Sijing Ye (Toronto) - Head of Jury

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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.

Karina Gidaszewska

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Prof. Karina Gidaszewska started music education in Kalisz Music School when she was 6 years old. In the beginning she learned to play the piano but her passion was always the violin. She began to play this instrument when she was 13 years old. Graduated from Music Uniwersity in Poznan in the class of Professor Jadwiga Kaliszewska and Professor Bartosz Bryla. Have taken part in a number of music courses, were she mastered playing the violin under supervision of world famous professors.

Currently she works in Secondary Music School in Poznan, where she is the head of the string section. She also works as a Professor of the violin and the chamber music in I.J.Paderewski Music Academy in Poznan and G. K. Bacewicz Music Academy in Lodz.

Her students are the winners of numerous national and international competitions in Poland, England, Greece, Italy, Serbia, Romania, Hungary, Austria, USA…

She is a lecturer of different master violin courses, a consultant of many music schools all over Poland and a juror of national and international violin and chamber music competitions.

Jadwiga Padjas - Zielińska

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Pianist and teacher, recognized as ‘’the Artist of Austria’’. Artistic Director of the International Gloria Artis Festival, President of the International Artistic Association Gloria Artis in Vienna. Member of the board of the Polish Diaspora Forum in Austria. She graduated from the Academy of Music in Krakow class of prof. Irina Sijalowa – Vogel. For over than 30 years Mrs. Padjas lives in Vienna, where she pursues lively pedagogical activities and promotes talented students and pianists. Her students are top prize winners of international competitions in Austria, Italy, Russia,, Poland. Jadwiga Padjas is a Jury member of many competitions such as International Chopin Piano Competition in Vienna, International Piano Competition Chopin Plus in Krakow and International Piano Competitions in Moscow, Trzciana, Kielce and many others. In September 2009 she received the prize ‘’ Meritorious for Polish culture’’ for her musical and educational contributions. Recently she has been working with Baylor University in USA.

Tomasz Daroch

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TOMASZ DAROCH was born into an artistic family on June 15th, 1989 in Lodz, Poland. He graduated, receiving diploma with distinction from the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Mannheim in Germany and from the Bacewicz’s Academy of Music in Lodz in Poland. He was a student of such professors as Michael Flaksman, Julius Berger, Jelena  Očić, and Stanislaw Firlej. Currently he teaches at the Academy of Music in Łódź, where he recently received a doctoral degree. In 2019 he joined also the NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra as a cello leader.

He has annually taken part in cello master classes under the supervision of professors: Bernard Greenhouse, David Geringas, Frans Helmerson, Miklos Perenyi, Gary Hoffman and Heinrich Schiff. Tomasz Daroch has won many awards and received numerous acknowledgments at international competitions, among them:  Grand Prix and the 1st Prize at the 8th International Witold Lutoslawski Cello Competition in Warsaw (2011), the 2nd Prize at the Pablo Casals International Cello Competition in Budapest (2014), the First Prize at 18th Bacewicz International Chamber Music Competition in Lodz (2013), the 3rd Prize and Public Award at the International Antonio Janigro Cello Competition (2012), the 1st Prize at the Michal Spisak International Cello Competition in Dabrowa Gornicza (2010), the 1st Prize at the 44th International Cello Competition in Markneukirchen (2009), special prizes at the „Grand Prix Emanuel Feuerman” in Berlin (2006). He has been also awarded scholarships from the Polish Ministry of Culture, the Department of City Lodz in Poland and the Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg, Lions Club and Menuhin Live Music in Germany.

In 2003 Tomasz made his debut with the Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic Orchestra in Lodz. Since then he has performed as a soloist with such orchestras as the Warsaw Philharmonic, Polish Radio Orchestra, Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, NFM Philharmonic Orchestra, NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra, Sinfonietta Cracovia, Poznan Philharmonic, Silesian Philharmonic, Heidelberger Philharmoniker, Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, St. Petersburg State Capella Symphony Orchestra, Morphing Vienna Orchestra, Magyar Radio Symphony Orchestra, Kodaly Philharmonic Debrecen, Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, Zagreb Soloists, Varazdin Chamber Orchestra. He has collaborated with such conductors as Giancarlo Guerrero, Cornelius Meister, Vladimir Spivakov,  Frédéric Chaslin,  Jonathan Darlington, Christoph Campestrini, Tibor Bogányi, János Kovác, Jacek Kaspszyk, Marek Pijarowski, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Agnieszka Duczmal, Jerzy Salwarowski, Tadeusz Strugała, Krzysztof Urbański and many others.

