Mglej, Barbara

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She graduated with distinction from Cracow’s Academy of Music, in the violin class of Kaja Danczowska (2013). She developed her abilities at numerous masterclasses conducted by Jan Stanienda, Grigori Zhislin, Krzysztof Jakowicz, and many others. In 2014–17 she studied chamber music with her ensemble (Antarja Quartet) under the guidance of Johannes Meissl and Vida Vujić at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. 

Her two main passions are chamber music and new music performance. Her fascination with contemporary music began in 2013, when she attended the Polish–German European Workshop for Contemporary Music, held as part of the 56th Warsaw Autumn Festival. In 2014 she participated with the EWCM in the 47th International Summer Courses for New Music in Darmstadt, and a year later in courses held in Cologne. During that period she developed her technique under the guidance of members of Kwartludium, Ensemble Garage, and Ensemble Modern. She has appeared six times at Warsaw Autumn. She has participated in world or Polish premieres of chamber and orchestral music by composers such as Brigitta Muntendorf, Salvatore Sciarrino, Artur Zagajewski, Johannes Schöllhorn, Ragnhild Berstad, Gérard Grisey, Raphaël Cendo, and many others. Since 2014 she has been a member of Spółdzielnia Muzyczna Contemporary Ensemble, with which she has performed at festivals such as the Warsaw Autumn, Sacrum Profanum, Musica Moderna, Codes, Audio Art, Elementi, and NeoArte. Since 2009 she has played in the Antarja String Quartet, with which she has appeared at international festivals in Italy, Germany, Austria, Denmark, Serbia, Macedonia, Slovenia, and other countries. In April 2016, Antarja Quartet won the main Master’s Prize in the 3rd Chamber Music Tournament in Bydgoszcz, which led to recording an album of works by Mendelssohn and Penderecki.