Prof. Barbara Świątek-Żelazna graduated with great dinstinction from the Conservatory of Music in Kraków on the class of prof. Wacław Chudziak. She finished  her postgraduated studies at the Conservatoire National Superier de Musique de Paris on the class of prof. Gaston Crunelle.

For many years she was the principal flute of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra. She won many prizes on prestigeous flute competitions (in Katowice, Łódź, Vienna, Helsinki, Utrecht). She was a member of the Baroque Trio, Harp Trio and world-famous contemporary music ensemble MW2.


She has been performing a lot on the prestigious music festivals – as a soloist, chamber musician and an orchestra musician. She ran masterclasses in Belgium, Ukraine and Poland. She was a member of world-famous music competition, such as ARD Competition in Munich and another competitions in Cracov, Lwów, Czerniowce, Dąbrowa Górniacza and many others. 

As a result of cooperation with composers, a lot of new pieces for flute were dedicated for her of composers such as: K. Meyer, K. Moszumańska-Nazar, A. Walaciński, B. Schaeffer, K. Fribec.

She received many awards and honours of The Minister of the Culture and National Haritage, The City of Kraków,  Excellece in Teaching Prize, Gold Medal „Gloria Artis”. In 1964 she received a prize Orfeo for the best performance on the International Festival Warsaw Autumn. In 2017 she received a prize of The Lesser Poland Gouverment Ars Quaerendi for outstanding actions for the development and promotion of culture in the category: Teacher. 

She is the profesor of the Academy of Music in Kraków. During the years 1999-2002 she had a honour to be a Rector of this institution.

Natalia Jarząbek graduated with a great distinction from the Academy of Music in Kraków in the class of Prof. Dr h.c. Barbara Świątek – Żelazna and was a student of Hochschule für Musik in Weimar in the class of Prof. Wally Hase. She also graduated from the Jagiellonian University with master degree in mathematics. Currently she is currently a principal flutist of the Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra and PHD student at her Alma Mater.


Her abilities are highly regarded on international competitions. She received many prizes, scholarships and awards appreciating her achievements. Natalia performed at festivals such as: The British Flute Society Flutastique! Festival, The Adams Flute Festival. She has worked closely with numerous symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles, performing in renowned venues around the world.


In 2015 Natalia recorded a solo piece on the CD of Grammy Award`s winner Włodek Pawlik. In 2017 she recorded a CD 900 Miles with the Belgian pianist Pieter-Jan Verhoyen, featuring works by Polish and Flemish composers.

Since 2017, Natalia 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.


In 2017 together with Prof. Barbara Świątek - Żelazna, Natalia got a prestigious prize Ars Quaerendi of the Parliament of Lesser Poland in the Master - Student category for outstanding activities for the development and promotion of culture. Both winners decided to devote this prize to creating a textbook for learning circular breathing and recording a CD inspired by this technique . The CD Infinity was recorded with the Belgian pianist Emmy Wils at the Krzysztof Penderecki European Music Center in Lusławice and released by DUX in September 2019.