Jadwiga Bialic - string orchestra

Polish violinist, studied at the Stanislaw Moniuszko Music Academy in Gdańsk with prof. Henryk Keszkowski, and at the Academy of Music in Krakow with prof. Teresa Głąbówna and Maciej Lulek (graduated in 2006). She also participated in a number of masterclasses, both for soloists and chamber or orchestra performers, run, among others, by Albrecht Breuninger, Teresa Głąbówna, Nigel Kennedy, and Daniel Stabrawa. Since 2003, she has taken part in numerous orchestra projects, first as the concertmaster of the Symphonic Orchestra of the Academy of Music in Krakow, and from 2005 to 2009 as the second concertmaster of the Beethoven Academy Orchestra – ensemble which she was one of the founding members. Since 2008 she has also been a member of the Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra (1st violin). Jadwiga Bialic has cooperated with such ensembles as the Sinfonietta Cracovia, Capella Cracoviensis, Polish Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra in Sopot, and The Young Sound – Forum of Central Europe in Berlin. She has worked with excellent conductors and soloists, producing a number of recorded radio programmes and notable albums (Centaur Reccord USA, Dux, Deutsche Welle, Universal Music). She is also active as a chamber musician, performing, among others, with Paul Esswood, Sirkka Liisa Kaakinen-Pilch, and Kevin Kenner, playing both the historical and modern violin. She plays the first violin at the Quarte string quartet and the Sonus piano quintet. As a violin-organ duo she performs at many organ and chamber music festivals with her husband Arkadiusz Bialic. She is a founding member and the concertmaster of the Chamber String Orchestra Arco Cracovia established at the Bronisław Rutkowski Ars Organi Foundation, whose goal is to support the education and artistic development of gifted youth.

dr Maria Dutka - viola

Maria Dutka graduated with honors from the Academy of Music in Krakow in the class of Prof. Janusz Pisarski (2008). She did her postgraduate studies at Universtität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien under Prof. Wolfgang Klos and as. Ulrich Schönauer (2009), as well as at the prestigious European Chamber Music Academy (2011). In 2015 she was awarded the title of Doctor of Arts. She has received numerous grants e.g. Scholarship of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage Republic of Poland, Scientific Scholarship of City of Krakow, the European Chamber Music Academy, Pacific Music Festival in Japan and the Adam Mickiewicz Institute. She has participated in many solo and chamber music master classes, working under the guidance of artists such as Hatto Beyerle, Johannes Meissl, Tabea Zimmermann, Stefan Kamasa, Andra Darzins, Christopf Richter, Grigory Zhyslin, Avo Kouyoumdjian, the Tokyo String Quartet, Artis Quartett, Musagète Apollon Quartett. Maria Dutka as a chamber musician (Messages Quartet, Yaniewicz String Trio and others), regularly performs in Europe as well as in the USA and Japan. She has performed at such festivals as: Festival Pablo Casals (Prades), Mozartiade (Augsburg), Kalkalpen Festival (Grossraming), Pacific Music Festival (Sapporo), the Internationales Musikfest Goslar-Harz. As a member of the Vistula String Quartet she won the third prize at the International Competition of Contemporary Chamber Music in Krakow (2007), second prize and special prize Baerenreiter Urtext Preis Charles Hennen Concours in Netherlands (2011). Since 2011 she has been a violist of the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice. As well she cooperates with other Polish orchestras: Sinfonietta Cracovia, Capella Cracoviensis and Beethoven Academy Orchestra.

dr Iwona Glinka-Travlos - flute / wind music groups

Iwona was born in Kwidzyn, Poland. At the age of 18 she graduated from the Music Lyceum in Gdansk. She continued her studies at the Music Academy of Gdansk, Poland. She graduated from the Academy in 1994 with the degree of Master of Music in Performance. Between 1991 and 1994, on the Baloise Holding Scholarship, she attended the Summer Courses of the Music Academy of Lenk in Switzerland with Peter-Lukas Graf. In 1992, on a scholarship from the Mayor of the City of Darmstadt in Germany, she attended the Ferienkurse für Neue Musik where she studied with Pierre-Yves Artaud. In 1996 there followed a further period of studies at the Academia Internationale Superiore di Musica in Biella, Italy, again with Peter-Lukas Graf and later at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris, France, with Pierre-Yves Artaud. She has given dozens of solo recitals with classical and contemporary repertoire and has appeared as Principal Flautist with orchestras and chamber ensembles in Greece as well as Russia, Italy, Switzerland, Poland, and the US. She has developed a great interest in New Music, which since 1994 has resulted in over one hundred world premières of music works, more than one hundred of them commissioned by and written especially for her. In 1995, Iwona Glinka has made Athens, Greece, her home. She teaches flute and chamber music at the Municipal Conservatories of Patras and Glyfada and at the Mantzaros Conservatory in Athens. She is Principal Flautist of the Athens Symphony Orchestra and a core member of the Hellenic Contemporary Music Ensemble. In addition to touring on a regular basis, she was chosen as a featured performer for the Canadian Flute Association Convention (2015, Toronto, Canada), 5th and 10th Sacred Music of Patmos (2005 and 2010, Greece), Electro Media Works (2008, Athens, Greece), International James Galway Flute Festival (2007, Weggis, Switzerland), 3rd and 4th Mediterranean Contemporary Music Days (2005 and 2006, Istanbul, Turkey), 3rd Flute Festival (2006, Madison, USA), Archanes Festival (2002, Greece), Days of Contemporary Music (2002, Athens, Greece), Schoenberg Festival (2001, Athens, Greece), International Flute Festival (1997, Rome, Italy), International Computer Music Conference (1997, Thessaloniki, Greece). In 2012, she received major grants from the RVW Trust, the Britten-Pears Foundation and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts to commission new works from Roger Redgate (UK) and Piotr Grella-Mozejko (Canada), respectively. Iwona Glinka has recorded extensively and appears on a dozen CDs available on the European, and US labels such as Universal, BMG, Auris Subtilise and others. In May 2009, she obtained a Doctor of Philosophy in Music Performance from the Academy of Music in Cracow, Poland. In 2012, she was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy in Musicology by the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece.

