Kaszuba Barbara

Barbara Kaszuba (* 22 January 1983 Poznań-)  is a graduate of the Jadwiga Kaliszewska School of Music called “Poznań School of Talent” in the violin class of Mirosław Bocek (2002) and of the Fryderyk Chopin School of Music in the piano class of Barbara Jarantowska (2003); she is a graduate of the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań in the composition class by prof. G. Pstrokońska-Nawratil (honours MA degree 2007) and of the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz in the violin class by Prof. Marcin Baranowski 2011; in 2005 a study in Hochschule für Musik in Dresden by prof. W. Krätschmar; in 2007 artistic scholarship in Woodside – California, USA; since 2007 she works at the Academy of Music in Poznań; in 2013 she obtained PhD degree and in 2019 she obtained habilitation. Barbara Kaszuba belongs to the Polish Composers Association. She tried to compose already in her childhood, submitting her work to critical evaluation of prof. Andrzej Koszewski, prof. Marek Stachowski, prof. Romuald Twardowski. She presented her works at festivals and many concerts in Poland and abroad /Germany, Russia, England, Scotland, Lithuania, Holland, Ukraine, Belarus, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland/. She took part in numerous radio and TV programs.

She presented her works at festivals and many concerts in Poland and abroad /Germany, Russia, England, Scotland, Lithuania, Holland, France, Ukraine, Belarus, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland/. She took part in numerous radio and TV programs.

Barbara has got many prizes at competitions for composers:

  • CANTABILE 95 in Kraków – special prize to encourage her for further
  • Czechowice-Dziedzice 1997 – award for the youngest participant; 2002 – distinction
  • PATRI PATRIAE 98 in Katowice 98 – III prize
  • CRESCENDO 99 in Tarnów – Grand Prix
  • IBLA 99 New York – Ragusa – V level
  • Sanok 2003 – distinction
  • Warsaw 2004, 2006 – (the Polish Composers Union) prize – performing
  • at the International Festival for Contemporary Music Warsaw Autumn
  • Kraków 2004 (PWM Edition) – distinction
  • Wrocław 2005 – I prize
  • Sanok 2009 – Grand Prix
  • Competition of Institute of Music and Dance – the programme Composer – in – Residence –
  • Polish Radio Chamber Orchestra Amadeus conducted by A. Duczmal–Mróz 2012/2013
  • Gdańsk 2016 – distinction
  • Sanok 2017 – III level
  • New York, USA 2021, Vox Novus
  • Toronto, Canada 2021, the programme Composer – in – Residence – SHHH!! Ensemble
  • The International project “The RéDi-Musix works for Sampo”, MUSINFO, France, 2021
  • Global Music Awards, California, USA, 2022
  • Florida,USA, 2023, Orlando Contemporary Orchestra

As a performer Barbara was a finalist at the Competition of Music XX century for Young

  • Performers in Radziejowice 1999, 2001; she also plays chamber music /duo violin with accordion/.
  • In this category at international and polish competitions she received in:
  • Sanok 2000 – I prize
  • Mława 2001 – I prize
  • Castelfidardo, Italy 2001 – II prize
  • Mława 2002 – I prize
  • Klingenthal, Germany 2002 – II prize
  • Poprad 2003 – I prize, the special prize of European Union of Competition Youth (EMCY Art
  • for Music Prize);
  • Wrocław 2006 – II prize
  • Sarre-Union, France 2006 – Prix du Conseil General /Familiare/

Barbara Kaszuba as a pianist creates a duet with the singer Maciej Boberek (bass). Their repertoire includes songs and opera arias. They gave concerts at many Festivals, among others, in Poland, Germany, Italy and Iceland.

