Sijing Ye

Jadwiga Kotnowska

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" Sijing Ye's grace, elegance, rhythmic precision, tonal beauty, and technical agility of her performance recalled such famous Chopin specialists as Artur Rubinstein and Artturo Benedetti Michelangeli." as The Miami Herald recalled Sijing's Performance of Chopin

Winner of the 2008 Gina Bachauer international Young Artist Piano Competition, Sijing Ye has appeared as soloist with Fort Worth Symphony under Maestro Miguel Harth Bedoya, Big Spring Symphony under Maestro John Giordano, Xia Men Philharmonic Orchestra under Maestro Shi Jun Wang, Miami International Piano Festival Orchestra and Maestro William Noll.

Sijing has given multiple recitals in many major music halls within the U.S, China and Europe, which includes George Weston Recital Hall at the Toronto Center for Arts, Koerner Hall in Toronto, Grossen Saal in Switzerland, MozartHaus in Wien, Pater Martin Saal in Germany, Conservatory Hall of Bolzano in Italy, Atheneum Roman Music Hall in Bucharest, Benedict Music Tent in Aspen, Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale, Lincoln

Theatre in Miami Beach, Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Peter Jay Sharp and Paul Recital Hall of Lincoln Center in New York, Beijing Music Hall, ZhongShan Music Hall, and Hong Kong City Concert Hall.

In 2016, Sijing founded the Bellissimo Academy for Music and Arts (BAMA) , as well as “BAMA International Piano Festival.” BAMA International Piano Festival includes world well-known pianists Dang Thai Son, Sofya Gulyak, James Anagnoson, Sachen, Boris Putrushansky, Francesco Libetta, Ilya Itin, and Giselle Brodsky.

Sijing has served on juries at multiple national and international piano competitions,

including 11th Moscow International Frederick Chopin Competition for Young Pianists; Marta Hidy Prize Concerto Competition in Canada; Elevato International Piano

Competition(Salzburg); CCC Toronto Music Competition. In 2020-2021, Sijing will serve as a jury member on Hong Kong International Piano Competition for Youth, Aegio International Piano Competition, Poland International Instrumental Competition and

Canadian North York Music Festival and Competition. Sijing has given masterclasses in the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, Canada and China.

Katarzyna Duda

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Katarzyna Duda is one of the most outstanding personalities in the Polish music world. Reviewers unanimously characterize her as a star of a new format.

They emphasize unity of her musical artistry and great scenic temper as well as virtuosity and great sensitivity of music.

A prizewinner of the Tibor Varga International Violin Competition in Sion, Switzerland, (where she also won the "Mozart Prize" for the best interpretation of a violin concerto by Mozart) and the Tadeusz Wronski International Violin Solo Competition in Warsaw. She has given recitals and concerts in Poland, most of European countries and the South and North Americas. 

She has appeared in such prestigious auditoria like Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in New York, where she inaugurated the Festival “Chopin & Friends”, National Philharmonic Hall in Warsaw, Rossini Hall in Padova and twice in Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Her debut recital in Amsterdam was performed with Ewa Pobłocka, an outstanding Polish pianist. All her recitals were enthusiastically received by the audience and critics.

Katarzyna Duda has appeared as soloist with leading orchestras such as the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, the Orquesta Sinfonica de Veracruz, European Union Chamber Orchestra, Polish Radio Orchestra, Hradec Kralove Philharmonic, Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, Capella Sankt Petersburg, the Orquesta Sinfonica del Estado de Mexico, National Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra in Warsaw, Lvov Philharmonic Orchestra, New Music Orchestra, Silesian Chamber Orchestra, Neue Ruhr Kammerphilharmonie, Beethoven Academy Orchestra, Wratislavia Chamber Orchestra under excellent conductors such as Dalia Atlas, Lavard Skou Larsen, Agnieszka Duczmal, Enrique Batiz, Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Józef Wiłkomirski, Jorge Mester, Łukasz Borowicz. She has appeared as a chamber player with Konstanty Andrzej Kulka, Waldemar Malicki, Katarzyna Budnik-Gałązka, Jakub Jakowicz, Hubert Salwarowski, Rafał kwiatkowski, Ryszard Groblewski, Camerata Quartet, jazz violinists: Michael Urbaniak and Krzesimir Debski. She regularly performed with conductor Pawel Kos-Nowicki and Warsaw Camerata orchestra. 

