EDITION 2021

 

IWONA GLINKA - flute 
She is s a soloist, educator, recording artist, orchestral and chamber musician, and leading performer of new and experimental music. She founded the Phasma-Music Ensemble in 2016, where she currently serves as the artistic director in addition to playing many concerts as the ensemble member. She has given dozens of solo recitals with classical and contemporary repertoire and has appeared as Principal Flautist with orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. She has developed a great interest in New Music, which since 1994 has resulted in over one hundred world premieres of works by Australian, Belgian, British, Canadian, Greek, German, Polish and U.S. composers, more than one hundred of them commissioned by and written especially for her. Since 1995, Iwona Glinka has made Athens her second home. She teaches flute and chamber music at the Municipal Conservatory of Patra and Glyfada. In 2015, she relinquished her position with the Athens Symphony Orchestra and Hellenic Contemporary Music Ensemble to pursue a more active solo career after 20 years as an ensemble member and an orchestral musician. In May 2009, she obtained a Doctor of Philosophy in Music Performance (flute) from the Academy of Music in Krakow, Poland, for her dissertation on and a recital of Brian Ferneyhough’s complete flute music. In 2012, she was awarded Doctor of Philosophy in Musicology by the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece, for her research on contemporary Greek music for solo flute. Iwona Glinka is a Yamaha Artist.

VICKY STYLIANOU - piano
She was born in Athens, Greece, where she took the first piano lessons at the age of five. When she was ten years old she was awarded the first prize of the Panhellenic Piano Contest held in memory of Keti Papaioannou. She graduated from the “Athens Conservatory” with honors. With a scholarship from the French government, she studied in Paris (Ecole Normale). She also studied at the Music Academy of Basel, where she obtained the soloist diploma. She has given many recitals and chamber music concerts in Greece and abroad. She has performed as soloist with several Greek and foreign orchestras. She has recorded many times for the radio and television and has participated in Greek and international festivals. Her repertoire includes a great number of works from baroque to contemporary music. She has given Greek and world premieres of many contemporary compositions. She has collaborated with great composers and conductors such as George Crumb, Sir Neville Marriner, Gunther Schuller and Hans Werner Henze. She has participated in the recording of several CDs including works of Greek composers. She was a member of the Orchestra of Colors since its establishment. She is a member of the Hellenic Ensemble of Contemporary Music and the Athens Trio. She often collaborates with the Athens Concert Hall (Megaron), the National Opera of Greece and other cultural organizations. She was piano professor at the Athens and the Hellenic Conservatories. She has studied advanced theory (fugue diploma). Her arrangements and orchestrations have been performed by several orchestras and Chamber Music ensembles in Greece and abroad.

KAROLINA KISIAK - piano
She graduated from the K. Szymanowski Primary and Secondary Music School in Zamosc in the piano class of Professor Aleksandra Rudyk. She is a laureate of many national and international competitions: International Chopin Festival in Sochaczew (4 times), 1st place in "Concours Musical de France" in Paris, 1st place at the International Chopin Competition in Rzeszow and Honourable Mention in Centre of Artistic Education auditions in Warsaw. In 2015 she has started her journey in a piano duo with her partner Alicja Gura. They are prizewinners of many competitions, including: Honourable Mention in the auditions of the Centre of Artistic Education in Warsaw, Grand Prix in the National Competition "Let's play together" in Zamosc and 2nd prize in the "Roma International Piano Competition" in Rome. Karolina has received numerous scholarships from the Centre of Artistic Education and the Marshall of Lubelskie Voivodship. In 2021 K2 Piano Duo was awarded 1st Prize in „Carles & Sofia International Piano Competition” in Spain. This is the first achievement with her current partner Kinga Kaczmarczyk. Karolina is currently a student at the Krzysztof Penderecki Academy of Music in Krakow in the piano class of Professor Piotr Machnik and in the chamber music class of Professor Bartłomiej Kominek and Professor Anna Boczar.

KINGA KACZMARCZYK - piano
She graduated with honors from the Secondary State Music School of Władysław Żeleński in Kraków in the piano class of prof. Olga Łazarska. Currently, she is a third-year student of the Krzysztof Penderecki Academy of Music in Krakow in the piano class of prof. Piotr Machnik and in the chamber music class of prof. Bartłomiej Kominek and prof. Anna Boczar. She was a laureate of many national and international piano competitions. She took part in numerous concerts. She has performed in concerts accompanying the Chopin Festival in Polanica Zdrój, at the Music Institute in Geneva and in Palestine.

