I session 01 – 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.

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.

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). Longstanding 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. Honoured with a Gloria Artis medal.

Johann Ko

soloist, chamber musician, teacher – prize-winner of international violin competitions. Johann Ko grad-uated with honours from the prestigious “talent school” at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory and the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, in both of which he now works as a violin teach-er. His students have been winning prizes at numerous violin competitions. At the International M. Ławrynowicz Compe-tition in Płock, Poland, he received a merit diploma for being the teacher of the student who had won first prize. Johann Ko performs in Russia and the whole of Europe with top-rank symphony and chamber orchestras and sits on the jury of in-ternational violin competitions in Russia, Georgia and Austria.

Wojciech Koprowski

DMA – solo violinist, chamber artist, teacher. One of the few violinists performing within one recital all sonatas for solo violin op. 27 E. Ysaye. He graduated with honours from Chopin’s Univ. of Music in Warsaw, where his teacher was K. A. Kulka. As soloist he has appeared with the Max Bruch Philharmonic Orch., Philharmonic Baden-Baden and most Polish Philharmonics. He has won 15 prestigious awards at violin and chamber mus. competitions. Since 2007 he has performed all over the world with the Meccore String Quartet. He is a violin and chamber mus. teacher at Chopin’s Univ. of Music in Warsaw and the Academy of Music in Cracow

Ewa Kowar-Mikołajczyk

violinist, chamber musician and teacher. 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. Comleted master classes in Łańcut taught by prof.” Z. Bron, E. Feltz, K. Lewin. Teaches the violin at Warsaw’s Fryderyk Chopin Unoiversity of Music affiliate in Białystok and the Z. Brzewski Secondary School of Music in Warsaw. Juror of competitions for children and young adults. General Secretary of ESTA Poland.

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.

Maria Machowska

DMA – violin Concertmaster of the National Philharmonic, Warsaw. Her teachers were M. Ławrynowicz, M. Zebura and K. A. Kulka. Prizewinner of the Int. H. Wieniawski Competition in Poznań (2006) and the 6th Int. L. Mozart Competition in Augsburg (2006). She has appeared in all European countries and in the USA, Canada Japan, China, Korea and Israel. From 2008-2014 Concertmaster of the Sinfonia Varsovia. She is a violin teacher at the Chopin’s Univ. of Music in Warsaw

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.

Maria Orzechowska

soloist, chamber artist, teacher, teacher trainer. Violin studies with J. Kucharski at Music Academy, Warsaw and in master classes of M. Rostal, V. Malinin and J. Fournier. Formerly a violin teacher at Caracas Conservatory and then Keimyung University in Daeg, South Korea. Doctor of Musical Arts, Prof. of Violin on the faculty of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. Gives master classes and methodology workshops for string teachers and is a juror of competitions and auditions. Honoured with a Gloria Artis medal

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.

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. Teaches the violin at the Poznań Academy of Music and conducts master classes in Poland, Germany, Great Britain, China and South Korea. She plays a 1680 A. Stradivari violin.

Janusz Wawrowski

solo violinist, chamber artist, teacher. One of the most outstanding Polish violinists of the younger generation. Gratuated with diploma cum laude from the Frederic Chopin University of Music, Warsaw, where his teacher was Mirosław Ławrynowicz. Further studies with Yair Kless in Gratz and Salvatore Accado in Cremona. Prizewinner of many competitions, he concertizes and records in Poland and abroad. Famed for his recitals of the complete 24 N. Paganini Capricci. From 2012 a contract with EMI for 4 solo discs, the first of which was released in April 2013. A violin teacher on the faculty of the Frederic Chopin University of Music in Warsaw and artistic director of the Music Spaces festival.

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.

Viola

Michał Bryła

soloist, chamber musician, teacher. A.H. Wieniawski Secondary Music School and I.J. Paderewski Music Academy in Poznań graduate, where his teachers were profs. J. Kaliszewska and B. Bryła. He graduated from the Academy with first-class honours and, as a violist of the Meccore String Quartet continued his studies with the Camerata Quartet, then at the Uniwersitat der Kunst in Berlin and at the Royal Academy in Brussels, where he perfected his musicianship with the Artemis Quartet. In 2016, invited by G. Pichler, first violinist of the renowned A. Berg Quartet, the Meccore String Quartet furthered their studies at the Chamber Music Department of the Reina Sofia University of Music in Madrid. He has performed in many prestigious concert halls in Europe and North America. Now Doctor of Musical Arts, he is a member of the faculty at the F. Chopin University of Music in Warsaw.

Ewa Guzowska

soloist, chamber artist, teacher – PhD, Ass.Prof. at the Academy of Music, Poznań. She graduated with dis-tinction 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 competi-tion for a grant and practice with the Deutsche Symphony Orches-tra. 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.

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 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.

Harp

Helga Storck

soloist, chamber musician, teacher. One of themost renowned German harpists, born in Silesia and studying in Germany and with Marcel Grandjany at the NY Juilliard School. Has performed with many outstanding ensembles and was Princi-pal Harp with the WDR Radio Orchester Cologne, Hamburg Opera and the Munich Philharmonic. Has recorded for famous labels in-cluding Deutsche Grammophon, Vox, Teldec, Erato, Calig, Colos-seum, Philips and Polskie Nagrania. Formerly Professor of Harp at Munich’s Hochschule fur Musik und Theater, Salzburg’s Universität Mozarteum, since 2004 she has been Professor of Harp at the Aca­ demy of Music in Katowice, Poland. For her outstanding services to Polish culture she was awarded a 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.

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.

Maksym Dondalski

solo and chamber violinist, conductor,teacher. He graduated with distinction from the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz, where he first studied the violin with Jadwiga Kalisze-wska and Marcin Baranowski, and, two years later, orchestra con-ducting under Zygmunt Rychert and Piotr Sułkowski. Award-win-ner at many violin competitions, he is an active concert violinist and orchestral conductor, performing at home and abroad. Until 2016 he was first violin leader/ concertmaster with the Gorzów Philharmon-ic, Poland. For two years now he has been a faculty member of the Academy of Arts in Szczecin, teaching the violin and chamber music, as well as collaborating, since 2016, with Sinfonia Varsovia