TEAM / Prof. Barbara Świątek - Żelazna, flute teacher & soloist
Prof. Barbara Świątek-Żelazna graduated from the State Higher School of Music in Krakow, gaining a diploma with honours in the flute class of Wacław Chudziak. She continued her studies with Gaston Crunelle at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris. She is a prizewinner of several competitions in Poland (Katowice, Łódź) and abroad (Vienna, Helsinki, Utrecht). She was a member of the Orchestra of Polish Radio and Television in Krakow for many years, as a flautist-soloist. She was also a member of the Baroque Trio, the Warsaw Harp Trio and the MW2 Ensemble, as well as a soloist of the Krakow Chamber Orchestra. She appeared as a soloist with all of Poland’s symphony orchestras.
She has made numerous recordings for Polish Radio and Television, and for foreign radio stations. She has given masterclasses in Poland and abroad (Belgium, Ukraine) and has sat on the juries of international flute competitions (ARD Competition in Munich, Lvov, Chernivtsi) and national competitions (Dąbrowa Górnicza, Łódź, Sieradz, Krakow). She is the initiator and artistic director of the International Flute Competition in Krakow.
Her honours include the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Reborn Poland, the Gold ‘Gloria Artis’ Medal for Cultural Merit, the awards from the Minister of Culture and National Heritage and the Mayor of Krakow, the R.E. and R.A. Robinson Excellence in Teaching Award, ‘Ars Quaerendi’ of the Małopolska Province in the ‘Master-Student’ category). In 1964 she received the prestigious ‘Orpheus’ Award of Polish music critics for the most interesting artistic personality at the ‘Warsaw Autumn’ International Contemporary Music Festival.
Barbara Świątek-Żelazna is a titular professor at the Music Academy in Krakow. She served as the Academy’s Rector in 1992-2002 and was for many years Head of the Department of Wind Instruments, Percussion and Accordion. In 2019 she received an honorary doctorate from her alma mater.