Wanda Wilkomirska

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Wanda Wiłkomirska
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Wanda Wiłkomirska (1929–2018) was a Polish violinist and music educator who lived in Australia, sister of composer and conductor Józef Wiłkomirski, and half-sister of cellist Kazimierz Wiłkomirski and pianist Maria Wiłkomirska. Wanda plays 1734 Pietro Guarneri violin. She was born in Warsaw and graduated from the Łódź Academy of Music in 1947 after studying with Irena Dubiska. Wilkomirska continued her education at the Liszt Ferenc Music Academy, Budapest under the guidance of Ede Zathureczky, graduating in 1950.

The musician started her career in Paris and subsequently received an invitation from Henryk Szeryng to study with him. Wanda won the second prize at the International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition (1950) in Leipzig. After preparation studies and recitals with Tadeusz Wroński, Wanda Wiłkomirska played Karol Szymanowski's Concerto No. 1 at the Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition (1952) in Poznań, sharing the second prize with Yulian Sitkovetsky; Igor Oistrach won the first prize.

In 1955, Wanda Wiłkomirska performed at the inauguration of the renovated Concert Hall Of The Warsaw National Philharmonic, appearing with The National Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Witold Rowicki. She joined the ensemble as a principal soloist and gave many performances around the world. During the sixties and seventies, Wanda had been touring extensively and gave about 100 concerts per year on average. The renowned impresario Sol Hurok organized her tours in the United States and Canada, and Wiłkomirska appeared on stage in over 50 countries since.

She gave almost 40 concerts in Australia in 1969, winning a huge acclaim and receiving further proposals from leading Australian orchestras. In 1973, Wilkomirska (accompanied by Geoffrey Parsons (2) became the first violinist to perform a solo recital at the newly built Sydney Opera House. Wanda also played Benjamin Britten's Violin Concerto at the inauguration of the Barbican Hall in London in 1976.

In 1982, during the martial law period in Poland, Wanda Wiłkomirska decided not to return home at the end of the European tour and accepted a professor's position at the Mannheim University of Music and Performing Arts in Germany.

Wanda Wiłkomirska joined the faculty at the Sydney Conservatorium Of Music in 1999 and started teaching at the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne in 2001. The artist actively participates in European musical life and routinely travels between continents with concerts, master classes, and competitions.

