Gołaj, Aleksandra

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A Wrocław-based percussionist, she graduated from the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław and also studied at the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno. Her accolades include the 1st Prize in the vibraphone competition of the 6th Giornate della Percussione in Fermo, and awards in many other competitions. She has received scholarships from the Minister of Culture and National Heritage and the Mayor of Wrocław. She is a member of NFM Wrocław Philharmonic symphony orchestra. As a chamber musician she regularly performs at contemporary music festivals, including: MUSMA, Musica Polonica Nova, Musica Electronica Nova, ISCM World Music Days, Poznań Music Spring, Music on the Peaks, and Warsaw Autumn, among others. She also collaborates with the Wrocław branch of the Polish Composers’ Union. In 2015–18 she taught at the Music Academy in Wrocław. She is a member of Ensemble Kompopolex and the Wrocław Percussion Trio. She is also actively involved in youth music education, and takes part in the Lower Silesian Music Society’s pilot project of organising brass bands as an extracurricular school activity.