Her performances have been broadcast by Radio Suisse Romande, Polish Radio and TV, as well as radio and TV stations in Holland, Mexico, France, Korea, Germany and Russia. 

She has an extensive and diverse repertoire ranging from the Baroque period to present-day composers. 

Katarzyna studied with Maestro Tibor Varga at the Ecole Supérieure de Musique in Sion, Switzerland, and with Jan Stanienda at the Academy of Music in Warsaw (diploma with distinction). She has won numerous awards at competitions for young violinists in Poland and abroad including a grant from the Interlochen Academy of Arts in the USA. Her performance at the 17th National Week of Musical Talents in Tarnow was acclaimed by the jury, and she was included in a national program for the promotion of young artists. 

Her debut CD entitled “Le Streghe” featuring virtuoso pieces for violin and piano (with the pianist Waldemar Malicki, DUX label) won enthusiastic reviews in the media and received a nomination for the FRYDERYK'2000 award of the Polish recording industry as the only disc with solo violin. The success prompted the young artist to record another CD "Le Streghe 2" - with virtuoso violin hits, this time with orchestral accompaniment of the well known chamber orchestra "Wratislavia" under Jan Stanienda (also DUX label). The disc also received a nomination for the FRYDERYK'2001 award. Lately, Katarzyna Duda recorded violin music by the Polish composers Tadeusz Paciorkiewicz (with pianist Edward Wolanin, Acte Prealable label) and Andrzej Nikodemowicz (with pianist Agnieszka Schulz-Brzyska, DUX label) and music for violin and guitar (with guitarist Waldemar Gromolak) with famous jazz vocalist Anna Maria Jopek as a guest star. 

In 2002 Katarzyna was nominated to a prestigious award "Polityka's Passport" being each year granted by a Polish leading journal "Polityka" to outstanding creators in all kinds of arts. 

She plays an Italian violin from the 19th century. 

Anna Liszewska

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Anna Liszewska graduated from the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw (1995), piano class of Prof. Lidia Kozubek. At the same institution she completed two-year postgraduate studies in chamber music with prof. Barbara Halska in 1998. She participated in masterclasses given by such artists as Prof. John Owings (Warsaw, 1993) or Prof. Andrzej Jasiński (Wrocław, 1993). In the period of 1998 – 1999, she collaborated with the Orchestra of the Polish Radio in Warsaw with which she took part in numerous concerts and recordings nationwide as well as during a tour in Germany, e.g. performing the piano part in Witold Lutosławski’s Concerto for orchestra (conducted by Wojciech Rajski). As a soloist, among other pieces, she has performed concertos in B-flat Major KV 595, D Major KV 40 and A Major KV 414 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with the Polish Camerata Orchestra under Marek Głowacki. She has given numerous chamber recitals, both with singers and instrument players, full of stylistically varied repertoire. On many occasions she has accompanied singers during vocal (song and operatic) competitions. She was invited as a piano accompanist to participate in the Summer Courses of Music Interpretation in Nowy Sącz (1998-2001, 2007).

Since 1999, she has been connected with the Academy of Music in Łódź, where until 2010 she worked as a lecturer, accompanying during vocal classes at the Faculty of Vocal and Acting Studies, working for such professors as: Prof. Delfina Ambroziak, Prof. Urszula Kryger, Prof. Zdzisław Krzywicki, Prof. Piotr Miciński, Prof. Leonard Andrzej Mróz, Prof. Ziemowit Wojtczak and Prof. Włodzimierz Zalewski; viola classes given by Prof. Zbigniew Frieman, cello classes with Prof. Agata Jarecka , and flute classes with Prof. Antoni Wierzbiński. Since 2010, she has worked as an Professor AM at the Chair of Chamber Music (now the Institute of Chamber Music), Academy of Music in Łódź, teaching accompaniment and piano chamber music classes. 

