Izabela Kałduńska

Izabela Kałduńska was born 1990 in Gdańsk, Poland. She began to play violin at the age of seven. 2009 she graduated from the Feliks Nowowiejski Music School in Gdańsk with honors. Later she finished her Bachelor and Master degrees in classical and jazz violin with professors Roland Baldini, Kathrin ten Hagen, Andreas Seidel and Thomas Prokain at Hochschule für Musik und Theater Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy in Leipzig.

She won numerous prizes in competitions like Hochschulwettbewerb der HMT Leipzig, 20. & 21. Century Music Competition for Young Artists in Warsaw, 5th Witold Lutosławski Competition in Warsaw, 32nd Chamber Music Competition in Wrocław, 3rd Irena Dubiska Violin Competition in Łódź and many others.

To improve her technical and artistic skills Izabela participated in many masterclasses in various lands with professors Igor Ozim, Stefan Picard, Christian Altenburger, Mark Gothoni, Ida Bieler, Andrzej Kulka, Fulvio Leofreddi, Sergey Kravchenko, Andrzej Gębski and Michał Grabarczyk.

She performed as a soloist with orchestras Kammerakademie Halle, Leipziger Universitätsorchester, Akademisches Orchester Leipzig, Hochschulorchester der HMT Leipzig and Sinfonietta Gedanensis.

She received some scholarships, among others from the President of the City of Gdańsk, Polish Ministry of Culture, Freundeskreis der Hochschule für Musik und Theater Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Leipzig, DAAD, Kammerakademie Halle and Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen (Denkzeit Scholarship), Kulturstiftung des Bundes, Musikfonds, Neustart Kultur.

During her studies she was mainly active as a member of various orchestras (Statskapelle Halle, Kammerakademie Halle, Philharmonie Leipzig, Leipziger Symphonieorchester, Junge Deutsche Philharmonie) and ensambles (Forma Leipzig, Contemporary Insights, Ensemble Ambidexter). Nowadays she teaches the violin at Music School Fantamusie and gives regular concerts not only of classical music but also of free improvisation, experimental music, jazz, folk, and ambient. Her current projects are balkan folk band Herje Mine, jazz ensembles ‘Schrabbe, Bach und der Weisse Hai’, Aurora Oktett, solo project The New Solarism, experimental music trio LIS and fun party electronic duo Ichor. 

She recorded music and live performances for Arte Concert, Polskie Radio 2, Radio Blau, Radio Corax and Mitteldeutsche Rundfunk MDR.

In 2018 she started composing her own music and continues to do so. Besides writing pieces for solo violin destined to her own performance, she composed pieces for the jazz octet Ambidexter Ensemble (“T. Wave” 2019 and “Faster than the Time” 2022), for Philharmonie Leipzig orchestra (“2020B – 4 Deconstructions after 2nd Beethoven’s Symphony for 8 Instruments and Speaker” 2020), for singer Karolina Borowczyk and her project Mickiewicz. (“Resignation IX.” 2021), for balkan ensemble Herje Mine (“Lipszczanka” 2022), and for her sorbian folk songs duo project with singer Walburga Walde (“Noc 24.2.2022” 2022 and “Majska Noc” 2022).

In June 2021 she released her first solo LP ‘The New Solarism – Studies of Myself’, consisting of her compositions for violin and effects.