Aldona Bartnik

Aldona Bartnik studied at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, specializing in the Early Music performance. She had a vocal training with Rita Dams, Peter Kooij, Michael Chance, Pascal Bertin and Jill Feldman.
Before the Master diploma, she has obtained two Bachelor Degrees in The Karol Lipiński Music Academy in Wrocław – one in Violin, later on in Classical Singing. A huge role of her  vocal activities plays both solo and  ensemble singing. Since 2008 year, Aldona has been cooperating  with a numerous prestigious groups including:  Collegium Vocale Gent, Capella Cracoviensis, Collegium 1704, La Risonanza, De Nederlandse Bachvereniging, Gabrieli Consort, Hespèrion XXI, Wrocław Baroque Ensemble, Vox Luminis, working with Giovanni Antonini, Fabio Bonizzoni, Philippe Herreweghe, Konrad Junghanel, Ton Koopman, Václav Luks, Paul McCreesh, Andrew Parrott, Jordi Savall and Jos van Veldhoven.

In 2019 artist received a prestigious  scholarship from The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, that supports her artistic research concerning exploration of  musical manuscripts stored in The Ossolineum – one of the largest scientific library in Poland. In season 2017/2018 she was granted a scholarship – Artistic Residency awarded by the Polish Institute of Music and Dance, that provides her four solo performances with orchestra that she could program by herself.  Her artistic ideas was also appreciated by Mayor of Stettin from whom in 2018 she received the Artistic Scholarship. In 2017, soprano won also the third prize at the 4th International Early Music Vocal Competition Canticum Gaudium and was selected for semifinal round of Le Concours Corneille in France.

Artist performed both as a soloist and ensemble singer on the most prestigious stages and festivals around the world: Lincoln Center New York, Wigmore Hall in London, Royal Albert Hall, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Tivolivredenburg Utrecht, National Forum of Music, Rudolfinum, BOZAR, Warsaw Philharmonic, Boston Early Music Festival, BBC Proms, Utrecht Early Music Festival, MAFestival in Bruges, Gent Festival van Vlaanderen, Serenade! Washington DC Choral Festival, International Young Artist’s Presentation in Antwerp, International Festival Wratislavia Cantans, Festival de Saintes. 2016 year, she has finished with a concert tour in the Netherlands and United States of America. Artist was singing the solo part – I soprano in B minor Mass by J.S. Bach under Ton Koopman, as an effect of cooperation of students from The Juilliard School in New York and The Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. Performance received enthusiastic reviews both from The Boston Early Music Festival and The Lincoln Center in New York. The production brought also a professional DVD material, broadcasted two times on Dutch public TV – NPO cultura.

Research on unknown repertoire from Polish music history is often subject of her artistic activities around the Europe. Promotion of her mother country music brought her a nomination to the Polonus 2016  –  award granted by cultural community in The Netherlands. In cooperation with Dutch pianist –  Maurice Lammerts van Bueren, in 2018 her first solo album Melancholia  was released by the Dutch label Zefir Records.  This CD focuses on vocal repertoire by Karol Szymanowski, Fryderyk Chopin and Ignacy Jan  Paderewski.  With the Wrocław Baroque Ensemble she regularly records as a soloist  music  devoted to middle European Baroque repertoire. These albums were released by the CD Accord, world-distributed by the Universal Music Polska and Naxos. Four of them in 2013, 2015, 2017, 2018 were nominated to Fryderyk – prominent music award, while one of them, in 2019 won this prestigious award. Soprano took part in activities of the Ars Cantus – ensemble specialized in Early Music repertoire, with whom she recorded album – Kodeks Wrocławski with Silesian Renaissance vocal works.

In 2019 another two albums with her solo participation will be released. First one, in collaboration with the Wrocław Baroque Ensemble is dedicated to heritage of Polish Baroque music by S.S.Szarzyński.  The other recording with the Wrocław Baroque Orchestra brings La Decollazione di S. Giovanni Battista by A.M. Bononcini – and her role as Salomè. For next months soprano  performs  as a soloist and ensemble singer e.g. during an European tour  with La Risonanza, Collegium 1704, Wrocław Baroque Orchestra and Collegium Vocale Gent, De Nederlandse Bachvereniging, Cappella Amsterdam. Next months brings her also an extensive promotion of her solo album Melancholia.