The Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, Szymanowski Quartet
She plays with a poise, authority and musical intelligence beyond her years, sounding at times like a fiery young Ida Haendel. Hilary Finch, “The Times”, 14th October 2010
Winner of the 2006 Henryk Wieniawski International Violin Competition in Poznań, Agata Szymczewska was awarded the Prize of the Audience and most special prizes, including major orchestra and recital engagements.
She also received the London Music Masters Award given for the first time by a committee composed of members of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Wigmore Hall and the Royal College of Music. In October 2009 Agata had her debut at Wigmore Hall, following which she received an invitation to play at the Royal Festival Hall with the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Osmo Vanska in autumn 2010.
She has performed in numerous European, Asian countries as well as in North and South America where she has collaborated with outstanding conductors including Seiji Ozawa, Sir Neville Marriner, Krzysztof Penderecki, Andrey Boreyko, Okko Kamu, Maxim Vengerov, Krzysztof Urbański, Antoni Wit, and Jerzy Maksymiuk.
Besides these, Agata is a very active chamber musician. In autumn 2014 she has joined a world famous Szymanowski String Quartet taking over a position of the primarius. Since 12 years she has taken part in the prestigious International Music Academy Switzerland founded by Maestro Seiji Ozawa. In 2005, she toured Japan and China with Maestro Seiji Ozawa as the youngest member and concertmaster of Ongaku-juku Orchestra. Over last years she has regularly appeared with many outstanding artists including Martha Argerich, Krystian Zimerman, Maxim Vengerov, Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet, Frans Helmerson and Anne-Sophie Mutter with whom she appeared during a concert tour in US in November 2014 (including Agata’s Carnegie Hall debut).
She graduated from the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover where she studied with Prof. Krzysztof Wegrzyn between 2004 and 2014 as well as the Academy of Music in Poznań (class of Prof. Bartosz Bryła). Agata is a former faculty member of the Music Academy in Poznan, and is now on faculty with The Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw.
Agata Szymczewska plays a Nicolo Gagliano (Naples 1755), a private instrument which belongs to Anne-Sophie Mutter.