‘Artist-in-Residence’: Maria Sławek’s residence with the Kraków Philharmonic for the 2017/2018 season

Nov 27, 2017

A chamber concert on 29 November marks the beginning of the residence of the violinist Maria Sławek with the Kraków Philharmonic (Filharmonia Krakowska).

Maria Sławek will appear in a University Concert at the Collegium Novum Hall of the Jagiellonian University in Kraków on Wednesday 29 November alongside Mariusz Pędziałek on the oboe, Maria Dutka on the viola and Beata Urbanek-Kalinowska on the ‘cello. They will perform the Oboe Quartet in F major KV 370/368b by W A Mozart, the Phantasy Quartet for oboe and strings op. 2 by Benjamin Britten and the Quartet for clarinet and string trio (in a version for oboe) by Krzysztof Penderecki.

The artist’s residence with the Kraków Philharmonic during the 2017/2018 season will feature two further concert programmes: she will play the Violin Concerto no 2 in G minor by Sergei Prokofiev with the Kraków Philharmonic Orchestra directed by Łukasz Borowicz on 19 and 20 January and then some more chamber compositions (the Sonatina for violin and piano op. 46 by Mieczysław Weinberg, the Sonata for violin and cello by Marcin Markowicz, the Duo for violin and cello op. 7 by Zoltan Kodály and the Piano Trio in A minor by Maurice Ravel) with cellist Marcin Zdunik and pianist Piotr Różański on 9 May.

Maria SŁAWEK was born in Gdańsk in 1988 and has played the violin since she was four. She completed her tertiary education at the Academy of Music in Kraków with Prof W. Kwaśny in 2011 and went on to perfect her musical skills at postgraduate studies with Prof D. Schwarzberg and during numerous master courses with such distinguished artists as M. Vengerov, W. Wiłkomirska, K. Blacher and I. Gitlis. She took part in the Keshet Eilon Violin Masterclass in Israel in 2012 and at the Gustav Mahler Academy in Bolzano, Italy in 2014.

Since 2011, she has herself taught at the Academy of Music in Kraków, where she is employed as assistant. That is where she also obtained the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 2015.

Maria Sławek has been awarded scholarships from the Polish Children’s Fund (Krajowy Fundusz na Rzecz Dzieci, 2003-2006), the Sapere Auso foundation (2009), the Minister of Culture and National Heritage (2010 and 2013), the President of the City of Kraków (for Young Creators of Culture, 2011) and the Grazella Foundation (2011). She has also been given the Georg Solti Foundation Prize.

The artist has taken part at such festivals as the Wawel o zmierzchu (Wawel At Dusk) in Kraków, the Muzyka w Starym Krakowie (Music in Old Kraków), the Mozartiana in Gdańsk, the Festival International de Musique de Chambre en Charente in France, the Festiwal Emanacje (Emanations Festival), the Letnie Koncerty na Grochowskiej (Summer Concerts in Grochowska Street) in Warsaw and the Warszawska Jesień (Warsaw Autumn). She has appeared in numerous cities in Poland, and also in Germany, Israel, Italy, France, the United Kingdom, Brazil, Belgium, Ukraine and the United States.

She has performed in a duo with the pianist Piotr Różański since 2007. The artists have recorded two CDs: one with sonatas by Robert Schumann and Sergei Prokofiev made for Castello in 2012 and the other with works for violin and piano by Mieczysław Weinberg released by CD Accord in 2015 (under the patronage of Polish Radio 2).

Since 2009, Maria Sławek has played in a unique string sextet with Anna Maria Staśkiewicz, Katarzyna Budnik-Gałązka, Artur Rozmysłowicz, Marcin Zdunik and Rafał Kwiatkowski. The ensemble has performed at such venues as the Kraków Philharmonic Hall, the Baltic Philharmonic Hall (Filharmonia Bałtycka), the Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music in Lusławice and Radziejowice Palace. They have also taken part in series of chamber concerts organised by the Wrocław Philharmonic (Filharmonia Wrocławska) and Sinfonia Varsovia. Their repertoire includes such compositions as the sextets by Johannes Brahms, Arnold Schoenberg and Andrzej Panufnik, as well as transcriptions of Mozart’s works (e.g. the Requiem in an arrangement by Marcin Zdunik).



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Maria Sławek, photo: Natalia Michalec-Szafrańska