Her passion is music written by Slav composers, which is also related to the current artistic activity and phonographic recordings. The first monographic album in her career entitled Entuzjasta was also devoted to Slav music. The material recorded with the Singer Piotr Hruszwicki was released in April 2013 and it included selected songs, ballades and piano works by Stanisław Moniuszko. Her next monographic recording with chamber pieces by F. X. Mozart (F.X. Mozart. Chamber Works DUX 1317) included all instrumental duos with piano written by W.A. Mozart’s youngest son known as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Jr. In 2017, DUX released the recordings of piano works for four hands by Polish composers made in collaboration with Agata Górska-Kołodziejska (The forgotten Polish piano music for four hands DUX 1433). In 2018, Acte Prealable already released the first of the planned albums, which includes Cracoviennes op. 7, Mazurs op. 38 and Polonaises op. 42 by Zygmunt Noskowski  (Zygmunt Noskowski. Piano Works 4 AP 0415) recorded in a duet with Anna Mikolon. Both pianists also recorded together the 5 Waltzes op. 28 for piano for four hands by Jerzy Gablenz on the album Jerzy Gablenz. Piano and Chamber Works AP 0412.  Also in 2018, DUX released the recording of solo piano works by F.X. Mozart interpreted by Anna Liszewska (F.X. Mozart. Piano Works DUX 1441). In 2021, together with pianist Hanna Holeksa, she also recorded the audiovisual premiere of  Witold Friemann's  two solo concertos for two piano.

Anna Liszewska has taught piano classes uninterruptedly since 1995 at the Primary and Secondary Music School in Łódź.

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A laureate of top prizes in eight international flute contests, including the Queen Sofia Music Competition in Madrid, the Maria Canals Competition in Barcelona, the G.B. Viotti Competition in Vercelli, the V. Bucchi Competition in Rome, she also won a Gold Medal and a Grand Prix at the Festival in Bordeaux as well as a competition for position of Principal Solo Flute in The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Flanders in Belgium.

Apart of her studies at the F. Chopin Music Academy in Warsaw, she mastered her skills under Maestro Aurele Nicolet in Switzerland, Jean-Pierre Rampal and Alain Marion in France.

She gave concerts at such venues as the Berlin Philharmonic Hall, the Lincoln Center in NYC, the Tivoli Hall in Copenhagen, the Grieg Hall in Bergen (at the Bergen International Festival), the Palau de Musica in Barcelona, the Teatro Real in Madrid, the Purcell Room in London, De Doelen in Rotterdam, the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, the Warsaw Philharmonic and at festivals, including the Bergen Festival-Grieg, the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival (Finland), KLCC in Kuala Lumpur, The Warsaw Autumn, the Premiere Festival in Katowice, the Krzysztof Penderecki Festival in Kraków or the Mozart Festival in Warsaw.

In her native Poland she is usually the soloist of choice for premieres of flute concertos of contemporary composers such as Hanna Kulenty (2019), Mikołaj Górecki (2017, 2005), Krzysztof Knittel (2013), Pavel Klimahevsky(2013), Jerzy Maksymiuk(2010), Dariusz Przybylski (2009), Marta Ptaszyńska (2008), Piotr Wróbel (2008), Maciej Małecki (2006), Aleksander Szczetyński (1999), Krzesimir Dębski (1998) . These compositions were dedicated and composed especially for her.

The artist performed these concertos with such orchestras as the National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice during „Premieres Festival”, the National Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and the Aukso Chamber Orchestra led by Marek Moś.

She was the first Polish flutist to perform Henryk Mikołaj Górecki’s flute concerto (with the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Warsaw Philharmonic, the Moscow Philharmonic) and the Krzysztof Penderecki`s flute concerto conducted by the composer. She also gave concerts with the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon under Claudio Schimone and with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Flanders in Antwerp.

Jadwiga Kotnowska also participates in ’crossover’ projects blending classical music and jazz, working together with acclaimed jazzmen such as Andrzej Jagodziński, Krzysztof Herdzin, Kuba Stankiewicz, Jose Manuel Alban Juarez, Mike Richmond.

She has been recording for the record labels: Polskie Nagrania, MDG, Quantum (Paris), Scotstown Music (Edynburgh), Tonpress, DUX and for the radio in Spain, France, Switzerland, Holland, USA.

