Katarzyna Kowalik: Harpsichordist, Early Music Specialist

Hatarzyna Kowalik is Polish/British, London-based harpsichordist performing actively as a soloist and with many period ensembles in the UK and across Europe.

After graduating from Frederic Chopin University in Warsaw (Piano Masters with Alicja Paleta - Bugaj, Piano Doctoral Studies with Maria Szraiber, Harpsichord Masters with Władysław Kłosiewicz) she completed Master Degree in Historical Performance at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London with Carole Cerasi, James Johnstone and Nicholas Parle, obtaining The City of London Corporation Award and Guildhall School Trust Award. She was also awarded Guildhall Artist Fellowship twice.

Katarzyna mastered her skills in the Piccola Accademia in Montisi with Christophe Rousset and Skip Sempé, as well as with Ilton Wjuniski at the Académie Musicale de Villecroze. She also participated in the Academy of Ancient Music AAMplify side-by-side workshops.

Katarzyna has performed in many concert venues in London such as The Barbican Centre, Cadogan Hall, The Cobbe Collection of Early Keyboards at Hatchlands, The Foundling Museum, Handel & Hendrix, Horniman Museum, National Gallery, Milton Court, The Museum of London, St Martin-in-the-Fields, St George’s Hanover Square, St John’s Smith Square, The Royal Albert Hall, The Wallace Collection.

She has performed at festivals, such as Festival Oude Muziek Fringe Utrecht, The Jane Austen Festival in Bath, London Handel Festival, and Brighton Early Music Festival. Katarzyna has also performed across Poland and the United Kingdom, as well as in Germany, France, the Czech Republic, Ukraine, Hungary, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, and the Netherlands.

She has worked with many groups and orchestras such as The Amadè Players, The Brandenburg Baroque Soloists, Double Entendre, Dunedin Consort, El Parnaso Hyspano, Fiori Musicali, Hera, Literary Music, Little Baroque Company, London Concertante, London Musical Arts Orchestra, Mahogany Opera, The Mozartists, Music for Awhile, La Serenissima, Opera Lyrica.

In 2015 Katarzyna was a participant in the Handel House Talent Scheme - a programme to further the career development of promising young professional baroque music performers. She also won a Basso Continuo Prize at the ‘Gianni Gambi’ Competition in Pesaro (Italy).

Katarzyna is a director of the Royal Baroque ensemble (Continuo Foundation Grantee in 2022), who were highly commended in the final of the York Early Music International Young Artists Competition and who perform internationally.

Katarzyna’s CDs include ‘Forgotten Vienna’ with The Amadè Players (Resonus Classics 2015), ‘French Collection’ solo harpsichord CD (2018), ’Inventions’ with harpsichord works by Stephen Dodgson and Elizabeth Maconchy (Prima Facie Records 2023). She has also recorded for BBC Radio 1.

Apart from the solo, chamber music and orchestral performance work, Katarzyna is a passionate teacher, working at the Pembridge Hall School and Morley College in London, also delivering Mozart250 opera projects to schools with The Mozartists’ outreach team.

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“A revelation… The four on-stage musicians scrape away the centuries to reveal Jacquet de la Guerre’s music as lithe, agile and gripping, providing psychological illumination to the stories and giving empathy to these characters in impossible situations. It’s only seven performers in a small space, but it never once feels miniature. Instead it’s raw storytelling and powerful drama, performed with gripping immediacy.”
Simon Thompson, The Times ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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“Harpsichordist Katarzyna Kowalik, with a trio of players from Dunedin Consort, moved the music along with a sparkling buoyancy, and synergy between instrumentalists and singers was secure and sensitive”
Miranda Heggie, The Arts Desk
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“Katarzyna Kowalik continued her impeccable playing on the harpsichord despite finding herself on the receiving end of a character’s physical affections.”
Adrian Ainsworth, ArtMuseLondon
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“Singers, all of them wonderfully agile and stylish, and dovetailing perfectly with the four-piece ensemble. It all makes a neat musical and dramatic package.”
Andrew Clements, The Guardian ⭐⭐⭐⭐
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