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Katarzyna Zdybel
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One of the most accomplished bassoonists of the young generation, began her bassoon education in 1998 studying with Jerzy Lisak at the State Music School in Zamość. From 2002 to 2007 she studied at the Academy of Music (currently the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music) in Warsaw with Zbigniew Płużek. Three years later she completed her postgraduate studies (Solistenklasse) with honours degree in Hochschule für Musik in Stuttgart where she studied with Marc Engelhardt. Since 2009 she has been a PhD student in Czesław Klonowski’s class at the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław. The artist has received numerous awards at international competitions. In the Summer 2012 she won three important prizes: First Prize in IDRS Fernand Gillet–Hugo Fox Bassoon Competition in Oxford, Ohio (USA), in September the Second Prize and the Special Prize during the 6th Michał Spisak International Music Competition in Dąbrowa Górnicza. Two years earlier she triumphed in Italy winning the First Prizes at the following competitions: the Gioacchino Rossini International Bassoon Competition in Pesaro and the International Competition for Young Performers in Chieri. In 2009 she won Second Prize (first not awarded) and the prize for the best interpretation of a newly written piece during the International Competition of Moscow Conservatory for Winds and Percussion.
She performs as a soloist and chamber musician. As a soloist she has appeared with such eminent ensembles as: the Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, Orchestra Filarmonica di Torino, Sinfonia Varsovia, Wrocław Chamber Orchestra Leopoldinum, Capella Cracoviensis, Karol Namysłowski’s Symphony Orchestra in Zamość, symphony orchestras of Moscow Conservatory, Wrocław Philharmonics, Music Academies in Warsaw and Łódź. In the season of 2011-12 she was the principal bassoonist of the Royal Danish Orchestra. As an orchestral musician she has performed with the SWR Saarbrücken-Kaiserslautern, Iceland Symphony Orchestra and Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra. Since 2007 the artist has been the principal bassoonist of the Wrocław Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra.
english translation by Katarzyna Zdybel

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