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Kinga AugustynNew York, NY
Kinga Augustyn is a Polish-born and New York City-based versatile classical concert violinist and recording artist gaining worldwide recognition through her performances as a concerto soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. She has been described as “an adventurous performer valuable to New York’s scene” (NY Concert Review), “stylish and vibrant” (The Strad Magazine), and “beyond amazing, one hell of a violinist!” (The Fanfare Magazine). Her repertoire ranges from early baroque, which she sometimes performs on a baroque violin, to modern, oftentimes written especially for her. She is known for unique programming of unaccompanied solo violin recitals, as well as for her advocacy for lesser-known, good works.
Kinga Augustyn has performed as a soloist with orchestras in the United States, Europe and Asia. Among them are the Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin, the Chamber Orchestra Leopoldinum, the Wrocław Philharmonic Orchestra, the Rogue Valley Symphony, and the Riverside Symphonia. She has toured China soloing with the Manhattan Symphonie and performing at China’s most prestigious venues such as Beijing Poly Theater and Shanghai Oriental Art Center. Other venues she has appeared at as a recitalist or chamber musician include both the Stern Auditorium and the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Aspen Music Festival. A unique artist, she has collaborated with The Jose Limon Dance Company in multiple performances at the Joyce Theater and Bryant Park in NYC.
Augustyn’s most recent recording of world premieres by the Polish composer Romuald Twardowski (b. 1930) has just been released on Naxos. Performed with the Torun Symphony Orchestra and maestro Mariusz Smolij, the project was initiated by Dr. Augustyn, who throughout the years has proven her commitment to increasing awareness of music by Polish composers. Previously, she had made a significant contribution to Polish music by recording a highly praised album of lesser known Polish Violin Music. Also released on Naxos, the Polish Violin Music album was called by The Strad Magazine a “fascinating traversar of a century and a half of virtuosic music from Poland”. Augustyn’s other critically acclaimed recordings include the Mendelssohn and Bruch Violin Concerti with the Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra and Jakub Klecker, and the Telemann 12 Fantasias for Solo Violin, both on Centaur Records; Paganini 24 Caprices for Solo Violin on RovenRecords; and Glen Roven’s Runaway Bunny Concerto performed with Catherine Zeta-Jones as a narrator and featuring Kinga Augustyn’s Solo Violin Cadenza on GPR Records.
Kinga Augustyn is an advocate of new music. She premieres and records new works, oftentimes written especially for her. A new album of contemporary works will be released shortly. Most recently, Kinga has become interested in researching female composers, and has been collaborating with the New York Women Composers organization.
Ms. Augustyn has won international awards, including First Prizes at the Alexander & Buono International String Competition (NYC), Artist International Presentations (NYC), and the J. S. Bach String Competition (Zielona Gora, Poland). She studied at The Juilliard School with Dorothy DeLay, Cho-Liang Lin, and Naoko Tanaka, and earned there both the Bachelor and the Master degrees. Augustyn also holds a doctorate from the Stony Brook University, where she worked with Phil Setzer and Pamela Frank. Kinga Augustyn plays on an early 18th century violin made by Antonio Zanotti, generously on loan to her from a private collector.
Debra Kaye “Turning in Time”(2018) composed for Kinga Augustyn
From the composer:
“Turning in Time” references Bach’s Chaconne in D minor. For the uninitiated, the chaconne is a form, popular in baroque times, usually involving variations over a recurring bass line. There’s an amazing sense of forward motion and development, and that got me thinking about time, and cycles in life of returning to the same themes in a different way, and how the same things, events etc, carry different meaning over time. Juxtaposing past & present, it is a conversation between the “then” and the “now”
Romuald Twardowski Violin Concerto (III.Allegro deciso) (2006)
Romuald Twardowski (b. 1931) is a Polish composer, who studied with Nadia Boulanger.
Released in December 2018 on Naxos, the album features the composer’s works for violin and orchestra. Recorded with the Torun Symphony Orchestra and maestro Mariusz Smolij, the project was initiated and co-organized by Kinga Augustyn.
Niccolò Paganini 24 Caprices, Op. 1
I have decided to include this recording as a sample because it also features unaccompanied violin. The pieces are demanding technically yet they also require the ability to sing lyrically and to find beauty. Just like the repertoire I am selecting for my album featuring female composers.