, and has recorded the works of J.S.Bach, R. Clerke, D. Shostakovich, J.M. Papaja as well as the soundtrack for “LYNCH”. Many contemporary composers dedicate their works to her. She has received a merit award for promoting music education.


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 (2012 – 2016) 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. When in Łańcut, she also teaches the cello to children of primary-school-and-kindergarten age.

Tomasz Strahl

Top rank cellist, solo and chamber artist, teacher. Student of K. Michalik at Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, postgraduate studies with T. Kühne at Hochschule für Musik, Vienna. Top prizes and awards at many competitions. Performs and records all over the world. Professor of cello and Dean of the Department of Instruments of the the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. He teaches master classes in Europe and Japan. Received a Frederic award from the Polish Record Industry, the Gold Cross of Merit, the Culture Minister’s Award Gloria Artis and the Cross Polonia Restituta.

Mateusz Szmyt

He graduated with distinction from the Z. Brzewski Secondary Music School and with honours from the Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, studying the cello with prof. Tomasz Strahl, and furthering his solo-cellist studies with prof. Peter Buck in Stuttgart. At present he is a cellist with Warsaw’s National Philharmonic Orchestra, a cello teacher at Warsaw’s Chopin University of Music, a long – serving teacher at the Z. Brzewski Secondary Music School and assistant to prof. T. Strahl. Mateusz Szmyt has often been awarded by jury members for excellent preparation of his students for competitions. Indeed they have won prizes at several dozen national and international competitions. Twice awarded first prize by the Art Education Centre for a notable contribution to artistic education in Poland, in 2018 he received a Distinguished Services to Polish Culture award.

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

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 Mirosław Ławrynowicz International Meetings of Young Violinists in Płock.

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. Honoured with a Gloria Artis medal.

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 Aural Training on the faculties of the F. Chopin University of Music in Warsaw and the Music Academy in Bydgoszcz Founder and Head of the Intercollegiate Aural Training Chair(1995-2015). Juror of Solfege competitions, editor of scientific publications. She runs seminars and courses for music teachers. She received numerous prizes and decorations including the Gloria Artis medal.