Soloist and chamber musician, MARIA SŁAWEK (violin) performs music from baroque to contemporary. A passionate ambassador for Polish music, Mieczysław Weinberg’s works occupy a special place in her repertoire.
She has appeared in numerous cities across Poland, Germany, Israel, Great Britain, Brazil, Belgium, Italy, France, Ukraine, and the US and in 2017 was an artist-in-residence of the Karol Szymanowski Philharmonic in Cracow.
Together with her duo partner, pianist Piotr Różański, Maria released a debut album in 2012 with sonatas by Schumann and Prokofiev (Castello), followed three years later by a critically aclaimed album of works for violin and piano by Weinberg (CD Accord Music Edition/Polish Radio 2).
In 2009, along with Anna Maria Staśkiewicz, Katarzyna Budnik, Artur Rozmysłowicz, Marcin Zdunik, and Rafał Kwiatkowski, she founded a unique chamber music ensemble, a string sextet, who broadcast frequently on Polish Radio.
Recipient of many awards, Maria received the maestro Jerzy Katlewicz Award for outstanding students from the Cracow Academy of Music in 2007, scholarships from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage including the “Young Poland” scholarship and in 2011, a Creative Scholarship from the Mayor of the city of Cracow. She is also a winner of the Solti Foundation Award.
Maria Sławek is a graduate of the Academy of Music in Cracow, where she has been working at the Violin and Viola Department since 2011, currently as Assistant Professor. She studied in Vienna with outstanding musicians Wiesław Kwaśny and Dora Schwarzberg and perfected her skills with artists such as Kaja Danczowska, Maxim Vengerov and Wanda Wiłkomirska.
In 2019, Maria earned a post-graduate degree in Polish-Jewish Studies at the Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw.
Maria Sławek plays the Charles François Gand violin from the Nicolas Lupot studio (Paris 1817).