I am incredibly grateful for the Ian Fleming Instrumental Award and support from the Help Musicians. The award will definitely help me to fulfil my future plans and ease some financial worries while studying. As a very active musician I always take a lot of performing opportunities and engage in many projects. That means that a lot of my time I spend preparing and practicing. Having financial support means that I can truly dedicate myself to viola and to the commitments of studying a masters degree.
Award: Ian Fleming Award
Instrument/voice type: Viola
Location: Royal Academy of Music
KINGA WOJDALSKA - VIOLIST – winner of numerous national and international solo and chamber competitions, Yeoman of the Musicians' Company, an award holder of the Hattori Foundation and Ian Fleming Instrumental Award, and co-founder of ‘Kameralna N-Harmonia’ ensemble.
Kinga Wojdalska was born and grew up in Poland. She graduated from Zenon Brzewski High School in Warsaw in 2017 and is currently a student of the Royal College of Music in London, in Nathan Braude’s class. Her acquired musical and stage experience has resulted in successes in 14 international and national competitions, at which she has won 19 different awards including 1st Prize in the Bach Solo Competition 2020 and the Karl Doctor Prize in the Lionel Tertis Competition 2019. As a young musician she performed internationally at venues including Musikverein in Vienna, Jordan Hall in Boston and Kings Place in London.
In summer 2019 she took part in Colluvio – a chamber music project, where she performed the M. Weinberg Piano Quintet with outstanding musicians from Eastern Europe. With this chamber group, Kinga performed on a concert tour in five European countries, where she performed in concert halls including the Schubert Birthplace Museum. Later that year she made her debut at the Royal Festival Hall in London, performing chamber works and arrangements of Thomas Adès during the London Philharmonic Orchestra Showcase. In addition to this, she has shared the stage playing chamber music with many fantastic musicians including Ivan Monighetti, Latica Honda - Rosenberg and Beatrice Muhelet.
Kinga has also participated in many significant festivals such as Encuentro de Santander (Spain) and Musethica (France, Spain). Besides this, she regularly takes part in music courses and viola masterclasses, where she can play for and learn from great musicians such as Lawrence Power and Maxim Rysanov. In 2017, Kinga received a full scholarship from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, the Government of Canada and Morningside Music Bridge Foundation to participate in a one month music programme in Boston. She worked under the direction of Teng Li, Yu Jin, Ori Kam and Kim Kashkashian which gave her an opportunity to develop her musical versatility.
For her artistic achievements, she has been awarded several scholarships, including a Hattori Foundation award and the RCM Lambert Scholarship from the Musicians' Company and recently the Ian Fleming Instrumental Award. Since 2020 she has been playing in the award-winning Brompton Quartet.