Maria Sławek - Biography


Maria Sławek

Polish violinist, lecturer and researcher. Co-founder (with Anna Karpowicz) of the Mieczysław Weinberg Institute, Doctor of Fine Arts. She teaches violin at the Academy of Music in Cracow and chamber music at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. Moreover, Maria teaches a course in Jewish Music as part of the post-graduate Polish-Jewish Studies of the Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences.

She has performed in numerous cities across Poland, Germany, Israel, Italy, France, Great Britain, Brazil, Belgium, Ukraine and the United States. In the concert season 2017/2018, Maria Sławek was a resident artist at the Karol Szymanowski Philharmonic in Cracow. Mieczysław Weinberg’s music occupies a special place in her repertoire. The violinist has recorded three CDs. In 2012, she and pianist Piotr Różański released their debut album with sonatas by R. Schumann and S. Prokofiev, published by the “Castello” Record Label and Music Agency. Three years later, the artists recorded another album with works for violin and piano by Mieczysław Weinberg, released by the “CD Accord” label. In 2019, Maria Sławek and Marcin Zdunik recorded an album titled Rejoice, also produced by the “CD Accord” record company.

Maria Sławek is a laureate of numerous scholarships from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage (i.a. the “Young Poland” scholarship). In 2011, she received the “Creative Scholarship from the Mayor of the City of Cracow. She was also one of the winners of The Georg Solti Foundation Award.

In 2021, she was awarded the Artistic Scholarship of the Capital City of Warsaw.

Maria Sławek is a graduate of the Academy of Music in Cracow, where she studied violin with professor Wiesław Kwaśny. In 2015, she defended her doctoral dissertation on Mieczysław Weinberg’s sonatas for violin and piano. In 2020, she received a post-doctoral degree in Arts.

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