Tomasz Daroch has performed as a soloist and chamber musician at many international festivals in Poland, Germany, Italy, Austria, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Croatia, Hungary, Russia, Brazil and United States. Since 2012 together with his friends he creates also a cello ensemble named Polish Cello Quartet.

The artist has done many recordings for polish, german, french, hungarian and croatian radio and television. To his last CD achievements belong i.a. Witold Lutoslawski’s Cello Concerto together with NFM Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Jacek Kaspszyk (CD Accord), piano trios of C. Debussy, M. Ravel and A. Dvorak with Daroch Trio (DUX) and cello quartets with Polish Cello Quartet (CD Accord).

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Jadwiga Kotnowska

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Prof. Jadwiga Kotnowska is 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.

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 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.

Wojciech Kubica

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Wojciech KUBICA was born in Cracow in 1980. He began to study piano at the age of 8 in the State Primary Music School in Goleniów in the class of Magdalena Kochan. In 1999 he graduated from the State High School of Music in Szczecin

in the class of Mikołaj Szczęsny. In 2004 he became a graduate of the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in the class of Prof. Joanna Domańska. In 2005 he graduated with excellent grade from the Master Postgraduate Studies in the class

of Prof. Grzegorz Kurzyński at the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław.

He experienced his first performance with the orchestra at the age of 12. As a soloist and chamber musician, he has given concerts in entire Poland (e.g., Wrocław, Szczecin, Wałbrzych, Łódź,Lublin, Olsztyn, Płock, Łomża, Poznań, Cracow, Warsaw, Zakopane) and abroad (Belarus, Belgium, China, Germany, Italy, Jordan,

Russia, Spain, Thailand, Ukraine).

He is winner of a number of prizes at national and international competitions, e.g.,

the 1st prize at the International Piano Competition in Kiev (2003), the 4th prize and a

special prize for the performance of César Franck’s sonata at the Val Tidone International Chamber Music Competition in Italy (2004) and the 2nd prize at the Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz International Chamber Music Competition in Łódź

(2013). In September 2004 he performed at the Youth Stage of the Polish Piano Festival in Słupsk. In 2007, at the Dezyderiusz Danczowski Polish Cello Competition, he received a diploma for pianist for a particular contribution to the artistic value of the competition performances. He has also received similar distinctions at subsequent cello and violin competitions.

Since 2008, Wojciech Kubica has also been working as a pianist-chamber musician with the Summer Academy of Music in Żagań and the Music Masterclass in Szamotuły and the Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music in Lusławice, working with, e.g., Arto Noras, Michael Flaksman or Markus Nyikos.

He has polished his skills under the direction of such professors as: Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, Kevin Kenner, Vladimir Krainev or Vladimir Viardo.

Wojciech Kubica’s rich repertoire includes pieces ranging from Baroque to the contemporary music. In 2003, during his recital in Atma at the Karol Szymanowski Festival in Zakopane, he premiered Kyrie by Jan Wincenty Hawel.

In 2005–2007 he worked with the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice; since 2005 he has been employed at the Academy of Music in Wrocław and since 2008 he has been assistant in the piano class of Prof. Cezary Sanecki

at the Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź. In 2014, he received the title of Doctor of Arts of the Academy of Music in Łódź, where he is an active pedagogue, cooperating with the piano class of Prof. Cezary Sanecki.

            In 2017 pianist recorded a CD with cellist Stanislaw Firlej including sonatas for piano and cello by Ludwig van Beethoven, for the polish label – DUX.

In 2019 Wojciech Kubica received degree of DSc (habilitation) and leads his own piano class in the Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź. Currently, from 2020 Wojciech Kubica is dean of Instrumental Performance Faculty at the Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź.

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 honed his skills at masterclasses in Łańcut, Głuchołazy, Wrocław, Bałoszyce, Brno (Czech Republic) and Sion (Switzerland) with professors like Bozo Paradzik, Miloslav Jelinek and Bogusław Furtok. He also took lessons with Jadwiga Kaliszewska, Tomasz Strahl and Dominik Połoński.

He is a teacher at masterclasses in Bałoszyce and Nowy Sącz in Poland.

