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uzanna Sosnowska is one of the most promising and talented Polish cellists of her generation. She is the winner of the X International W. Lutosławski Cello Competition in Warsaw in 2015 (1st Prize ex aequo), in which she was also awarded two special prizes for commissioned works as well as 6 other special prizes. 

Born in 1993 in Bialystok, Poland, she started playing cello at the age of 7 at Bialystok Music School, where the love for music was instilled into her by her first professor Ms. Grazyna Gedroyc.  During the years 2009- 2012 Zuzanna continued her musical education at Zenon Brzewski Music School in Warsaw in Prof. Andrzej Orkisz‘s class. In 2018 she finished her Master Degree at Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar where she was studying under the eye of prof. Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt. In 2021 she got her second master degree at Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia in Madrid in prof. Jens Peter Maintz‘s and Fernando Arias‘s class. Currently she is finishing postgraduate degree  – Konzertexamen at Musikhochschule Lübeck as student of prof. Troels Svane.

Apart from Lutoslawski International Cello Competion Zuzanna was awarded such prizes as:  the 2nd  Prize in the International Cello Competition in Liezen, Austria, the 1st Prize in the International Petar Konjovic Music Competition in Belgrad, Serbia, and the 2nd Prize in Antonio Janigro International Cello Competition in Porec, Croatia, the 1st prize at A.Rubinstein International Competition in Duesseldorf, special prizes in such competitions as: A. Janigro International Cello Competition in Zagreb and L. Sigall International Cello Competition in Vina del Mar,Chile, among others. In 2019 Zuzanna became a laureate of III Prize at B. Mazzacurati International Cello Competition in Torino, in 2021 she received I Prize at International Bach Competition in Poznań (PL).

 

The young artist has been also greatly influenced and inspired by participating in various masterclasses with D. Geringas, F.Helmerson, I. Monighetti, P. Muller,  J.P.Maintz,  T. Thedeen, L. Fenyo, G. Rivinius, J. Berger, A. Noras , Na Mula, and K. Michalik, among others.

Zuzanna shows great interest in chamber music. She is member of the Ensemble Esperanza and Tansman Trio, which mission is to popularize polish music for string trio. Since 2017 she colaborates with spanish pianist Magí Garcías as a  Sosnowska-Garcías Duo. This formation was awarded 1. Prize ex-aequo at „Salieri – Zinetti“ Chamber Music Competition in Verona in 2019 and 2. Prize at Swedish Duo Competition in 2022. Besides of that Zuzanna Sosnowska is a laureat of chamber music competitons in Calgary, Lomianki/Warsaw and Italy. She has been invited to play at such festivals as „Clasclas Festival“ in Spain , „Krzyżowa Music“, „Szczecin Classic“ and „Silesia Sonans“ in Poland as well as „Thy Chamber Music Festival” in Denmark, „Music Connects“ in Switzerland, „Goslar-Harz Music Fest“ in Germany, „Alpenarte” Festival in Austria as well she had been a scholar of a chamber music program „Villa Musica“ Rheinland-Pfalz in Germany. Cellist had the possibility to share the stage with such distinguished musicians as V. Kholodenko, M.P. Langlamet, S. Kim, A. Meneses, R. Krüger, A.Noras, A. Bielow or C. Trautmann. Besides that, as a scholar of Yehudi Menuhin Association she was an active participant in the „Live Music Now“ program, which brings the music to people who due to diverse circumstances cannot have access to the music themselves.

  Zuzanna has been performing in Poland, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, France, Italy, Spain, Norway, Sweden, Namibia, and Canada. As a soloist she performed with the National Orchestra of Poland in Warsaw, the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, AUKSO Orchestra, the Orchestra of European Music Centre in Bialystok , the Youth Polish Philharmony, the Young Orchester in Kiel, the Pforzheim Philharmonic , Orchestra Nazionale de la RAI, Orchestra Teatro Regio Torino, Metamorphosen Chamber Orchester Berlin and Orchestra Cambra de Mallorca, among others. 

 In 2018 Zuzanna made her first recording commisioned by Polish Radio. Together with National Orchestra of Polish Radio under maestro Bassem Akiki she recorded First Cello Concerto of Grazyna Bacewicz-  one of the most important polish composers in XX century.

Zuzanna has received the Scholarship of Polish Minister of Culture and Art Department and the Polish Prime Minister's Scholarship. In years 2007-2012, she also took part in the National Children's Found Program. In 2013 she was awarded the Deutschland Stipendium. Since 2014 she has been a scholarship recipient at the International Music Academy in the Principality of Liechtenstein and has been participating intensively in the activities of the Academy. In 2015 she was awarded Charlotte Krupp Stipendium from New Liszt Foundation. In 2019 and 2020 in Teatro Real in Madrid she got honoured with special prize of Queen Sofia from Her Majesty.

Currently Zuzanna is playing polish cello crafted by Andrzej Bobak from 2007.