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Glinka, Iwona

Glinka, Iwona

Iwona Glinka


She was born in Kwidzyn, Poland. At the age of 18 she graduated from the Music Lyceum in Gdansk with a Flute Diploma (Highest Distinction), with a parallel specialisation on teaching. She continued her studies at the Music Academy of Gdansk, Poland. She graduated from the Academy in 1994 with the degree of Master of Music in Performance (flute). Between 1991 and 1994, on the Baloise Holding Scholarship, she attended the Summer Courses of the Music Academy of Lenk in Switzerland with Peter-Lukas Graf. In 1992, on a scholarship from the Mayor of the City of Darmstadt in Germany, she attended the Ferienkurse für Neue Musik where she studied with Pierre-Yves Artaud.

In 1996 there followed a further period of studies at the Accademia Internationale Superiore di Musica in Biella, Italy, again with Peter-Lukas Graf and later at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris, France, with Pierre-Yves Artaud. She has given dozens of solo recitals with classical and contemporary repertoire and has appeared as Principal Flautist with orchestras and chamber ensembles in Greece as well as Russia, Italy, Switzerland, Poland, and the US. She has developed a great interest in New Music, which since 1994 has resulted in over one hundred world premières of works by Australian, Belgian, British, Canadian, Greek, German, Polish and US composers, more than one hundred of them commissioned by and written especially for her.

In 1995, Iwona Glinka has made Athens, Greece, her home. She teaches flute and chamber music at the Municipal Conservatory of Patras and at the Conservatory Nikolaos Mantzaros in Athens. She was Principal Flautist of the Athens Symphony Orchestra and she is a core member of the Hellenic Contemporary Music Ensemble.

In addition to touring on a regular basis, she was chosen as a featured performer for the Canadian Flute Association Convention (2015, Toronto, Canada) 5th and 10th Sacred Music of Patmos (2005 and 2010, Greece), Electro Media Works (2008, Athens, Greece), International James Galway Flute Festival (2007, Weggis, Switzerland), 3rd and 4th Mediterranean Contemporary Music Days (2005 and 2006, Istanbul, Turkey), 3rd Flute Festival (2006, Madison, USA), Archanes Festival (2002, Greece), Days of Contemporary Music (2002, Athens, Greece), Schoenberg Festival (2001, Athens, Greece), International Flute Festival (1997, Rome, Italy), International Computer Music Conference (1997, Thessaloniki, Greece).

In 2012, she received major grants from the Britten-Pears Foundation and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts to commission new works from Roger Redgate (UK) and Piotr Grella-Mozejko (Canada), respectively. Iwona Glinka has recorded extensively and appears on a dozen CDs available on the European, Canadian and US labels such as BMG, Irida, Magni, Mercury, PGMaudio and others.

In May 2009, she obtained a Doctor of Music in Performance (flute) from the Academy of Music in Cracow, Poland, for her dissertation on and a recital of Brian Ferneyhough’s complete flute music. In 2012, she was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy in Musicology by the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece, for her research on contemporary Greek music for solo flute. Iwona Glinka is a Yamaha Artist.

Polish Music & Polish Poetry 18/4/2016
ICC "The contemporary Guitar" (2017)