Praised for her virtuosity and versatility, violinist/violist Katarzyna Bryla was born into a family of musicians and has gone on to earn more than two dozen prizes and awards in the United States, France and her native Poland. Bryla regularly works with orchestras, in chamber groups and as a soloist in a burgeoning career that has already taken her across three continents.
Bryla’s orchestral work in the United States currently includes the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, as a regular substitute with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s in New York and, most recently, as Principal Second Violin of the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra. Past orchestral work has been with the Peabody Symphony Orchestra, the Aspen Chamber Orchestra and the New York String Orchestra Seminar. On the other side of the Atlantic while still a student, her orchestral work included the Poznan Chamber Orchestra.
Katarzyna’s many solo appearances include “Fall” and “Winter” from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra in April 2013. She was a soloist with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra in their tour of China in 2010 and that same year was heard in a solo recital at the Kolbrzeg Music Festival in Poland. With Sinfonia Cracovia in Poland, Bryla was soloist for the noted Maazel/Vilar Conducting Competition in 2001. Most recently she and her mother, harpsichordist Maria Bryla, were presented in recital in Poznan in June 2013.
Bryla is a member of the Tallis String Quartet as well as the Lunar Ensemble and has frequently been a guest member of other chamber groups such as the Monument Piano Trio, Midnight Moon Ensemble, various Baltimore Symphony chamber music groups and numerous others that included a performance of Stravinsky’s “L’Histoire du Soldat” at An die Musik in Baltimore. In addition, she has toured throughout the United States and Europe with guitarist Lukasz Kuropaczewski.
Katarzyna Bryla has participated as a soloist and in chamber music at the Cactus Pear Music Festival in San Antonio, TX, Bach Dancing and Dynamite in Madison, WI, the Singapore Sun Music Festival, the Las Palmas Music Festival in Grand Canary Island, Spain, the Darlowo International Music Festival in Poland and numerous festivals in Poland. Among the outstanding musicians with whom she has performed are violinists Martin Chalifour, Ellen dePasquale, Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio, and Carmit Zori, and cellists Anthony Ross, Beth Rapier Ross, and Fred Edelen.
She has participated in master classes given by such renowned artists as The Juilliard String Quartet, Qian Zhou, Maasao Kawasaki, the Assad Duo, Manuel Barrueco, Jaime Laredo, Pinchas Zukerman, Ida Kavafian, the late Isadore Cohen, and was invited by Christian Tetzlaff to participate in his master class at the Kronberg Academy in Germany.
Studying under full scholarship, Katarzyna Bryla has received three degrees from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University – a Graduate Performance Diploma in 2005, a Graduate Performance Diploma in Chamber Music in 2008, and an Artists Diploma in 2011, having previously earned Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Poznan, Poland. Her teachers have included Herbert Greenberg, Christian Tetzlaff, David Cerutti, Bartosz Bryla and Jadwiga Kaliszewska.
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