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Kinga Augustyn Solo Violin Recital Dedicated to Elliott Carter

Saturday, February 2, 2013, at 5:00pm

          Described as "a violinist for whom nothing seems too difficult" Polish violinist Kinga Augustyn made her New York debut in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall in March of 2008. Having distinguished herself as both a virtuoso and scholar of the instrument during the early part of her career, she earned her Bachelors and Masters degrees at The Juilliard School, where she studied with Cho Liang Lin, Naoko Tanaka, and Dorothy DeLay.  She is currently a doctoral candidate at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where her teachers have included Philippe Graffin, Philip Setzer, and Pamela Frank.
           Ms. Augustyn's many orchestral appearances include performances with the Magdeburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra Leopoldinum, Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra, American Academy of Conducting Orchestra at the Aspen Music Festival, and Augusta Symphony Orchestra.  In addition to a list of distinguished performances throughout Europe, she has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in the United States at Carnegie Hall (Stern Auditorium and Weill Recital Hall), Alice Tully Hall, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Merkin Hall, Kosciuszko Foundation, Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, Polish and Hungarian Embassies in Washington, DC, Aspen Music Tent, and the Ethical Society in Philadelphia, PA.
           Committed to increasing awareness of music by Polish composers, she is known for including an extensive library of their works in many of her programs.  An advocate and promoter of contemporary music, Ms. Augustyn has premiered performances of Michael White's Sonata for Violin and Piano, composed especially for her, and has recorded his Quartet for Piano and Strings.In November of 2012, she celebrated the release of her GPR Records CD with Trio21, and the guest star Catherine Zeta- Jones as a narrator. Her Naxos record of Kenneth Fuchs' Falling Trio, recorded also with Trio 21, will be released in April of 2013. Her former discography includes the CD of N. Paganini 24 Caprices for Solo Violin. 
           As a teacher, Ms. Augustyn has served as a Violin Faculty for The Alexander & Buono Festival of Music.  She has also conducted various violin and chamber music masterclasses and workshops in the United States and Poland. Ms. Augustyn has won international awards, including First Prizes atthe Alexander & Buono International String Competition (NYC), the Artist International Presentations (NYC), the J. S. Bach String Competition (Zielona Gora, Poland), and the Ackerman Chamber Music Competition at Stony Brook, NY.  Other top honors include prizes at the Kosciuszko Foundation Wieniawski Violin Competition (NYC), Johannes Brahms International Competition (Poertschach, Austria), and the Kloster Schoental International Young Artist Competition (Kloster Scheontal, Germany).

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