Iwona Glinka was born in Kwidzyn, Poland. At the age of 18 she graduated from the Music Lyceum in Gdansk with a Flute Diploma (Highest Distinction), with a parallel specialization on teaching. She continued her studies at the Music Academy of Gdansk, Poland. She graduated from the Academy in 1994 with the degree of Master of Music in Performance (flute).
Between 1991 and 1994, on the Baloise Holding Scholarship, she attended the Summer Courses of the Music Academy of Lenk in Switzerland with Peter-Lukas Graf. In 1992, on a scholarship from the Mayor of the City of Darmstadt in Germany, she attended the Ferienkurse für Neue Musik where she studied with Pierre-Yves Artaud.
In 1996 there followed a further period of studies at the Academia Internationale Superiore di Musica in Biella, Italy, again with Peter-Lukas Graf and later at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris, France, with Pierre-Yves Artaud.
She has given dozens of solo recitals with classical and contemporary repertoire and has appeared as Principal Flautist with orchestras and chamber ensembles in Greece as well as Russia, Italy, Switzerland, Poland, and the US. She has developed a great interest in New Music, which since 1994 has resulted in over one hundred world premières of works by Australian, Belgian, Brazilian, British, Canadian, Greek, German, Polish and US composers, more than one hundred of them commissioned by and written especially for her.
In 1995, Iwona Glinka has made Athens, Greece, her home. She teaches flute and chamber music at the Municipal Conservatories of Patras and Glyfada and at the Mantzaros Conservatory in Athens. She is Principal Flautist of the Athens Symphony Orchestra and a core member of the Hellenic Contemporary Music Ensemble.
In addition to touring on a regular basis, she was chosen as a featured performer for the Canadian Flute Association Convention (2015, Toronto, Canada), 5th and 10th Sacred Music of Patmos (2005 and 2010, Greece), Electro Media Works (2008, Athens, Greece), International James Galway Flute Festival (2007, Weggis, Switzerland), 3rd and 4th Mediterranean Contemporary Music Days (2005 and 2006, Istanbul, Turkey), 3rd Flute Festival (2006, Madison, USA), Archanes Festival (2002, Greece), Days of Contemporary Music (2002, Athens, Greece), Schoenberg Festival (2001, Athens, Greece), International Flute Festival (1997, Rome, Italy), International Computer Music Conference (1997, Thessaloniki, Greece).
In 2012, she received major grants from the RVW Trust, the Britten-Pears Foundation and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts to commission new works from Roger Redgate (UK) and Piotr Grella-Mozejko (Canada), respectively.
Iwona Glinka has recorded extensively and appears on a dozen CDs available on the European, and US labels such as Universal, BMG, Auris Subtilise, Centaur Records, Irida, Magni, Legend, Phasma Music and others.
In May 2009, she obtained a Doctor of Philosophy in Music Performance (flute) from the Academy of Music in Cracow, Poland, for her dissertation on and a recital of Brian Ferneyhough’s complete flute music. In 2012, she was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy in Musicology by the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece, for her research on contemporary Greek music for solo flute.
In "Projection for Flute Alone," a first-class exercise in the
of "bent" notes, multiphonics, and other modernities, composer
Panayiotis Liaropoulos seemed equally smitten with the flute as it has existed
everywhere, from high-art to "primitive” .... Iwona Glinka gave it a
Richard Buell / Boston Globe / USA / February 2002
musicality and utter control of subtle nuances revealed a sophisticated
musician of great taste.
Carlo Vincetti Frizzo / Composer USA / Fall 2002
... simply brilliant ...
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