Jadwiga Padjas (Austria):
Katarzyna Słota-Marciniec ( Poland )
She graduated from Music Academy in Krakow, majoring in solo singing under the tuition of prof. Izabella Jasińska – Buszewicz. After graduating she has been developing her singing during several Master Courses under tuition of R. Karczykowski as well as other tutors like: Ch. Elssner, P. Tschaplik, A. Pearce. She also graduated from Jagiellonian Uniwersity (psychology). While being a student she took part in a lot of Academy`s realizations (for instant The Third Lady in Magic Flute by W.A. Mozart performed on stage at the Krakow Opera).
After finishing studies her first appearance on professional stage was a role of Francisca in musical West Side Story by L. Bernstein (Theater in Schwedt, Germany). In 2002 she started cooperation with the Krakow Opera in E. Humperdinck`s Hänsel und Gretel (as Hänsel). In 2006 she was engaged in Music Theatre in Gliwice as Gigi Orlovsky in Fledelmaus by J. Strauss. Her interests include also interpretations of songs and operetta. She has specialized in musical performances addressed to children: since 1999 she is involved (as a singer and speaker) in preparing and making concerts for children for Krakow Philharmonic, “Malwa” Modern Music Club and other cultural centers in Krakow.
In 2015 she has been honored by the President of Krakow with “Honoris Gratia” badge.
Since 2009 works as a singing teacher in Music Middle School im. Br. Rutkowskiego in Krakow.
As an academic tutor she cooperates with Jagiellonian University, carrying Voice Projection Courses in Pedagogy Institute, Collegium Medicum as well as in Center of Excellence for Academic Teaching and Learning - Ars Docendi UJ.
She also works for Music Academy in Krakow since 2006, where she is lecturing on Vocal Projection Classes for the graduate studies of Music Therapy, and since 2011 for the students of Composition, Interpretation and Musical Education Faculty where she also lectures Voice Hygiene and Psychology of Music.
Eleni Ioannidou - (Greece)
The greek-polish opera singer Eleni Ioannidou was born in Wroclaw. After completing two studies in Greece, one in agricultural sciences and then one in classical singing, both graduated with honors, she won a scholarship from the "Society of Friends of Music / Megaron Mousikis Athinon" in Greece. She continued her studies in Austria (University of Music and Performing Arts), in Italy (Corso Biennale "Il Teatro e la Musica") and at the renowned "Accademia della Scala di Milano" with Leyla Gencer. At the same time, she took her first steps as a professional artist in the Arena di Verona, La Scala in Milan, the Teatro Piccolo di Milano, the "Maggio Musicale Trapanese" festival and the National Opera of Athens. She made her debut in the most important roles for her voice (lirico spinto), particularly Mozart, Belcanto and Verdi. She won several international competitions such as "Velluti" (in Dolo, Venice),"Giuseppe di Stefano"(Trapani, Sicily) and was a finalist in the "Voci verdiane"(Busseto). She was also awarded the "Franco Corelli" prize for her achievements at the Accademia della Scala. She was selected by Jose Carreras to give with him a concert at Megaron Mousikis Athinon for the benefit of the Leuchemia Foundation and accomplished many concert tours not only in Europe, but also in Japan and South America.
From 2008 to 2016 she lived in Munich and worked as a freelance singer. Since 2015 she has also worked as a producer for music and theater ("Segreto di Susanna" by Wolf-Ferrari in the Wolf-Ferrari House in Ottobrunn). In 2016 she moved to Görlitz, where she successfully carried out the planning and artistic direction of the "international Messiaen days" for the association "Meetingpoint Music Messiaen". In 2017 she founded the society "Ars-Augusta e.V.", of which she is chairwoman. In addition, she initiated and founded and managed the "Lausitzer Barock-Ensemble", which consists of young German and Polish baroque musicians. One of the most important Initiatives as producer was the organization of the Lied-Competition "Bolko von Hochberg" in Görlitz and the "Academia Ars Augusta" with which she produced international discoveries of baroque operas, such as Antonio Lottis "Giove in Argo" (2019 and 2020). The ACADEMIA is since 2021 member of the FEDORA Plattform and was shortlisted for the prestigious FEDORA-Educational Prize 2021.
She speaks six languages (Italian, English, Polish, Greek, German, French), plays the piano, writes and paints. Her passion is music, her interests are theater, philosophy and architecture.
Zsolt Farkas (Hungary)
Studied at the Szechenyi Istvan University in Gyor, Hungary where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Piano teaching and Chamber music. He continued his studies at the Richard Strauss Fachakademie and at the Hochschule für Musik in München , where he received his masters degree in piano.
Since 1997 He has been teaching at the Szechenyi Istvan University in Gyor, and since 2O1O at the Kroó Gyorgy school of music, where he oversees the piano department.
Since 2OO2 he and his partner have had the privilege of giving many (four hand) concerts in many countries throughout the world (Austria, Italy, Bulgaria, Germany, Ukraine, Russia) as well as many concerts throughout the years in the United States of America and Canada.
He has also had many CD’s published, and some of them with the express purpose of helping young children fall in love with classical music. The classical pieces were combined with poetry in order to help the children experience a „fantasy of music”.
In 2O12 he and his partner received the „Absolute 1st prize” award at the Ischia International Piano competition in Itay for four hands.
