Employees

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Zuzanna Elster

Department: Department of Instrumental Studies

Born in 1985 in Warsaw, a solo harpist, chamber musician, and a teacher. She graduated with honours from the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw (2008), harp class of Professor Urszula Mazurek, and (also with honours) postgraduate studies “Konzertexamen” at Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin (2011), harp class of Professor Maria Graf. She also took harp lessons from Germaine Lorenzini in Lyon. Apart from that she developed her skills during master courses in Poland and abroad which were taught by such harpists as: E. Bennett, J. Bouskova, S. Kanga, M. Graf, G. Lorenzini, S. McDonald, C. Michel, N. Shamayeva, or H. Storck.

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Zuzanna Elster

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Since 2008 she has taught the harp class at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, holding the post of Assistant Professor (Since 2013). Since 2009 she has taught the harp class at the Fryderyk Chopin Complex of State Music Schools in Warsaw. In 2012 she defended her doctoral thesis, obtaining a doctoral title in music arts, and in 2017 she obtained a post-doctoral degree.

She was a laureate of national and international harp competitions. She twice won the scholarship of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage (2003, 2004) and scholarship of the Société Générale Bank (1008), which allowed her to record a CD. In 2009 she was awarded with the Magna cum Laude medal by Rector of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music, and in 2010 she won the Individual Award of the 2nd Degree of the Centre of Artistic Education. In 2011 she was a juror during the 1st All-Poland Competition “The Miniature for Celtic Harp”.

She gives concerts as a soloist in Poland and abroad. She has performed in France, Ireland, Germany, Italy, Czech Republic and Russia, e.g. as part of prestigious international harp/music festivals and congresses such as: 9th World Harp Congress in Dublin (2005), “Days of Harp” in Ostrava (2002–2008), or “International Conservatoire Week” in Sankt Petersburg (2006). She has also given concerts at such venues as the National Philharmonic, Pomeranian Philharmonic in Bydgoszcz, Philharmonics of Łódź, Lublin and Szczecin, Royal Castle in Warsaw and The Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of the Polish Radio in Warsaw.

She has performed as a soloist with such orchestras as: Brandenburger Symphoniker, Polish Radio Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of the Lublin Philharmonic, Symphony Orchestra of the Szczecin Philharmnic, Toruń Symphony Orchestra, Concerto Avenna and Capella Bydgostiensis. As an orchestra musician she permanently cooperates with Sinfonia Varsovia. She has also cooperated with such orchestras as The National Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Israel Contemporary Players and Sinfonia Iuventus. She has recorded for the Polish Radio and Television and performed premieres of pieces by contemporary Polish composers.

 

Fot. Mirosław Pietruszyński