Paula Preuss

Photo (c) Beata Wojtowicz

CD album: Polskie Tria Romantyczne (Polish Romantic Trios).

Paula Preuss is an honours graduate of the Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk (2011), where she studied violin with prof. dr hab. Krystyna Jurecka and chamber music with prof. dr hab. Anna Prabucka-Firlej. Immediately after completing her studies, she started working both at the Academy of Music in Gdańsk and the Feliks Nowowiejski Primary and Secondary Music School in Gdańsk, simultaneously pursuing successfully her solo, chamber and educational career. She has been the leader of the Elbląg Chamber Orchestra since 2015. In 2017 she earned the title of Doctor of Musical Arts and, in 2019, she won the competition for Assistant Professor of the Academy of Music in Gdańsk while continuing her work in the Department of String Instruments and the Department of Chamber Music.

She has given concerts in Poland, Gemany, Lithuania, Belarus, Turkey, France, Czech Republic, Estonia, Bulgaria and Iceland. She has performed as a soloist with such orchestras as the Polish Baltic Philharmonic, Polish Chamber Philharmonic, Elbląg Chamber Orchestra, Pomeranian Youth Philharmonic, Academic Symphony Orchestra and Academic Chamber Orchestra, collaborating with the following conductors: Wojciech Rajski, Marek Moś, Marcin Nałęcz-Niesiołowski, Mihail Katev, Janusz Przybylski, Elżbieta Wiesztordt, Monika Cybulska, Robert Kabara, Bogdan Olędzki, Sylwia Janiak, Ariel Ludwiczak, Michał Krężlewski, Tadeusz Żmijewski, Tomasz Tomaszewski and Piotr Staniszewski.

She participated in prestigious violin competitions in Gdańsk, Olsztyn, Poznań, Wrocław, Zielona Góra and Łódź. In 2007 she received a special prize – a violin made by the luthier Andrzej Kalata – in the 2nd International Violin Competition in Gdańsk. She also participated in the 14th Henryk Wieniawski International Violin Competition in October 2011.

While she was still learning in the Music Lyceum in Gdańsk, chamber music had already been special to her. Following her heart, she founded a string quartet which, upon her specific request, was offered mentoring by prof. Anna Prabucka-Firlej, pianist. Their collaboration proved successful, as already one year later the quartet won prizes in competitions: second prize in the 7th Macro-regional Chamber Ensemble Meetings in Gdańsk and first prize in the 30th All-Polish Chamber Ensemble Competition in Wrocław. The collaboration with this teacher was fostered in various chamber ensembles both during and after Ms Preuss’s studies and at the Academy, breeding continued success. In 2008 she won third prize in the 5th International J. Brahms Chamber Music Competition in Gdańsk, playing in a piano trio. In 2013, together with the AKME Quartet (Karol Sienkiewicz, viola, Maria Wiśniewska, cello, Ewa Sarwińska, piano), she won first prize in the 10th International M. K. Ogiński Chamber Ensemble Competition in Smarhonʹ (Belarus), in 2014, also with the AKME Quartet, she won first prize, gold medal and special prize for the best interpretation of a piece by Johannes Brahms in the 1st International Chamber Music Competition in Plovdiv (Bulgaria).

She participated in the Music Courses in Łańcut, Bałoszyce, Jadwisin, Gdańsk, Kudowa-Zdrój and Bagneres de Bigorre, where she perfected her skills under the direction of such excellent teachers as Maxim Vengerov, Zakhar Bron, Wanda Wiłkomirska, Michael Vaiman, Yair Kless, Siergiej Stadler, Marianne Piketty and Konstanty Andrzej Kulka.

She was a recipient of the scholarships of the Mayor of Gdańsk City and ‘Agrafka muzyczna’. Between 2009 and 2011, and 2014 and 2015, she was a recipient of the scholarship of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage. Thanks to the Erasmus programme, she was able to study at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et de Danse in Lyon, France, with prof. Marianne Piketty.

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