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Katarzyna Mycka

7/Jan/2012

The internationally renowned marimba virtuoso KATARZYNA MYCKA, (born 1972) is founder of the International Katarzyna Mycka Marimba Academy.

Besides her years of study at the music academies in Gdansk, Stuttgart and Salzburg, where she graduated with honours, her artistic development has been documented by numerous prizes at international competitions (1995 she won not only the Luxembourg International Percussion Competition for Marimba Solo, winning the audience prize there as well, but also the First World Marimba Competition in Stuttgart in 1996).

She has also been successful at other percussion competitions as well, winning First Prize at the 1991 Polish Percussion Competition in Opole and being awarded a special prize in the form of a stipend for foreign study at the 1992 “Concours International d’Execution Musicale” in Geneva. Katarzyna Myćka was also a finalist at the 1997 ARD Competition in Munich. During the same year she appeared as soloist at the First Marimba Festival in Osaka/ Japan, at the International Marimba Festival in Linz/Austria (2004) and at the most important marimba event until today – International Marimba Festival in Minneapolis 2010. She is a guest soloist with many philharmonic and chamber orchestras allover the world.

After having been awarded the honour of “Ambassadress of Polish Percussive Arts” by the Polish Percussive Arts Society in 1999, a scholarship from the Baden-Württemberg Artistic Foundation followed, as well as invitations to perform in concerts and give master classes in the U.S.A., Germany, Poland, Japan, China, Corea, Mexico, Luxembourg, Belgium, Bulgaria and Switzerland a. o.. Katarzyna Myćka made her American debut at the International Percussion Festival PASIC 1997 in Anaheim (LA), 2001 and 2008 she came back to PASIC performances in Nasville and Austin.

Meanwhile, Katarzyna Myćka has been called upon to serve on the juries of international percussion and marimba competitions (1999 & 2002 IPC inLuxembourg, in 2000 Warsaw, 2001 in Ostrava/CZ, 2004 and 2007 at Federal German Competitions Jugend Musiziert, 2005, 2007 and 2009 in Plovdiv/BL , 2006 at the International Marimba Competition in Linz/A and 2009 Concours de Geneve, 2010 Bonn/Germany.

She was teaching marimba at theMusicAcademy inPoznan for three years and cooperated with MusicAcademyinMannheim.

Following CD-recordings have been released:

1997 “Katarzyna Myćka – Marimba Spiritual”
1999 “Katarzyna Myćka – Marimba Dance”
2001 “Katarzyna Myćka – Marimba Concerto”
2003 “Katarzyna Myćka – Marimba Sculpture”
2005 “Mycka/Bacanu – J. S. Bach – Marimba Concertos”
2008 “Katarzyna Myćka – Marimba Classica”

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