Iwona brings warmth, humour and her trademark virtuosity to her cabaret performance, taking audiences on a musical journey of the familiar, the rare, the dark, the light, the uplifting and the poignant.
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Iwona brings warmth, humour and her trademark virtuosity to her cabaret performance, taking audiences on a musical journey of the familiar, the rare, the dark, the light, the uplifting and the poignant. Highlights include James Bond and West Side Story medleys and the theme from Schindler's List; standards from Cole Porter, Gershwin and Nat King Cole; and light classics such as Meditation from Thais, Carmen Fantasy, and Monty's Czardasz.
An experienced and charismatic entertainer, Iwona has quickly gained a reputation among audiences and clients for performing consistently exciting and engaging shows.
Also in demand as a concerto and recital soloist and chamber musician, Iwona has performed in most of Europe as well as America, Australia, the Middle East and South America.
She plays regularly with the City of London Simfonia, and is a guest leader of another London orchestra.
She has recently completed a series of recitals in London and New York and is currently preparing the release of a CD comprising John Adams' Road Movies and Prokofiev's two violin sonatas.
Iwona won prizes in international violin competitions in Warsaw in 1995 and Mexico in 1997. Whilst leader of the Krakow Radio Symphony Orchestra in the mid-90s, she performed with Luciano Pavarotti in Peru.
Before coming to London in 1996, Iwona trained in her native Poland, where she won the Yamaha Scholarship awarded to the best violin student in Poland, and a scholarship awarded by the Polish Ministry of Culture and Arts.
After graduating with distinction from Academy of Music in Krakow, she came to London to study at the Royal College of Music. Whilst there, she won several awards including the Ian Stoutzker and Wollman Prizes. As an addition to her performing career, she has taught violin at the Royal College's Junior department and at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.