She plays with a poise, authority and musical intelligence beyond her years, sounding at times like a fiery young Ida Haendel.
Hilary Finch, „The Times”, London 14th October 2010
Winner of the 13th Henryk Wieniawski International Violin Competition in Poznań in 2006, Agata Szymczewska was awarded the Prize of the Audience and most special prizes, including major orchestra and recital engagements. She is also the winner of the London Music Masters Award in 2009. The artist has performed in the most prestigious concert halls including New York’s Carnegie Hall, Chicago Symphony Hall, Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Jordan Hall in Boston, Wigmore Hall and Royal Festival Hall in London, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Konzerthaus and Philharmonie in Berlin, Cologne, Dusseldorf, Gasteig in Munich, Sala Sao Paulo in Brazil, Seoul Arts Center, Shanghai Symphony Concert Hall, Beijing Concert Hall as well as in Japan, Canada, aiwan, Chile, Columbia and Israel under the baton of Seiji Ozawa, Sir Neville Marriner, Andrey Boreyko, Oslo Vanska, Mario Venzago, Alexander Liebreich, Krzysztof Penderecki, Maxim Vengerov, Michał Nesterowicz and Krzysztof Urbański. She has been invited to take part in many festivals around the world including the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, Edinburgh Festival, Enescu Festival in Bucharest, Tanglewood Music Festival, Mostly Mozart Festival in San Diego, Beijing Music Festival etc. In 2005, on the invitation of Maestro Sejii Ozawa, Szymczewska became the concertmaster of his orchestra on a tour of Japan and China. She was a regular participant (2005 – 2017) in the prestigious International Music Academy in Switzerland, founded by Maestro Ozawa, where she has worked in a string quartet under the tutelage of such outstanding artists as Pamela Frank, Nobuko Imai, Sadao Harada, and Robert Mann. In February 2009, together with Krystian Zimerman she performed Grażyna Bacewicz’s piano quintets to commemorate the centenary of the composer’s birth. The tour culminated with the recording of an album on the Deutsche Grammophon label. Agata Szymczewska performs regularly with Anne-Sophie Mutter and „Mutter’s Virtuosi”, touring four continents since 2014. Her chamber music partners include also Martha Argerich, Yuri Bashmet, Gidon Kremer, Maxim Vengerov, Igor Levit, Veronika Hagen and Mischa Maisky. She is also the 1st violinist of the Szymanowski Quartet, an internationally recognized ensemble performing regularly around the world.
She has recorded 18 CDs for different labels including Deutsche Grammophon, Decca, Hyperion, SWR Music and most recently Sony which has been awarded an Opus Klassik award for the best chamber music recording of the 20th/21st century music (Rudi Stephan – Chamber Works). Many of the concerts of Agata Szymczewska has been broadcasted on European radio stations including ORF, NDR, BR-Klassik, BBC Radio 3, Deutschland Radio Kultur, France Musique etc. The artist has been working with many outstanding composers including Krzysztof Penderecki and Andre Previn performing European premiers of their works. Agata Szymczewska dedicates a lot of time for her didactic activity not only teaching regularly at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw but also giving extensive amount of masterclasses around the world. She has recently taught at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, California State University in Northridge, State University of Music in Santiago de Chile, Sao Paulo State Music School – EMESP Tom Jobim, Beijing Conservatory of Music, Shanghai Music Conservatory, Korean National University of Arts in Seoul and served as the assistant of Maxim Vengerov during the Gdansk Violin asterclasses. Born in Gdańsk in 1985, Szymczewska began to study the violin at the age of six at he State School of Music in Koszalin. She graduated from the Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań, where she studied with Professor Bartosz Bryła, and the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover, from the class of Professor Krzysztof Węgrzyn. In October 2016, she became one of the youngest faculty member at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. She holds a PhD in Music (2018). She currently plays a Nicolò Gagliano violin (1755), loaned courtesy of Anne-Sophie Mutter.