Joanna horodko

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soprano A graduate of the Academy of Music in Poznań. She started her music education playing the piano at the age of 6. She completed the High School of Music in Poznań as a pianist.

A laureate of numerous domestic and international competitions, among others a finalist and a holder of a special prize at the International Vocal Competition in Passau (Germany 2005), finalist of the 12th International Vocal Competition in Sicily (Italy 2009).

She has completed master classes conducted among others by Prof. Teresa Żylis–Gara, Prof. Waldemar Wild, Prof. Ryszard Karczykowski and Margherita Rinaldi. Between 2001-2007 she was a soloist singer at Teatr Wielki in Łódź, and between 2007-2008 a soloist at the Nova Opera in Bydgoszcz. She made her debut as Nannette in the premiere performance of G. Verdi’s Falstaff, singing with Renato Bruson. This performance earned her a nomination for the Andrzej Hiolski Award in the category “the best operatic debut of the season 2001/2002”.

In November 2006 she took part in celebrations of the Mozart Year in Salzburg, cast as Lubanara in the opera Der Stein der Weisen. She cooperates with philharmonic halls (e.g. in Gdańsk, Toruń, Płock, Wałbrzych), the Royal Symphony Orchestra and theatres across Poland, e.g. Teatr Wielki in Poznań, the Baltic State Opera in Gdańsk, the Wrocław Opera, and the Music Theatres in Łódź, Poznań and Lublin. This cooperation earned her the Award of the Marshal of Lublin Province for outstanding artistic accomplishments in the season 2002/2003. The artist has sung abroad, e.g. in Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Sweden. She has frequently performed at celebrations of the National Day of France at the French Embassy and of Independence Day at the US Embassy. In November 2008 Joanna Horodko performed the part of Violetta in G. Verdi’s La Traviata in a super-production of the Music Theatre of Lublin. In 2010 and 2011 the artist has recorded CDs with a classical operatic repertory with the Orchestra of Land Armed Forces. In 2012 the singer is scheduled to record a CD with Polish songs.

The artist is especially fond of cantatas and oratorios, which she has presented e.g. at the First Festival of Sacred Music “Music at the Jesuits” (Łódź 2003), the International Festival of Chamber and Organ Music Trzebnica 2004 (with Prof. Teresa Żylis–Gara) and at the Nova Opera in Bydgoszcz in G.F. Handel’s Messiah. In November 2013 she received the degree of Doctor of Arts at the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz.

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