Agata Szymczewska

She plays with a poise, authority and musical intelligence beyond her years, sounding at times like a fiery young Ida Haendel. Hilary Finch, "The Times", 14th October 2010

Winner of the 2006 Henryk Wieniawski International Violin Competition in Poznań, Agata Szymczewska was awarded the Prize of the Audience and most special prizes, including major orchestra and recital engagements. She also received the London Music Masters Award given for the first time by a committee composed of members of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Wigmore Hall and the Royal College of Music. In October 2009 Agata had her debut at Wigmore Hall, following which she received an invitation to play at the Royal Festival Hall with the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Osmo Vanska in autumn 2010.

She has performed in most European countries as well as in Israel, Russia, Canada, China, Korea and Japan, appearing with orchestras including Sinfonia Varsovia, Warsaw Philharmonic (the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Poland), National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Vilnius State Symphony Orchestra, and Russian Philharmonic. She has collaborated with outstanding conductors including Krzysztof Penderecki, Sir Neville Marriner, Andrey Boreyko, Moshe Atzmon, Dmitri Liss, Saulius Sondeckis, Antoni Wit, Maxim Vengerov and Jerzy Maksymiuk.

Besides these, Agata is a very active chamber musician. Every year since 2005, she has taken part in the prestigious International Music Academy Switzerland founded by Maestro Seiji Ozawa. In 2005, she toured Japan and China with Maestro Seiji Ozawa as the youngest member and concertmaster of Ongaku-juku Orchestra. Her chamber music partners includes artists like Maxim Vengerov, Gidon Kremer, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Yuri Bashmet, Martha Argerich and Krystian Zimerman with whom she performed Grażyna Bacewicz's Piano Quintets to commemorate the centenary of the composer's birth. The tour ended with recording a CD for Deutsche Grammophon.

She graduated from the Academy of Music in Poznań studying with Professor Bartosz Bryła. Since 2004 has studied with Professor Krzysztof Wegrzyn at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover, at the moment at postgraduate level. Since October 2010 Agata is a faculty member of the Music Academy in Poznań giving worldwide masterclasses regularly both in Europe and Asia.

She plays an Antonio Stradivarius violin (Cremona, ca. 1680) on loan from Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben.

Agata Szymczewska is represented by the Ludwig van Beethoven Association.