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Zofia Wislocka Biography

Studies

A Polish born Belgian, Zofia WISLOCKA pursued her musical studies in Warsaw with Antoni SZALINSKI before perfecting herself at the Brussels Conservatoire Royal where she was a student of Julien GHYOROS and René DEFOSSEZ.
She obtained a degree in orchestral direction and was a regular guest conductor with a.o. the National Orchestra. She then went on to study in Luxemburg with Pierre CAO and Léopold HAGER and took an active part in the Master Classes given by Carlo Maria GIULINI and Zoltan PESKO.
From there she went on to study in Italy with Franco FERRARA who called her « una artista nata ».
In 1985 she took part in the international contest « I MAESTRI DI BICEGLIE ». She was proclaimed the winner and was invited to do a concert tour in Italy.

Career

Zofia settled in Brussels and obtained the Belgian Nationality in 1984.

She pursues an international career, and has conducted numerous orchestras in Poland, Italy, Hungary, France, Belgium, Germany, Turkey, Spain and Canada.

In 1989, she was asked to be part of the jury of the « Canadian Music Competition ».
She went back later to Canada, in 1998 to direct a Mozart Festival with the Symphonic Orchestra and the Choirs of Trois-Rivières and in 2004 where she headed a Master Class on Carl Orff’s « Carmina Burana »
In April 2006 she was again part of the same Competition jury and conducted in Montreal Brahm’s « Deutsches Requiem ».

I Musici Brucellensis

In 1991, following an old dream she founded the string orchestra « I MUSICI BRUCELLENSIS » of which she is still first conductor and artistic director. The orchestra's repertoire is very eclectic, with some predilection for romantic music and interest to Belgian works creations.

This orchestra was invited for a tour in Poland in 2005, and in the Principality of Andorra in 2005. A new tour is in preparation.

A Première in classical music

In 2000, she launched the idea of an international conference bringing together women conductors. Twenty women representing thirteen countries gathered in Brussels and founded the World Organization of Women Conductors, of which Zofia was elected president.

Teacher

Zofia WISLOCKA has teached piano, violin and chamber music in several Belgian Music Academies.
Each summer she heads masterclasses open to students of the Brussels University, in Peyresq (France)

Composer

A talented composer, she has written several pieces for stage and film.
She is working on a new oratorio «L’Amour, la Mort ».

Awards

Zofia Wislocka was awarded the “Polish Cultural Price 2007″ which rewards a Polish-born person who has established important cultural contacts in Belgium.