She had been performing in a family Wiłkomirski Trio (with Maria on piano and Kazimierz on cello), as well as with Krystian Zimerman, Daniel Barenboim, Gidon Kremer, Martha Argerich, Kim Kashkashian and Mischa Maisky. Wilkomirska premiered works by Tadeusz Baird, Krzysztof Penderecki, Grażyna Bacewicz, Augustyn Bloch, Zbigniew Bargielski, Zbigniew Bujarski, Roman Maciejewski, Włodzimierz Kotoński and other prominent contemporary composers from Poland. She received two Polish State Awards for promoting Polish music to the international audience.
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Wanda Wilkomirska - Violin Concertos Nº1 And Nº2 album art Szymanowski* - Wanda Wiłkomirska*, Charles Treger, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra*, Witold Rowicki, Robert Satanowski Szymanowski* - Wanda Wiłkomirska*, Charles Treger, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra*, Witold Rowicki, Robert Satanowski - Violin Concertos Nº1 And Nº2 Polskie Nagrania Muza Poland 1967 Sell This Version
Wanda Wilkomirska - Violin Concerto No. 2 In D Minor / Violin Concerto No. 1 album art Henryk Wieniawski, Karol Szymanowski, Wanda Wilkomirska, The National Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Witold Rowicki Henryk Wieniawski, Karol Szymanowski, Wanda Wilkomirska, The National Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Witold Rowicki - Violin Concerto No. 2 In D Minor / Violin Concerto No. 1 Polskie Nagrania Muza UK 1967 Sell This Version
XL 0385 Wanda Wilkomirska - The Prize Winners Of The Wieniawski Violin Competitions Vol. 1 album art I. Ojstrach*, W. Wiłkomirska*, J. Sitkowiecki* I. Ojstrach*, W. Wiłkomirska*, J. Sitkowiecki* - The Prize Winners Of The Wieniawski Violin Competitions Vol. 1(LP, Mono) Polskie Nagrania Muza XL 0385 Poland 1967 Sell This Version
Wanda Wilkomirska - 44 Duos For Two Violins / 7 Pieces From Mikrokosmos For Two Pianos album art Bartók Béla* - W. Wilkomirska* & Mihály Szűcs / Ditta Bartók-Pásztory* & Erzsébet Tusa* Bartók Béla* - W. Wilkomirska* & Mihály Szűcs / Ditta Bartók-Pásztory* & Erzsébet Tusa* - 44 Duos For Two Violins / 7 Pieces From Mikrokosmos For Two Pianos (Album) Hungaroton, Hungaroton Hungary 1969 Sell This Version
Wanda Wilkomirska - Two Sonatas For Violin And Piano album art Prokofiev* - Wanda Wilkomirska, Ann Schein Prokofiev* - Wanda Wilkomirska, Ann Schein - Two Sonatas For Violin And Piano (Album) Connoisseur Society US 1970 Sell This Version
Wanda Wilkomirska - Ravel Sonata, Grieg Sonata Op. 45 album art Ravel* / Grieg* - Wanda Wilkomirska / Antonio Barbosa Ravel* / Grieg* - Wanda Wilkomirska / Antonio Barbosa - Ravel Sonata, Grieg Sonata Op. 45 (Album) Connoisseur Society US 1971 Sell This Version
Wanda Wilkomirska - Dear Fritz : Fritz Kreisler Melodies album art Antonio Barbosa, Wanda Wilkomirska Antonio Barbosa, Wanda Wilkomirska - Dear Fritz : Fritz Kreisler Melodies (Album) Connoisseur Society, Connoisseur Society US 1971 Sell This Version
Wanda Wilkomirska - Music For Unaccompanied Violin - Sonata No. 1; Partita No. 2 album art Bach*, Wanda Wilkomirska Bach*, Wanda Wilkomirska - Music For Unaccompanied Violin - Sonata No. 1; Partita No. 2 Connoisseur Society US 1972 Sell This Version
Wanda Wilkomirska - Sonata For Violin And Piano / Mythes (Complete) album art Franck* / Szymanowski* - Wanda Wilkomirska, Antonio Barbosa Franck* / Szymanowski* - Wanda Wilkomirska, Antonio Barbosa - Sonata For Violin And Piano / Mythes (Complete) Connoisseur Society US 1973 Sell This Version
1C 193-02 386/87 Wanda Wilkomirska - Penderecki Dirigiert Penderecki album art Penderecki*, Siegfried Palm, Wanda Wilkomirska, Felicja Blumental, Polnisches Radio-Symphonie Orchester* Penderecki*, Siegfried Palm, Wanda Wilkomirska, Felicja Blumental, Polnisches Radio-Symphonie Orchester* - Penderecki Dirigiert Penderecki(2xLP + Box) His Master's Voice, EMI Electrola 1C 193-02 386/87 Germany 1973 Sell This Version
Wanda Wilkomirska - Three Sonatas For Violin and Piano album art Delius*, Wanda Wilkomirska, David Garvey Delius*, Wanda Wilkomirska, David Garvey - Three Sonatas For Violin and Piano (Album) Connoisseur Society 1974 Sell This Version
CSQ 2070 B Wanda Wilkomirska - Wanda Wilkomirska/ David Garvey album art Wanda Wilkomirska Wanda Wilkomirska/ David Garvey(LP, Quad) Connoisseur Society CSQ 2070 B US 1974 Sell This Version
CS 2079 Wanda Wilkomirska - Sonatas For Violin And Piano album art Brahms* / Wanda Wilkomirska, Antonio Barbosa Brahms* / Wanda Wilkomirska, Antonio Barbosa - Sonatas For Violin And Piano(LP, Album) Connoisseur Society CS 2079 US 1975 Sell This Version
