“prominent”, “stunning listeners with breathtaking technique”, “intensive”, “thrilling the audience with the most beautiful sound” – various concert reviewers
Marta Madgalena Lelek is recognized as one of the foremost Polish concert violinists.
At the age of nine she began her music education under Professor Pawel Puczek (Head of the String Department at the Academy of Music in Katowice). Later, she continued her studies under professor Antoni Cofalik and during that time she received many prizes and awards. In 1999 she was invited to commence her higher education at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, in Professor Krzysztof Smietana's violin class. In 2003 she was awarded the Bachelor's Degree (with Honours) and two years later the Master's Degree with Distinction in Performance.
During her studies she was able to perfect her skills under Sir Colin Davis, Maestro Jordi Savall, the “Takacs Quartet”, Wanda Wilkomirska, Jose Luis Garcia Asencio, and many more.
Marta performs extensively as a soloist with major symphony and chamber orchestras (often national) in Europe, Asia, America, South America and Australia, including the
OSEM in Mexico (Orquestra Sinfonica Estado del Mexico), UANL in Mexico, National Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra in Bangkok, National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine in Kyiv, National Radio and TV Symphony Orchestra of Albania in Tirana and Cracow Philharmonic Orchestra.
In her role as soloist., Marta cooperates with such outstanding conductors as maestro Jacek Kaspszyk, Tadeusz Wojciechowski, Pawel Przytocki, Michal Dworzynski, Charles Olivieri-Munroe, Gudni Emilsson, Claude Villaret, Volodymir Sirenko, Hobart Earle, Lukasz Borowicz, Wojciech Michniewski, Miguel Salmon del Real, Michal Nesterowicz, Marcin Nalecz-Niesiolowski, Jerzy Salwarowski and Igor Verbitsky.
Marta‘s performances are characterized by the introduction of interesting, rarely performed, often contemporary compositions. Her repertoire includes violin concertos by Benjamin Britten, William Walton, Vaughan Williams, Alban Berg (“To the Memory of an Angel”), Igor Stravinsky, Samuel Barber, Ferrucio Busoni, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Carl Nielsen, Yevgen Stankovych no.2, Andrzej Panufnik, Mikolaj Górecki and David Tukici. Also written for her and dedicated to her is the violin concerto no.2 by Karl Fiorini (the world premiere of that piece took place in May 2012 in Bangkok with the National Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of maestro Gudni Emilsson).
Marta's future plans include solo performances with orchestras in Europe, US, South America and Asia.
Marta Magdalena Lelek plays a Hungarian violin (Janos Spiegel – Budapest 1926).