Feliks Nowowiejski General Primary and Secondary Music School in Gdańsk

Hanna Chylińska  violin
Orchestra of the Feliks Nowowiejski General Secondary Music School in Gdańsk
Sylwia Anna Janiak  conductor

Hanna Chylińska violin
Hanna Chylińska began playing the violin at the age of 7 in the Mieczysław Michalski State Primary Music School in Lębork. Having completed grade 6, she now continues her education at the Feliks Nowowiejski General Primary and Secondary Music School in Gdańsk under the tutelage of dr hab. Andrzej Kacprzak.

In the course of her education she took part in many courses and competitions, including:

  • Winter Music Academy – Bałoszyce 2008
  • International Summer Music Academy – Bałoszyce 2008
  • Winter Music Academy – Bałoszyce 2009
  • International Summer Music Academy – Bałoszyce 2009
  • Winter Music Academy – Bałoszyce 2010
  • Summer Violin Workshops – Zakopane 2011
  • 38th Zenon Brzewski International Music Workshops – Łańcut 2012
  • 39th Zenon Brzewski International Music Workshops – Łańcut 2013
  • “Workshops with a Laureate” – Poznań 2013
  • Violin Courses in the Lusławice Music Centre – Lusławice 2013
  • Violin Courses in the Lusławice Music Centre – Lusławice 2014
  • Violin Competition in Orunia – 3rd prize
  • International “Talents for Europe” Competition in Dolny Kubin (Slovakia) – 2010 – 3rd prize
  • National Violin Competition for Secondary Music School Violin Class Students in Toruń – 2011 – 2nd prize
  • National Youth String Instrument Competition for Secondary Music Schools in Elbląg 2011 – 2nd prize
  • International “Young Paganini” Competition – Legnica 2012 – honourable mention
  • National Auditions at the Centre for Artistic Education – Kielce 2014 – 3rd prize
  • 14th Juliusz Zarębski International Music Competition in the Chamber Ensemble Category – Łomianki 2014 – 3rd prize
  • 1st Warsaw Chamber Music Forum – Warsaw 2014 – honourable mention and special prize
  • 3rd International Violin Competition in Cieszyn – Cieszyn 2014 – 3rd prize
  • 24th Young Musicians’ International Competition “Città di Barletta” – Barletta 2014 – 2nd prize

Hanna Chylińska has also participated in many master classes with, among others, Bartosz Bryła, Serge Stadler, Sigiswald Kuijken, Serge Kravchenko, Maciej Rakowski, Piotr Pławner, Kaja Danczowska and Marcin Baranowski.

Orchestra of the Feliks Nowowiejski General Secondary Music School in Gdańsk
The Symphony Orchestra at the Feliks Nowowiejski General Secondary Music School in Gdańsk was established more than one half of a century ago.

The ensemble has played under the direction of many conductors, including Zygmunt Rychert, Waldemar Górski and Monika Stefaniak. For more than 30 years, the orchestra was led by Professor Elżbieta Wiesztordt, achieving success many times in Poland and abroad.

Since 2010, the orchestra has been directed by Sylwia Anna Janiak. Currently the ensemble consists of 70 musicians. The orchestra performs at many regular concert cycles, including the Christmas Concert at the Gdańsk University of Technology, Graduate Concerts at the Academy of Music, the “Ku przyszłości” [Towards the Future] Contemporary Music Concert cycle held as part of the Gdańsk Science Festival and concert cycles at the Academy of Music devoted to individual composers.

Every year, the ensemble also plays at the Eurounionorchestries International Young Musicians’ Festival in Świeradów Zdrój.

Individual members of the orchestra are successful participants in domestic and international competitions and auditions, master classes and music festivals.

The Orchestra’s extensive repertoire encompasses works by composers from the baroque to contemporary periods.

The orchestra’s concert programmes feature mainly classical music (symphonic and chamber), as well as music from films and musicals.

Sylwia Anna Janiak conductor
Conductor, assistant at the Dept. of Conducting, Composition and Music Theory in the Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk. President of the Sinfonia Artistica Juvenilia (SAJ) Foundation for the Support of Young Artists, Artistic Director of the Baltic Young Philharmonic and Conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of the Feliks Nowowiejski General Primary and Secondary Music School in Gdańsk. 

In 2012 she graduated with honours with a diploma in symphonic and opera conducting in the class of Professor Elżbieta Wiesztordt and violin in the class of Professor Krystyna Jurecka at the Academy of Music in Gdańsk. In 2013 she has also completed a post-graduate program at the Faculty of Humanist Sciences of the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw, specialising in culture management. Sylwia Anna Janiak is a laureate of the Pomeranian Artists’ Prize 2013 and of the Prize of the President of the City of Gdańsk for Young Artists in 2012. At the 9th Grzegorz Fitelberg International Conductors’ Competition in 2012 she received the Zofia and Antoni Wit prize, the Tisha and Piotr Gajewski prize for the youngest participant and the K. Namysłowski Symphony Orchestra in Zamość prize. For her concerts at the La Folle Journée Festival in the Teatr Wielki – National Opera in Warsaw in 2012 and 2013, she received a prize, 2nd class from the Director of the Centre for Artistic Education.

In November 2011 Sylwia Anna Janiak founded the Baltic Young Philharmonic Orchestra, with which, in the course of three years, she has completed many artistic projects in Poland and abroad.

In October 2013 during the Witold Lutosławski year, she recorded the Sław Lutosa [Hail Lutosławski] album with the Silesian Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra in Katowice. In August of 2013 she assisted Łukasz Borowicz during preparations for the premiere of Roman Statkowski’s opera Maria. In November 2013 she made her debut on the stage of the Baltic Opera conducting subsequent performances of this work.

She currently works as a conductor at the Baltic Opera in Gdańsk. In February of 2014 she assisted Andriy Yurkevych in the production of Verdi’s Macbeth. In March 2014 she worked together with Friedrich Haider in the premiere of Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte. She then conducted subsequent performances of the work. In May 2014 she prepared the premiere production of Puccini’s Tosca, assisting Tadeusz Kozłowski.

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