dr hab. Jan Kalinowski - cello / chamber music groups

Studied in Cracow, Paris and Stuttgart with Witold Herman, Paul Julien and Peter Buck. He has also taken part in master classes given by David Geringas, Ivan Monighetti and Arto Noras. He has held grants from Polish and foreign foundations, as well as the City of Cracow and the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. He has received awards and favourable reviews at numerous competitions and festivals. He has recorded for radio and television, including the cello concertos by Witold Lutosławski (Lebanese National Orchestra, Azerbaijan State Philharmonic) and Marek Stachowski (Beethoven Academy Orchestra). At present he focuses on the cello works by Chopin, Tansman, Różycki, Stojowski, Lutosławski and Penderecki. He holds his own cello class at the Music Academy in Cracow, where he gained a doctorate in music in 2009. He has led courses in Bremen, Karlsruhe, Fermo and Tbilisi within the framework of an international academic exchange programme. At the beginning of 2014 DUX recording producers published a CD with his artistic project containing eight works by Polish composers for cello ensembles from one to eight instruments.

dr hab. Gajusz Kęska - piano

Called by critics brilliant virtuoso, magus of piano is one of the most talented Polish pianists of young generation. Prizewinner of many international piano competitions and festivals. His repertoire includes composition from Baroque till contemporary music, especially concentrates in 19th and 20th century. He successively promotes Polish music showing to the wide public pieces of Frederic Chopin, but as well of Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Alexander Tansman and Karol Szymanowski. In 2002 his finished piano studies in Academy of Music in Cracow (class of Professor Andrzej Pikul) with distinction. In the same year he started post graduated study in master piano class of Professor Willem Brons in Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam, which he finished in 2005 as well with distinction (the highest mark). In March 2010 he got his PhD in music in Academy of Music in Cracow where nowadays he is leading his own piano class in Piano Department. He is a prize winner of national and international piano competition and scholarship holder. Gajusz Kęska performs wide repertoire as a soloist (recitals and piano concerto with orchestra) and chamber music player. He regularly plays in prestigious halls during festivals and concerts in most of the countries of Europe and Canada, Japan, Chile, Peru, Equador and Israel. In 2012 Gajusz Kęska made his phonographic debut with Piano Sonatas of Karol Szymanowski – this double-disc album was nominated for International Classical Music Awards 2013 in solo category, nomination for Fryderyk Award 2013 in category "album of the year - solo recital" and was awarded by "Excepcional Scherzo" from prestigious Spanish classical music magazine "Scherzo".

dr Oriana Masternak - violin

Oriana Masternak started her musical education at the age of 7. She graduated from the Academy of Music in Krakow, Royal Conservatorium in Brussels, European Chamber Music Academy, Yale School of Music and the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. In 2015 Oriana Masternak achieved a title of Doctor of Arts. Her musical masters include renowned artists such as Johannes Meissl, Roman Reiner, Katalin Sebestyen, Małgorzata Skorupa, Magdalena Szczepanowska and Tokyo Quartet. She participated in numerous master classes. She is the prizewinner of many international competitions. Her excellent music skills where quickly recognized and resulted in many scholarships, among others from Polish government. In 2009-2012 Oriana was studying (with Vistula Quartet) in European Chamber Music Academy (ECMA), where she had an opportunity to work with the greatest artists. In March 2009, she was invited by prof. Ray Robinson from Palm Beach Symphony, as well as the Kravis Centre to perform in Palm Beach, Florida in USA. In July 2009, she had an opportunity (with Vistula Quartet) to work with Tokyo String Quartet as one of three chosen ensembles during Pacific Music Festival in Japan. In March 2012 Vistula Quartet was invited to take part in prestigious educational program of Yale School of Music: Norfolk Chamber Music Festival in USA. Since 2013 Oriana has been a founding member of Messages Ensemble – a chamber music formation specializing in Polish music performance. She performs solo and as a chamber musician in Asia, North America and majority of European countries. In Janauary 2012 she performed in Musikveren, Vienna. In November 2014 Messages Ensemble gave a concert in Pushkin Museum, Moscow. Currently she works as an assistant teacher at Department of Violin and Viola at the Academy of Music in Cracow.

