Marta Kowalczyk Biography
Marta has established herself as one of today’s most highly regarded young violinists with a string of competition successes and an extensive concert experience. She performed around the world as a soloist and chamber musician, collaborated with musicians such as Salvatore Accardo, Barry Douglas, Arto Noras, Antoni Wit, Bruno Giuranna and Krzysztof Penderecki. She was recently described as ‘simply superb regarding commitment, musicianship and technical command’ by ‘The Times’.
Born in Poland, she began her violin studies at the age of 7. After graduating from the Chopin University of Music in Warsaw with Jan Stanienda Marta completed a Master of Arts with Distinction and the Advanced Diploma in Performance course at the Royal Academy where she studied with György Pauk. In 2017 she completed the Stauffer Academy in Cremona with Maestro Salvatore Accardo.
Marta is a recipient of the the Royal Philharmonic Society Award, J&A Beare Prize, Grand Prix and two Special Prizes at the Ludwig van Beethoven International Chamber Music Competition in Poland, numerous prizes at international competitions, including the 1st Prize at the International Violin Competition in Bled, Slovenia, 1st Prize at the International Violin Competition in Belgrade, Special Prize at the China International Violin Competition in Qingdao.
Recent appearances include her debut at Wigmore Hall premiering in UK Penderecki’s La Follia for solo violin, a Columbia Artists Management Inc. USA tour performing Sibelius and Wieniawski concertos, appearances with Sinfonia Varsovia, Polish National Philharmonic, Kraków Philharmonic Orchestra, Sinfonia Iuventus, the Polish Radio Orchestra, Bucharest Radio Orchestra and many others.
International music festivals appearances include performances at Chopin and his Europe Festival in Warsaw, Beethoven Easter Festival, Salerno Music Festival, recitals at Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw, St Martin-in-the-Fields and St James’s Piccadilly in London, Berlin Radial Hall, Lutosławski Concert Hall in Warsaw, Bratislava Philharmonic Concert Hall.
In the season 2017/2018 Marta will perform Krzysztof Penderecki’s Violin Concerto No.2 ‘Metamorphosen’ with the composer conducting. Along with Salvatore Accardo and Bruno Giuranna she will appear in numerous chamber music concerts in Italy. As a soloist Marta will perform with the Bucharest Radio Orchestra, Zielona Gora Philharmonic Orchestra, Wrocław Philharmonic Orchestra and in Korea at the Busan Maru International Music Festival.