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Wanda Wilkomirska

vn, *1929 PO, Warsaw
Musician of Classical
A.k.a. Wanda Wiłkomirska

Wanda Wiłkomirska (1929–2018) was a Polish violinist and music educator who lived in Australia, sister of composer and conductor Józef Wiłkomirski, and half-sister of cellist Kazimierz Wiłkomirski and pianist Maria Wiłkomirska. Wanda plays 1734 Pietro Guarneri violin. She was born in Warsaw and graduated from the Łódź Academy of Music in 1947 after studying with Irena Dubiska. Wilkomirska continued her education at the Liszt Ferenc Music Academy, Budapest under the guidance of Ede Zathureczky, graduating in 1950. The musician started her career in Paris and subsequently received an invitation from Henryk Szeryng to study with him. Wanda won the second prize at the International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition (1950) in Leipzig. After preparation studies and recitals with Tadeusz Wroński, Wanda Wiłkomirska played Karol Szymanowski's Concerto No. 1 at the Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition (1952) in Poznań, sharing the second prize with Yulian Sitkovetsky; Igor Oistrach won the first prize. In 1955, Wanda Wiłkomirska performed at the inauguration of the renovated Concert Hall Of The Warsaw National Philharmonic, appearing with The National Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Witold Rowicki. She joined the ensemble as a principal soloist and gave many performances around the world. During the sixties and seventies, Wanda had been touring extensively and gave about 100 concerts per year on average. The renowned impresario Sol Hurok organized her tours in the United States and Canada, and Wiłkomirska appeared on stage in over 50 countries since. She gave almost 40 concerts in Australia in 1969, winning a huge acclaim and receiving further proposals from leading Australian orchestras. In 1973, Wilkomirska (accompanied by Geoffrey Parsons (2) became the first violinist to perform a solo recital at the newly built Sydney Opera House. Wanda also played Benjamin Britten's Violin Concerto at the inauguration of the Barbican Hall in London in 1976. In 1982, during the martial law period in Poland, Wanda Wiłkomirska decided not to return home at the end of the European tour and accepted a professor's position at the Mannheim University of Music and Performing Arts in Germany. Wanda Wiłkomirska joined the faculty at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 1999 and started teaching at the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne in 2001. The artist actively participates in European musical life and routinely travels between continents with concerts, master classes, and competitions. She had been performing in a family Wiłkomirski Trio (with Maria on piano and Kazimierz on cello), as well as with Krystian Zimerman, Daniel Barenboim, Gidon Kremer, Martha Argerich, Kim Kashkashian and Mischa Maisky. Wilkomirska premiered works by Tadeusz Baird, Krzysztof Penderecki, Grażyna Bacewicz, Augustyn Bloch, Zbigniew Bargielski, Zbigniew Bujarski, Roman Maciejewski, Włodzimierz Kotoński and other prominent contemporary composers from Poland. She received two Polish State Awards for promoting Polish music to the international audience.

     
Genres
  • Classical
  • Soundtrack
  • Folk
Popular Tracks   
Concerto for Violin and Keyboard in F Major, Hob.XVIII:6: 1. Allegro moderato on A Concerto Collection by Roger Woodward
Concerto for Violin and Keyboard in F Major, Hob.XVIII:6: 2. Largo on A Concerto Collection by Roger Woodward
Southern Cross: Double Concerto for Violin, Piano and Orchestra: 1. Magnitude - Live from Sydney Opera House Concert Hall, Sydney, 1982 on A Concerto Collection by Roger Woodward
Southern Cross: Double Concerto for Violin, Piano and Orchestra: 3. Duration - Live from Sydney Opera House Concert Hall, Sydney, 1982 on A Concerto Collection by Roger Woodward
Concerto for Violin and Keyboard in F Major, Hob.XVIII:6: 3. Presto on A Concerto Collection by Roger Woodward
Southern Cross: Double Concerto for Violin, Piano and Orchestra: 4. Collision - Live from Sydney Opera House Concert Hall, Sydney, 1982 on A Concerto Collection by Roger Woodward
Southern Cross: Double Concerto for Violin, Piano and Orchestra: 2. Velocity - Live from Sydney Opera House Concert Hall, Sydney, 1982 on A Concerto Collection by Roger Woodward
Southern Cross: Double Concerto for Violin, Piano and Orchestra: 5. Distance - Live from Sydney Opera House Concert Hall, Sydney, 1982 on A Concerto Collection by Roger Woodward