The artist is a professor at the Feliks Nowowiejski Music Academy in Bydgoszcz (Poland), she has been giving master classes in the USA, Malaysia, Finland, Italy, France and at the Royal College of Music in London.

Grzegorz Mania

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Pianist Grzegorz Mania graduated with distinction from the Kraków Music Academy and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. He also read law at Jagiellonian University, and obtained a PhD for a dissertation about music and copyright law. In 2019 he became a full professor at the Kraków Music Academy.

He works extensively as a recitalist, orchestral soloist and a chamber musician and is a member of the Extra Sounds Ensemble. Mr Mania is a versatile pianist, regularly duetting with Katarzyna Budnik, violist and Piotr Rozanski, pianist (Zarebski Piano Duo). He appeared in international festivals throughout Poland, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Finland, Austria, Italy, Norway, Iceland, Vietnam, Israel, the United States of America, Cyprus, and the Ukraine and has been a finalist in a number of international solo and chamber competitions from 2002 to the present.

A co-founder and president of the Polish Chamber Musicians’ Association, Mania also co-authored an innovative sight-reading handbook for pianists. PWM Editions recently published Mania’s definitive volume on music and authors’ rights, as well as his selection of works for piano four hands for intermediate and advanced pianists.  Currently, Grzegorz Mania divides his time between professorships at the Feliks Nowowiejski’s Music Academy in Bydgoszcz, Krakow Economic University and rehearsing chamber music programs all over Poland. He is also an artistic director of chamber festivals in Krakow, Rzeszow, Zielona Gora and Gdansk. 

Ivan Donchev

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Music critics describe Ivan Donchev as “refined ” (“Qobuz Magazine”, France), “full with temperament” (“Darmstadter Echo”, Germany), “gifted with impeccable technique and remarcable ability  to  excite” (“Il  Cittadino”, Italy). The legendary pianist Aldo Ciccolini defined him as “an artist gifted with extraordinary musical and instrumental skills”.

Ivan Donchev was born in Bulgaria in 1981. He began his musical studies at the age of five at the “Pancho Vladigerov” National Music School in Burgas.  He gave his first public recital at the age of 9. In 1993, at the age of twelve, he made his concerto debut with Burgas Philharmonic Orchestra.

He has distinguished himself in many national and international competitions in Bulgaria (“Svetoslav Obretenov” 1994),  Ireland (“EMCY”, Dublin, 1996), Romania (“Carl Filtsch”, 1997)  and Italy (“Sergio Fiorentino Prize”, 2004 and “Società Umanitaria” Competition in Milan in 2008).

At the age of 16 Ivan Donchev won the 1st prize at the IInd International Piano Competition for German and Austrian Music in Burgas. Few months later ha was awarded a special prize by the “Chopin Society” in Darmstadt and made his debut at the “Gasteig” Hall in Munich.

Ivan Donchev has performed as a soloist in most of the major European cities and has regularly toured in Europe, Asia, USA and Russia. His list of credits include recitals in New York, Vienna, Berlin, Darmstadt, Kitzingen, Dublin, London, Seoul, Moscow, Milan, Florence, Naples, Palermo, Oradea, Daegu, Yamagata, Montpellier (for the Festival de Radio France), Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, La Folle Journée, Sofia Music Weeks, Franz Liszt Festival in Rome and many others. He has performed with the New York Festival Orchestra, Rossini Symphony Orchestra, Marchigiana Philharmonic, Florence Chamber Orchestra, Taranto Symphony Orchestra, Roma Tre Orchestra, Bari Symphony Orchestra, Zagreb Soloists, Kronstadt, Philharmoniker, Yucatan Symohony, Suedeten Philharmonic, Jeonju Philharmonic, Oradea Philharmonic, Burgas Philharmonic, Pleven Philharmonic, Pazardzhik Symphony Orchestra. Ivan Donchev has played under the baton of Albert Schweizer, Geum No-sang, Hideaki Hirai, David Crescenzi, Stefano Trasimeni, Piero Romano, Grigor Palikarov, Giuseppe Lanzetta, Il Koo Lee, Anton Shaburov, Michel Brousseau, Grigor Palikarov, Ivan Kozhuharov, Yordan Dafov, Ivaylo Krinchev, Krassen Ivanov and others.