He performed on various music festivals like Young Competition Winners Festival, Student Art Festival, Chamber Music Festival Contrasts, Summer Music Concerts at Grochowska (organized by Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra), Summer Concerts Dziekanka organized by Frideric Chopin Univerity of Music, Days of Sofia Gubaidulina organized by Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra and World Bass Festival in Wrocław, 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, Brandenburgisches Staatorchester Frankfurt, Orquestra Filharmonica de Navarra, Sinfonieorchester Biel-Solothurn, Zabrze Philharmonic and Archetti Chamber Orchestra.

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.

He received scholarships from president of Katowice, Polish Children’s Found, Polish Ministry of Culture, Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education and from Rector of Academy of Music in Katowice and Kraków. He also received a special prize from Polish National Center of Culture.

In 2018 he received a title of PhD in music.

Milana Chernyavska

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Prof. Milana Chernyavska was born in Kiev in the Ukraine. At the age of five she took her first piano lessons before entering the school for giftedchildren at the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire two years later. At seven, she performed her first concert in the Great Philharmonic Hall in Kiev and then scored third prize at the international chamber music competition Concertino Praga at only tvelve years of age. In 1990 Milana graduated with distinction from the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire, where she studied with. Prof. Sagaidachny. 

Her artistic abilities have won her many prizes at both national and international levels: 1st Prize at the “Lisenko” Piano Competition in 1998 in Kiev, a Gold Medal at the Vladimir and Regina Horowitz Competition and 1st Prize at the International Piano Competition "Pierre Lantier" in Paris in 1994, 3rd Prize at the International Chamber Music Competition  „Vittorio Gui“ etc.

Since 1998 Milana has appeared as soloist with a number of orchestras, including the Munich Chamber and Ukrainian National Symphonic Orchestras. Additionally, she was recorded at performances with the Bavarian, Hessian, Middle German (MDR) and North German (NDR) Radio as well as for the BBC, the VRS, Radio France and the National Ukrainian Radio. She has produced chamber music recordings for EMI and Ars Musici. With EMI she also produced a CD which was selected as one of the best CDs of 2001 by the BBC Music Magazine.

In 1994 Milana was decorated with the title “Outstanding Artist in the Ukraine”. She has guested in nearly all countries in Europe, in Canada, the US and Japan at festivals like Luzern, Schwetzinger Festspiele, Rheingau-Festival, Schleswig-Holstein-Festival. She has performed around the world in venues including Wigmore Hall in London, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Herkulessaal in Munich, Chatelet in Paris, the Conservatoire in Moscow, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Hall and the Suntory Hall in Tokyo. Milana is also much in demand as a chamber musician, working together with Julia Fischer, Elisabeth Batiashwili, Rudens Turku, Daniel Röhn, Adrian Brendel. In addition to her performances she also teaches at the Academy for Music and Theatre in Munich, the Conservatory Feldkirch (Austria) and the Music University of Graz.

Marcin Murawski

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Prof. Marcin Murawski was born on October 29, 1974 in Poznan, Poland. He studied viola at the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Music Academy in Poznan in the class of his father, professor Andrzej Murawski. He graduated with distinction from the Poznan Academy in 1998, and since 1997 he has been employed there, at present as professor of viola. In 2004 he earned a doctorate in music from the Academy of Music in Katowice (Poland), and in 2012 he was awarded the habilitated doctor degree from the Academy of Music in Poznan. Murawski has given viola and chamber music masterclasses at academies and universities in Europe (Icelandic Academy of Arts Reykjavik - Iceland, Royal Irish Academy of Music Dublin - Ireland, Academy of Music in Riga - Latvia, Grieg Academy of Music in Bergen - Norway, Estonian Academy of Music and Theater in Tallinn - Estonia, National Academy of Music in Lviv - Ukraine, National Conservatory of Music in Tbilisi - Georgia to name a few, National Conservatory of Music in St. Petersburg - Russia, Faculty of Music of West University in Timisoara - Romania, Faculty of Music in Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna - Austria), and outside Europa in China (National Conservatory of Music in Harbin), in the United States (University of Iowa, Ball State University, University of Northern Iowa, Lawrence University, Illinois State University, Coe College, Luther College among others) and in New Zealand (Victoria University of Wellington during 44th International Viola Congress in 2017). He has also been a juror of national competitions and an expert for the Polish Artistic Education Center. His graduates are laureates of awards and prizes.
Murawski has more than 30 cd and dvd albums in his discography.
In 1996-2001 together with Bartosz Melosik he ran the Lemur Artistic Agency. In June 1997 he finished the School of Teaching at the Poznan Academy of Music and in June 1998 he graduated from the Postgraduate School of Journalism at the Adam Mickiewicz University School of Political Science and Journalism in Poznan. In June 2002 he was awarded a First Certificate in English of the University of Cambridge. Between 2005-2011 he worked as a viola teacher at the POSM Music School in Poznan. Since 2003 he has been a member of the International Viola Society and the German Viola Society (Deutsche Viola-Gesellschaft), and in 2008 he became the first Polish member of Hummel Gesellschaft Weimar. Murawski is a frequent guest at international music conferences, where he presents his own lectures. Between 2006-2010 he led the viola class at a branch of the Poznan Music Academy in Szczecin, and from 2010 to 2013 at the Academy of Art in Szczecin as professor of viola. In 2013 Murawski was awarded the Bronze Medal for Long Service from the president of Poland Bronislaw Komorowski, and a special prize from the principal of the I.J. Paderewski Academy of Music. Since 2017 member of Australian and New Zealand Viola Society.
Since January of 2020 Member of the Board of the International Viola Society.
Since July of 2020 Titular Professor, title awarded by the President of the Republic of Poland.
Since August of 2020 I.J. Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań Rector's Plenipotentiary for International Cooperation.

