Marta Kowalczyk

Marta Kowalczyk

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Biography

Born in Poland, Marta began her violin studies at the age of 7. She graduated with a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours from the Frederic Chopin University of Music in Warsaw in 2012 in the class of Professor Jan Stanienda. In 2015 Marta graduated with a Master of Arts with the Distinction in Performance from the Royal Academy of Music where she studied with Professor György Pauk.

In 2008 Marta won the Eurovision Young Musicians and represented her country at the final event in Vienna. During her studies in Warsaw she was awarded the Sinfonia Varsovia Scholarship, Special Achievement Award from Principals of all Polish Music Academies, the ‘Young Poland’ Prize managed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, and more recently, the 2015 Emily Anderson Prize awarded by the Royal Philharmonic Society.

Marta’s most recent achievement is Grand Prix and two Special Prizes at the Ludwig van Beethoven International Chamber Music Competition in Lusławice, Poland, which she received along with her pianist Łukasz Chrzęszczyk, in September 2015. Marta is also a laureate of numerous prizes at international competitions, including 1st Prize and the Special Award for the Best Artistic Personality at the International Violin Competition in Bled, Slovenia, 1st Prize at the International Violin Competition in Belgrade, 3rd Prize at the International Johannes Brahms Competition in Pörtschach, Austria, and recently The Special Prize at The China International Violin Competition in Qingdao and 2nd Prize at The Tadeusz Wroński International Violin Solo Competition in Warsaw.

In recital, recent and future appearances include a concert for Royal Academy of Music which Marta performed on the The Viotti ex-Bruce Stradivarius Violin of 1709, a debut at The Purcell Room with Penderecki’s Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano in the presence of the composer, a 3-month tour of the USA organized by Columbia Artists Management Inc., and solo appearances with Sinfonia Varsovia, Polish National Philharmonic, Kraków Philharmonic Orchestra, Sinfonia Iuventus and the Polish Radio Orchestra.
Marta’s performing experience includes engagements with the Chopin and his Europe Festival in Warsaw, Salerno Music Festival, Chamber Music Festival in León, Spain, the Musica di Collina Festival in Lapedona, Italy, the Chopin Festival, and recitals in most European countries, China, Russia and USA.

Future appearances include recitals at the Purcell Room, St Martin-in-the-Fields, St James’s Piccadilly, and Westminster Abbey. In 2016 Marta is making her debuts at Wigmore Hall, Bratislava Philharmonic and Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. She is also appearing at the Beethoven Easter Festival in Warsaw in March 2016, performing Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with Arto Noras and Barry Douglas.
Recently Marta was awarded a Martin Musical Scholarship Fund Award, The English-Speaking Union Scholarship, the Oetker Scholarship, a Stephen Bell Trust Award, a Craxton Trust Award, and a Bach Solo Violin Prize. She was chosen to perform a recital at Wigmore Hall in the 2015/16 season as a result of a Kirckman Society Concert Audition and was invited to perform at the Park Lane Group’s 60th Diamond Jubilee Concert at Wigmore Hall in March 2016. Recently together with her duo partner Somi Kim, Marta was offered a shared Musician’s Company concert and will be performing as Concordia and WCOM artist at St John’s Smith Square in June 2016.