Very active in chamber music, he has obtained a master degree at “Santa Cecilia”Conservatory of Music in Rome and regulary performs with well known musicians.

Ivan Donchev has received the “Sorrento Classica” prize from the hands of  his mentor Aldo Ciccolini and in 2011 they performed a memorable four hands concert at the Fenetrange Music Festival in France. In 2015 he made his US debut at the Kaufman Music Center in New York. One year later he performed in several live streaming concerts the 3rd Piano Concerto by Sergey Rachmaninov.

He has recorded the world premiere of Vito Palumbo’s Quadro Sinfonico Concertante (dedicated to him by the author) and all Tchaykovsky's piano concertos. His records are delivered by the labels MUSO, Rai Trade,  Sheva Collection, Gega New, Diapason and include broadcasts for RAI 3, Radio France, Radio Classica, BG National Radio and TV. His recordings are highly acclaimed by the media BBC Music Magazin, UK magazine Musical Opinion and praised by critics.

Donchev is Piano professor at “S.Giacomantonio” State Music Conservatory in Cosenza (Italy). He also serves on the piano faculty at “Clivis” Academy of Music in Rome. He is invited to act as a jury member in international competitions and regularly gives masterclasses in Asia, US and Europe.

Currently Donchev is performing the complete set of 32 Beethoven sonatas.

Marek Romanowski

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The winner of IX International Johann Matthias Sperger Competition in Ludwigslust, Germany where he also received special prizes for the best interpretation of sonata by Johann Matthias Sperger and the best interpretation of virtuoso piece (may 2016), International Instrumental Competition in Uberlingen am Bodensee in Germany, International Michał Spisak Music Competition in Dąbrowa Górnicza, where he also received a special prize for the best performance of compulsory piece as well as Bronisław Ciechański’s National Competition for Double bass, Poznań and semifinalist of ARD International Music Competition.

Laureate of third prize on International Bradetich Foundation Double Bass Solo Competition in Denton, Texas, USA (2017), third prize on 50-th International Instrumental Competition in Markneukirchen, Germany (2015), third prize at the International Serge Koussevitzky Double bass Competition in Sankt Petersburg, Russia (2013), third prize at the International Edouard Nanny Competition in Capbreton, France (2011) and top prizes at the competitions in Andernach, Amsterdam, Brno, Copenhagen, Katowice, Lviv, Łódź, Mielec, Warsaw and Wrocław.

Teacher at Academy of Music in Cracow and double bass player of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra.

He graduated from Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice in class of Jan Kotula, receiving a medal Primus Inter Pares for the best graduate of the year. He was also studying at the Bern University of Arts in course Master of Arts Specialized in Music Performance - Soloist Diploma in class of Ruslan Lutsyk, which he graduated with distinction.

He is a teacher at masterclasses in Nowy Sącz, Poland.

He performed a Polish premiere of Frank Proto's Nine Variants on Paganini orchestral version together with Silesian Philharmonic conducted by Mirosław Jacek Błaszczyk. He also appeared as a soloist with orchestras like Münchenner Kammerorchester, Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim, Brandenburgisches Staatorchester Frankfurt, Orquestra Filharmonica de Navarra, Sinfonieorchester Biel-Solothurn, Zabrze Philharmonic and String Orchestra of NOSPR.

He cooperated, among the others, with Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Berner Symphonieorchester, Mannheimer Philharmoniker, Sinfonia Varsofia, Sinfonietta Cracovia, AUKSO Chamber Orchestra or the Orchestra of New Music.

In 2018 he recieved a title of PhD in music, in 2021 his debut album "Contemporaty Sonatas for Double Bass & Piano" was released, recorded with pianist Hanna Holeksa, containing compositions by Sofia Gubaidulina, Lowell Liebermann and Frank Proto.

