St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Grzegorz Mania - piano Romana Szczepaniak - violin

Tuesday, 4 March at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Ernest Chausson

Poème op. 25

Camille Saint-Saëns

Introduction et rondo capriccioso op. 28



Born in Poznan, Poland, Romana Szczepaniakis currently a postgraduate student at the Royal College of Music in the class of Maciej Rakowski, where she is holding Denis and Sylvia Forbes Scholarship.

She studied at the Ignacy Padarewski Academy of Music with Marcin Baranowski and graduated with honours from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in class of Krzysztof Smietana, where she was awarded a scholarship by Prof. Barry Ife.

Romana is a winner of numerous competitions and awards - Musicians Benevolent Fund Postgraduate Performance Award (2012), a special award for outstanding performance of W. Lutoslawski Subito at the Kenneth Page Foundation (2011), 1st prize at the International Violin Competition in Pontivrea (Italy, 2007), 3rd prize at the International Violin Competition Premia Rok Jakaj (Italy, 2007) and 1st prize at the National String Competition in Poznan (Poland, 2003).

Romana has performed in Poland, Germany, Italy, Netherlands and United Kingdom as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. She was a member of the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra, the Polish National Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra - leading 2nd violin section, the Guernsey Symphony Orchestra and the Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra.

As an orchestral musician Roman has played under the baton of Sir Colin Davis, Peter Stark, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Jan Krenz, Jerzy Salwarowski, Karl Veen, Jan Holtrop, James Gaffigan, Grzegorz Nowak, and Marcin Sompoliński. She also performed in a classical trio in Wesley's Chapel as part of Devonia Concert Series and solo in the Polish Social and Cultural Association Centre in London. She took part in several master classes and received coaching from Charles Owen, Caroline Palmer, Charles Roscoe and Mark Messenger.

Grzegorz Mania graduated with distinction from the Music Academy in Krakow, where he studied piano under Professor Stefan Wojtas and from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (distinction), where he was tutored by Martin Roscoe, Charles Owen and Caroline Palmer. He is also a graduate of the Jagiellonian University, where he read law and now is preparing a PhD about music and copyright.

Grsegorz  works as a soloist, with orchestra, as an accompanist and chamber musician as well as regularly duetting with the finest young Polish violinists. Performing at the International Chamber Music Workshops in Pulawy (Poland, 2003-2005), he has also been a finalist in a number of international solo and chamber competitions from 2002 to the present.

Grzegorz played in many important halls (including St Martin in the Fields, Krakow Philharmonic Hall, The Music Academy in Warsaw and Krakow Concert Halls, to name few) and during many national and international festivals. He played a series of concerts in Vietnam, invited by the Polish Ambassador. He did also many archive recordings for the Music Academy in Krakow and the Polish Radio.

He has played in masterclasses by, among others, Jerome Rose, Victor Rosenbaum, Wolfgang Redik, Tadeusz Gadzina, Anthony Spiri, and Peter S. Buck; and has received coaching from Alexander Baillie, Ewa Bukojemska, Krzysztof Smietana, Wiesław Kwasny, Altenberg Trio, Carole Presland, Krzysztof Chorzelski and Jan Janski.