Patricia Shih Canada/ USA
Patricia Shih is recognized as one of Canada’s preeminent musicians as soloist, educator, and first violinist of the Borealis String Quartet. At 14, her mentor Josef Gingold described her as "one of the greatest talents that I have ever taught. Her great technique, inborn musicality, sense of style and virtuosity are unequalled." Since her Carnegie Hall debut in New York, Patricia has appeared as soloist with all the major orchestras in Canada and with leading orchestras worldwide such as the Royal Philharmonic, Halle Orchestra, Mexico National Orchestra, Singapore and Seattle Symphonies, Munich Chamber Orchestra, and the Polish National Radio. She has performed as soloist in some of the world’s great venues such as the Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto, Wigmore Hall in London, Benaroya Hall in Seattle, Liszt Akademy Hall in Budapest, amongst many others, and has received rave reviews for her magnificent performances often comparing her to some of the great violinists of the past. On the Biography Channel, a half hour documentary on Patricia's career was televised across North America. Patricia made her first public debut at the age of 4 and has won numerous awards from an early age. She won the Grand Prize at both the CIBC National Music Competition and the Seattle Young Artists Competition in the USA.
As an educator, Patricia has been on faculty and as Artist in Residence at the University of British Columbia and at Kwantlen Polytechnic University for over a decade. Patricia was recently honored as a “Distinguished Fellow of BC” for the applauded presentations and lectures given as a Visiting Scholar at Green College@ UBC. Patricia is also on faculty at the Casalmaggiore International Music Festival in Italy and has given innumerable masterclasses at internationally known institutions, most recently at the Szymanowski Academy in Poland and the Hochschule of Mainz in Germany.
Patricia has sat on the jury panel of many competitions and festivals including the Ekhardt-Grammate National Competition and on the Canada Council for the Arts. As a philanthropist, Patricia and the Borealis have devoted their time and art by playing hundreds of performances as part of the Health Arts Society and Concerts in Care. The Borealis also raises the awareness of young composers in the annual Jean Coulthard Quartet Readings by promoting works especially written for the event. She also performs charity concerts for many causes including Children in Need, the Red Cross and Tsunami Relief amongst others.
Since 2019, Patricia became an Associate Professor of Violin at Baylor University in Waco, Texas and was honored as guest soloist with the Baylor Symphony Orchestra at the TMEA in San Antonio, Texas. While she is not practicing the violin, Patricia can be found practicing her cooking skills, biking and hiking in the mountains of BC and more recently, in the nature parks of Waco, Texas.
Hanna Holeksa (Poland)
Hanna Holeksa graduated with honours from Academy of Music in Katowice and Hochschule der Kunste Bern in classes of prof. A. Jasiński, prof. R. Strokosz-Michalak and prof. T. Herbut. She’s a laureate of more than 30 international and national piano competitions including M. Magin International Piano Competition in Paris (2nd prize), III F. Liszt National Piano Competition in Wrocław (1st prize), Polish Piano Music Competition in Słupsk (1996), F. Chopin National Competition for artistic scholarships in Warsaw (subsequent editions 1995 – 1998 ), K. Penderecki International Contemporary Chamber Music Competition in Kraków (2nd prize), Yamaha Foundation National Competition in Gdańsk (1st prize), Odd-Fellows Musikpreis in Bern (1st prize), RAHN Musikpreis in Zurich (1st prize). She performed L.van Beethoven 5th Piano Concerto as her debut in Tonhalle – Zurich. She also honed her skills with such professors like K. Jabłoński, L. Kum-Sing, T. Shebanova, V. Merzhanov, A. Orłowiecki and Fou Ts’ong. She performs chamber music with violinists, violists, cellists, doublebass players, flutists, clarinetists and singers. She’s performing in Poland as well as abroad, appearing as soloist and chamber music player. Her repertoire includes solo and chamber music pieces of all periods. Currently she is a chamber music professor in Lodz Music Academy in Poland. In 2016, she was the official pianist of the 15th International Violin Competition. H. Wieniawski in Poznań. In 2011, she defended her doctoral dissertation "The Piano in the Works of Karol Szymanowski", which is the crowning achievement of her many years of fascination with the composer and work on his piano and chamber music. In June 2015, she obtained the title of habilitated doctor of arts. Hanna Holeksa is a member of the board of the Stanisław Liszewski Foundation. She organizes concerts, festivals, competitions for pianists, violinists and chamber musicians, and also workshops on a national and international scale. She conducts intensive teaching activities in the area of piano and chamber music. Her discography contains CDs recorded for the label of Acte Prealable, Ars Sonora and DUX recordings, with works of K.Szymanowski, W.Lutosławski, M.Ravel, F.Poulenc, R.Strauss, E.Elgar, H.Wieniawski, P.Ratez, A.Tansman. In the area of her current artistic interests, there is primarily the music of Polish composers.
Marta Nowaczyk-Łapińska (Poland)
She gradueted from the Academy of Music in Kraków and received her master degree in 1985.
She has been taughted by the most worldwide cellists such like I. Monighetti, J.Berger and U.Tischbirk. On many masterclasses and workshopes
She worked for the Polish radio being a member of the polish TV orchestra and
Capella Cracoviensis Orchestra , which has concerts all arround Europe.
She recived many prizes for her achievments in music and culture such as
the Educational Award of the City of Kraków , the Presidential Award of te City of Kraków ,
the Honoris Gratia Medal)
As a cello Profesor She achieved many notable success in her teaching carrer, her students received many prizes at many prestegious international competitionin in Liezen, Dolny Kubin, Wrocław, Warszawa, Poznań, Kłodzko, Kraków, Stalowa Wola).
Every year Marta Provides cello mansterclasses during the Zenon Brzewski International Music festival in Łańcut (Poland)
Since 2002 She is the Director of the B. Rutkowski Primary and Secondary School of Music in Kraków which is on of the most notable music school in Poland.