CS 2080 Wanda Wilkomirska - Brahms Sonata For Violin & Piano No. 3 In D Minor, Op. 108 -Beethoven Sonata For Violin & Piano No. 5 In F Major, Op. 24 "Spring" album art Wanda Wilkomirska, Antonio Barbosa Wanda Wilkomirska, Antonio Barbosa - Brahms Sonata For Violin & Piano No. 3 In D Minor, Op. 108 -Beethoven Sonata For Violin & Piano No. 5 In F Major, Op. 24 "Spring"(LP, Album) Connoisseur Society CS 2080 US 1975 Sell This Version
Wanda Wilkomirska - Three Sonatas For Violin And Piano album art Johannes Brahms, Antonio Barbosa, Wanda Wilkomirska Johannes Brahms, Antonio Barbosa, Wanda Wilkomirska - Three Sonatas For Violin And Piano (Album) Philips Japan 1978 Sell This Version
Sx1749 Wanda Wilkomirska - Shostakovich violin concert no2 album art Wanda Wilkomirska, Wojciech Michniewski Wanda Wilkomirska, Wojciech Michniewski - Shostakovich violin concert no2(LP) Polskie Nagrania Muza Sx1749 Poland 1980 Sell This Version
8 27 408 Wanda Wilkomirska - Capriccio Für Violine Und Orchester / Capriccio Für Oboe Und Elf Streichinstrumente / Als Jakob Erwachte / Threnos album art Krzysztof Penderecki, Wanda Wilkomirska, Burkhard Glaetzner, Dresdner Philharmonie, Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester Leipzig, Herbert Kegel Krzysztof Penderecki, Wanda Wilkomirska, Burkhard Glaetzner, Dresdner Philharmonie, Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester Leipzig, Herbert Kegel - Capriccio Für Violine Und Orchester / Capriccio Für Oboe Und Elf Streichinstrumente / Als Jakob Erwachte / Threnos(LP) ETERNA 8 27 408 German Democratic Republic (GDR) 1984 Sell This Version
OASD-270403 Wanda Wilkomirska - Southern Cross / Ice Carvings album art Barry Conyngham / Roger Woodward, Wanda Wilkomirska, Wilfred Lehmann*, The Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Niklaus Wyss, John Hopkins (11) Barry Conyngham / Roger Woodward, Wanda Wilkomirska, Wilfred Lehmann*, The Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Niklaus Wyss, John Hopkins (11) - Southern Cross / Ice Carvings(LP) His Master's Voice OASD-270403 Australia 1986 Sell This Version
amb 97 830 Wanda Wilkomirska - Wanda Wilkomirska Spielt Polnische Musik album art Wanda Wilkomirska Wanda Wilkomirska Spielt Polnische Musik(CD) ambitus amb 97 830 Germany 1988 Sell This Version
CD12/2011 Wanda Wilkomirska - Violin Concerto / Symphony No. 4 / Mazur album art Wanda Wilkomirska ; Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra* Conducted By Witold Rowicki / Britten*, Tchaikovsky*, Moniuszko* Wanda Wilkomirska ; Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra* Conducted By Witold Rowicki / Britten*, Tchaikovsky*, Moniuszko* - Violin Concerto / Symphony No. 4 / Mazur(CD, Album) Orchestral Concert CDs CD12/2011 Czech Republic 2011 Sell This Version
Wanda Wilkomirska - Gilgamesh / Dialoghi album art Augustyn Bloch, Wanda Wilkomirska Augustyn Bloch, Wanda Wilkomirska - Gilgamesh / Dialoghi (Album) Polskie Nagrania Muza Poland Unknown Sell This Version
Wanda Wilkomirska - Violin Concertos No.1 And No. 2 album art Henryk Wieniawski / Oleg Krysa, Wanda Wilkomirska, National Warsaw Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra*, Robert Satanowski And Witold Rowicki Henryk Wieniawski / Oleg Krysa, Wanda Wilkomirska, National Warsaw Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra*, Robert Satanowski And Witold Rowicki - Violin Concertos No.1 And No. 2 (Album) Polskie Nagrania Muza US Unknown Sell This Version
Wanda Wilkomirska - Violin Concerto album art Aram Khatchaturian - Wanda Wilkomirska - Witold Rowicki - National Philharmonic Orchestra Aram Khatchaturian - Wanda Wilkomirska - Witold Rowicki - National Philharmonic Orchestra - Violin Concerto (Album) Polskie Nagrania Muza, Polskie Nagrania Muza Poland Unknown Sell This Version
XL 0116 Wanda Wilkomirska - Violin Concerto No. 1; Symphony No. 4 album art Karol Szymanowski, Wanda Wiłkomirska*, Jan Ekier Karol Szymanowski, Wanda Wiłkomirska*, Jan Ekier - Violin Concerto No. 1; Symphony No. 4(LP, Mono) Polskie Nagrania Muza XL 0116 Poland Unknown Sell This Version
MHS 1103 Wanda Wilkomirska - Violin Concerto In A Major,Op. 8 / Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 35 album art Mieczysław Karłowicz / Karol Szymanowski ,: Wanda Wilkomirska, Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra*, Witold Rowicki Mieczysław Karłowicz / Karol Szymanowski ,: Wanda Wilkomirska, Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra*, Witold Rowicki - Violin Concerto In A Major,Op. 8 / Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 35(LP, RE) Musical Heritage Society MHS 1103 US Unknown Sell This Version

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