Biography

Katarzyna Lassak (born in 1996) graduated from the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, where she studied in the violin class of Professors: Janusz Wawrowski, Agata Szymczewska and Andrzej Gębski. She is also a graduate of English Studies at the University of Warsaw. In 2022, she defended her doctorate with honours at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw.

Katarzyna Lassak is a Polish highlander from Zakopane and comes from a family with a multigenerational history of folklore music traditions. She is a "prymistka" (a lead violinist) of The Lassak "Helios" Family Ensemble. She eagerly performs pieces of classical violin repertoire that have been inspired by folklore music, especially by the Polish folklore music from Podhale, which is her native region.

In 2021, she made the first recording of the unknown Violin Concerto No. 2 "Highlander" by Jan A. Maklakiewicz with The Polish Radio Orchestra, under the baton of Paweł Kapuła, at The Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of the Polish Radio. She performed this piece, inspired by the highlander folklore, as a soloist at the 30th “Masters of Polish Violin Playing” Festival with The Zielona Góra Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Norbert Twórczyński.

In 2022 in Zakopane a concert "Composers’ Inspirations with Highlander Folklore" was held, based on the unique concept of Katarzyna Lassak. She presented together with the Lassak „Helios” Family from Zakopane highlander melodies that inspired the composers, and played as a soloist with Polish Radio Orchestra in Warsaw conducted by Michał Klauza Violin Concerto No. 2 "Highlander" by J.A. Maklakiewicz. The performance of the composition fell on the 70th anniversary of the work's creation in Zakopane, and a highlander melody, which was quoted in this violin concerto is the "anthem" / "festival song" of the International Festival of Highland Folklore, during which the event took place.

Katarzyna Lassak began playing the violin at the age of 5. She is a graduate of the State Elementary School of Arts in Zakopane, where she studied under the supervision of Krzysztof Leksycki and Janusz Miryński. From a young age, Katarzyna has been a prizewinner of musical, poetic and art competitions. She received the Mayor of Zakopane Award and the Governor of the Tatra County Award. In 2015, she graduated from the Fryderyk Chopin Second Degree State Music School in Nowy Targ, where she studied in the violin class of Ilona Nieciąg.

She was invited by Professor Janusz Wawrowski to join his chamber orchestra Warsaw Players, with which she has performed as a soloist and a chamber musician at the Emanacje (Emanations) International Music Festival in The Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music in Lusławice, the Music Gardens Festival in Warsaw, the Spaces of Music Festival and at the Royal Castle in Warsaw. She played in The Chopin University of Music Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Grzegorz Nowak at the Palace of Nations of the UN in Geneva on the centenary of Poland’s regained independence.

She began playing with The Tatra Mood Orchestra in 2010 and has likewise performed with this group as a soloist, at the 27th International Festival of Sacred Music "Gaude Mater", at the 49th International Festival of Highland Folklore in Zakopane, at the New Year's Eve Gala Concert and at the Independence Day Concert in Zakopane.

At the age of 18, she won the 1st prize at the 17th Polish National Vocal Competition "Let's remember about Osiecka". In 2016, she was invited to perform at the Gala Concert of the 19th Competition and Festiwal "Let’s remember about Osiecka". The premiere of the concert took place at the ROMA Theater in Warsaw, featuring: Katarzyna Lassak, Mateusz Pospieszalski and his band, Atom String Quartet, the Lassak "Helios" Family, Robert Czech and a guest performer Sebastian Karpiel-Bułecka.

Katarzyna Lassak has performed, among others, at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw, in the Warsaw Philharmonic, the Polish National Opera, the Krakow Opera, at the Palladium Theatre in Warsaw, the National Museum in Krakow, the Szymanowski Museum at Villa "Atma" in Zakopane, the Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz Theatre in Zakopane, as well as at many international music festivals both in Poland and abroad. She has been a guest of radio programmes broadcasted by Programme 2 of the Polish Radio and television programmes, on multiple occasions. Katarzyna Lassak has been awarded scholarship from the Minister for Culture and National Heritage.

As a "prymistka" (a solo lead violinist) she was a laureate of folklore music competitions, such as: the International Competition of Folklore Ensembles, Singers and Instrumentalists in Zakopane, „Sabałowe Bajania”, „Dziadońcyne Granie”, „Przednówek w Polanach”, „Berdowe Muzykowanie”, „Stafaniakowe nuty”. Katarzyna Lassak is a member of the Klimek Bachleda Folklore Group. For several years, she has been a presenter at the International Festival of Highland Folklore in Zakopane.