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Agata Szymczewska

Agata Szymczewska

Agata Szymczewska

*7 X 1985 Gdańsk

Born in Gdańsk, in 1985, the violinist Agata Szymczewska began her musical education aged six. She studied with Bartosz Bryła at Poznań Music Academy and then with Krzysztof Węgrzyn at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hanover. She won the main prize, Gold Medal and Audience Prize in the Wieniawski Competition in Poznań in 2006 and has also won the Lotos Gdańsk Classic Prize (2005) and prizes in the Concerto Competition in Calgary (2003) and the Yampolsky Violin Competition in Moscow (2006).

 

She has performed in many prestigious European concert halls, including the Théatre des Champs-Élysées, Concertgebouw and Bolshoi Theatre, as well as in China, Japan, Canada and Israel.

 

She has been accompanied by such orchestras as the Sinfonia Varsovia, Warsaw Philharmonic, Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra and ‘Amadeus’ Chamber Orchestra, under the baton of such esteemed conductors as Krzysztof Penderecki, Andrey Boreyko, Antoni Wit, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Jacek Kaspszyk and Jan Krenz.

 

In 2005, Seiji Ozawa appointed her leader of the orchestra he had formed for a tour of Japan and China. For many years, she has taken part in the prestigious Summer Music Academy in Switzerland, created by Ozawa, where she has worked under the guidance of such eminent artists as Pamela Frank, Nobuko Imai, Sadao Harada and Robert Mann.

 

She has been awarded grants by the Polish National Children’s Fund, the Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now foundation, the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben and the Polish Ministry of Culture, among others. She has won a ‘Passport’ awarded by the magazine Polityka, the TVP Kultura Prize for Classical Music and a ‘Fryderyk’ prize from the Polish record industry for Best Solo Album of the Year.

 

In February 2009, she performed with Krystian Zimerman and other artists in piano quintets by Grażyna Bacewicz on the centenary of the composer’s birth. That project was crowned by a CD recording for Deutsche Grammophon. 2010 brought the release of her CD with violin concertos by Bruch and Mendelssohn and Wieniawski’s Légende.

 

She has performed at the festival ‘Chopin and his Europe’ twice before (2009, 2011). During the 2011 festival, she joined Martha Argerich and others in a rendition of Juliusz Zarębski’s Piano Quintet, and a DVD of that concert was released by the Fryderyk Chopin Institute in 2012.

 

She plays a Stradivari from c. 1680, loaned to her by the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben.

Szymczewska plays the 'Cremona' violin by Antonio Stradivarius (c.1680), on loan from Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben.


 

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