Natalia Jarząbek is currently a principal flutist of the Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra and PHD student at the Music Academy in Kraków. She graduated with honours from the Music Academy in Krakow, where she studied in the class of prof. Barbara Świątek-Żelazna. She also studied under the supervision of prof. Wally Hase at the Franz Liszt Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt in Weimar. She obtained a master’s degree in applied mathematics from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow.
Her skills and outstanding artistic personality have won her numerous prizes at national and international competitions, such as the British Flute Society Competition (First Prize), the Dutch Flute Competition (Second Prize), and the 3rd Stockholm International Music Competition (First Prize). She has developed her skills at masterclasses in Poland and abroad, and won numerous grants and awards for her artistic achievements.
She recorded a solo piece (Pulse 11/8) for a 2015 CD by Grammy Award winner Włodek Pawlik and a CD 900 Miles with the Belgian pianist Pieter-Jan Verhoyen, featuring works by Polish and Flemish composers. She has been a soloist at prestigious events such as British Flute Society ’s Flutastique! Festival, the 2017 Adams Flute Festival, the Festival Universitario de Flauta Transversa in México, the Alexander Arutiunian International Wind Festival, the 31st International Festival of Krakow Composers, Wawel o Zmierzchu Festival and the Music Festival in Łańcut, south-eastern Poland.
In 2017 - together with prof. Barbara Świątek-Żelazna – Natalia received the Ars Quaerendi Award from the Lesser Poland Voivodeship in the category Master - Student in order to write a book about methodology of the circular breathing technique and releasing the CD inspired by this technique. The Infinity CD was recorded with the Belgian pianist Emmy Wils at the Krzysztof Penderecki European Music Center in Lusławice and released by DUX in September 2019.
A few pieces recorded on the CD were dedicated to Natalia by prof. Marcel Chyrzyński, Dimitri Arnauts, Tim Mulleman. As part of the ongoing Infinity project, Natalia performed at prestigious international flute festivals, performing the repertoire included on the Infinity album and conducting lectures and workshops (Alexander Arutiunian International Wind Festival 2019, Yerevan, Armenia; Festival Universitario de Flauta Transversa, Mexico City 2019 and others) .
Since 2017, she has also been a flutist of the Cracow Golden Quintet, with whom she won the 2nd prize at The Stanislaw Moniuszko International Polish Music Competition in Rzeszów, 2019.
Natalia has worked closely with numerous symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles, performing in renowned venues around the world.