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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.

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