Ania Katynska, cello
- September 20, 2010
Ania Katynska is a Polish-born baroque cello, viola da gamba and bass de violon player. During her modern cello studies at the Music Academy in Katowice, Poland, Ania decided to specialize in historically informed performance of Baroque and Classical music. This decision was followed by many years exploring techniques of playing on period instruments and studying source materials, treatises, instruction books, and diaries.
Ania studied baroque cello with Jaap ter Linden (Royal Conservatoire, The Hague), Phoebe Carrai/Markus Möllenbeck (Universität der Künste Berlin), and Thomas Fritzsch/Mark Caudle (Akademie für Alte Musik Oberlausitz). She obtained her diploma in viola da gamba at the Academy of Music in Wroclaw (Poland). Apart from her formal studies, Ania has taken part in many music courses, working with musicians such as William Carter, Bruno Cocset, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Maggie Faultless, and Mark Padmore. Ania has also been a participant in the Jerwood/Experience Project of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Academy Baroque Européenne d’Ambronay, and Generation Baroque. She was a member of the European Union Baroque Orchestra in 2008, coming back later to reinforce the orchestra for concerts in the Edinburgh and London Festivals, and for Mozart’s Requiem in January, 2011, in Oxford.
Ania has given solo recitals at the Bach Festival in Katowice (Poland), Bach-Fest in Sumy (Ukraine) and in Eu (France). In June 2009 and April 2011, she performed at the Aldeburgh Music Festival with the Britten-Pears Baroque Orchestra, both as a continuo cellist and as a soloist on viola da gamba, for J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion (under Masaaki Suzuki) and St. John Passion (under Mark Padmore). She has also collaborated with Arte dei Suonatori, Accademia dell’Arcadia, Le Parlement de Musique, New Dutch Academy, International Baroque Players, Brabants Muziek Collegie, Concerto Polacco, and Wroclaw Baroque Orchestra. Her music travels have taken her to most European countries, where she has performed at many festivals, including the Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music (England), Edinburgh International Festival (Scotland), Aldeburgh Festival (England), Festival Glasperlenspiel (Estonia), Early Music LIVE! (Sweden), Sofia Baroque Arts Festival (Bulgaria), Festival International Echternach (Luxemburg), Festival de la Vezere (France), Chantarelle Fesitival (Poland), Muzyka w raju (Poland), and Trzy Baroki (Poland). She has had the privilege of playing under many renowned conductors, including Masaaki Suzuki, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Ivan Fischer, Jordi Savall, Hervé Niquet, Enrico Onofri, Mark Padmore, Roy Goodman, Edward Higginbottom, Peter van Heyghen, Martin Gester, Kati Debretzeni, Chiara Banchini, and Margaret Faultless.
Ania is co-founder of the early music ensemble “Parnassos”, which performs regularly both in Poland and abroad, and has recorded 2 CDs. Ania is also currently a member of the chamber ensembles “Concordi Musici” and “Fidibus Ensemble”. In December 2008, she participated in the recording of Water Music by G.F. Händel with Lars Ulrik Mortensen. She also took part in a DVD recording of the Four Seasons by A. Vivaldi with Kati Debretzeni and Arte dei Suonatori.
For the past three years, Ania has taught baroque cello at Les Ateliers de Musique Ancienne in Le Treport (France).