Biography

ALDONA BARTNIK

Aldona Bartnik studied at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, focusing on Early Music performances. She has had vocal training with Rita Dams, Peter Kooij, Michael Chance, Pascal Bertin and Jill Feldman.
Before obtaining her Master diploma, she received two Bachelor Degrees from The Karol Lipiński Music Academy in Wrocław – one in Violin, and later in Classical Singing. She specializes in both solo and ensemble singing. Since 2008, Aldona has been cooperating  with numerous prestigious groups including:  Collegium Vocale Gent, Capella Cracoviensis, Collegium 1704, La Risonanza, Vox Luminis, De Nederlandse Bachvereniging, Gabrieli Consort, Hespèrion XXI, and Wrocław Baroque Ensemble. She has also worked 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, she received a prestigious  scholarship from The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage,
which supports her artistic research and analysis of  musical manuscripts stored in The Ossolineum – one of the largest scientific libraries in Poland. In the artistic seasons of 2017 and 2018 she was granted a scholarship – Artistic Residency, awarded by the Polish Institute of Music and Dance, that provides her four solo performances with an orchestra which she programmed by herself.  Additionally, her artistic ideas were appreciated by the Mayor of Stettin, who in 2018 granted her the Artistic Scholarship. Furthermore, Aldona won the third place prize at the 4th International Early Music Vocal Competition Canticum Gaudium and was selected to proceed to the semifinal round of Le Concours Corneille in France.

Aldona also performed both as a soloist and ensemble singer on many of the most prestigious stages and festivals around the world, including: 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. In the latter half of 2016, she had a concert tour in the Netherlands and United States of America. She sang the solo part – I soprano in B minor Mass by J.S. Bach under Ton Koopman, in cooperation with students from The Juilliard School in New York and The Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. This performance received enthusiastic reviews both from The Boston Early Music Festival and The Lincoln Center in New York. The production also had professional media coverage, broadcasted on Dutch public TV – NPO cultura.

Research on uncommon repertoire from Polish music history is often the subject of her artistic activities around Europe. Promotion of her mother country’s music brought her a nomination for the Polonus 2016  –  an award granted by the 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 2020 another 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 Miłokaj Zieleński.  For next months soprano performs as a soloist and ensemble singer e.g. during an European tour  with De Nederlandse Bachvereniging, Collegium 1704, Cappella Amsterdam, Wrocław Baroque Orchestra and Collegium Vocale Gent. Next months brings her also an extensive promotion of her solo album Melancholia.