Polish violinist Maria Włoszczowska performs as a soloist, chamber musician and concertmaster/director worldwide. She is recognised for her versatile musicianship, having won the First Prize and Audience Prize at the XXI Leipzig International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in 2018, as well as numerous prizes at the XV International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition. In June 2021 she was appointed Leader of the Royal Northern Sinfonia.
The 2020/21 season sees several UK and international engagements including projects leading the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, violin concertos by Sibelius, Korngold and Bruch, a recital and chamber music concert at the Wigmore Hall, several BBC Radio 3 broadcasts, performances at international festivals including Musikdorf Ernen in Switzerland, IMS Prussia Cove, Lammermuir Festival, Festival Resonances in Belgium, North York Moors Festival, Lewes Chamber Music Festival, The Enghien International Musical Encounters, New Paths Festival in Yorkshire as well as chamber concerts in Scotland with members of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Maria gave her debut recital at the Wigmore Hall with pianist Alasdair Beatson in 2016. She has appeared as soloist with several international ensembles since, including the Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava, Concerto Budapest, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Pauliner Barockensemble and several of Poland’s symphonic and chamber orchestras. She regularly performs at festivals around Europe where her chamber music partners have included Robert Levin, Steven Osborne, Thomas Adès, Philippe Graffin, Nobuko Imai, Amy Norrington, Paolo Giacometti, Bengt Forsberg, Alasdair Beatson, Dinis Sousa, Susan Tomes, Philip Higham and the Doric String Quartet amongst others.
Recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Emily Anderson Prize, the Hattori Foundation Senior Award and Poland's Minister of Culture and National Heritage Prize, she based herself in the UK after studying at the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles with Leonid Kerbel, the Royal Academy of Music in London and completing her studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Hungarian violinist and conductor András Keller.
Maria plays on a violin by Tomasso Balestrieri.