CLARK – Sixteen-year-old violin prodigy Ania Filochowska will perform in concert at the Polish Cultural Foundation on Friday, Nov. 12, at 8 p.m.
Born in Poland, Filochowska began playing the violin at the age of six in a music school in Warsaw, and later continued in Poznan with Jadwiga Kaliszewska. At the age of 11, she received an invitation from Itzhak Perlman to participate in his summer school “The Perlman Music Program” and to study in his class at the Juilliard School as his youngest student.
Prior to coming to New York, she was already a laureate of most national violin competitions in Poland and several children’s international violin competitions in Europe, including The First World Competition for Young Violinists under 18 Years of Age in Brentonico, Italy, where at age 10, she won the first prize in her age group. In addition, she was an overall Winner of the Competition and was awarded the Public Prize. Currently, Filochowska studies with renowned violinist, Aaron Rosand through the Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth.
Filochowska made her orchestral debut at age 10, performing Wieniawski’s Concerto No.2 and Sarasate’s “Navarra” in duo with Bartlomiej Niziol and the Rybnik Symphony Orchestra in Poland. She also performed with the Baltic Symphony Orchestra and Sinfonietta Cracovia. In January 2006, Filochowska played on “From the Top” Radio Show, a Showcase of America’s Top Young Classical Musicians, in Boston.
In October 2006, Filochowska recorded for the PBS TV Series From the Top: Live from Carnegie Hall. She has also performed in Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Holland, Italy, Switzerland, and in Canada. In the United States, she played in such concert venues as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Princeton University’s Richardson Auditorium, Jordan Hall at the New England Conservatory, and many others.
Since 2007 Filochowska regularly studies at masterclasses with Professor Ana Chumachenco from Musik Hochschule in Munich, and has also received instruction from world-renowned violinists and professors, including Anne-Sophie Mutter, Midori, Ida Haendel, Zakhar Bron, Boris Kuschnir and Ruggiero Ricci. In summer 2007, Filochowska studied at the Verbier Festival Academy in Switzerland. In Spring 2009, she auditioned for Anne-Sophie Mutter for the second time and for Maestro Zubin Mehta at the Avery Fisher Hall of the New York Philharmonic.
Filochowska has received several presidential awards and scholarships in support of her talent, including from the President and First Lady Kwasniewskis of Poland, Barbara Piasecka-Johnson Foundation, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, as well as “Mloda Polska” award from the Polish Minister of Culture.
Tickets are $10, and to encourage youth in pursuing and persevering in musical venue, all students are free. The Polish Cultural Foundation is located at 177 Broadway in Clark. For more information, call 1-732-382-7197 or visit www.polishculturalfoundation.org.
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