Award winning Polish-born and New York City-based concert violinist Kinga Augustyn has been described as “an adventurous performer valuable to New York’s scene” (NY Concert Review), “violinist for whom nothing seems too difficult” (Polish Daily News), “stylish and vibrant” (The Strad Magazine), and “beyond amazing, one hell of a violinist!” (The Fanfare Magazine). She has performed as a soloist with orchestras in the United States, Europe and Asia. Among them are the Magdeburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra Leopoldinum, the Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra, the American Academy of Conducting Orchestra at the Aspen Music Festival, the Rogue Valley Symphony, the Riverside Symphonia, and the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra. She has toured China soloing with the Manhattan Symphonie and performed at China’s most prestigious venues such as Beijing Poly Theater and Shanghai Oriental Art Center. In addition to her many orchestra appearances, Kinga maintains a busy concert schedule as a recitalist and chamber musician with appearances at Carnegie Hall (in both the Stern Auditorium and the Weill Recital Hall), Alice Tully Hall, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Bargemusic, The Aspen Music Festival, and Chicago’s Cultural Center (Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts Series), among many others.
Kinga Augustyn’s most recent and critically acclaimed recordings include Niccolo Paganini 24 Caprices, Op. 1 for Solo Violin (RovenRecords), The Romantic Violin Recital LIVE (iTunes), Polish Violin Music (Naxos), Runaway Bunny Concerto with Catherine Zeta- Jones as a narrator (GPR Records), as well as Kenneth Fuchs’ Falling Trio (Naxos). She also performs Ysaye’s “Ballade” in the documentary movie ” Solomon Volkov. Conversations with Yevgeny Yevtushenko” filmed for Channel One Russia. Her new contemporary music CD will come out in 2017, in addition to a few other recordings, including Telemann Fantasias and Violin Concerti by Mendelssohn and Bruch, recorded with Janacek Philharmonic Ostrava.
Ms. Augustyn has won international awards, including First Prizes at the Alexander & Buono International String Competition (NYC), Artist International Presentations (NYC), J. S. Bach String Competition (Zielona Gora, Poland), and Ackerman Chamber Music Competition at Stony Brook, NY, and the 2015 Oustanding Pole Competition, category “Young Pole”, in the United States. Other top honors include prizes at the Kosciuszko Foundation Wieniawski Violin Competition (NYC), the Johannes Brahms International Competition (Poertschach, Austria), and the Kloster Schoental International Young Artist Competition (Kloster Scheontal, Germany).
Kinga Augustyn studied at The Juilliard School with Dorothy DeLay, Cho – Liang Lin, and Naoko Tanaka, and earned both the Bachelor and the Master degrees. She also holds a doctorate from Stony Brook University, where she worked with Phil Setzer and Pamela Frank.
Kinga Augustyn plays on an early 18th Century violin made by Antonius Zanottus, generously on loan to her from a private collector.