Varsovia Piano Trio

Ewa Skardowska - piano

Adam Zarzycki - violin

Piotr Hausenplas - cello

Ewa Skardowska, the pianist, finished both graduate and postgraduate piano studies at the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw in the classes of Bronisława Kawalla and Jan Ekier, as well as chamber music (Maja Nosowska’s class) and contemporary music studies (Szabolcs Esztenyi’s class). She also studied, as part of the Post Graduate Diploma Program, at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore in the class of Ellen Mack. She has won prizes at two all-Poland piano competitions in Katowice and Szczecin. She has took part in several prestigious master courses in Weimar and Salzburg, given by Jacob Lateiner and Boris Bloch as well as music festivals in Poland, China, Turkey and France. For many years she has been performing in concerts, mainly as a chamber musician. She has performed together with Polish and foreign artists such as the famous saxophonists: Claude Delange (France), Jean Pennings (Belgium), David Pituch (USA) and the singer Rodney Miller (USA). She has accompanied many Polish instrumentalists and vocalists during national and international competitions. She has collaborated with Tomasz Strahl (cello), Paweł Gusnar (saxophone), Jakub Bokun (clarinet) and Jadwiga Rappe (voice) during master courses in Suwałki, Busko-Zdrój and Nowy Sącz. She has made a number of recordings for Polish Radio and Television, BBC Radio and Radio Opole. In December 2008 the pianist got a doctor's degree in arts of the University of Music in Warsaw. Her thesis supervisor was Jerzy Marchwiński. In 2008 she published a CD with chamber works by Bohuslav Martinu, Jean Hubeau, Leslie Basset, Boris Mersson and Edison Denisov. Ewa Skardowska is also the author of more than 50 articles on music, published between 2003 and 2011 in the pages of "Twoja Muza".

Adam Zarzycki, the violinist, is a graduate from the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw in Zenon Bąkowski’s violin class. He perfected his abilities under the direction of outstanding teachers like Wanda Wiłkomirska, Hans-Heinz Schneeberger and famous chamber groups such as the Beaux Arts Trio (during the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival) and the Trio di Trieste (at the Academia Chingiana in Siena). He was the founder of the Nowe Trio Warszawskie (New Warsaw Trio), which he gave concerts with in Poland and many other countries throughout Europe, Africa and Asia (for example he performed during a private concert for the Pope John Paul II in Castel Gandolfo in the Vatican). He has also taken part in various famous music festivals and prestigious competitions. Together with the Nowe Trio Warszawskie he was a finalist of chamber competitions in Osaka (Japan), Mulhouse (France) and Łódź (Poland). He has made numerous recordings for Polish Radio and Television, BBC, ZDF and RAI. He has collaborated with the most prestigious Polish orchestras: the Sinfonia Varsovia, the Polska Orkiestra Kameralna (the Polish Chamber Orchestra), the Kammerphilharmonie Warschau, the Warsaw Soloists, the Menuhin Festival Orchestra and many others. He is also the artistic director of the Camerata Academia orchestra.

Piotr Hausenplas, the cellist, studied at the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in the classes of Andrzej Zieliński and Kazimierz Michalik. In 1987 he won second prize winner at the Dezyderiusz Danczowski Polish National Competition for Cellists in Poznań, organized by the Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society in Poznań. In 1993 he won the Grand Prix at the Ludwig van Beethoven Competition for Cellists in Hradec in the Czech Republic, where he was also awarded prizes for the best performance of works by Ludwig van Beethoven and Bohuslav Martinu. During that competition he also won the prizes for the best interpretation of Ludwig van Beethoven’s and Bohuslav Martinu’s works. He has been giving concerts as a soloist and a chamber musician for many years. He has performed with a number of orchestras such as the Concerto Avenna, the Camerata Academia, the Polish Radio Orchestra in Warsaw, the Leos Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra in Ostrava and the Zielona Góra Philharmonic Orchestra. He regularly collaborates with many outstanding Polish musicians like Barbara Halska, Edward Wolanin, Katarzyna Duda and Magdalena Szczepanowska. He has made numerous archival recordings for the Polish Radio (with Beethoven's and Britten’s sonatas). In November 2009 he got a postdoctoral degree of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. Piotr Hausenplas is also a soloist of the National Opera Orchestra in Warsaw.