Małgorzata Sarbak

Małgorzata Sarbak

Harpsichordist, teacher (F. Chopin College of Music in Warsaw, Department of Harpsichord, Organ and Ancient Music). She graduated with honours from the F. Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw (prof. L. Kędracki, prof. W. Kłosiewicz); was granted numerous scholarships: New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, USA (harpsichord studies with John Gibbons), French Government Scholarship, Academie Musicale de Villecroze, and scholarships for participation in master-classes: Montisi (Italy), Villecroze (France), Antwerpen (Belgium), Krieglach (Austria), Cambridge (United Kingdom), Karlsruhe (Germany) led by outstanding professors and artists such as Huguette Dreyfus, Bob van Asperen, Jos van Immersel, Ketil Haugsand, Menno van Delft, Robert Hill, Jacques Ogg and The Parley of Instruments.
She made archival recordings for the Polish Radio, which chose her for representing Poland in the International EBU Competition New Talent 2005 in Bratislava. As a soloist and chamber player she performed and made recordings with the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra, Polish Radio Orchestra, Cracow Philharmonic, Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic Orchestra (Lodz), Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra (Ostrava), Morphing Vienna Chamber Orchestra (with Andreas Scholl) and Arte dei Suonatori during many national and international festivals (Nantes, Bilbao, Tokio, Berlin).
Her repertoire is not limited only to the music of the XVII and XVIII centuries; she regularly performs also contemporary music. She made world premiere performances of pieces of an outstanding polish composer, Paweł Szymański: Les Poiriers en Pologne ou une Suite de Pieces Sentimentales de Clavecin faites par Mr Szymanski in 2010 and, in 2014, Dissociative Counterpoint Disorder, written and dedicated to her. In recognition of her achievements in the contemporary music field, she was invited to give lecture during the international conference held in F. Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. The sessions focused on the contemporary harpsichord music, and the title of her lecture was: The two-manual harpsichord as a field for the multi-layer constructions of Paweł Szymański’s works.
She performs also on original keyboard instruments. Her renditions of Mozart pieces were presented on rare and unique tangent pianos (Tangentenflügel) belonging to the historical keyboard instrument collections of Bad Krozingen and Miltenberg (Germany).
Małgorzata composed the music for the spectacles played in important polish drama theatres: Teatr Dramatyczny, Teatr Warsawy (Warsaw), Teatr Dramatyczny (Walbrzych). During 2010-2015 she has cooperated with the Summer Early Music Methodical Courses in Warsaw.
Her debut solo album (3CD) with the complete harpsichord Partitas by J. S. Bach had its premiere in June 2013. It was released by the Warsaw label Lado ABC and the National Audiovisual Institute (NInA), and is the first complete harpsichord recording of the Clavier-Übung I released in Poland. New album devoted to the music of Paweł Szymański was released in September 2016 by the Warsaw label Bôłt Records with cooperation of DUX Recording Producers, National Audiovisual Institute (NInA), Adam Mickiewicz Institute and Polish Radio Programme II. The album is titled for the solo piece Szymanski composed for Sarbak in 2014 - Dissociative Counterpoing Disorder - and includes two world premiere recordings (with the Szymanski’s baroque suite) and an impressive concerto, Partita III, with the Janacek Orchestra and Zsolt Nagy. Both albums have gained great acclaim from the listeners and the critics.

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