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Agnieszka Budzińska
 
 

Agnieszka Budzińska

Agnieszka Budzińska is a graduate of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań where she studied musicology. She began her singing lessons in her home city of Szczecin. She continued her studies at the Early Music Departament of the University of Wrocław with Marcin Bornus-Szczyciński. She recived two scholarships from the Dartington International Summer Scchool in Great Britan (1994, 1996). She also attendet master class given by such artists as Evelyn Tubb and Emma Kirkby and took singing lessons with Ansa Boothroyd in London (1995 - 1996). In 1997 she was invited by Barbara Thronton to attend a course devoted to medieval monodic music and memory in medieval times. In the years 1997 - 2001 she studied singing in Schola Cantorum Basiliensis with Richard Levitt, Dominique Vellard, Kathleen Dinen and Evelyn Tubb. She also studied medieval harp with Heidrun Rosenzweig. She is the co-founder of the ensemble Peregrina that specialises in performing early medieval music. Being a singer, harpist and musicologist she cooperates with such ensembles as Schola Teatru "Węgajty", Vox Alta (Basel) and Kantika (Paris).

 
Anna Mikołajczyk-Niewiedział
 
 

Anna Mikołajczyk-Niewiedział

Anna Mikołajczyk-Niewiedział graduated from the Academy of Music in Warsaw, department of vocal studies and drama. She performed with such conductors as Paul Goodwin, Kazimierz Kord, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Marcin Nałęcz-Niesiołowski, Wojciech Rajski, Marcin Sompoliński, Stefan Stuligrosz, Marek Štryncl, Roman Valek. She is especially appreciated in the world of early music. For many years she has been singing with the ensemble Dekameron and been giving guest performances with Ars Nova and Il Canto. She co-operates with excellent musicians, ensembles of the Baroque music: Arte Dei Suonatori, Concerto Polacco, Il Tempo, Kapela Jasnogórska, Musicae Antiquae Collegium Varsoviense, Orkiestra I Rzeczpospolitej, as well as with Musica Florea and Collegium Marianum from the Czech Republic, Musica Aeterna and Solamente Naturali from Slovakia, Capella Augustana from Italy. In 2001 she received Zofia Rayzacher Prize of the 11th Festival of Early Music in the Royal Castle in Warsaw. She took part in recording of CDs with such ensembles as Ars Nova, Dekameron, Il Canto and with such orchestras as Concerto Polacco, Kleine Kammer-Musique, Musicae Antiquae Collegium Varsoviense, Polska Orkiestra Radiowa [Polish Rado Orchestra]. At present she is recording the complete works of H. Schütz with Italian musicians for the phonographic company Brilliant Classics.

 
Apolonia Nowak
 
 

Apolonia Nowak

Lives in a well-known Kurpie region village of Kadzidlo. Like her mother and her grandmother before her, Apolonia Nowak is interested in arts. Apart from making paper cutouts, a well-known speciality of Polish folk art, she is, first and foremost, a gifted singer with a resonant high-pitched head register voice. Her preferred singing technique revolves round a kind of shouting within the chest register. Her cutouts, crepe flowers, flowers made of feathers and traditional decorative Easter eggs adorn many a museum and the papal collection. Apolonia Nowak began to sing in 1960 in the Kurpianka ensemble in Kadzidlo, with which she has performed all over Europe. Among her prizes are the highest folk art awards, such as those founded by the minister of culture, the Kazimierz Golden Tower, the Oskar Kolberg prize, and the Polish Radio award. She has been working with the Ars Nova ensemble since 1992, recording CDs, archive tapes for the Polish Radio and making films for TV.

 
Krzysztof Owczynik
 
 

Krzysztof Owczynik

Krzysztof Owczynik is a graduate of the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw where he studied the art of conducting, as well as recorder, clarinet, piano, music teaching, theory of music and composition. Since 1988 he has cooperated with Poland's leading ensemble Ars Nova as a recorderplayer, singer and composer. Together with the ensemble he has given concerts in European concerthalls and made numerous radio and CD recordings. He also cooperated with the Warsaw Chamber Opera, and the National Opera in Warsaw playng solo instrumental parts, among others in Krzysztof Penderecki's Opera "Czarna Maska". He also performed contemporary music on the recorder. In 1990 Owczynik founded a musical publishing house TRAVERS, which publishes contemporary music. His musical output includes piano, choral and chamber pieces. In 1995 Owczynik won prize at composers' competition "Spazi Sonori"in Italy. At the request of the famous polish singer Andrzej Hiolski, Owczynik arranged Polish Christmas carols, song by F.Chopin and St.Moniuszko for an instrumental ensemble, and composed contemporary pieces on themes from the melodies by Oskar Kolberg. Krzysztof Owczynik is the director of a musical school in Międzylesie.

 
Jacek Urbaniak
 
 

Jacek Urbaniak

Jacek Urbaniak studied at the Royal Academyof Music in Stockholm (oboe and recorder, 1974). He was the first oboist of the Oslo Opera, the Warsaw Chamber Opera and played the oboe and english horn for the National Philharmonics in Warsaw. He has played historical instruments including recorders, bombards and cornamuse. In 1981 he became the leader of the Ars Nova ensemble. Since then he has worked out for the ensemble its repertoire, conducted its concerts, tours and recordings. Jacek Urbaniak has received awards from Polish Radio for reaching the roots of Polish culture and breaking down barriers separating tradition from contemporary life. He was also nominated by the "Polityka" weekly for its award for achievements in music in 1995. Jacek Urbaniak is also vicepresident of the Warsaw Music Society, the director of the Early Music Festival of the Polish Music Society which is held at the Royal Palace in Warsaw.

 
Paweł Majewski
 
 

Paweł Majewski

Paweł Majewski lives in the village of Kadzidlo near Ostroleka, where he runs a business. He owes his fascination of the Kurpie region music to his grandmother, from whom that famous song collector, the Reverend Wladyslaw Skierkowski copied old songs way back in 1925. Pawel Majewski is a vocalist and a drummer in a traditional Kurpie region band, performing at numerous events about the Kurpie region held at home and abroad.