Assistant Professor Agata Sapiecha, DMus Hab.

pho­to Elż­bi­eta Sapiecha

A vio­lin­ist, teacher, founder and artis­tic man­ag­er of the ensem­ble Il Tem­po (1990), with which she has giv­en con­certs in almost all of Europe, USA, Cana­da, Kyr­gyzs­tan, and had an hon­our to per­form before Great Britain’s Queen and Span­ish Roy­al Cou­ple.

She grad­u­at­ed from the Acad­e­my of Music in War­saw, vio­lin class of prof. Stanisław Kawal­la and Maria Słu­bic­ka. She com­plet­ed artis­tic train­ing at Moscow’s Con­ser­va­to­ry where she was a stu­dent of Oleh Krysa. She also obtained a diplo­ma from Dres­d­ner Akademie für Alte Musik, spe­cial­is­ing in baroque vio­lin, hav­ing stud­ied with Simon Standage.

Apart from his­tor­i­cal vio­lin, she also plays the vio­la (e.g. Bran­den­burg Con­cer­to no. 6 by J.S. Bach, or Sin­fo­nia Con­cer­tante in E-flat Major by W.A. Mozart), she also plays medieval and renais­sance instru­ments which pre­ced­ed the vio­lin.

She col­lab­o­rates with Pol­ish and for­eign artists and musi­col­o­gists. Thanks to coop­er­a­tion with Bar­bara Przy­byszews­ka-Jarmińs­ka, she has many times per­formed and record­ed most pieces by Kas­par Főrster junior togeth­er with the ensem­ble and out­stand­ing singers; in the reper­toire she also includ­ed Vio­lin Sonatas by Alde­brand Subis­sati (con­cert­mas­ter of the War­saw Cas­tle ensem­ble), new­ly dis­cov­ered and pub­lished by Piotr Wilk (label Musi­ca Iag­el­loni­ca).

Aga­ta Sapiecha par­tic­i­pates in sig­nif­i­cant fes­ti­vals in Poland and around the world. Among her achieve­ments are numer­ous record­ings for the radio, tele­vi­sion and record­ing com­pa­nies (includ­ing a CD and a DVD as a soloist, head of Il Tem­po, and col­lab­o­ra­tor of Pol­ish and inter­na­tion­al ensem­bles and orches­tras).

As a soloist and con­cert­mas­ter of Il Tem­po, Orches­tra of the Inter­na­tion­al Sum­mer Acad­e­my of Ear­ly Music and Inter-Uni­ver­si­ty Baroque Orches­tra, she has con­duct­ed many instru­men­tal and vocal-and-instru­men­tal con­certs (e.g. ora­to­rio La Res­ur­rezione by G.F. Hän­del, sym­phonies from the Jas­na Góra col­lec­tion, arias from Mozart’s operas, Sta­bat Mater by Józef Zei­dler, La Lib­er­al­ità di Numa Pom­pilio by G.A. Ris­tori, and Wei­h­nacht­so­ra­to­ri­um by J. S. Bach), includ­ing many pre­miere per­for­mances often trans­mit­ted by Pro­gramme 2 of the Pol­ish Radio and radio pro­grammes being part of the Euro­pean Broad­cast­ing Union.

In the peri­od of 1992–2002, she pre­sent­ed orig­i­nal pro­grammes on Pro­gramme 2 of the Pol­ish Radio. She sits on the jury of inter­na­tion­al and nation­al ear­ly and cham­ber music com­pe­ti­tions (e.g. in Bruges, Kalisz, Rovere­to, Cra­cow, Byd­goszcz, Leża­jsk, Łomi­an­ki). She is head of jury and mem­ber of the Artis­tic Coun­cil of the Schola Can­to­rum Fes­ti­val in Kalisz.

Between 1996 and 2016, she head­ed the Inter-Depart­ment Ear­ly Music Course at the FCUM trans­formed into the Unit of Ear­ly Music of the FCUM in Jan­u­ary 2014. Apart from teach­ing at the Uni­ver­si­ty, Aga­ta Sapiecha is an author and super­vi­sor of the fol­low­ing annu­al artis­tic and aca­d­e­m­ic events: Ear­ly Music Forum at the FCUM/FCAM (2003–2017) and aca­d­e­m­ic sym­posia “From Source to Music Inter­pre­ta­tion” (since 2012).

Since 2014, she has col­lab­o­rat­ed with the Acad­e­my of Art in Szczecin and since the aca­d­e­m­ic year 2015/16, she has been its lec­tur­er.

In the peri­od of 2009–2012, she rep­re­sent­ed the FCUM at the Inter­na­tion­al Ear­ly Music Plaform Con­fer­ences organ­ised by the AEC. She was the founder (in 1992), head and lec­tur­er of the Inter­na­tion­al Sum­mer Acad­e­my of Ear­ly Music in War­saw and the Con­cert Spir­ituel Foun­da­tion respon­si­ble for these events since 2000. Recent­ly, after 17 of head­ing the Coun­cil of the Con­cert Spir­ituel Foun­da­tion, she became its Pres­i­dent in Jan­u­ary 2017.

As a teacher, she gives mas­ter­class­es, con­sul­ta­tions and lec­tures.

She received three nom­i­na­tions for the ‘Pass­port’ of the week­ly mag­a­zine ‘Poli­ty­ka’ in the cat­e­go­ry of music. In 2006, she received an Hon­orary Badge “For Mer­its to Pol­ish Cul­ture” from the Min­istry of Cul­ture and Nation­al Her­itage.

She is the author of the chap­ter enti­tled “Muzy­ka daw­na” [Ear­ly Music] in Raport o muzyce [Report on music] pub­lished by the Insti­tute of Music and Dance (2011) and the book Mowa dźwięków w muzyce XVII wieku [The speech of sounds in music of the 17th cen­tu­ry] pub­lished by the FCUM (2011).

In June 2013, she received an hon­orary title and badge “For Mer­its to Kalisz” from the Munic­i­pal Coun­cil of the Town of Kalisz. In July 2014, she was hon­oured with the Award of the Min­istry of Cul­ture and Nation­al Her­itage for her artis­tic and teach­ing achieve­ments.

In Sep­tem­ber 2013, she obtained a post-doc­tor­al degree in art in the area of musi­cal arts, artis­tic dis­ci­pline of instru­men­tal stud­ies.

last modified: 15/02/2018