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Ania Filochowska, violin

Ania Filochowska, violin

Warsaw-born Ania Filochowska is an exceptionally talented young artist. At 23, she is hailed as “the rising star of the youngest generation of Polish violin virtuosos.” She has studied at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia since 2013, where her mentors include Pamela Frank, Arnold Steinhardt and Aaron Rosand. She began playing the violin at age 6 at a music school in Warsaw, and at 11, was accepted at the Juilliard School, Pre-College to study under Itzhak Perlman, who was her mentor for 4 years.

She made her solo debut with the Rybnik Symphony Orchestra in Poland at age 10 and has since then performed with numerous orchestras. At 11, she auditioned for Anne-Sophie Mutter and Elzbieta Penderecki, who spoke highly of her talent. The same year, she was named “Personality of the Year” by the Polish radio. At 12, she played on NPR’s “From the Top” radio show in Boston and was a recipient of the “Young Artist Award” from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. She also recorded for the PBS TV Series “From the Top: Live from Carnegie Hall.” At 15, she played for Maestro Zubin Mehta at the Avery Fisher Hall.

In the summers, she attended Ravinia Festival’s Steans Music Institute, Verbier Festival Academy, Krzyzowa-Music, the Perlman Music Program, Kronberg Academy Masterclasses, Thy and Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festivals, and was selected as an “Exceptional Young Artist” at the Starling-DeLay Symposium in New York. She has worked with great musicians such as Shmuel Ashkenasi, Alfred Brendel, Ana Chumachenco, Miriam Fried, Ida Haendel, Mihaela Martin, Midori, Ruggiero Ricci, Peter Wiley, and Pinchas Zukerman.

As a chamber musician, she has performed with renowned artists, including Viviane Hagner, Kim Kashkashian, Ralph Kirshbaum, Torleif Thedéen, Krzysztof Jablonski, Meng-Chieh Liu, Charles Neidich, Michael Rusinek, Daniel Matsukawa, as well as members of the Artemis, Belcea, Cleveland, and Dover Quartets. She also enjoys collaborating with her older brother, Piotr, a violinist.

Ania has received several presidential awards and scholarships in support of her talent, including from the President of Poland, Barbara Piasecka Johnson Foundation, Crescendum Est – Polonia scholarship, and “Young Poland” award from the Polish Minister of Culture.

As a child, Ania played the harp, and a cycle of compositions was written especially for her by the late Polish composer, Janina Garscia. She has also studied piano and classical voice, and enjoys playing the viola. In addition, she has a passion for acting, yoga, and learning languages.

Currently, she plays on a 1767 G. B. Guadagnini violin on loan from Curtis, where she serves as the Concertmaster of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra for the 2017-2018 season.

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