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Monika Wolińska

Conductor
Monika Wolińska made her debut at Carnegie Hall in New York on the 18th October 2009. It was, in the same time, the first performance ever, of a Polish female conductor in that concert hall. After the concert, which proved a spectacular success, a famous American critic, David Dubal said: ‘Monika has, what many conductors are missing, and that is sensitivity to the actual sound of the instruments’.     

Monika Wolińska was born in Chełm, and began her music education at the age of six, learning to play the violin. She is a threefold graduate in music, having obtained a master’s degree in vocal and instrumental ensembles (Prof. Janusz Stanecki’s class) and in the violin class (Prof. Henryk Bałaban’s class) at the Music Academy in Bydgoszcz. Finally, in 2003 she became a graduate of the symphony and opera conducting class of Ryszard Dudek at the Academy  of Music in Warsaw.

Monika Wolińska continued her education actively participating in various master courses conducted among others by Kurt Masur and Pierre Boulez.

Since 2003 she has collaborated with the Symphony Orchestra of the Frederic Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, and since 2004 has acted on a regular basis as an assistant of  Maestro Jerzy Semkow. In the season of 2007/2008, she performed the duty of the permanent conductor of the Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra, as well as the assistant of Krzysztof Penderecki.
Monika Wolińska performed with the most prestigious orchestras in Poland and abroad including: Sinfonia Varsovia, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra (NOSPR), Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Warsaw, Lucerne Music Festival Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of the St. Petersburg Conservatory, Moscovia Chamber Orchestra, Polish Orchestra Sinfonia Iuventus and with the majority of philharmonic orchestras in Poland. Monika Wolińska performed as conductor in many prestigious festivals. In 2004 she made her debut in the Lucerne Music Festival. In 2007 she performed in the International Festival of Music in St Petersburg, where she conducted the orchestra and choir of the Anton Rubinstein Conservatory of St. Petersburg. Also in 2007 she made her debut in the International Warsaw Autumn Festival of Contemporary Music.
Monika Wolińska made many first performances and archive recordings of symphonic compositions, the majority of which were written by contemporary Polish composers.

Since 2003 she has been a lecturer at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music, in Warsaw, where in 2012  she was awarded the degree of habilitated doctor in the field of music arts, the discipline of artistic conducting.
In 2005 Monika Wolińska published a book entitled ‘Stanisław Wisłocki – Conductor and Pedagogue’.
In 2011, Monika Wolińska received an honorary award of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage ‘Order of Merit to Polish Culture’.

In April 2012 she released her debut album recorded with famous Polish Orchestra Sinfonia Varsovia. The CD contains the first ever recording of the music by one of the greatest Polish composers, Eugeniusz Morawski. The album was nominated to the FRYDERYKI 2013 Award.

Currently Monika Wolińska is the full- time conductor of the Gorzów Philharmonic Orchestra (since April 2013).

 

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