ROCHESTER — Violinist Maria Raczka and pianist Ivanka Driankova will perform selections by Polish composers Wieniawski, Paderewski, Szymanowski, Chopin and Zarzycki at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, in Strong Auditorium at the University of Rochester. The “Music of Poland” concert is free.
Raczka began her training in violin at the Wieniawski Academy in her native city of Lodz, Poland. She continued her education at DePaul University School of Music and Northwestern University before coming to the Eastman School of Music, where she is currently pursuing a doctorate. She has studied with numerous violinists, including Mark Zinger, Gerardo Ribeiro, Ilya Kaler and Mikhail Kopelman. She has given recitals and chamber music concerts and premiered contemporary music in Poland, Spain, Portugal, United Kingdom and the United States.
Driankova has a diverse career as a solo and chamber music performer, piano teacher and vocal coach. A native of Plovdiv, Bulgaria, she began studying piano at the age of five, winning her first national competition at the age of eight. She completed her doctoral degree in piano performance from Eastman in 2008 under the direction of pianist Rebecca Penneys. Driankova has toured in France, Germany and Austria, and performed as a soloist throughout the United States. She has participated in music festivals in the United States, Bulgaria, Macedonia, France and Germany.
The University of Rochester’s Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies is sponsoring the concert.