ad. dr hab.
Fot. Igor Omulecki
Holder of a doctoral degree in musical arts, graduate of the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, flute class of prof. Elżbiet Dastych-Szwarc. She completed postgraduate studies at the Royal Conservatory in of The Hague (Netherlands), class of prof. R. de Reede and T. Roord. She is a prize-winner of numerous solo and chamber music competitions. For many years, she received the scholarship of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. She holds the function of adiunkt [Assistant Professor] at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw and the Academy of Art in Szczecin. She is regularly invited to give masterclasses and lectures for flute players and composers in such countries as Georgia, Turkey, Romania, Armenia, and obviously, Poland.
Agata Igras is a versatile flutist with over 20 years of experience, she has performed in over 40 countries, on 4 continents, and has been successful as a soloist, chamber and orchestra musician. She has worked under the supervision of such renowned flutists as: Julius Baker, William Bennett, Robert Aitken, Jean-Claude Gerard, Emmanuel Pahud, Carlos Bruneel, Patricia Morris, Robert Dick and Patrick Gallois, with whom she performed Concert for two flutes by K. Doppler.
She has played under the baton of the following outstanding conductors: Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Krzysztof Penderecki, Emmanuel Krivine, Gerd Albrecht, Rafael Payare, Sascha Goetzel, Mstislav Rostropovich, and with the following soloists: Piotr Anderszewski, Martha Argherich, Ian Hobson, Sharon Kahm, Shlomo Mintz, Maxim Vengerov, Boris Pergamenschikow, Yuri Bashmet, Wolfgang Schulz, Jean Pierre Rampal, Albrecht Mayer, Paul Meyer, Maurice André, Alfred Brendel, Byron Janis, José Cura, Placido Domingo, or Alexander Lonquich.
For many years, she was the first flutist of Sinfonia Varsovia, currently she collaborates with the orchestras Sinfonietta Cracovia and NFM Leopoldinum, and is a co-member of a unique piano sextet — Gruppo di Tempera.
She has recorded 4 solo albums. They had very positive reviews abroad and were nominated for the “Fryderyk” award; her CD Martinu Chamber Music won an honorary mention of Clef de Resmusica. The album with Polish music entitled Real Life Song by Polish soprano singer Joanna Freszel, for which Agata Igras recorded all flute parts, was awarded with the Orphée d’Or 2016.