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Viola Łabanow


fot. Anna Jastrząb

Harpsichordist, culture animator, president of The Music is for Everyone Foundation. Graduate of the Warsaw Music Academy at the Department of Instrumental Studies (harpsichord) and at the Department of Musical Education. She specializes in playing basso continuo in baroque and classical opera. Throughout her 36 years long career as a harpsichordist and a pianist in Warsaw Chamber Opera, she performed all of W.A. Mozart’s stage works as part of the Mozart Festival, starting from its first edition in 1991 up until 2019, as well as many of G. Rossini’s operas, and all of C. Monteverdi’s operas under the supervision of Władysław Kłosiewicz. She currently works with Opera Nova in Bydgoszcz. Together with the team of the Music is for Everyone Foundation she has created award-winning projects, such as Smykofonia, Smykowizje, Śpiewaj mi mamo, Akcja Labirynt, STAYnia, #muzykabo, as well as several of research projects. She is a co-author of the project Grajmy w szkole and an initiator of Orkiestra Społeczna. She served several terms as a member of Board of Directors of the Polish Music Council and its Musical Education Expert Group. She won the Gwarancje kultury 2013 prize given by TVP Kultura, as well as the educational prize of Polish Composer’s Union, The Fryderyk  Prize (for performing the harpsichord part in “Ładnienie” by P.Mykietyn) and also the silver Gloria Artis – Medal for Merit to Culture.

In the realm of education, the ideas she cares about the most are the development of amateur music-making, promoting discussion in the community of professional musicians and changing the music education system in Poland through reforms – with particular focus on reforming the 3-degree music education system.