Alina Bzhezhinska

Award: Transmission Fund

Year: 2020

Genre: Jazz

Instrument/voice type: Harp

Location: London

Website: alina-harpist.com

Alina Bzhezhinska is one of the most exciting and dynamic harpists based in the UK. Her imaginative programmes have established her reputation as a harpist of exceptional accomplishment. She has had the honour of playing at European Parliament, at the Queen’s 80th-birthday celebrations at Balmoral Castle and at the King of Thailand’s birthday celebrations in Bangkok.

Alina studied at the F. Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, Poland (Masters in Arts), and The University of Arizona, USA (Masters in Music Performance). She has performed with many major European orchestras including the Young World Symphony Orchestra, the National Opera in Warsaw and the Scottish Opera.

Continuing her career in London, Bzhezhinska has become one of the most innovative international jazz harpists. She has collaborated and recorded with leading jazz musicians: such as Django Bates, Kamaal Williams and Shabaka Hutchings. Alina’s London appearances include Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Royal Albert Hall, Ronnie Scott's as well as LIVE performances on BBC Radio 3 and World Wide FM. Her duo with award-winning jazz vocalist Niki King performed as a support act for Gregory Porter.

She also performed at the Edinburgh International Harp Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Glasgow Jazz Festival and the World Harp Congress in Sydney, Australia.
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Alina Bzhezhinska Quartet appeared at the London Jazz Festival 2017 in a triple bill performance along with Coltrane’s specialist Denys Baptist and the legendary saxophonist Pharoah Sanders. This project was nominated for JazzFM Award for best Live experience of the year.

Bzhezhinska has recorded a solo album called “Harp Recital” and appeared at recordings of American harp ensemble Harp Fusion and Wisniewski / Stevenson jazz group “New Focus”. Her jazz quartet album INSPIRATION was released to a high critical acclaim by Ubuntu Music in June 2018 and was supported by PRS Women Make Music Award.

In 2019 Bzhezhinska created her new project HipHarpCollective and will record her new album AlinaHipHarp in December 2020.
 
I am very grateful for Help Musicians' support for my project that comprises a series of Zoom masterclasses with leading composers, performers and producers in the electronic music field: Nikki Iles, Remy Van Kersteren, Raoul Moretti, Jay Phelps and Barney Whittaker. The new skills I learn will enable me to launch a new phase of my career, opening up commercial opportunities at a time when live performance is restricted.
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