Barbara was granted an artistic scholarship by Business and Professional Womens’ Club Poznań, the Ministry of Culture in the category – an artistic individuality (1998, 2000, 2002, 2006), Djerasi-UNESCO/ Woodside, California USA 2007; prize of polish journalists – Medal of Young Art (2010), Marshal of districkt in Wielkopolska – Summer course in Darmstadt (2012), Adam Mickiewicz Institute (2013), Medal of the H.Cegielski Association (2013), Rector’s Award, Academy of Music in Poznań (2021), Honorary award “Meritorious for Polish Culture” (2022). Her works are published in ASTRA, FONOLA and PWM Edition in Poland and Chiola Music Press in Italy, University of East Sarajevo, Academy of Music East Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina and performed by the soloists, ensembles and orchestras: Jagiellonian Trio, Lutosławski Quartet, Wieniawski Quartet, RIOT Ensemble, Íslenski Flautukórinn, LENsemble Vilnius, Sepia Ensemble, Reed Connection Trio, The Symphony Orchestra of the Pomeranian Philharmonic in Bydgoszcz conducted by M. J. Błaszczyk and M. Diakun, The Symphony of the Philharmonic of Częstochowa conducted by Cz. Grabowski, Amadeus Chamber Orchestra of Polish Radio conducted by A. Duczmal and A. Duczmal-Mróz, Tatra Mood Orchestra conducted by A. Kreiner, the New Music Orchestra conducted by Sz. Bywalec, Warsaw Camerata conductet by P. Kos-Nowicki, The Symphony Orchestra of the Academy of Music in Poznań conducted by T. Bugaj, W. Kunc, The Symphony Orchestra of the Marcin Józef Żebrowski School of Music in Częstochowa conducted by M. Kula, D. Mieczkowski, The Symphony Orchestra of the Podkarpacka Philharmonic in Rzeszów conducted by W. Rodek, The Orchestra of Chamber Philharmonic in Łomża conducted by M. Colasanti, The Orchestre National de Bretagne conducted by Ch. Dufresne.

Her first record My Music (Acte Prealable) has come into being as a part of scholarship program “Young Poland” organized also by the Ministry of Culture (2005); her second CD Not only from Iceland has been released in 2019 (the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań).

violinist, composer and teacher. She was a scholarship holder of the Business and Professional Women’s Club in Poznań, the National Children’s Fund and the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage (1998, 2000, 2002, 2006). She also received the Djerasi – UNESCO USA Awards (2007), the Journalists’ Award of the Medal of Young Art (2010) and the Medal of the Hipolit Cegielski (2013). Her works have been awarded at many composition competitions in Poland and abroad and are published by the publishing houses: Astra in Łódź, Fonola in Warsaw, PWM in Krakow, Chiola Music Press in Italy.

Link to webside of Barbara Kaszuba (here)

Information about the composer on culture.pl and polmic.pl.

“My music” broadcast at the link.

Pieces with the violin:

  • Autumn Dance for solo violin (1992)
  • Kaprys-cadenza for solo violin (1993-94)
  • Mazurka for solo violin (1994)
  • Katarynka for violin and accordion (1995)
  • Memoirs of Janusz Korczak for solo violin (1995-98)
  • String Quartet (1996)
  • Contemplations for solo violin (1996-98)
  • Moods, trio for violin, cello and accordion (1997)
  • Droga for solo violin (1997)
  • Cheeky Trio for violin, viola and cello (1999)
  • Skrzyp-ak, humoreska for violin and accordion (2000) (sheet music) recording performed by the duo Karolina Mikołajczyk & Iwo Jedynecki available here
  • Happy Islands for flute (or violin), cello and piano (2003)
  • Dalmatia for voice (bass), violin and cello based on the poetry of Krzysztof Kamil Baczyński (2004)
  • Ptasi Koncert for violin, symphony orchestra and bird voices (CD) (2007)
  • Chatting birds for string quartet (2008)
  • Thousand voices in the sky, the piece inspired the poem Seasons by M. Fischbeck for accordion and string quartet
  • Taktika for violin, clarinet, flute, cello, piano (2019)
  • Temperamenti for violin, cello and piano (2020)
  • Relations for violin, viola and oboe (2022)