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Biography


Violin

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Katarzyna Zimińska started playing the violin at the age of seven and graduated 
with distinction from the class of Jerzy Hazuka at the Nowowiejski Music School in 
Gdansk, Poland in 2009. She has participated in many national and international 
competitions winning several prizes and distinctions. 

She has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in Poland, Italy, Austria, France, Russia and the UK in concert halls including the Polish Baltic Philharmony, Polish Baltic Opera House, 
Philharmony in Łódź, Polish Radio Witold Lutosławski Concert Hall in Warsaw, Musikverein in Vienna, Mozarteum in Salzburg, UNESCO Concert Hall in Paris and all major concert venues in London. Katarzyna has performed as a soloist with orchestras including Cappella Gedanensis and Camerata Baltica. 
She is a scholar of  the J&S Pro Bono Poloniae Foundation's program The Open Musical Safety Pin Philharmonic 2004-09. In 2010 she received an invitation to play for the legendary Japanese violinist, Midori Goto and in 2012 she played in a masterclass with maestro Maxim Vengerov. 

Other master classes include artists such as Alasdair Tait, Krzesimir Dębski, Krzysztof Jakowicz, Adam Klocek, Jan Stanienda, Krzysztof Śmietana, David Dolan, Valentina Yakubovskaya, David Takeno, Rachel Podger, Mari-Tempere Bezrodny, Caroline Palmer, Maria Radicheva, Endellion String Quartet, Allegri String Quartet and Chilingrian Quartet. 

Besides solo activities she has worked as a part of London Symphony Orchestra within their Discovery projects, also as a chamber musician she works regularly with the Belcea String Quartet. Her most recent awards include the Ivan Sutton Chamber Music Prize (2012). She has graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama studying violin with Stephanie Gonley of the English Chamber Orchestra and viola with Krzysztof Chorzelski, the violist of the Belcea Quartet.


Violin


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Jaga Klimaszewska was born in Gdansk, Poland in 1990. She graduated from the Nowowiejski Music High School in Gdansk in 2009 and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she completed her Bachelors degree under Krzysztof Śmietana. Jaga is in her last year of the Masters in Performance course  at the Royal College of Music with Maciej Rakowski.


She has taken part in Workshops and Music Festivals in Europe. Joanna performed as a soloist and as a chamber musician in France (Paris – UNESCO hall), Austria (Vienna – Musikverein, Salzburg – Mozarteum) , Germany (Bremen) , Russia (Moscow). She performed as a soloist with Cappella Gedanensis and Camerata Baltica. Joanna worked with many well known artist including Maxim Vengerov, Belcea Quartet, David Takeno, Carole Presland, The Gould Piano Trio, Heath Quartet, Jan Stanienda. In 2007 together with her violin quartet she won 2nd prize and a special prize for the best interpretation of Grażyna Bacewicz piece at the XI National Chamber Music Competition in Łódź, Poland.


She holds the RCM Award and The G.D. Fahrenheit Educational Scholarship awarded by the President of Gdansk.

Jaga plays on a violin by Antonio Pedrinelli, 1835 and gratefully acknowledges its loan from the Royal College of Music, London.



Viola


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Eva Nikolova was born in Sofia, Bulgaria where she graduated from the "National School of Music" in 2009 with principal study viola. During her early music education Eva took part in masterclasses with Prof. Iuri Iurov (Russia) after which she was awarded a scholarship associated with Vladimir Spivakov Charity Foundation in 2007, Avri Levian (Israel), Prof. Wolfgang Klos (Austria), Prof. Mincho Minchev (Bulgaria) . 


In 2012 Eva was awarded a full scholarship to participate in The Orpheus Academy in Vienna where she had lessons with Prof. Michael Frischenschlager, Prof. Mario Hossen. and others. Eva has been awarded for many national and international competitions in Bulgaria in both solo performance as well as a part of chamber music ensembles. In 2007 she was employed by New Symphony Orchestra- Sofia. In 2008 Eva won an award to play a recital in Luxemburg to represent Bulgaria's talents after joining the European Union in 2007. 


From 2009 to 2015 Eva studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London with Rachel Roberts and Ofer Falk, having coachings with members of Belcea Quartet, Heath Quartet, Chilingirian Quartet, Endellion Quartet amongst others. The Leverhulme Arts Scholarship, John Yearley Trust and the GSMD supported Eva during her studies in London.


Eva often performs in venues such as Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Cadogan Hall, The Globe and Barbican. In 2011 Eva joined Les Orpheistes Chamber Orchestra based in Vienna and since 2012 is performing regularly with them in Europe. In April 2013 she performed in the UK tour of Alfie Boe, playing in the most prestigious venues across the UK. 



