Ewa Leszczyńska comes from a family of great musical traditions. She graduated from the Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk in the piano class of Professor Jerzy Sulikowski. At the same Academy she began her vocal studies with Prof. Zofia Janukowicz-Pobłocka, to continue her education at Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Milan with Prof. Margharet Hayward. An enthusiast of vocal music, she also enjoys performing chamber music with singers and instrumentalists. She sings in duo with the bass Gianluca Buratto, with whom she received the Rotary prize in 2008, and also performs with Katarzyna Trylnik, Davide Fior, Joanna Freszel. As early as in her school years she was a prize-winner at many festivals and competitions. She participated in master classes conducted by such eminent singers as Prof. J. Artysz, H. Muller-Molinari, T. Żylis-Gara, T. Berganza, U. Kryger, Ch. Lehman, J. Rappe, O. Pasiecznik, E. Podleś, Th. Quasthoff, D. York and pianists: P. Gould, D. Baldwin, Prof. K. Jankowska, Prof. K. Borucińska, Prof. M. Nosowska, L. Giergieva, H. Höll, K. Kammerlander, David Dolan. In the years 2007-2010 she was member of Laboratorio Interdisciplinare di Musica e Spettacolo (Limes) in Milan, taking part as a singer, actress and dancer in the following theatre and opera performances: ‘La Sagra della Primavera’ conducted by P. D’Ascola with the choreography by S. Magniani, ‘Idillio d’amore fra pastori’ directed by F. Crivelli, and ‘Ivresses’ directed by P. D’Ascola.
As a singer, she performed the solo part in W. A. Mozart’s Exultate Jubilate in Milan (2010), presented complete songs by F. Chopin at a concert recorded for the Vatican TV in Milan, performed the soprano part in the concert aria by W. A. Mozart – ‘Ch’io mi scordi di te?’- in Gdańsk with the Baltic Philharmonic (2010). In the same year she took part in the stage performance of the excerpts from ‘Membra Jesu Nostri’ by Buxtehude in Lugano.
In 2012, performing as a singer with the pianist Tomasz Pawłowski, she won the first prize at the G. Carducci competition in Madesimo. At the same competition she reached semi-finals as a pianist. She has received the scholarship of the Polish Institute in Vienna, enabling her to participate in the International Baroque Music Courses – Austria Barock Akademie in Gmunden, where she worked under eminent artistic personalities from the Baroque music circles: Ruben Dubrovsky, Ilia Korol, Deborah York and Lydia Vierlinger. She received the ABA Award at the Baroque Music Competition in Austria. In 2013 she performed in a concert at Radiokulturhouse in Vienna with Joanna Kaniewska and, together with „Les Roses Sauvages” ensemble, took part in the "Dunkle Zeiten Wien" project presented in Off Theater.
She regularly appears on stage in Poland and abroad.
Maria Kamila Leszczyńska
Born in 1998 in Warsaw. She began to play the cello at the age of eight with Michał Nyżnyk, and currently continues her cello education under Marcin Zdunik. She has been playing the piano since the age of five, and her teacher has been Professor Ewa Pobłocka. She has taken part in many cello and chamber music competitions scoring top results, including the 1st Prize at the 1st National Cello Tournament in Warsaw (2009), the 1st Prize at the 5th ‘Young Polish Cellist’ National Cello Competition in Bochnia (2013), the 2nd Prize at the 12th Sochaczew Chamber Meetings (2014 – clarinet and piano duo), the 2nd Prize at the 11th International Cello Competition in Liezen (Austria - 2014) and the 1st Prize and Special Award for best performance of the 20th and 21st century composer at the 18th Bohdan Warchal International String Instruments Competition in Dolny Kubin (Slovakia - 2014). She participated in courses conducted by Tomasz Strahl, Kazimierz Michalik, Andrzej Bauer, Marcin Zdunik, Katarzyna Popowa-Zydroń (piano), Marek Moś, Karol Marianowski and Jakub Jakowicz (orchestra and chamber performance). She receives a scholarship from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.
photos - Maciej Grzybowski