Maria Pomianowska

Doctor of Musical Arts, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, composer and teacher. Professor of the Academy of Music in Cracow and director of the Cross Culture Festival. Since 1984 she has researched unique techniques of playing musical instruments in Asia and Europe, with her research taking her to India, China, Korea, Japan and the Middle East. In 1994 she co-operated with Professor Ewa Dahlig and violin-maker Andrzej Kuczkowski in successful reconstruction of two lost Old Polish string instruments: suka and fidel. She has given concerts all over the world for the past 30 years. During her 5-year stay in Japan (between 1997 and 2002) the artist presented Polish folk and classical music in the biggest concert halls. She repeatedly presented the reconstructed instruments along with Mazovian songs and melodies at the Imperial Court in Japan. She has composed pieces and given concerts with world-famous artists: Yo-yo Ma, Boris Grebenshchikov, Gil Goldstein, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Ian Gilan etc. The artist has released over 20 albums, many of which have received international awards. The album Chopin on 5 Continents climbed up to number 5 (out of 866 nominated albums from all over the world) in the World Music Charts Europe in 2010, becoming the highest charting Polish album ever. In 2010 she opened the Faculty of Ethnology at the Academy of Music in Cracow. Since 2011 she has created unique programmes with Arab, Pakistani, Senegalese, Korean and Indian musicians in Asia and Europe. In 2012 she released a monographic album with the music of Tekla Bądarzewska – the first one in Poland and only the second in the world, thus reviving the memory of the forgotten Polish composer, creator of a dinner party hit which in the 19th century sold a million of copies worldwide. More significant decorations and awards: the Chopin Passport, the Gloria Artis Medal, the Award of the Mazovian Province Marshall as well as the Silver Cross of Merit awarded by the President of the Republic of Poland.

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