Viola-Magdalena Malecka

Magdalena Małecka-1000Magdalena Małecka-Wippich is a violist and a chamber musician also educated in literature. She was born in Warsaw in 1981 and at the age of eight she began practising her instrument. In 2005 she graduated from Chopin Music University in Warsaw under the supervision of Prof. Dorota Sroczyńska, who tutored her viola classes. She graduated from Witold Lutosławski Conservatory in Cracow 2004 (majoring in Baroque music), the Postgraduate Literary and Artistic Studies at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow (2008) as well as the first Drama Laboratory School in Warsaw (2010). She comes from a family with a long and ample artistic tradition. She performs classical, contemporary classical and early music playing the instrument of the epoch. Maintaining a frequent cooperation with Polish composers, Magdalena is particularly involved in the promotion of Polish music and debuts of Polish chamber music on such festivals as: Warsaw Autumn, Portraits of Composers, Warsaw Music Encounters and Witold Lutosławski Festival. Magdalena refined her talent during numerous mastery courses both in Poland and abroad. Her tutors were Irena Albrecht, Margaret Fautless, Stefan Kamasa, Ton Koopman, Jerzy Kosmala, Claude Lelong, Andrew Manze, Lars Urlik Mortensen, Piotr Reichert, Simon Standage. What’s more, she participated in literary courses and mastery classes conducted by the eminent Polish and international playwrights such as: Janusz Głowacki, Marek Koterski, Tadeusz Słobodzianek, Nikolai Kolada, Mark Ravenhill and Iwan Wyrypajew. The artist initiated and founded Opium String Quartet, with which she recorded three albums and was nominated by the Phonographic Academy to Fryderyk Awards in 2010 for the debut album. Except for her concert activity Magdalena endeavours to combine her literary and musical passions. Being a comprehensive artist, she became the author of scenarios and concert programmes meant for Opium String Quartet such as: Musica a la Polacca- a musical programme of Polish composers (Chopin, Kilar, Czarnecki, Małecki), Tango Therapy – an audiovisual project based on the works of Astor Piazzola, The Cross-A Blossoming Tree – a passion concert ornamented with religious poetry ranging from mediaeval times until present and Salvaged Sounds – a programme devoted to the victims of the concentration camp in Teresin. Magdalena Małecka-Wippich gave concerts in most of the European countries (the UK, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, the Czech Republic, France, Spain, Holland, Ireland, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Sweden) as well as in China, Canada and the USA, in the last of which she toured as a soloist. She performed in concert halls such as: Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Salle Gaveau (Paris), Palau de la Musica (Valencia), Berliner Philharmoniker, Warsaw Philharmonic, Concert and Recording Studio of Polish Radio (Warsaw), Grande Auditorio (Lisbon) and Auditorio Nacionale de Musica (Madrid). Apart from being an active quartet member the artist also gained broad orchestral experience in European Union Baroque Orchestra, Harmony of Nations Baroque Orchestra, Wroclaw Baroque Orchestra, Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra and Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Magdalena Małecka-Wippich has made numerous recordings for phonographic labels such as: CD Accord, Dux, Raum Klang, Acte Prealable, Albany Records U.S.