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Biography

A laureate of top prizes in seven international contests, including the Queen Sofia Music Competition in Madrid, the Maria Canals Competition in Barcelona, the G.B.Viotti Competition in Vercelli, the V. Bucchi Competition in Rome, Jadwiga Kotnowska also won a Gold Medal and a Grand Prix at the Festival in Bordeaux. She studied flute at the Chopin Academy in Warsaw and also with Aurele Nicolet, Jean-Pierre Rampal and Alain Marion, later obtaining a Doctorate.

Since then, Jadwiga has given concerts at such venues as the Berlin Philharmonic Hall, the Lincoln Center in NYC, the Tivoli Hall in Copenhagen, the Grieg Hall in Bergen (at the Bergen International Festival), the Palau de Musica in Barcelona, the Teatro Real in Madrid, the Purcell Room in London, De Doelen in Rotterdam, the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, the Warsaw Philharmonic and at festivals, including the Bergen Grieg Festival, the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival (Finland), the Warsaw Autumn, The World Premieres Festival in Katowice, the K. Penderecki Festival in Kraków and the Mozart Festival in Warsaw.

A keen champion of contemporary music, Jadwiga has participated in numerous premieres, including those of concertos by M. Górecki, A. Szczetyński, M.Ptaszynska, J.Maksymiuk and K. Dębski, also performing with a jazz ensemble in "crossover" performances. She was the first Polish flautist to perform H.M. Górecki's flute concertos (with the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Warsaw Philharmonic, the Moscow Philharmonic) and the K. Penderecki concerto conducted by the composer. She has also given concerts with, among others, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Flanders and the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon. She has made many recordings for the radio in Spain, France, Switzerland, Holland and the U.S. CDs include Vivaldi's Four Seasons and Mercadante's Concerto which was nominated for the Fryderyk Prize.

Jadwiga Kotnowska has given many master classes including in the USA, Malaysia, Finland, France and at the Royal College of Music in London.

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