NATALIA ORSZAK - violin
She graduated the Zenon Brzewski “Szkoła Talentów” in Warsaw, which she completed with a honours degree in the class of prof. Andrzej Gębski. Currently she is a second-year master student at the Krzysztof Penderecki Academy of Music in Krakow in the class of prof. dr h.c. Kaja Danczowska. She is a laureate of national and international competitions; for example, she won the 2nd place at the 1st International Chamber Music Competition KraCamera in 2021, 1st place at the 25th Young Musician International Competition “Citta di Barletta” and an honor and special diploma at the III OKMIM named after Tadeusz Paciorkiewicz in Sierpc. Natalia received a scholarship from the Pro Musica Bona Foundation, was a three-time scholarship holder of the “Rector” scholarship at the Krzysztof Penderecki Academy of Music in Krakow and has been given three times a scholarship of the international programme “Vesuvius”. She has participated in many significant concerts including a piano trio concert under the direction of Professor Krystyna Makowska-Ławrynowicz and a solo concert with orchestra during the festival “Młodzi wirtuozi na Zamku Królweskim w Warszawie”. Since 2017 she has been playing solo recitals during the International Meetings of the Confraternity of Poets in Cracow. She has given several concerts together with university professors, taking part in projects such as: Mosty, 2 Przedwiośnie młodych, Międzynarodowy Festiwal Kompozytorów Krakowskich. In 2018, as the group leader, she premiered a piece which was recorded on the album “Muzyka Naszych Czasów”, released by the DUX label. She collaborates with orchestras: Corda Cracovia, Orkiestra Akademii Beethovenowskiej, orchestra of the “Duetissimo” festival, Santander Orchestra and Passionart. She has participated in projects with the Młoda Krakowska Filharmonia, the Polish Art Philharmonic as well as the Sądecka Orkiestra Kameralna with which she recorded the album “Film Fantasia” in 2019. From 2020 she is a member of the musical ensemble at the Teatr Variete in Cracow, participating in the latest production “Pretty Woman the Musical”, directed by Wojciech Kościelniak.

MONIKA WÜRSTEN - cello
She was born in Bern (Switzerland) started playing the cello at the age of 8, at the music school in Switzerland and continued at the Konservatorium Bern in the class of Denis Severin. Currently, she is a second-year master student at the Krzysztof Penderecki Academy of Music in Krakow in the class of dr hab. Jan Kalinowski. She is a participant in this year’s tenth edition of the prestigious project Akademia Sinfonia Varsovia 2021/2022. As part of her studies and masterclasses, she has worked with renowned cellists such as Robert Cohen, István Várdai, Wolfgang Boettcher, David Pia, Alexander Neustroev, Pavel Gomziakov and Raphaël Pidoux. In 2021 she had the honour to perform as a soloist with the conductor Łukasz Borowicz and the Symphony Orchestra of the Krzysztof Penderecki Academy of Music in Krakow at the Krakow Philharmonic. She regularly collaborates with the orchestra Sinfonietta Cracovia. Monika has performed at many festivals of both international and national importance, including: The 4th International Cello Festival of Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Festiwal Duettissimo 2018 with the festival orchestra under direction of Jakub Chrenowicz, Festiwal Krzysztofa Pendereckiego w Warszawie 2018 and at the Inaugural Concert of the festival Nauka i Sztuka w Krakowie 2019. In 2019 she had the opportunity to participate in masterclasses with the members of Kronos Quartet and with Wojciech Koprowski, member of the Meccore String Quartet. She has performed several times in the programme Muzyka Naszych Czasów, promoting works of composers of the 21st century and recording for the music label DUX. In 2020 as a soloist Monika was awarded with distinction in the IV Ogólnopolski Turniej Wiolonczeli i Kontrabasu w Warszawie, won the 2nd prize in the Międzynarodowy Konkurs Muzyczny OPUS 2020 and had the honour of playing Mikołaj Górecki’s “Elegy” with the Chamber Orchestra of the Krakowska Wiosna Wiolonczelowa. Together with her piano trio she won 3rd prize at the I Międzynarodowy Konkurs Muzyki Kameralnej KraCamera 2021 and 2nd prize at the II International Online Instrumental Performance Competition – Toronto 2021. Monika actively participated in various artistic events including: Krakowska Wiosna Wiolonczelowa, 6. Dni Muzyki: Krzysztof Penderecki, and with the ArtEZ Cello Ensemble in Zwolle - Netherlands, representing the Krzysztof Penderecki Academy of Music in Krakow.