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Discography



Title Artist Year Type
Violin Concerto / Symphony No. 4 / MazurWanda Wilkomirska ; The National Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra Conducted By Witold Rowicki / Benjamin Britten, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Stanisław Moniuszko2011Album
Violin Concertos No.1 And No. 2Henryk Wieniawski, Wanda Wilkomirska, Oleg Krysa, The National Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra2003Album
Violin ConcertoAram Khatchaturian - Wanda Wilkomirska - Witold Rowicki - National Philharmonic Orchestra1991Album
Violin ConcertoAram Khatchaturian - Wanda Wilkomirska, The National Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Witold Rowicki1991Album
Mikrokosmos / 44 Duos For Two ViolinsBéla Bartók, Loránt Szűcs, Kornél Zempléni, Wanda Wilkomirska, Mihály Szűcs1989Album
Wanda Wilkomirska Spielt Polnische MusikWanda Wilkomirska1988Album
Masterly Performances, Prize-winners Of The Henryk Wieniawski Violin CompetitionsClaude Debussy, Camille Saint-Saëns, Henryk Wieniawski, Niccolò Paganini, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Ginette Neveu, Jean Neveu, David Oistrach, Vladimir Yampolsky, Wanda Wilkomirska, Jadwiga Szamotulska, Yulian Sitkovetsky, Inna Kollegorskaya, Igor Oistrach1986Album
Southern Cross / Ice CarvingsBarry Conyngham / Roger Woodward, Wanda Wilkomirska, Wilfred Lehmen, The Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Niklaus Wyss, John Hopkins1986Album
Henryk Wieniawski (1835-1880)Henryk Wieniawski, Wanda Wilkomirska, Bronislaw Gimpel1985Compil.
Capriccio Für Violine Und Orchester / Capriccio Für Oboe Und Elf Streichinstrumente / Als Jakob Erwachte / ThrenosKrzysztof Penderecki, Wanda Wilkomirska, Burkhard Glaetzner, Dresdner Philharmonie, Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester Leipzig, Herbert Kegel1984Album
Shostakovich violin concert no2Wanda Wilkomirska, Wojciech Michniewski1980Album
Three Sonatas For Violin And PianoJohannes Brahms, Antonio Barbosa, Wanda Wilkomirska1978Album
Brahms Sonata For Violin & Piano No. 3 In D Minor, Op. 108 -Beethoven Sonata For Violin & Piano No. 5 In F Major, Op. 24 "Spring"Wanda Wilkomirska, Antonio Barbosa1975Album
Sonatas For Violin And PianoJohannes Brahms / Wanda Wilkomirska, Antonio Barbosa1975Album
Wanda Wilkomirska/ David GarveyWanda Wilkomirska1974Album
Three Sonatas For Violin and PianoFrederick Delius, Wanda Wilkomirska, David Garvey1974Album
Penderecki Dirigiert PendereckiKrzysztof Penderecki, Siegfried Palm, Wanda Wilkomirska, Felicja Blumental, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra1973Album
Sonata For Violin And Piano / Mythes (Complete)César Franck / Karol Szymanowski - Wanda Wilkomirska, Antonio Barbosa1973Album
Music For Unaccompanied Violin - Sonata No. 1; Partita No. 2Johann Sebastian Bach, Wanda Wilkomirska1972Album
Ravel Sonata, Grieg Sonata Op. 45Wanda Wilkomirska, Antonio Barbosa1971Album
Dear Fritz : Fritz Kreisler MelodiesAntonio Barbosa, Wanda Wilkomirska1971Album
Two Sonatas For Violin And PianoSergei Prokofiev - Wanda Wilkomirska, Ann Schein1970Album
44 Duos For Two Violins / 7 Pieces From Mikrokosmos For Two PianosBéla Bartók - Wanda Wilkomirska & Mihály Szűcs / Ditta Pásztory-Bartók & Tusa Erzsébet1969Album
The Prize Winners Of The Wieniawski Violin Competitions Vol. 1Igor Oistrach, Wanda Wilkomirska, Yulian Sitkovetsky1967Album
Violin Concerto No. 2 In D Minor / Violin Concerto No. 1Wanda Wilkomirska - Henryk Wieniawski / Karol SzymanowskiAlbum
Violin Concertos Nº1 And Nº2Karol Szymanowski - Wanda Wilkomirska, Charles Treger, The National Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Witold Rowicki, Robert SatanowskiAlbum
Gilgamesh / DialoghiAugustyn Bloch, Wanda WilkomirskaAlbum
Violin Concerto No. 1; Symphony No. 4Karol Szymanowski, Wanda Wilkomirska, Jan EkierAlbum
Violin Concerto In A Major,Op. 8 / Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 35Mieczysław Karłowicz / Karol Szymanowski ,: Wanda Wilkomirska, The National Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Witold RowickiAlbum
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