I session 1-13.07

Violin

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.

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. Received a Distinguished Services to Polish Culture medal

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.

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 and 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.

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.

Krystyna Jurecka

Soloist, chamber artist teacher, teacher trainer. Studied at State Higher Music School, Gdańsk with P. Kochański and with A. Gertler at Royal Conservatory, Brussels (postgraduate studies, diploma summa cum laude). Long-standing concertmaster of the Polish Chamber Philharmonic and then the Polish Baltic Philharmonic. She was the founder and first violin of the Gdańsk Quartet. Concerts in Poland, Europe and Asia. Currently professor of violin at Academy of Music, Gdańsk. Conducts seminars and master classes for string teachers. Consultant for the Art Education Centre, jury member at national and international competitions.

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.

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

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. Received numerous national decoration in Austria and in Poland.

Viola

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.

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. Honoured with Gloria Artis medal.

Cello

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.

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. Since 2004 Prof. of Cello at R. Schumann Music School in Düsseldorf. 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.

Harp

Helga Storck

Soloist, chamber musician, teacher – is one of the most renowned harpists in Germany. Born in Silesia. She studied in Germany and then completed her musical training with Marcel Grandjany at the New York Julliard School. Her international performing career has included celebrated chamber music collaborations, most famously with her husband, the cellist Klaus Storck, but also with many other distinguished ensembles and the position of Principal Harp for the WDR Radio Orchester Cologne, Hamburg Opera and the Munich Philharmonic. She has made recordings for Deutsche Grammophon, Vox, Teldec, Erato, Calig, Colosseum, Polskie Nagrania and Philips. As a teacher, for over twenty years she was Professor of Harp at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich, as well as at the Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg and in 2004 she was appointed Professor of Haep at the Academy of Music in Katowice, Poland. Her students occupy most important positions among orchestras worldwide. In 2014 Helga Storck received the high Polish award – the Merit to Culture 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 and a Gloria Artis medal.

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.

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. 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 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. Honoured with a Gloria Artis medal.