Marta Szlubowska

James Y. & Sheila C. Palmer Chair

Marta Szlubowska*¹


Violinist Marta Szlubowska, a native of Warsaw, Poland, gave her first public performance at the age of seven at the Warsaw Philharmonic Recital Hall, soloed with the Szymanowski Liceum Orchestra in Poland, and on tour of Great Britain at the age of thirteen. In 1983, Ms. Szlubowska came to the United States to study at the Peabody Conservatory of Music as a winner of the Joseph Maddy Scholarship (six-year full scholarship) where she received a Bachelor of Music Degree in performance and an Artist’s Diploma. She continued with graduate studies at the University of Massachusetts, earning a Master’s of Music Degree in performance, as a student and teaching assistant of Charles Treger (the only American to ever win the Wieniawski International Violin Competition in Poland).

Ms. Szlubowska has been awarded many prizes, including second prize at the Bryan International String Competition in North Carolina, and Honorable Mentions at international violin competitions in Poland, Belgium, and Finland.

In the U.S., Ms. Szlubowska has appeared as a soloist with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, Tacoma Symphony, Olympia Symphony, Bellevue Philharmonic, and many others. Ms. Szlubowska has collaborated with such distinguished artists as Julius Baker (New York Philharmonic), Judith Glyde (Manhattan String Quartet), Alex Klein (Chicago Symphony), Gerhardt Zimmerman (North Carolina Symphony), Kevin Kenner (Winner, Chopin International Piano Competition), Harvey Felder (Tacoma Symphony), and others. She has performed in the violin masterclasses of Ruggiero Ricci, Henryk Szeryng, among others. Ms. Szlubowska has given numerous performances at the Tanglewood, Interlochen, and Meadowmount Music Festivals, and has appeared as a recitalist with Community Concerts, Inc., and at the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC. She has served on the faculty of the Eastern Music Festival, Utah Music Festival, and Marrowstone Music Festival. Ms. Szlubowska has performed under the baton of Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa at Tanglewood, Alexander Schneider at Carnegie Hall, and at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Between 1992 and 1999, Ms. Szlubowska held the position of Assistant Professor of Violin at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington, where in addition to her teaching duties she performed extensively as a soloist, a concertmaster of the University Symphony Orchestra, and as first violinist of the Regency String Quartet. Between 1999-2004, she held the alternating positions of the Associate Concertmaster and the Concertmaster of the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra in La Crosse, Wisconsin. After being a finalist for the Violin Position in the Minnesota Orchestra, Ms. Szlubowska was invited to perform numerous concerts with MO under the direction of such renowned conductors as Edo de Waart and Stanislaw Skrowaczewski. During the summer of 2001 she began her association with the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder, Colorado, as a member of the festival orchestra. In June 2007, Ms. Szlubowska was a guest artist at the Belvedere Chamber Music Festival in Memphis, TN, where she promoted, through performance and recording, works by several award-winning contemporary composers from US as well as Italy and Hong Kong.

In the spring of 2007, Ms. Szlubowska made her debut performances (Jackson, MS; Hattiesburg, MS; and Fresno, CA) of the newly formed piano trio, “Trio Appassionato”, with pianist, Lynn Raley, Associate Piano Professor at Millsaps College in Jackson, MS, and cellist, Alexander Russakovsky, an Assistant Professor at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS. Since the fall of 2004, Ms. Szlubowska has been an appointed Concertmistress of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra in Jackson, Mississippi.

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*MSO core musician

¹Sabbatical 21-22

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