Alicja Wołynczyk

Polish saxophonist, passioned performer and devoted teacher.

She has performed in many European countries, including France, Germany, Switzerland, France, Bulgary, Greece, Belgium and the Netherlands.

As a soloist she has played with orchestra Sinfonia Viva in National Philharmonic in Warsaw under Tomasz Radziwonowicz, Wind Orchestra AMFC under Grzegorz Mielimaka, chamber orchestra Intermezzo, l’Harmonie des Lambres under Pierre Camier.

Within duos, chamber groups and orchestras, she played Polish and world premieres of several compositions. She collaborates with composers regularily (D. Przybylski, J. Schreitl, V. Falb, A. Gronau, Ł. Godyla, M. Łukaszewski, to name a few). 

Her cooperation with classical accordionist Jaroslaw Galuszka (les Sons de l’Air) has brought her Ist prize and special prize at 43. International Accordion Competition in duo’s category. She’s also a laureate of some other competitions. With Dorota Samsel (saxophone) in Ars Duo she was playing contemporary music also written for them (Przybylski, Godyla, Gronau). They’ve recorded CD „Saxophone Conversations” (DUX, 2014). She also collaborated with pianist Adam Sychowski (One More Time).

Since 2010 together with Austrian saxophonist Cornelia Hoegl she drive „Austria meets Poland” music project which is concentrated on creating cross-inspirations between Polish and Austrian performers and composers. The project has strong support of Austrian Forum of Culture.

In 2009-2010 she played in European Saxophone Ensemble, which has the honour to hold the title of Cultural Ambassador of the European Union. They played european tour in 10. countries, and recorded live CD ”Aeoration”, relased in Belgium (A-Shams Records 2011).

In 2015 she was involved in MimOperas a cooperational project between contemporary composers, performers in ensemble and a group of mims.

She is also open for other than classical styles. She colaborates with Flamencos, flamenco music and dance group in projects Tierra y Alma, Tierra y Alcala, and Cafe Cortao flamenco group (la Follee Journee, Warsaw).

In past, she colaborates with renowed artists such as Pawel Gusnar in Academia Saxophone Quartet, Alina Mleczko in A4 quartet, Magdalena Kordylasinska; co-formed Transmisja group, Saxmisja Saxophone Quartet, between others. She has played within the finest Polish orchestras such as National Philharmonic, Sinfonia Varsovia, Sinfonia Iuventus, played under Marc Minkowski, Antoni Wit, Janos Furst, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Etienne Siebens, Krzysztof Penderecki, Marek Pijarowski, Michaił Jurovski, etc. She also cooperated with National Philharmonic Chamber Music Department, playing concerts for young audience. For ten years she played in "Tamming of a Screw" by Shakespeare, under direction of Krzysztof Warlikowski, music - by Pawel Mykietyn (Dramatic Theatre, Warsaw 1999-2009).

Within orchestras and chamber groups she performed on several music festivals, such as Warsaw Autumn (Poland), Musica Polonica Nova (Poland), Nowa Muzyka w Starym Ratuszu (Poland), Festival Franco-Polonais (France), La Folles Journee (France, Poland), Printemps Musical de l’Escaut (France), Dziekanka. Wieczory muzyczne (Poland), Accordion Festival in Kotlin (Poland), Musica Viva (Poland), etc. She also performed at World Saxophone Congresses (2006, 2015); on 30th year gala of saxophone class at Chopin University of Music (Warsaw 2011), in National Philharmonic, Swietokrzyska Philharmonic, the Lower Silesia Philharmonic, Chamber Philharmonic in  Łomża, Opole Philharmonic, Łódź Philharmonic.

Alicja Wolynczyk took part in several chamber and orchestras recordings, e.g. in 2016 had recorded „Penderecki" within "Concerto per tromba e orchestra” within Sinfonia Iuventus, cond. K. Penderecki (DUX).

In 2014 she finished PhD studies in saxophone at Chopin University of Music (Warsaw) in prof. Miroslaw Pokrzywinski and prof. Pawel Gusnar class. She has completed her saxophone studies with distinction at Warsaw Academy of Music (University since 2009). Finished also her BA and MA in Information Services and Librarianship at Warsaw University. Received scholarship from Polish Ministry of Culture and Socrates-Erasmus. She was invited to be one of 14 Polish Socrates-Erasmus scholars for celebration of 25th annniversary of the programme (2012). She has also perfected her skills during international masterclasses with renowed saxophonists such as Arno Bornkamp, Vincent David, Claude Delangle, Jean-Yves Fourmeau, Jean-Denis Michat, Jan Schulte-Bunert, Nobuya Sugawa, Lars Mlekush, Daniel Gauthier and many others. Between her teachers were Johan van der Linden, Pawel Gusnar, Alina and Radoslaw Mleczko.

In her pedagogical work, she share time between music schools in Warsaw and Garwolin, and her pupils are laureates more than 70 times of national and international competitions in Poland, France, Czech, Germany, etc. She received prestigious pedagogical awards. She was also lecturer of masterclasses and workshops in Poland (Warsaw, Szczebrzeszyn, Łomża, Szczecinek, Łódz, Olsztyn, Skierniewice, Sierpc), and France (Valenciennes, Holnon). She is often a member of jury in national and international competitions.

She invites renoved saxophonists, such as Michel Supera, Cornelia Hoegl, Alfonso Padilla, Johan van der Linden, Pawel Gusnar to drive national masterclasses she organizes. Alicja Wolynczyk have been managing for five years web site for Polish saxophonists (Dacamera). She ha salso worked in Radio Classic (in „Music Stock Exhange of RC” created by Radoslaw Mleczko).

Alicja Wolynczyk plays on Buffet Senzo silver plated alto saxophone, d’Addario reeds (3, 3.0+), and JLV golden ligature.