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.