Cello


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Paulina Mikolajczyk has been into music since the young age of five, having begun with private lessons on the piano, followed by violin, then cello. In 1998 she passed her audition to the Piotr Swierc Music School in Krapkowice (Poland) with the highest note. During her time at the music school in Poland, she won many national and international cello competitions. Paulina moved to England in 2004 to continue her studies with a full scholarship at The Purcell School of Music, where she studies with Sascha Boyarski, Michal Kaznowski and Pal Banda.  She has recently graduated from The Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London). During her studies at the Guildhall she attended coaching with members of Belcea Quartet, Heath Quartet, Chilingirian Quartet, Endellion Quartet and The London Symphony Orchestra. Her principal cello teacher was Pierre Doumenge. In November 2005 she was awarded the title of The Young Musician of The Year in Hertfordshire, England. 


Since the beginning of her studies she has been performing as a solo, chamber and an orchestral musician. Apart from Paulina's performances as a Chamber Musician at The Wigmore Hall (2008,2009,2011) solo at the Royal Festival Hall (2010) and in orchestras at The Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Barbican Hall and The Windsor Castle (2008 - 2014) she also performs as a session cellist in TV commercials, movie sets, studio recordings, orchestra concerts, social/business events and weddings. Her orchestra experiences include The London Syphony Orchestra with Valery Gergiev, University of Reading Orchestra, The Watford Youth Orchestra, The Purcell Symphony Orchestra with Sir Simon Rattle and John Rutter and Guildhall Symphony Orchestra with Gianandrea Noseda between 2006 and 2013. She has performed as a session musician in various venues including the Queen Elizabeth Hall, St. John Smiths Square, The Barbican Hall, Windsor Castle, Watford Coliseum, Royal Festival hall every year since 2013 as part of The Southbank Splash Festival and all around the UK in churches, castles and music halls. She was subsequently invited to Cologne and Altenkirchen in Germany, where she played three solo concerts and took part in a chamber music recital. Her most recent major performaces include a solo concert in The Royal Festival Hall (London) and an orchestra concert with the London Symphony Orchestra at Trafalgar Square (London). 


In January 2007 Paulina took part in a Maggini Quartet Chamber Music course, where she played in a Maggini Quartet concert. She has also attended Cadenza Music Course, Tata International music course in Hungary, where she performed in churches and the Tata Castle as a Chamber Musician. Singing in choirs is also a part of Paulina’s musical life. She has sung in many choirs, in 2008 and 2010 performed in the Windsor Castle and the Barbican Hall.


She is currently a member of The London Arte Chamber Orchestra with which she travelled on tour in December 2014 and performed for the new Disney, Cinderella movie screening. 


Paulina currently teaches the cello at the Tippet Music Centre, various Primary Schools as a member of The Lambeth Music Service, as a member of London Arts Academy as well as teaching and recording film music at The Sound and Music Summer School, every year since 2010. Paulina also teaches the cello and music theory privately. 


Apart from her cello career Paulina’s second passion is singing, song-writing and music production. She has written and produced various tracks, all of which can be found on her website (paulinamikolajczyk.webs.com), soundcloud or her youtube channel. In 2010 she had collaborated with the well-known producer Guy Chambers, having written and produced three songs together. Paulina had sung on the opening of Guy’s monthly show Orgasmatron for various months after their collaboration. She is currently writing her first album which is to be released at the end of 2016.


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Previous performances include:



  • Britain’s Got Talent (Backing strings)
  • London Excel
  • Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
  • Royal Albert Hall, London
  • Barbican Centre, London
  • Wigmore Hall, London
  • Royal Festival Hall, London
  • Covent Garden, London
  • Cadogan Hall, Sloane Square, London
  • London St' Lukes, London
  • Windsor Castle, London
  • The O2 Centre, London
  • Leeds Castle
  • Hampton Court
  • Sleeper Sound Studios, Primrose Hill, London
  • Marylabone Town Hall, London
  • Piccadilly Institute, London
  • Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London
  • Polish Social and Cultural Association in London
  • Hilton, Canary Wharf, London
  • Andaz Hotel, Liverpool Street, London
  • Lynde House Care Home,Twickenham, Middlesex
  • Ramster Hall, Surrey
  • Trafalgar Tavern, Greenwich, London
  • Federation of Turkish Associations, UK
  • Honourable Artillery Company, Armoury House, City Road, London
  • Coventry University London
  • Capax Global Ltd, Piccadilly, London
  • St' Lawrence Church, Sidcup
  • Syon Park House
  • Radlett Centre, Radlett, Hertfordshire