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Maria Pomianowska

Multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, composer and teacher. Professor of the Academy of Music in Cracow and director of the Cross-Culture Warsaw Festival. Since 1984 she has studied the unique techniques of playing European and Asian instruments. She has traveled to India, China, Korea, Japan and the Middle East. In 1994 she reconstructed two Polish folk string instruments, which have not been preserved to present times –Suka and Płock fiddle.

The artist has given concerts all over the world for the past 30 years. During her 5-year stay in Japan (1997-2002) she presented Polish traditional and classical music in the biggest music venues. On number of occasions she presented the reconstructed instruments and Polish music  at the Imperial Court of Japan. She has composed and performed with world-famous artists: Pandit Ram Narayan, Yo-Yo Ma, Boris Grebenshchikov, Gil Goldstein, Gonzalo Rubelcaba, Ian Gilan, Branford Marsalis, Kayhan Kalhor, Hossein Alizadeh and others. She has released over 23 albums, many of which have received international awards.

Since 2011 she has created unique programmes featuring the Polish traditional music performed with Egyptia, Tunisian, Algerian, Pakistani, Senegalese, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Irani and Indian musicians in Asia and Africa.

Most significant distinctions and awards: the Chopin Passport, the Gloria Artis Medal awarded by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage (2010), the Award of the Mazovia Province Marshall (2011), the Silver Cross of Merit awarded by the President of the Republic of Poland, nomination to the Norwid Award (2014), Songlines Best music album (2016), Norwid Award in  music( 2018)