Maria Sławek

Maria Sławek was born in Gdańsk in 1988, where she started to play the violin at the age of four years old. In 2011, she graduated with honors from the Academy of Music in Cracow where she studied violin with Wiesław Kwaśny. She honed her skills under the guidance of Dora Schwarzberg (postgraduate studies), Maxim Vengerov, Ivry Gitlis, Kolja Blacher and Wanda Wiłkomirska, among others. Maria Sławek is currently working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Violin and Viola in the Academy of Music in Cracow. In 2015 she gained her PhD for thesis on Mieczysław Weinberg’s works for violin and piano.

She was supported by the Polish National Children’s Fund (2003-2006), and received scholarships from the “Sapere Auso” Foundation (2009) and the Ministry of Culture and National Hertiage (2010, 2013). In 2007 she was awarded with a Special Prize for Young Outstanding Polish Musicians, funded by late maestro Jerzy Katlewicz. Four years later she received an artistic scholarship from the City of Cracow, as well as the Solti Foundation award.

Maria Slawek is working intensively to increase her repertoire. Besides of her solo performances she continuously improves her chamber music skills and presents her sensibility and imagination to the audience by performing well-thought-out chamber music recitals with repertoire ranging from classical period to contemporary music of the present day.

Since 2007 Maria Slawek plays in the violin – piano duo with Piotr Rozanski. They attended many festivals, including the “Mozartiana” Festival in Gdańsk, the “Wawel Royal Castle At Dusk” Festival, the “Music in Old Cracow” Festival and the “Emanations” Festival in Cracow. In 2012 they were invited by the Kosciuszko Foundation to give a recital in New York City. The same year they released their debut album with sonatas by Schumann and Prokofiev (Grupa Twórcza Castello) which received favorable reviews and was presented on air at Polish Radio Channel 2. Also in 2012, they performed in the Karol Szymanowski Museum in the „Atma“ Villa during a concert celebrating the composer’s 131st birthday.

In September 2015 Maria Slawek and Piotr Rozanski’s released their new CD recording with Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s sonatas for violin and piano ( CD Accord) which received excellent reviews in Poland and abroad. In 2016 the made their London debut playing a recital in the St-Martin-in-the-fields church.

Since 2009 Maria is a part of the unique string sextet consisted of top young generation musicians in Poland: Anna Maria Staśkiewicz, Katarzyna Budnik-Gałązka, Artur Rozmysłowicz, Marcin Zdunik and Rafał Kwiatkowski. They regularly perform at Poland’s most significant recitals and concert venues presenting original pieces for a sextet, as well as unique transcriptions made by M. Zdunik ( W.A. Mozart’s – Requiem for string sextet).

Since her debut as a soloist in 2003 Maria performed in numerous cities in Poland, Germany, Israel, Great Britain, France, Belgium, Brazil, Italy, Ukraine and the United States. She collaborates regularly with artists such as Andrzej Bauer, Ewa Pobłocka and Katarzyna Popowa-Zydroń.