II session 15-27.07

Violin

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.

Natan Dondalski

Solo violinist, concertmaster, teacher. 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, he has trained a large number of prize-winning violinist.

Andrzej Gębski

Soloist, chamber artist, teacher. Studied violin with M. Ławrynowicz at Academy of Music, Warsaw (diploma cum laude). Prizewinner at numerous competitions. Concert appearances in Europe, Asia, South America and all Polish Philharmonic Halls. Recorded 16 CDs with Polish music (first recordings), authored 20 publications with his edition of violin pieces and premiered 54 pieces of Polish music. Prof. of Violin at Warsaw’s Chopin University of Music, Art. Dir. of the Z. Brzewski Warsaw String Orchestra, juror of nation. and intern. competitions. His many awards include the Min. of Culture Award, the Dir. of Art Education Centre Award and the Medal of Gloria Artis.

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.

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. 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 and records in many countries. 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. 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. She 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 she was a visiting professor at Keimyung University in Daeg (South Korea). She runs courses in Italy (e.g. the Bosa Antica ), at Chopin University ( Chopin-Górecki course) and in Łańcut. She has recorded 9 CDs (7 world first recordings). 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 Modem 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 Pleyer in Paris. She has also authored numerous publications on violin playing and on musicology.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Viola

Irena Albrecht

Soloist, chamber artis, 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.

Łukasz Syrnicki

Violist, chamber artist, teacher. He graduated from the Acad. of Mus., Katowice, studying the viola with prof. Z. Jochemczyk and then attending masterclasses run by Amadeus Quartet, Juilliard Quartet, Alban Berg Quartet, Smetana Quartet and by prof. K. Lewin. Since 1985 (he has been) a violist with Silesian Quartet, which has released ca 50 discs for world-famous labels, has performed in major concert halls across the world, and has won numerous awards incl. 5 Fryderyk awards, and, in 2017 a much-coveted prize from Gramophone Classical Music Awards for recording the complete G. Bacewicz quartets. Since 2009 he has taught the viola and chamber music at the K. Szymanowski Sec. Mus. School in Katowice, also collaborating with Katowice’s Mus. Acad. His pupils are frequent prize winners at nat. and internat. competitions. He has conducted masterclasses in Finland, Croatia and Poland and has judged competitions and auditions. Awarded a Gloria Artis medal, a Gold Cross of Merit and an Honorary Gold Badge for Services to the Province of Silesia.

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

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.

Claus Reichardt

Born into a well-known musical family in Munich. Early education with his father, Walter, and then studies with C. Cassado and A. Navarra. Won the Mendelssohn Prize aged 21. Subsequently, a soloist with Nuremberg Opera Orchestra, joined the faculties of music shools in Nuremberg, Wursburg and Dusseldorf. At present Professor of Cello and Chamber Music at the R. Schumann Hochschule für Musik in Dusseldorf. Former rector of the school. Awarded a Distinguished Services to Polish Culture medal.

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.

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.

Harp

Urszula Mazurek

Distinguished solo harpist, chamber artist, teacher and teacher trainer. Completed her studies at the State Higher School of Music in Warsaw and post-graduate studies at the J. Borot Consevatoire in Paris, the Accad. Chigiana in Italy and the Univ. of Siena. Collaborated with foremost instrumentalists and conductors, performing in Poland, across Europe, Cuba and Mexico, where she taught in leading Mexican music schools. A founding member of Warsaw Harp Trio, for which many contemporary composers have written music. From 1972-2013 prof. of harp (full prof. from 1992) at the F. Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. At present prof. of harp at Academy of Music in Łódź. Furor of int. competitions. Numerous awards of her artistic and pedagogical achievements.

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. Gives numerous master classes around Poland, Germany and Spain. Concertizes and records solo and with renowned musicians and ensembles. Juror and jury chairman at many national and international competitions.

Chambers ensembles

Dariusz Smolarski

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. Gives numerous master classes around Poland, Germany and Spain. Concertizes and records solo and with renowned musicians and ensembles. Juror and jury chairman at many national and international competitions.

Łukasz Syrnicki

Violist, chamber artist, teacher. He graduated from the Academy of Music in Katowice, studying the viola with prof. Zygmund Jochemczyk and then attended masterclasses run by Amadeus Quartet, Juilliard Quartet, Alban Berg Quartet, Smetana Quartet as well as those given by prof. Kurt Lewin. Since 1985 he has been a violist with Silesian Quartet, which has released ca 50 discs for world-famous labels, has performed in major concert halls across the world, and has won numerous awards. Since 2009 Łukasz Syrnicki has taught the viola and chamber music at the K. Szymanowski Secondary Music School in Katowice, also collaborating with Katowice’s Music Academy. His pupils are frequent prize winners at national and international competitions. He has conducted masterclasses  in Finland, Croatia and Poland and has judged competitions and auditions. He has been awarded a Gloria Artis medal, a Gold Cross of Merit and an Honorary Gold Badge for  Services  to the Province of Silesia.

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 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.