MARIAN MICHALSKI - piano
Pianist, currently a student of the first year of MA studies in the piano class of prof. Andrzej Pikul. He perfected his skills at numerous master classes with professors such as: K. Jabłoński, N. Demidenko, W. Świtała, W. Wojtal, J. Stompel, M. Żebrowski, A. Jasiński, M. Szlezer, M. Drzewicki, M. Drewnowski J. Plowright, K. Eickhorst, Achilles delle Vigne, Jose Maria Corbello, Jordi Camel, Pascal le Corre. He has been awarded at many competitions, including: International Piano Competition "Gloria Artis" in Vienna (December 2020) - 1st prize; 2nd International Competition for Young Pianists "Chopin at Wawel" in Krakow (July 2019) - 3rd prize; 1st International Piano Competition Krogulski in Tarnów (June 2018) - 2nd prize; 3rd International Piano Competition Krystian Tkaczewski in Busko Zdrój (VI / VII 2018) - 3rd prize; XII National Competition for Young Instrumentalists Stefania Woytowicz in Jasło (III 2017) 1st prize; 1st National Competition for Young Pianists "Chopin at Wawel" in Krakow (June 2015) 3rd prize; 4th International Piano Competition "Chopin + ..." in Budapest (June 2012) 3rd prize. He was a multiple scholarship holder of the President of the City of Tarnów, a scholarship holder of the "Pro Musica Bona" foundation and the "Sapere Auso" foundation. He is keenly interested in chamber music. The result of these interests is taking 2nd place at the 3rd National Piano Duo Competition "Grajmy razem" in Zamość (March 2014), and 2nd prize at the VI Intercollegiate Duet Competition in Katowice (March 2019), playing a duet with the violin. He has twice participated in chamber music courses organized by the National Children's Fund. He performed in Warsaw at the Masovian Institute of Culture, during the 4th Chopin Evenings in Okólnik, and at the Chopin Museum (2019). He gave a recital as part of The Jane Stirling Festival and performed in Chopin's apartment in Edinburgh (Scotland 2018). He took part in the I. J. Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles (California, USA). He also performed at the Kzrysztof Penderewski European Center for Music in Lusławice, the Mirror Hall in Tarnów, and at the "Summer with Chopin" festival in Busko Zdrój.

ANNA WIKTORIA SWOBODA - lute
Graduated with honours from tha Krzysztof Penderecki Academy of Music in Krakow (Poland) and from Hochschule für Musik Trossingen (Germany) with prof. Rolf Lislevand. Her special interests are solo repertoire of the 17th and 18th centuries for baroque lutes, including research on Silesian lutenists, as well as miscellaneous chamber music with theorbo and baroque guitar as continuo instruments. Anna Wiktoria is also a literature lover, she has obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Comparative Literature at the Jagiellonian University. After finishing music school as a classical guitarist, she started developing the great interest for lute instruments with Anton Birula. She has taken part in master classes and workshops with the leading lute players such as Hopkinson Smith, Jakob Lindberg, Joachim Held and Evangelina Mascardi. She was awarded the Baden-Württemberg-Stipendium and the Vössing Stiftung. As a performer she appeared in various European countries on music festivals, for instance Danish Radio Sommerfestival (Copenhagen), Festival Mitte Europa-Bayern-Böhmen-Sachsen (Bad Alerxandersbad, Germany), Alte Musik Fest (Leipzig, Germany), Bachfest Leipzig, Festival of Early Musik in Lviv (Ukraine), Silesian Guitar Autumn, Stary Sącz Early Musik Festival, Misteria Paschalia, Bach Festival Świdnica, Music in Old Cracow, Kromer Festival Biecz. She was invited to cooperate with numerous ensembles, orchestras and soloists in her country and abroad, as well as with Hochschule für Musik u. Theater Leipzig, with the opera houses in Stuttgart (Wilhelma Theater), Pforzheim, Kraków and the Warsaw Chamber Opera. She took part in different recordings of early music, among others an audiovisual recording of the pieces from Grüssau manuscripts for the Digital National Library Polona and contemporary music with lute ("Amoretti" by M. Stachowski, soundtrack for Molière's "L'école des femmes" for polish TV dir. by J. Stuhr). Anna Wiktoria is one of the editors in Le Luth Doré and teaches lute at the Krzysztof Penderecki Academy of Music in Krakow.

