II session 15-27.07


Helen Brunner

Violin teacher. Violin studies at the Royal College of Music, London and the Juilliard 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. Awarded a Distinguished Services to Polish Culture medal.

Simon Cartledge

Chamber artist, teacher, teacher trainer. Studied at Trinity College of Music with Tessa Robins, Maria Lydka and afterwards with Igor Ozim and Simon Standage. Lecturer at Trinity College of Music and then Head of String at Bedford Modern School. Teaches courses in Geat Britain and overseas. His teaching includes elements of Rolland method, Alexander technique and findings of kinesiology. He is now living in Cambridge where he has a private practice and continues to give lessons and workshops.

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.

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.

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.

Sergey Kravchenko

Soloist, chamber artist, teacher. Graduated from the famous Stolyarsky School of Music in Odessa and then the Moscow Conservatoire (pupil of B. Kuzniecow, W. Pikajzen i L. Kogan). Prize-winner at the competitions in Genoa, Paris and in Liege. Concert throughout the words recordings in Russia and abroad. Professor at the Moscow Conservatoire, master class teacher and author of articles on violin playing methodology and pieces for beginner violinists. Juror at many prestigious international competitions. Awarded the honorary title Distinguished Artist of Russia, Distinguished Services to Polish Culture 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.

Fulvio Leofreddi

Soloist, chamber artist, teacher. Graduated with distincion from the Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia, Rome and Z. Brzewski’s violin class at the Academy of Music, Warsaw. Completed a master class with P. Carminelli at the Accademia Nationale di S. Cecilia. Prizewinner in the Vittoria Veneto and Rassegna Nazionale Giovani Concortisti competitions. Performs as soloist and chamber artist in many countries including the whole of Europa, North and South America, Africa and Japana. As well as prestigious festivals including Festival dei Due Mondi di Spoleto. Member of I Virtuosi di Roma, concertmaster of I Virtuosi di S. Cecilia, professor at the Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia, Rome.

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.

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. She plays a 1840 J.B. Vuillaume violin.


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 Violistis of Secondary Music Schools. Honoured with a 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.


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.

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

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

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.

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.

Chamber orchestra

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.

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.