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Bogumiła Weretka-Bajdor graduated from Stanisław Moniuszko Academy  of Music in Gdańsk in the piano class of Professor Katarzyna Popowa-Zydroń (1988). Since then she has been working at her Alma Mater in the post of an accompanying pianist at the Instrumental Faculty: violin classes given by Prof. Henryk Keszkowski, Prof. Krystyna Jurecka, Prof. Mirosława Pawlak, Prof. Maciej Sobczak, Prof. Wojciech Szlachcikowski and at the Vocal-Acting Department, as a pianist, accompanying and tutoring singers, for such professors as Prof. Ryszard Minkiewicz and Prof. Ewa Marciniec. In 2008 she obtained Ph.D degree  for a dissertation about Polish chamber music of the second half of XIX century. For more than 30 years she has been performing as a soloist and chamber pianist in a piano duet (with Dr Elżbieta Pasierowska), piano trio (with Prof. Maciej Sobczak and Prof. Jerzy Wujtewicz) and various different duets with instrumentalists and vocalists in Poland and abroad (France, Sweden, Germany, Italy, Iran, USA, Belarus and Russia). She participated, together with students, in numerous national and international courses and contests where they received multiple awards. Her artistic output consists of many preview performances of Polish and international composers' works. She recorded solo and chamber music pieces of W. Lutosławski, H. Melcer–Szczawiński, Z. Noskowski, W. Landowska, A. Michałowski, Ch. Sinding. Additionally, she released a world premiere of K. Rathaus’ two sonatas for violin and piano. Moreover, she cooperates with Eufonium Publishing House editing pieces of forgotten Polish composers (Halina Krzyżanowska, Michał Józefowicz, Louis Marek). Multiple times she was awarded by different Polish institutions for her artistic and pedagogical activities.

Elisabeth Jess-Kropfitsch

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Elisabeth Jess-Kropfitsch was a member of the “Musikbeirat” of the Austrian Bundeskanzleramt, Member of the “board for equal treatment” at the music university Vienna and  member of the board of the First Austrian Women’s Chamber Orchestra. She is leader and soloist of this orchestra playing works by Vivaldi, Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Williams a.o. and organizes the concert series and the season tickets of “classic muerz” of the “Kunsthaus Mürzzuschlag” as artistic director. Besides she was head of the staff council of Joseph Haydn conservatory Eisenstadt.

She recorded numerous records with Rondo, EMI, Gramola and Hungaroton. While touring through Japan and China the artist played W. A. Mozart’s violin concert seven times in various cities which was live broadcasted by 15 Asian TV-stations.

Her and her brothers’ development and career is shown in the book “Jess zur Musik – von den Anfängen bis zum 1000. Konzert” which was published by “Niederösterreichisches Pressehaus", Austria's biggest publishing house.

Bogna Czerwińska-Szymula is the Head of the Chamber Music Department at the St. Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk, she is also the director of the International Chamber Music Competition Johannes Brahms and co-founder and Director of the International Piano Duo Festival in Gdańsk.

She graduated with honors at the Academy of Music in Gdańsk in the piano class of prof. Grażyna Fiedoruk-Sienkiewicz and postgraduate studies in the same class. During her studies, she also studied in the chamber music class of prof. Anna Prabucka-Firlej.

In 2016, she received the honorary distinction of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage "Meritorious for Polish Culture". In 2022 - the title of Professor of the Academy of Music in Gdańsk.

The artist is a laureate of many national and international competitions as a pianist and chamber musician, including: 7th International Chamber Music Competition M. Ogiński in Smorgonie (Belarus, 2002), the 3rd International Chamber Music Competition J. Brahms in Gdańsk (2003), and the XXXIII International Chamber Music Competition Vittorio Gui in Florence (2010). She has performed in many Polish cultural centers as well as in Italy, France, Spain, Germany, England, USA and Belarus. She was invited and performed at international music festivals in Germany and France, as well as various nationwide music festivals.

She developed her skills at master by: Nelson Goerner, Jerzy Marchwiński, Duo Pepicelli, Tomasz Tomaszewski. She was a scholarship holder of renowned summer music courses in Interlochen (USA) and a multiple scholarship holder of the Mayor of Gdańsk.

The artist is also a promoter of forgotten works by Polish composers of the 19th century: Juliusz Zarębski, Karol Mikuli, Edward Wolff, Emanuel Kania, Karol Lipiński, Stanisław Niewiadomski and Paulina Szalit, as well as Friedrich Kalkbrenner and Ferdynand Ries. Under her editorship, the works of these composers were published by the Eufonium publishing house.