Mariusz Monczak - violin

After arriving to the North American continent, he studied in New York and Montreal, where he got a Masters and Doctorate degree in Music. Presently, he has an active concert career. He has played in most renowned halls such as Carnegie Hall and Avery Fischer Hall Lincoln Center in New York, Place des Arts in Montreal, and Union Hall in Rotterdam, The Moscow Conservatory Hall. As a soloist and chamber musician he has performed with numerous orchestras, such as Montreal Chamber Orchestra, Young Virtuosi of Montreal, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Concordia Symphony Orchestra, Brandenburg Symphony Orchestra, Amadeus Polish Radio Chamber Orchestra, as well as the Zielona Góra, Bialystok and Torun Symphonic Orchestras. He has also performed with outstanding musicians and cooperated with contemporary composers such as: Henryk Mikolaj Gorecki, Krzysztof Penderecki, Denis Gougeon, André Prévost and others. He made many world premieres, most of which have been recorded by Canadian radio stations Radio Canada and CBC2 in Toronto. He records for radio, television and on CD for SNE, Concordia Records, Castalia and Dux. He's the founder and artistic director of several music festivals in Poland and Canada. During the Woodstock Festival in 2005 in Kostrzyn nad Odra, his String Orchestra "Kostrinella" performed twice on the Big Stage, playing Summer from the Four Seasons and Orawa by Wojciech Kilar. For many years he was violin teacher at College Platon in Montreal. Presentely he is giving lecture and master classes at Universities in Canada, Poland, Brasil and Music Conservatories in Russia and Italy.

dr hab. Marek Szlezer - piano

Marek Szlezer is one of the most sought-after Polish pianists of his generation. His career started with the Grand Prix at the International Piano Competition in Rome at the age of 12. He has studied at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris, the Music Academy in Cracow and the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth in Belgium with Ewa Bukojemska, Abdel Rahman El Bach, Dmitri Bashkirov and Marcella Crudeli. He has held grants from Polish and foreign foundations, as well as the City of Cracow and the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. He is a prizewinner of many prestigious competitions in Poland and abroad. Many of his awards are for the interpretation of Chopin’s music. One of his recitals was on a historic piano once owned by the composer. He has performed with leading orchestras, including the English Chamber Orchestra and the National Polish Radio SO, and at such venues as the Palais des Beaux Arts, Salle Cortot, the Wigmore Hall and St.Martin-in-the-fields. At present he concentrates on the music of Polish composers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He discovered the piano music of Jadwiga Sarnecka and recorded a selection of her compositions for DUX. He also prepared them for publication by the Polish Music Publishers PWM. He holds his own piano class at the Music Academy in Cracow, where he gained a doctorate in music in 2009.

Michail Travlos - composition / mucic application

Michail Travlos was born on 7th of July 1950 in Piraeus, Greece. He started his musical studies at Athens National Conservatory in 1970 with Michalis Vourtsis. In 1975 he was accepted to the Hochschule der Künste Berlin, where he studied composition with Isang Yun and orchestration with Witold Szalonek. He obtained his diploma in Music Composition in 1980. He lives in Pireaus as an independent composer and professor of theory and composition. He taught at the Hellenic Conservatory (1980-1982),the Contemporary Conservatory (1987-1996) and at the "Nikos Skalkotas" Conservatory (1982-2014) where he was also artistic director (1989-2014). From 2015 he teaches music theory and composition at the Nikolaos Mantzaros Conservatory in Athens and at the Conservatory of Modern Art in Anavissos. He has written music for large and small ensembles, for solo instruments, as well as chamber opera and concertos for solo instruments and orchestra. His works have been performed in many countries such as Germany, France, Italy, Russia, Poland, Spain, England, the Netherlands. His works were chosen twice by Gaudeamus Foundation to be performed in the International Gaudeamus Music Week in the Netherlands, in 1978 the work Seven Happenings for 8 players (1977) and in 1984 Motivic Variations for solo cello (1983), respectively. In 1985 the International Society of Contemporary Music, ISCM included his award winning orchestral work Prisma (1979-1980) for the International Music Days. His music is published by Ch. Nakas – C. Papagrigoriou Co. in Greece and TONOS- Musikverlage in Germany. The works of Michail Travlos have been recorded extensively and appear on a dozen CDs available on the European and US labels such as Ablaze, Lyra, Tar, Dna, El Culto/ClassXX and others.

Media patronage



Porta Musicae Artistic Associoation
Telephone:00 48 737 574 840
E-mail: portamusicae@gmail.com


  • Szkoła Muyzczna I st. w Łącku