Julia Samojło is a pianist and chamber musician, born on 24th May 1980 in Szczecin.
Pianistka i kameralistka, urodzona 24 maja 1980 w Szczecinie.
She graduated from Teresa Skwierczyńska’s piano class at the Feliks Nowowiejski State High School of Music in Szczecin. Between 1999 and 2004, she studied piano at the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz in the class of Tatiana Szebanowa. In 2009, she completed an artistic internship under Szabolcs Esztenyi at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. At the same university, she has also completed doctoral and postgraduate studies under the artistic supervision of Maja Nosowska-Pasławska. She perfected her skills at master classes, working under the direction of such artists as Lee Kum-Sing, John Perry, Karl Heinz-Kämmerling, Jan Marrise Huizing, Nobuko Imai, Halina Czerny-Stefańska, Alicja Paleta-Bugaj, Victor Derevianko, and Emanuel Krasovsky. She was a piano teacher at the City University in London (2011-2012) and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (2011-2014).
Between 1997 and 1998, Samojło held a grant from the Prime Minister of Poland. In 2003, she received a scholarship from the President of Bydgoszcz and in 2007, from the Minister of Culture and National Heritage. She has also received several scholarships from the President of the City of Szczecin and the Society of Friends of the City of Szczecin.
Julia Samojło won 2nd place at the 3rd Inter-voivodeship Piano Competition in Nowa Sól (1992), 1st prize at the International Young Performers Competition in Athens (2002), the Sara Lahat Prize – 2nd prize at the World Premiere Competition for the best performance of a specially commissioned work by an Israeli composer at Tel-Hai International Piano Master Classes, Sde Boker, Israel (2008), and the main prize at the same competition in 2009.
In November 2015, she debuted at Carnegie Hall in New York with cellist Karolina Jaroszewska. She has also performed at Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Barbican Hall, Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, St. John’s Smith Square in London, Rudolfinum in Prague, Tel Aviv Museum of Art (world premiere of Gideon Lewensohn’s Todeslied nach Paul Celan), and the National Philharmonic in Warsaw. She has performed at many national and international concerts and music festivals, including the Final Concert of the 48th Tadeusz Baird Young Composers Competition, the Festival of the Winners of Music Competitions – Bydgoszcz-Toruń, Warsaw Music Meetings, the Talent Week Festival in Tarnów, the Crossdrumming International Percussion Art Festival in Warsaw, the World Percussion Congress in Jelenia Góra, the 50th International Festival of Contemporary Music Warsaw Autumn (where she performed the world premiere of Krzysztof Baculewski’s "12 Etudes for Piano"), the Kunst10 Daagse Festival in Bergen (Netherlands).
polish chamber music
For many years, she has been passionately active in the field of piano chamber music and contemporary music. She has performed, among others, with Sinfonia Varsovia, Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra, Polish Radio Orchestra, Poznań Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Łukasz Borowicz, Krzesimir Dębski, Jacek Kaspszyk, Aleksander Liebreich, and Marek Moś. She has also performed with Stanisław Kierier, Artur Pachlewski, Anna Radziejewska, Tomasz Strahl, Anna Mikołajczyk-Niewiedział, and the Quarrel Quartet.
Works by contemporary Polish composers have a special place in her repertoire (such as Krzysztof Baculewski, Zbigniew Bagiński, Wojciech Blecharz, Krzesimir Dębski, Zofia Dowgiałło, Grzegorz Duchnowski, Krzysztof Knittel, Bartosz Kowalski-Banasewicz, Zygmunt Krauze, Sławomir Kupczak, Artur Zagajewski, Weronika Ratusińska, and Tomasz Sikorski), as well as Jewish (Haim Permont, Gideon Lewensohn, Josef Bardanashvilli), Palestinian (Habib Touma, Wisam Gibran) and Iranian composers (Farzad Goodarzi).
The artist has made many recordings for Polish Radio, Polish Television, DUX, Musica Sacra and the Polish Composers’ Union Archives. In 2010, she was invited by Polish Radio to record Stefan Kisielewski’s "Piano Concerto" with the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Jacek Kaspszyk. She also recorded all Krzysztof Baculewski’s chamber and solo piano works for DUX.
Julia Samojło worked as a chamber pianist in the violin classes of Krzysztof Jakowicz, Julia Jakimowicz-Jakowicz and Jakub Jakowicz at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. She is currently a member of LoSa Duo with drummer Leszek Lorent, a duo with cellist Karolina Jaroszewska and a member of the board of the Association of Polish Chamber Musicians.
Paweł Gusnar’s album "Saxophone Varie", which begins with Maria Pokrzywińska’s "Invitation" performed by Gusnar and Samojło, received the 2014 Fryderyk Award in the Album of the Year Chamber Music category.
Artist’s website: http://www.juliasamojlo.com/
Originally written in Polish by Małgorzata Kosińska, Polish Music Information Centre, Polish Composers’ Union, November 2007; updated and translated by Marcin Gozdanek, December 2019.