Katarzyna Budnik-Gałązka

Graduate of Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw in the violin class of Professors Mirosław Ławrynowicz, Andrzej GębskiandJanusz Wawrowski,as well as theviola class of ProfessorPiotr Reichert. Teaching Assistant in the viola class at the University of Music in Warsaw.

She has performed with success at numerous competitions, incl. 47th Beethoven’s Hradec Musical Competition (Czech Republic, 2008, 1st prize), 15th International Johannes Brahms Competition in Pörtschach (Austria, 2008, 1st prize), 8th National JanRakowski Viola Competition (Poznań, 2008, 1st prize), International Max Rostal Competition in Berlin (Germany, 2009, 2nd prize), International Max Reger Chamber Music Competition in Sondershausen (Germany, 2009, 2nd prize and special prize for best performance of Max Reger Suite for viola solo), and 4th Michał Spisak International Competition in Dąbrowa Górnicza (Poland, 2010, 2nd prize and special prize for best performance of compulsory piece).

As soloist and chamber musician she has given concerts in Poland and other European countries. In 2010, she took part in Chamber Music Connects the World project organized by the Kronberg Academy, where she performed with such distinguished musicians as Gidon Kremer, Tatjana Grindenko, Yuri Bashmet and Frans Helmerson. She has played at many prestigious festivals, including Łańcut Music Festival, Music on the Summits International Chamber Music Festival in Zakopane or Kammermusikfest Lockenhaus (to which she was invited by Gidon Kremer).

For her excellence, she received scholarships of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and the Young Poland scholarship programme.