Assistant Professor Zuzanna Elster, DMus Hab.

Pho­to Mirosław Pietruszyńs­ki

Born in 1985 in War­saw, a solo harpist, cham­ber musi­cian, and a teacher. She grad­u­at­ed with hon­ours from the Fry­deryk Chopin Acad­e­my of Music in War­saw (2008), harp class of Pro­fes­sor Urszu­la Mazurek, and (also with hon­ours) post­grad­u­ate stud­ies “Konz­er­tex­a­m­en” at Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin (2011), harp class of Pro­fes­sor Maria Graf. She also took harp lessons from Ger­maine Loren­zi­ni in Lyon. Apart from that she devel­oped her skills dur­ing mas­ter cours­es in Poland and abroad which were taught by such harpists as: E. Ben­nett, J. Bousko­va, S. Kan­ga, M. Graf, G. Loren­zi­ni, S. McDon­ald, C. Michel, N. Shamaye­va, or H. Stor­ck.

Since 2008 she has taught the harp class at the Fry­deryk Chopin Uni­ver­si­ty of Music in War­saw, hold­ing the post of Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor (Since 2013). Since 2009 she has taught the harp class at the Fry­deryk Chopin Com­plex of State Music Schools in War­saw. In 2012 she defend­ed her doc­tor­al the­sis, obtain­ing a doc­tor­al title in music arts, and in 2017 she obtained a post-doc­tor­al degree.

She was a lau­re­ate of nation­al and inter­na­tion­al harp com­pe­ti­tions. She twice won the schol­ar­ship of the Min­is­ter of Cul­ture and Nation­al Her­itage (2003, 2004) and schol­ar­ship of the Société Générale Bank (1008), which allowed her to record a CD. In 2009 she was award­ed with the Magna cum Laude medal by Rec­tor of the Fry­deryk Chopin Uni­ver­si­ty of Music, and in 2010 she won the Indi­vid­ual Award of the 2nd Degree of the Cen­tre of Artis­tic Edu­ca­tion. In 2011 she was a juror dur­ing the 1st All-Poland Com­pe­ti­tion “The Minia­ture for Celtic Harp”.

She gives con­certs as a soloist in Poland and abroad. She has per­formed in France, Ire­land, Ger­many, Italy, Czech Repub­lic and Rus­sia, e.g. as part of pres­ti­gious inter­na­tion­al harp/music fes­ti­vals and con­gress­es such as: 9th World Harp Con­gress in Dublin (2005), “Days of Harp” in Ostra­va (2002–2008), or “Inter­na­tion­al Con­ser­va­toire Week” in Sankt Peters­burg (2006). She has also giv­en con­certs at such venues as the Nation­al Phil­har­mon­ic, Pomeran­ian Phil­har­mon­ic in Byd­goszcz, Phil­har­mon­ics of Łódź, Lublin and Szczecin, Roy­al Cas­tle in War­saw and The Witold Lutosławs­ki Con­cert Stu­dio of the Pol­ish Radio in War­saw.

She has per­formed as a soloist with such orches­tras as: Bran­den­burg­er Sym­phoniker, Pol­ish Radio Orches­tra, Sym­pho­ny Orches­tra of the Lublin Phil­har­mon­ic, Sym­pho­ny Orches­tra of the Szczecin Phil­harm­nic, Toruń Sym­pho­ny Orches­tra, Con­cer­to Aven­na and Capel­la Byd­gostien­sis. As an orches­tra musi­cian she per­ma­nent­ly coop­er­ates with Sin­fo­nia Varso­via. She has also coop­er­at­ed with such orches­tras as The Nation­al Phil­har­mon­ic Sym­pho­ny Orches­tra, Israel Con­tem­po­rary Play­ers and Sin­fo­nia Iuven­tus. She has record­ed for the Pol­ish Radio and Tele­vi­sion and per­formed pre­mieres of pieces by con­tem­po­rary Pol­ish com­posers.

last modified: 04/09/2017