Iwona SobotkaMore Info
Iwona Sobotka achieved instant international acclaim as Grand Prix winner of the
Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition of Belgium in 2004. Other awards include
first prizes at the East & West Artists International Auditions in New York, the Polish
Art Song Competition in Warsaw, and the Paderewski Competition in Bydgoszcz.
Ms. Sobotka has performed all over Europe, in the Americas, and in Japan, visiting such
prestigious venues as the Vienna Konzerthaus, Carnegie Hall, the Palais des Beaux-Arts de
Lille, the Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid, the Palau de la Música Catalana in
Barcelona, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, and at the Shostakovich Grand Philharmonic Hall in St.
Ms. Sobotka has worked with such distinguished conductors as Sir Colin Davis, Sir Simon
Rattle, Sylvain Cambreling, Thomas Hengelbrock, and Antoni Wit. She has performed with the
Orchestre de l'Opéra national de Paris, the Vienna Symphony, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra,
the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla,
Staatskapelle Weimar, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, and all of the major Polish
In 2004, she contributed to a complete collection of Karol Szymanowski's songs released by
the Dutch label Channel Classics. The album received a Polish Fryderyk Prize for best
recording of Polish music. On a subsequent release for EMI Classics in 2006, Ms. Sobotka
performs Szymanowski's Songs of a Fairytale Princess with Sir Simon Rattle and the
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. She also has recorded Szymanowski's orchestral songs
for Polish Radio with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Ms. Sobotka graduated from the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw and continued
her studies with renowned artist and pedagogue Tom Krause at the Escuela Superior de Música
Reina Sofía in Madrid.