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Monika Paprocka-Całus

Monika Paprocka-Całus has been a soloist at the Tadeusz Szeligowski Philharmonic in Poznań since 2017. In 2020, she began collaborating with the Chain Ensemble, specializing in performing contemporary music under the auspices of the Witold Lutosławski Society and led by Andrzej Bauer.
She graduated with honors from the Marcin Józef Żebrowski State Music School in Częstochowa, in the class of Ms. Maryla Limanowska. She also received a master’s degree with honors in the class of Professor Wiesław Grochowski at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice. Currently, as a PhD student at the Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź, she is working on a thesis devoted to contemporary Polish horn concerts.
She honed her skills at numerous national and international courses under the guidance of horn masters such as Radek Baborák, Christian Friedrich Dallmann, Kazimierz Machala, Jacek Muzyk, Will Sanders, and Radovan Vlatković. She is the laureate of many national and international competitions in solo and chamber music categories, including the 14th International Mozart Competition in Salzburg (Austria 2020), 1st place at the V National Horn Players Competition in memory of Prof. Edwin Golnik in Łódź (2018), and 3rd place at the International Michał Spisak Competition in Dąbrowa Górnicza (2018).
She is actively engaged in chamber music performances (mainly in a classical wind quintet) as well as orchestral music. She has gained stage experience working with orchestras such as the National Symphony Orchestra of Polish Radio in Katowice, the Grand Theater – National Opera Orchestra in Warsaw, the Polish Royal Opera Orchestra in Warsaw, the Grand Theater Orchestra in Poznań, the Sinfonietta Cracovia, the Chamber Orchestra of the City of Tychy – AUKSO, the Pomeranian Philharmonic in Bydgoszcz, the Santander Orchestra, and the Young Polish Philharmonic.

As a soloist, she has performed with the Bronisław Huberman Częstochowa Philharmonic Orchestra and the Henryk Mikołaj Górecki Silesian Philharmonic Orchestra in Katowice. She has performed in Poland’s most prestigious concert halls and abroad in Austria, Czech Republic, Portugal, Hungary, France (Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris), Germany (Konzerthaus in Berlin, Philharmonie in Cologne), and Italy (Auditorium di Milano).
Her repertoire includes chamber and orchestral works from classical to 19th and 20th-century symphonic music. She is also invited to participate in contemporary music projects, premiering numerous new works. She regularly participates in recordings for Polish Radio and the DUX record label. She is also involved in educational activities, conducting workshops. Two publications, based on manuscripts and comprising never-before-published and unperformed works by Marcele Popławski and Witold Friemann, edited by her, will be published this year by the Polish Music Publishing House.