II session 26.07 – 7.08

Violin

Natan Dondalski

Solo violinist, concertmaster, teacher – Dr of Musical Arts. He graduated with highest honours from Warsaw’s Academy of Music, studying with prof. M. Ławrynowicz then with  G. Zhislin, R. Fain and on master classes with W. Wiłkomirska,  M. Jaszwili, W. Marschner and P. Amoyal. His numerous awards at competitions incl. Lublin, Prague, Weimar and Freiburg. Concertmaster with Philharmonic Orchestras of Koszalin and Olsztyn. Concerto appearances in Nuremberg, Hamburg, Bonn, Helsinki and Oslo, with NOSPR Katowice, Slovakian Sinfonietta, National Orchestra of Kishinev, Staatskapelle Weimar, SWR Rundfunkorchesters Kaiserslaten and Klassiche Philharmonie Bonn. A violin teacher at G. Bacewicz State Music Schools in Koszalin and a member of the faculty at the Academy of Arts in Szczecin, he has trained a large number of prize-winning violinist.

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.

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. Honoured with a Gloria Artis medal.

Arkadiusz Kubica

PhD/Associate Professor. Chamber ensemble violinist, teacher, organizer of music activities. He has been a Silesian Quartet violin for 40 years – a group with which he has made 60 records, 130 world premieres and has played over 1000 concerts on major concert platforms in Poland and abroad. He is a long –serving violin and chamber music teacher at secondary music schools in Katowice, where he is also Head of the Chamber Music Chair at the local Academy of Music, and where, for 25 years, he was Artistic Director of the Szymanowski International Chamber Music Festival Silesian Quartet and Its Guests. He also acts as board member at the Szymanowski Music Society in Zakopane – as well as at the Katowice, Nature, Culture Association and the Katowice Academy of Music Graduates Association. His multiple achievements earned him numerous state decorations and artistic awards including a prize from Gramophone Classical Music Awards in London for recording the complete G. Bacewicz quartets.

Konstanty Andrzej Kulka

World-famous virtuoso, chamber artist, teacher. Violin studies with S. Herman, graduated with distinction from the State Higher Music School, Gdańsk. Won first prize at the International Radio ARD Competition in Munich, which made him an internationally-recognised concert artist. Concertizes and records worldwide with foremost orchestras and musicians. Has performed over 2000 recitals and concerts and has made numerous recordings including film music. Polish music plays a mayor role in his vast and diversed repertoire. Professor of Violin at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, gives numerous master classes. Juror at prestigious violin competitions. Received numerous honours and awards.

Agnieszka Marucha

Soloist, chamber artist, teacher, prizewinner at international violin competitions. Graduated with distinction from F. Chopin Academy of Music, studying with prof. M. Ławrynowicz, and the Hochschule der Kunste in Bern, studying with prof. M. Urbaniak-Lisik. Holds a post-doctoral degree in Musical Arts and as Assistant Professor she teaches the violin and chamber music at the Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. From 2013-2014 a visiting prof. at Keimyung Univ. in Daeg (South Korea). She runs courses in Italy (Bosa Antica), at Chopin Univ. (Chopin-Górecki) and in Łańcut. Has recorded 9 CDs (7 world first premieres). In 2014, with Opium String Quartet she won a Fryderyk award for Chagall for Strings and in 2014 she was the first performer in Korea to play, with Keimyung University Orchestra , W. Lutoslawski’s Chain II. As Ensemble Modern violinist she has appeared in major concert halls in Europe including Berlin Philharmonic, Festspielhaus in Baden Baden, Alte Oper in Frankfurt, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and Salle Pleyel in Paris. She has also authored numerous publications on violin playing and on musicology.

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.

Viola

Irena Albrecht

Soloist, chamber artist, teacher. Graduated from M. Smilgin’s class at Higher School of Music in Gdańsk, postgraduate studies with P. Lukacs in Budapest Conservatory. In early years a violist with the Teatro Communale Orchestra, Florence, under R. Mutti. Performs and records solo and with ensembles including Capella Bydgostiensis, the W. Rajski Orchestra and the Baltic Philharmonic. Professor of viola at the Academy of Music in Gdańsk and at master classes. The list of her pupils includes highly successful violist and prizewinners. Juror at the J. Rakowski Viola Competition in Poznań and the National Auditions for Violinists and Violists of Secondary Music Schools. Honoured with a Gloria Artis medal.

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.

