Iwona Glinka is a soloist and leading performer of new and experimental music.
She founded the Phasma-Music Ensemble in 2016, where she currently serves as the artistic director in addition to playing many concerts a year as an ensemble member.
She has given dozens of solo recitals with classical and contemporary repertoire and has appeared as Principal Flautist with orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia.
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.
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). 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.
In "Projection for Flute Alone," a first-class exercise in the uses 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 stunning performance.
Richard Buell / Boston Globe / USA / February 2002
Her 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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