KATARZYNA CZBEK - recorder
Katarzyna Czubek is a Polish musician specialized in playing the recorder and historical oboe. She is an assistant professor at the Krzysztof Penderecki Academy of Music in Kraków, where she is sharing the recorder class with prof. Erik Bosgraaf. Katarzyna completed her recorder studies at Conservatorium van Amsterdam under the tuition of Jorge Isaac and at Music Academy in Kraków with prof. Peter Holtslag. She studied historical oboes in Conservatorio di Verona with prof. Paolo Grazzi and the Academy of Music in Wrocław with Magdalena Karolak. Collectively with Anna Jankowska she curates and organizes an early music festival Młoda Muzyka Dawna, a platform for young, voracious ensembles specialized in the historical repertoire. Katarzyna has played with acclaimed groups, including Les Ambassaduers (dir. A. Kossenko), Cappella Cracoviensis (dir. T. Adamus), Arte dei Suonatori (dir. A. Goliński), Cappella Neapolitana (dir. Antonio Florio) and many others. She made recordings for DUX, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi and MDG Scene. She is frequently invited as a jury member at national recorder competitions in Czech Republic (Ostrava and Teplice). Katarzyna received scholarships and distinctions of the city of Gdańsk, Ministry of Culture and Heritage and Head of Kolbudy Commune.

ALEKSANDRA HORTENSJA DĄBEK - piano
She graduated from the Krzysztof Penderecki Academy of Music in Krakow with distinction. She was a student of the piano class by prof. Ewa Bukojemska and of the period piano class by dr Katarzyna Drogosz. At the moment Aleksandra is a doctoral candidate at the Doctoral School of Krzysztof Penderecki Academy of Music in Krakow. Her tutor is dr hab. Marek Szlezer. Aleksandra started learning to play piano at the age of seven at the 1st degree Public School of Music in Krzeszowice. Her teacher was Beata Zając. The key role in her education played Olga Łazarska. As her student Aleksandra graduated from the Wladyslaw Zelenski Secondary State School of Music in Krakow. Between 2012-2015 she mastered her skills in the piano class by prof. Wojciech Świtała. Aleksandra participated in many masterclasses conducted by Andrzej Jasiński, Tobias Koch, Katarzyna Popowa-Zydroń, Dimitrij Bashkirov, Dimitrij Alexeev, Kevin Kenner, Fumiko Eguchi and Krzysztof Jabłoński. Aleksandra performed at many Polish and international festivals such as: Muzyka w Starym Krakowie, Wawel o zmierzchu, Chopin au Jardin, Lato z Chopinem w Busko-Zdroju, Duettissimo!, Abu Zabi Festival, Chopinowskie Interpretacje Młodych. She has played many concerts during Saturday recitals at Chopin's birthplace in Żelazowa Wola as a guest invited by The Fryderyk Chopin Institute. She played recitals twice in the Fryderyk Chopin Museum taking part in „Młode Talenty” series. She played both, modern and historical piano. In 2016 Aleksandra made her debut in Carnegie Hall and the Austrian Hall of Ehrbar Saal. Aleksandra performed with the Orchestra of the Świętokrzyska Philharmonic, with the Silesian Chamber Orchestra and she played many concerts with Emirates Youth Symphony Orchestra in Dubai. In 2018 Aleksandra released her debut album “Chopin. Schumann”. Aleksandra Dąbek is a scholarship holder of The Grant of The Yamaha Foundation. In 2012 she received the monthly piano grant of the Morningside Music Bridge at the Mount Royal University in Calgary (Canada). In 2010-2015 she was a scholarship holder of the National Foundation for Children. Many Times Aleksandra received grants from The Sapere Auso Foundation and grants from the Mayor of Trzebinia.

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Graduated with honours from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. Her diploma work film “And I Am the World” took place in “Coming Out 2014” exhibition of best diploma works. Author of graphic and musical performances based on contemporary music and surreal literature. Film and stage actress. Polish Film Academy Award winner – in 2009 she received “Eagle” for role in the movie “Little Moscow”.
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