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She graduated with honours from the Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź in the class of Prof. Antoni Wierzbiński in 2004. In 2003 - 2004, she studied in Franz Doppler Institute in Budapest under supervision of Prof. János Bálint. Since 2002, she has been working as a flutist in the Artur Rubinstein Philharmonic Orchestra in Łódź and since 2004 - at the Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź. In 2013, she was conferred on her Ph.D. degree at the Academy of Music in Łódź and in the same year she was employed on the position of an assistant professor (adiunkt) at her Alma Mater.

In 1995, she was granted the Musical Talent title during the Talents’ Week in Tarnów. As one of the best 2004 graduates, she was awarded a student scholarship by the Minister of National Education. In 2005, she was a finalist of the International Gaetano Zinetti Chamber Music Competition in Sanguinetto, Italy. In the same year, she became a semifinalist of the International Chamber Music Competition in Nichelino, Italy and in 2007 - a prizewinner of the International Chamber Music Competition in Horn, Austria. In 2010, she was granted the Minister of Culture and National Heritage Award for artistic and didactic achievements. In 2011, she was a laureate of the Łódź Voivodship Marshal’s Award in the field of culture. In 2013, she was awarded the Medal for Distinguished Service to Polish Culture by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage and in 2014 - the Rector’s Award for her activity in favor of the Academy and involvement in work with students, artistic activity and students’ achievements at national and international auditions. In 2014, she was also granted the Bronze Cross of Merit by the President of Poland and in 2015 - individual, 1st-degree award of the Warsaw Art Education Centre Director for particular contribution to the development of art education in Poland as well as the Diploma of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage for her commitment to pedagogical work. In 2016, she was 1st prizewinner in the duo category at the International Solo Flute Competition Il Flauto Ricercato in Łódź.  

            She has participated in numerous master classes given by such renowned flutists as: János Bálint, Peter Lucas Graf, Patric Gallois, Robert Morris Aitken, Emmanuel Pahud, Benedek Cśalog, Carlo Jans, Carlos Bruneel, Jørn Eivind Schau, Craig Goodman and many others.

She has been giving concerts as a soloist and chamber musician since 1990 both in Poland and abroad (e.g. in Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Hungary, Germany, China). In 1995 - 1996, she cooperated with the Tarnów Chamber Orchestra. Since 2006, she has been a member of the trio - with Prof. János Bálint (flute) and Kinga Firlej-Kubica (piano). In 2008, she commenced her collaboration with the Polish Camerata Orchestra. She has participated in numerous radio and television recordings.

Since 2005, she has been a jury member of the All-Poland Woodwind Instruments Auditions. As a lecturer, she has also been invited to run methodology workshops for flute teachers working in music schools in Poland and flute master classes. In 2015, she also initiated a couple cyclical projects: International Summer Master Classes Ventus Optimus (8th edition will be held in 2016) and International Solo Flute Competition Il Flauto Ricercato (6th edition in 2018).

She contributes to the development of flute literature through her publishing activity – by arranging and transcribing music for flute and piano.

She has also noted numerous pedagogical achievements, the evidence of which are awards and honorary mentions granted to her pupils at national and international competitions.