She took an active part in many international and national scientific chamber music conferences. She conducted master classes in chamber music at the 2nd International Scientific and Artistic Conference "Brahms - secrets of style" in Katowice and at the International Scientific and Artistic Conference in the series "Partnership in Music" in Warsaw. In addition, she gave lectures at the National Scientific Conference "Chamber Music and the Personality of a Chamber Artist - Pedagogue" in Bydgoszcz, the National Scientific Conference "Systems for the education of students - chamber musicians at music academies in Poland" in Krakow, the National Scientific and Artistic Session "Chamber Music - Artistic, Didactic Values" and social ”in Gdańsk, the“ Interdisciplinary model of specialization ”conference devoted to the problems of chamber education (Warsaw), the Jubilee Scientific Conference of the Chair of Chamber Music of the Academy of Music in Łódź,“ Chamber Music Yesterday and Today ”and the Scientific and Artistic Session“ Cello 3.0 New Performance Trends ”in Gdańsk.

She is a co-author of a scientific publication entitled: "Chamber music - artistic, didactic and social values".

Hanna Holeksa

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Hanna HOLEKSA started learning the piano at the age of seven with Elżbieta Wierzbicka at the Mieczysław Karłowicz Music School in Zakopane. She continued her education at the Fryderyk Chopin Music School in Bytom. In 2000 he graduated with an honours degree from the Karol Szymanowski Music Academy in Katowice, where she studied piano performance with Andrzej Jasiński and chamber music with Regina Strokosz-Michalak. From 2004 to 2007, she studied with Tomasz Herbut at the Hochschule der Künste Bern. She has received numerous awards at music competitions in Poland and abroad, including Second Prize at the Miłosz Magin International Piano Competition in Paris (1992), First Prize at the Franz Liszt National Piano Competition in Wrocław (1995), Second Prize and a special award for the best interpretation of a piece by a Polish composer (with bassoonist Dawid Smykowski) at the Krzysztof Penderecki International Competition of Contemporary Chamber Music in Kraków (1997), First Prize at the National Yamaha Foundation Competition in Gdańsk (1999), First Prize at the Odd-Fellows Musikpreis International Instrumental Competition in Bern (2003). In 2004 she won First Prize at the Rahn Musikpreis in Zurich, which included a debut at the city’s Tonhalle in Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5. In the years 1995–1998 she was among the winners of the annual national competition for the Fryderyk Chopin grants.

In 2005 she recorded Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Concerto for two pianos KV 242 and Camille Saint-  Saëns’s The Carnival of Animals (with the pianist Patrizio Mazzola and the Schweizer Kammerorchester under Kaspar Zehnder). Her discography also includes CDs featuring sonatas for violin and piano by Edward Elgar, Richard Strauss, Karol Szymanowski, Francis Poulenc and Maurice Ravel recorded with Mariusz Derewecki for the label of the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Music Academy in Poznań, two albums with solo and chamber works by Émile Pierre Ratez recorded with Marcin and Ewa Murawski for Acte Préalable, CDs with Aleksander Tansman’s chamber works recorded with Magdalena Kling-Fender and Robert Fender (as members of Vivo Trio), with Elżbieta Mrożek-Loska (viola), as well as a CD with works by Henryk Wieniawski and Szymanowski recorded with the violinist Karina Gidaszewska for Ars Sonora, CDs with Tansman piano music and contemporary sonatas for doublebass and piano (recorded with Marek Romanowski) for DUX.

As an accompanist, she works closely with violinists, violists, cellists, double bassists, flautists, clarinettists and singers. She has received numerous awards and honourable mentions for accompanists at national and international instrumental competitions. In 2016  she was an official pianist at the 15th Henryk Wieniawski International Violin Competition in Poznań.

She appears regularly in Poland and abroad both as a soloist and chamber musician in a wide-ranging repertoire that spans music from the Baroque to the present. Another field of her activities is the organization of concerts, competitions and workshops for musically gifted youth.

In 2011 she obtained a doctorate on the basis of her dissertation ”The piano in the music of Karol Szy- manowski”, which crowned her many years of research into the composer’s solo and chamber music. In 2015 she was conferred a postdoctoral degree in the arts. She directs a chamber music class at the Grażyna  and Kiejstut Bacewicz Music Academy in Łódź.