II session 15 – 27.07


Helen Brunner

violin teacher. Violin studies at the Royal College of Music, London and the Juliard School, N.Y. with Oscar Shumsky. Introduced to the Suzuki Method, she then founded the London Suzuki Group comprising violin, viola, cello and piano studies. Graduated from Dr Suzuki’s Talent Education School, Japan. Flourising international career as violin teacher and teacher trainer with workshops all over the world. She has been recogniset by the Who’s Who of Woman for her distinguished service to music.

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.

Gustaw Ciężarek

soloist, teacher. A graduate of Chopin’s Univ. of Music, Warsaw. Prizewinner of Polish and International Competitions incl. the 12th Int. Competition of Modern Chamber Music in Cracow. He has appeared as soloist and chamber mus. player in Poland, Sweden, Norway, France, England, Lithuania, South Korea and Japan. He conducts the music channel (Gutek Violin) on Youtube and TikTok platforms. For many years a Concertmaster of the Chamber Mus. Philharmonic in Łomża. At present he is a Suzuki level 1 (ESA) teacher and a violin teacher at ZSM in Radom

Natan Dondalski

DMA, solo violinist, concertmaster, teacher. He graduated with highest honours from Warsaw’s Academy of Music, studying with M. Ławrynowicz then with G. Zhislin, R. Fain and on masterclasses with: W. Wiłkomirska, M. Jaszwili, W. Marschner and P. Amoyal. His many awards at competitions incl. Lublin, Prague, Weimar and Freiburg. Concertmaster with Philh. Orchestras of Koszalin and Olsztyn. Concerto appearances in Nuremberg, Hamburg, Bonn, Helsinki and Oslo, with NOSPR Katowice, Slovakian Sinfonietta, Staatskapelle Weimar, SWR Rundfunkorchesters Kaiserslaten and Klassiche Philharmonie Bonn. A violin teacher at the Acad. of Arts in Szczecin and at G. Bacewicz State Music Schools in Koszalin, he has trained a large number of prize-winning violinists

Michał Grabarczyk

solo and chamber violinist, teacher. Diplomas cum laude from music schools in Łódź (Z. Frieman’s class) and the Moscow Conservatory where he studied with 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 Artis medal.

Anna Gutowska

soloist, chamber artist, teacher. She gradu-ated cum laude from mus. schools in Rzeszów, Poland, Conservatoire du Lausanne (studies with J. Jaquerod) and Universität für 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. 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 Univer-sität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien. Runs music courses in: Austria, Slovakia, Chile, Iran, Kuwait, Mexico and Japan

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.

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. 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, first violin of Opium String Quartet. She 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. Doctor of Mus. Arts/ Assistant Professor, she teaches the violin and chamber music at her Alma Mater. From 2013-2014 a visiting professor at Keimyung Univesity in Daeg (South Korea). Agnieszka is a prizewinner of various violin competitions, she teaches in Italy (e.g. the Bosa Antoca courses), she has performed and given masterclasses across Europe and Asia, has released 9 CDs (6 world first recordings), and in 2014, she won a Fryderyk   award for the Chagall for String disc, recorded with Opium String Quartet.

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.  Was 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

Monika Urbaniak-Lisik

solo and chamber violinist, teacher. Diploma with distinction from Academy of Music, Łódź – violin studies with Z. Płoszaj. Further studies, on the Swiss Government grant, in I. Ozim’s master class, Bern (dipl. cum laude) and in other master classes incl. those taught by O. Krysa, V. Malinin and M. Rostal. 1 st prizewinner at the Nat. Z Janke Comp. and Spezial Prize at the 8th H. Wieniawski Int. Comp. From 1992-98 assistant to I. Ozim, since 1997 prof of violin and chamber music at Hochschule der Kunst in Bern. Teaches master classes in Poland, Switzerland, Austria and Germany and appears at nat. and int festivals. Recordings for Swiss and Polish labels.


Katarzyna Budnik

soloist, chamber musician. A Chopin Univ. of Music graduate, she studied the violin with M. Ławrynowicz, A. Gębski, and the viola with P. Reichert. Prize-winner at int. competitions incl.: the L. van Beethoven Comp. (Hradec, 1st prize), the J. Brahms Comp. (Pörtschach, 1st prize), the M. Rostal Comp. (Berlin, 2nd prize), the M. Reger Chamber Music Comp. (Sonder-shausen, 2nd prize and special award), the M. Spisak Comp. (Dąbrowa Górn., Poland, 2 nd prize) and the J. Rakowski Viola Comp. (Poznań, 1st prize). Concertized in Poland, the Czech Rep., Austria, Germany, France and Russia. A Min. of Culture grant holder, she also won a Young Poland scholarship. Teacher at the Chopin Univ. of Music Warsaw.

Krzysztof Komendarek-Tymendorf

viola soloist, chamber artist, teacher, PhD, assistant professor at the Acad. of Music in Gdańsk. After graduating with first-class honours from the Acad. of Music in Gdańsk, where his teacher was prof I. Albrecht, he perfected his skills at Uni. für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna and under the faculty of A. Zemtsov, M. Buchholz, H. Rohde, A. Levitan. ReVIOLAtion’s debut album (Naxos) received the Pizzicato Supersonic Award. Prizewinner at nat. and internat. competitions, awards and scholarships. He debuted as soloist with the Polish Chamber Philh. Orchestra Sopot., and as chamber player with T. Wojnowicz at the T. Baird Philh. Hall in Zielona Gora. He teaches master-classes and judges competitions. His students win viola prizes at nat. and internat. and orchestra auditions. Director of EURO Chamber Music Festival Gdańsk


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 Żagań), Austria (Zell am Pram) and Croatia (Hvar).

Ewa Maria Groblewska

solo and chamber musician, teacher. Cello studies with R. Hoffmann at the Z. Brzewski Mus. Sch. and prof. A. Zieliński and P. Hausenplas at the F. Chopin Mus. Academy Warsaw. Perfected her musicianship on courses under Aldo Parisot, with Tokio Quartet, Amadeus Quartet and Medici Quartet. With the string Quartet Le Stadioni she has had concerts throughout Poland and in Sweden, Great Britain and the US. Collaborated with Camerata Quartet and Polish Radio Orchestra. A cello teacher at two primary music schools in Warsaw. She is a certified Suzuki Method teacher. On Łańcut Courses she will be teaching a cello class for children.

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

graduated with distinction from the Z. BrzewskiSecondary Music School and with honours from the Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, studying the cello with prof. T. Strahl, and further-ing his solo-cellist studies with P. Buck in Stuttgart. At present he is a cellist with Warsaw’s National Philharmonic Orchestra, a cello teacher at Warsaw’s Chopin Univ. of Music, a long – serving teacher at the Z. Brzewski Music School and assistant to prof. T. Strahl. He has often been awarded by jury members for excellent preparation of his students for competitions. Indeed they have won prizes at several dozen nat. and internat. 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

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) 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, he is assistant professor of double-bass at his Alma Mater.

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 M. Ławrynowicz International Meetings of Young Violinists in Płock.

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.

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