Krzysztof Komendarek-Tymendorf

Soloist, chamber artist, teacher – DMA, descendant of M. K. Ogiński. He was born into a family with a deep-rooted musical tradition. After graduating with first-class honours from the Academy of Music in Gdańsk, where his teacher was prof. I. Albrecht, he perfected his skills in Vienna with prof. W. Klos, U. Schonauer, A. Zemtsov, M. Buchholz and A. Levitan. Having won two competitions, at the age of 24 he began to teach the viola at his Alma Mater. Prizewinner at national and international competitions, he debuted as soloist with the Sopot Polish Chamber Philharmonic, and as chamber player with T. Wojnowicz at the Zielona Góra Philharmonic. He performs and makes recordings in numerous countries and is the ambassador of all-Poland public campaign “Save the Music”. He teaches masterclasses and judges international competitions. His students win prizes at national and international competitions. He is also director of the Gdansk P. Hindemith International Viola Competition, Polish Rising Music Stars and EURO Chamber Music Festival.

Cello

Stanisław Firlej

Solist, chamber artist, teacher. Cello studies under K. Kozolupov and N. Gutman at Moscow Conservatory and with A, Navarra at Academia Chigiana, Siena. Won performance prizes at competitions. Concertizes and records for Polish and foreign labels with pianist Anna Wesołowska-Firlej and as member of Chopin Trio, Rubinstein Trio and Polish Camerata of which he is founder and leader. Professor of Cello on the faculties of Music Academies in Łódź and Wrocław. Gives numerous master classes in Poland (Łańcut and Szamotuły), also teaching at the Winter Academy of Music in Krzysztof Penderecki’s European Music Centre, Lusławice Poland. Honoured with a Gloria Artis silver medal.

Ewa Maria Groblewska

Chamber musician, teacher. Cello studies with R. Hoffmann at the Z. Brzewski Music School and prof. A. Zieliński and P. Hausenplas at the F. Chopin Music Academy, Warsaw. Perfected her musicianship on courses under Aldo Parisot (Norfolk, USA) with Tokio Quartet, Amadeus Quartet and Medici Quartet. With the string Quartet Le Stadioni she has won prizes at numerous chamber music competitions. Collaborated with Camerata Quartet, Polish Radio Orchestra and the Radom Chamber Orchestra. A cello teacher at two primary music schools in Warsaw. Her students win their laurels at many solo and chamber music competitions. She is a certified Suzuki Method teacher. On the Łańcut Courses she teaches a cello class for children.

Double bass

Jan Kotula

Graduated with distinction from the Academy of Music in Katowice (W. Tamowski’s class). Since 1997 a member of the National Symphony Orchestra of Polish Radio (principal double-bassist since 2002), also collaborating with the Kwartet Śląski (Silesia Quartet) and the Orchestra’s quartet Primo Allegro. Solo, chamber and orchestral performances at home and abroad. Disc and radio recordings. A prizewinner (2nd prize) at the A.B. Ciechański National Double Bass Competition, Poznań 1997 and third prize winner at the International Double Bass Competition, Markneukirchen 1999. Doctor of Musical Arts, teacher at Academy of Music in Katowice and at the Winter Academy of Music in Krzysztof Penderecki European Music Centre, Lusławice, Poland.

Classical guitar

Ryszard Bałauszko

Solo and chamber artist, teacher. Graduated from the Chopin Academy of Music, Warsaw, M. Zalewski’s class. Studied at the Conservatorio Superior in Alicante with J. Thomas and completed many master classes. Professor of Guitar at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw and its Białystok affiliate as well as at the F. Chopin Secondary Music School in Warsaw. Gives numerous master classes around Poland, Germany and Spain. He has educated a great many outstanding guitar players. Concertizes and records solo and with renowned musicians and ensembles. Juror and jury chairman at many national and international competitions.

Chambers ensembles

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 Kaliszewska and  Marcin Baranowski, and, two years later, orchestra conducting under Zygmunt Rychert and Piotr Sułkowski.  Award-winner 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 Philharmonic, 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.

Krzysztof Komendarek-Tymendorf

Soloist, chamber artist, teacher – DMA, descendant of M. K. Ogiński. He was born into a family with a deep-rooted musical tradition. After graduating with first-class honours from the Academy of Music in Gdańsk, where his teacher was prof. I. Albrecht, he perfected his skills in Vienna with prof. W. Klos, U. Schonauer, A. Zemtsov, M. Buchholz and A. Levitan. Having won two competitions, at the age of 24 he began to teach the viola at his Alma Mater. Prizewinner at national and international competitions, he debuted as soloist with the Sopot Polish Chamber Philharmonic, and as chamber player with T. Wojnowicz at the Zielona Góra Philharmonic. He performs and makes recordings in numerous countries and is the ambassador of all-Poland public campaign “Save the Music”. He teaches masterclasses and judges international competitions. His students win prizes at national and international competitions. He is also director of the Gdansk P. Hindemith International Viola Competition, Polish Rising Music Stars and EURO Chamber Music Festival.

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.

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.