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“Music begins where the possibilities of language end.”

/Jean Sibelius/

Martyna Fąferek is a polish violist based in Vienna since 2017. Her versatile artistic activities consist of both performing and co- organizing solo and chamber music concerts, and cooperating with and being part of various orchestras and ensembles. Her main musical goal is to introduce classical music to more external audiences by combining different fields of arts and connecting people in a modern, youthful style.

Martyna is currently a member principal viola  in Recreation- Grosses Orchester Graz (Styriarte) symphonic orchestra in Graz since previous season 2022/2023. In 2023 she was invited to play also as guest principal in the Beethoven Philharmonie. In this year she performed for the first time with Haydn Philharmonie (with Nicolas Altstaedt) and the orchestra Accademia Allegro Vivo. In autumn 2022 she received an invitation to play as a guest violist at Erntedank Konzerte at one of the major Austrian festivals Tiroler Festspiele Erl with a very demanding symphonic repertoire. In summer 2022 together with doublebassist Jakob Hornbachner she started a chamber music concert cycle in Großraming, upper Austria, which was very warmly received by the local community. In autumn 2021/ winter 2022 Martyna held for the second time a temporary contract as viola tutti player at the Tonkünstler Orchester, which resides at Viennese Musikverein. She also regularly cooperates with Volksoper Wien, Symphonie Orchester der Volksoper Wien SOVOP (Japan, Switzerland tours), Synchron Stage Orchestra (film music), Ensemble Kontrapunkte Wien (contemporary music), and others. In summer 2021, as both a soloist and as part of Arantius Quartet, she was invited to perform concerts in Italy at the Virtuoso& Belcanto Festival. She also performed as soloist or chamber musician in various formations at festivals such as: Festival Pontino di Musica, Carl Flesch Akademie in Baden- Baden, Young Euro Classic in Berlin, Santander Music Festival Palacio de Festivales in Spain, Chopin and his Europe in Warsaw, Festival St. Gallen in Austria, International Festival of Music in Weikersheim in Germany, Euro Chamber Music Festival in Gdańsk, Musical Nights in Sarajevo, etc. As a result of her collaboration with the young, promising conductor Felix Hornbachner, Martyna performed as a soloist Mozart’s Symfonia Concertante in a cycle of 3 concerts around Austria at the beginning of 2020 together with the Italian violinist Sara Colombi.

Martyna Fąferek holds two instrumental master's degrees. In 2014 after graduating with her Bachelor's degree at Stanislaw Moniuszko Music Academy in Gdansk, she received a full scholarship of Erasmus+ to study in the class of Matthias Maurer, former principal violist of the Concertgebouw Orkest Amsterdam, at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Graz in Austria. She continued her master's studies at both universities while living in Austria. In her studying years 2015-2018, she cofounded a chamber music ensemble Oberton String Octet, with which she gave many successful international concerts, including a debut at Musikverein Graz (2018 with Ö1 Austrian Radio transmission), and performances across Austria, Italy and Poland. Also, during her studying years, 2015-2017, she was a member of the international youth orchestra I, Culture Orchestra, which was touring  at most prominent venues across Europe.  In 2014 Martyna was awarded with the Fryderyk statue, the highest polish award given annually by polish Phonographic Academy that consists of nearly 1000 artists, journalists and music industry professionals, for the orchestra album with music of Wojciech Kilar (DUX). In 2016 she received the 3rd prize at Tadeusz Gonet Viola Competition in Krakow. In the recent years she had the honor and joy to develop her musical skills under the eye of fantastic, inspiring artists: Yair Kless, Nobuko Imai, Lawrence Power, Hartmut Rohde, Gertrude Rossbacher, Jerzy Kosmala, Martin Outram. As a chamber musician she learned from:  Adrian Brendel, Herbert Kefer (Artis Quartett), Piotr Szumieł (Apollon Musagète Quartett), Chia Chou, Luc- Marie Aguera (Ysaÿe Quartet), Bruno Giuranna, Stephan Görner (Carmina Quartett) and others. She currently is working with Tobias Lea, the principal violist of the Vienna Philharmonic. Martyna plays on a modern viola made by Wojciech Topa (Zakopane, 2012).

Martyna's immense passion, which helps her recharge and relax in her free time, is kitesurfing. It gives her a strong connection with nature, and allows her to admire its strength and limitlessness.

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