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Maria Slawek (violin) with Grzegorz Mania (piano)

Thu May 24th 2012, 12:40–1:00 pm ◀ This event has finished
St Dunstan-in-the-West, 186a Fleet St, London, EC4A 2HR


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Maria Slawek

Maria Slawek started her concert career very early, giving the first major solo concert in the Baltic Philharmonic and Opera House as a primary music school student. Being tutored by outstanding "Eastern" teachers, very soon she won prizes in numerous national and international competitions, as a soloist and chamber musician (including third prize at the 2003 Young Paganini Violin Competition in Legnica, first prize at the 2005 National Chamber Music Competition in Gdansk, and second prize at Wroclaw in 2005).

Maria conducts a very busy concert career. As a soloist she has played with many Polish orchestras including the Hanseatic Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Vistula, Sinfonia Viva, and the Philharmonic Orchestra in Zielona Gora. She performed in such prestigious venues as Wawel Royal Castle, Warsaw Royal Castle, Cracow Philharmonic, Baltic Philharmonic and Polish Radio, and the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London. She regularly appears at chamber music festivals in Poland and cooperates with the most talented young Polish musicians.

In 2010 Maria was invited to join Nigel Kennedy's "The Orchestra of Life", with which she toured across Germany and the United Kingdom. She had the pleasure of playing in the most prestigious venues throughout Germany (Berlin, Munich, Cologne, Dortmund, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, etc.), and in the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall and the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. She was also invited to join numerous projects as a member of the Cracow Philharmonic Orchestra and the Beethoven Academy Orchestra, collaborating with top musicians and conductors.

In 2010, she recorded her first CD (“Chopin – the persistence of beauty”) with a recording of Chopin’s Piano Trio op. 8 together with Krzysztof Sadlowski (cello) and Piotr Kosinski (piano). In 2011 she recorded violin sonatas by Schumann and Prokofiev for Castello with Piotr Rozanski on piano.

Having attended many masterclasses, Maria has had the pleasure of working with many wonderful artists such as Maxim Vengerov, Dora Schwarzberg, Wanda Wilkomirska, Nam Yun Kim, Krzysztof Wegrzyn and Altenberg Trio.

Between 2003 and 2006, Maria held a scholarship from the Polish Children's Foundation. In 2007 she received a Special Prize for Young Outstanding Polish Musician from maestro Jerzy Katlewicz, and in 2009 she received a scholarship from the Sapere Auso foundation. In 2011 she has received an award from the Georg Solti Foundation. Currently, she is holding a scholarship from the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, the scholarships for outstanding young artists sponsored by Jacek Majchrowski (the mayor of Cracow) and the Grazella Foundation.

Maria Slawek graduated with distinction from the Music Academy in Krakow, Poland, where she was tutored by professor Wieslaw Kwasny, and is currently a fellow in the Chamber Music Department. Since 2011 she has also been studying for a PhD, and is preparing a doctorate dissertation about Mieczyslaw Weinberg and his music.

Grzegorz Mania

Grzegorz Mania graduated with distinction from the Music Academy in Krakow, where he studied piano under Professor Stefan Wojtas. He is also a recent graduate (distinction) of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he was tutored by Martin Roscoe, Charles Owen and Caroline Palmer. He is also a graduate of the Jagiellonian University, where he read law and now is preparing a PhD about music and copyright.

He works as a soloist, with orchestra, as an accompanist and chamber musician as well as regularly duetting with Olga Mytnik in the OMG Piano Duo and with Magdalena Filipczak, violinist. Performing at the International Chamber Music Workshops in Pulawy (Poland, 2003–2005), he has also been a finalist in a number of international solo and chamber competitions from 2002 to the present.

He did many archive recordings with, among others, Maria Slawek, Alicja Smietana and Joanna Konarzewska, for the Music Academy in Krakow and the Polish Radio. Grzegorz played in many important halls (including St Martin in the Fields, Krakow Philharmonic Hall, The Music Academy in Warsaw and Krakow Concert Halls, Christ Spitalfields, to name few) and during many national and international festivals. Most recently he played a series of concerts in Vietnam, invited by the Polish Ambassador.

He has played in masterclasses by, among others, Jerome Rose, Victor Rosenbaum, Wolfgang Redik, Tadeusz Gadzina, Anthony Spiri, Peter S. Buck, Dominik Polonski and Piotr Reichert; and has received coaching from Caroline Palmer, Alexander Baillie, Ewa Bukojemska, Krzysztof Smietana, Wiesław Kwasny, DAFO Quartet, Altenberg Trio, Alisdair Beatson, Carole Presland, Krzysztof Chorzelski and Jan Janski.

During his studies at the Guildhall School, he was supported by the Guildhall Trust and the Leverhulme Trust.


Venue: St Dunstan-in-the-West

Pictures of St Dunstan-in-the-West at the Flickr website

The church of St. Dunstan in the West dates back to circa 1070 AD, and the present building was completed in the early 19th century.

The nearest tube stations are Chancery Lane (Central line) and Temple (Circle and District line).

For more information, visit the church's website.


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