Professor FCUM Alina Ratkowska, DMus Hab.

She is Pro­fes­sor at the FCUM at the Fry­deryk Chopin Uni­ver­si­ty of Music in War­saw. In 2002 she obtained a diplo­ma of the Scholi Can­to­rum Basilen­sis, High­er School of Ear­ly Music in Basel, class of Andrea Mar­con. The stud­ies also cov­ered work­ing under the super­vi­sion of Jes­per B. Chris­tensen and Jörg-Andreas Bötich­er, spe­cial­ists in bas­so con­tin­uo. In 1999 she grad­u­at­ed with hon­ours from the Fry­deryk Chopin Acad­e­my of Music in War­saw, class of Pro­fes­sor Leszek Kędrac­ki. She also com­plet­ed post­grad­u­ate stud­ies at the Tech­ni­cal Uni­ver­si­ty of Gdańsk, Depart­ment of Man­age­ment and Eco­nom­ics.

In 2009, on the basis of the pre­sent­ed doc­tor­al the­sis con­sti­tut­ing an artis­tic piece enti­tled The char­ac­ter­is­tics of pieces by Johann Got­tlieb Gold­berg on the back­ground of his con­tem­po­rary com­po­si­tions, she obtained a doc­tor­al degree in the artis­tic dis­ci­pline of instru­men­tal stud­ies. In May 2014 she was award­ed with a post-doc­tor­al degree by the Coun­cil of the Vocal and Instru­men­tal Depart­ment, Karol Szy­manows­ki Acad­e­my of Music in Katow­ice.

In 2009 and 2013 she was hon­oured by the read­ers of the Pol­ish dai­ly news­pa­per “Gaze­ta Wybor­cza” with the award named The Storm of The Year. In 2008 she obtained the award of Pres­i­dent of the city of Gdańsk For the Young Cre­ators of Cul­ture. She had the schol­ar­ships of the Min­is­ter of Cul­ture and Art, Mar­shall of Pomeran­ian Voivod­ship, Foun­da­tion of Cul­ture and many oth­er for­eign foun­da­tions. In 2003 she won the 3rd award at the Inter­na­tion­al Ear­ly Music Com­pe­ti­tion Van Vlaan­deren in Bruges (Bel­gium), togeth­er with the ensem­ble she con­duct­ed called Esperan­to. She was a final­ist of harp­si­chord com­pe­ti­tions in War­saw (1998) and Budapest (2000). As a pianist she won the 1st award at the Cham­ber Music Com­pe­ti­tion in Gdańsk (1993) and the first dis­tinc­tion at the Cham­ber Music Com­pe­ti­tion in Wrocław (1994). She also won the 1st award at the Inter­na­tion­al Pao­la Bernar­di Harp­si­chord Com­pe­ti­tion in Bologna (2005). She attend­ed numer­ous mas­ter cours­es, taught by such artists as: Chri­stiane Jac­cot­tet, Peter Hol­man, Ketil Haug­sand, Mar­ka Kroll, Andre­as Sta­ier, Geof­frey Lan­ca­ster, or Nicho­las Par­le. She col­lab­o­rates with the Gold­berg Baro­que Ensem­ble, spe­cial­iz­ing in per­form­ing the music which was pre­served in the col­lec­tions of the Gdańsk Library of the Pol­ish Acad­e­my of Sci­ences. Togeth­er with the ensem­ble she doc­u­ments these col­lec­tions as part of the series “Music Her­itage of the City of Gdańsk” (DUX, Sar­ton).

As a con­duc­tor of Musi­ca Max­i­ma, a vocal and instru­men­tal ensem­ble, she took part in pre­miere per­for­mances of com­po­si­tions from the col­lec­tions of the Arch­dio­cese Archive in Poz­nań. She devotes a sig­nif­i­cant part of her activ­i­ty to per­form­ing con­tem­po­rary music writ­ten for harp­si­chord, play­ing numer­ous pre­mieres. In 2010 she released her debut solo album with The Gold­berg Vari­a­tions by J.S. Bach (Sar­ton), in 2011 the CD received two nom­i­na­tions for the phono­graph­ic award “Fry­deryk”. In 2012 she released a pre­miere record­ing of three harp­si­chord con­cer­tos by Johann Jere­mias du Gra­in, a Gdańsk com­pos­er and organ­ist who died in 1756; the album was sup­ple­ment­ed with a work enti­tled The Harp­si­chord Con­cer­tos by Johann Jere­mias du Gra­in (?-1756). A his­tor­i­cal con­text, struc­ture and select­ed per­for­mance issues, which was pub­lished in 2013 by the Fry­deryk Chopin Uni­ver­si­ty of Music.

Ali­na Ratkows­ka is an orig­i­na­tor and direc­tor of the Gold­berg Fes­ti­val, which was ini­ti­at­ed in Gdańsk in 2006. Under her super­vi­sion a schol­ar­ly ses­sion enti­tled Harp­si­chord music at the FCUM  is held cycli­cal­ly.

Pro­fes­sor Ali­na Ratkows­ka, DMus Hab. is a mem­ber of the Chair of Organ and Harp­si­chord of the FCUM.


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