VSPAC | AGATA MANKA
Agata Manka began her musical studies at age of six in Katowice, Poland. During her studies at the Szymanowski Music Academy in Katowice she was offered a scholarship to study at The Juilliard School. Upon graduating from Juilliard, she continued her studies as a scholarship student at the Conservatoire National de Region de Versailles in France. After two years of study she was unanimously awarded the Prix de Perfectionnement. While pursing her prize at the C.N.R. de Versailles in France she was the concertmaster of L’Orchestre de la Cite International. She appeared as soloist with the orchestra in concertos by Beethoven, Mozart, and Vivaldi.
Ms. Manka has taken part in summer academies around the world, notably the prestigious International Summer Academy of the Mozarteum University in Salzburg Austria (Zakhar Bron), the Bowdoin International Music Festival in Maine and the Łańcut International Festival in Poland (Stanislaw Lewandowski, Roman Lasocki, Anoni Cofalik).
She has appeared at the Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, David Geffen Hall, as well as Alice Tully Hall. She has performed with the Silesian Philharmonic Orchestra, the American Ballet Theater Orchestra, the Jupiter Symphony, the Prometheus Orchestra as well as the Long Island Philharmonic.
She is currently a member of the Pegasus Orchestra, Bronx Arts Ensemble, the orchestra of the Mineola Choral Society, World Peace Sinfonietta, and performs frequently with Mid America Productions at Carnegie Hall. As a chamber musician she has performed with Ensemble Anagramme, Philippe Cuper, the Metropolitan Ensemble, members of the Paris Opera Orchestra and the Polish Slavic Arts Ensemble.
Ms. Manka was a recipient of numerous awards and scholarships such as the Cultural Foundation of Warsaw Award and Scholarship, C.Y Starr Scholarship from the Juilliard School, and the Wysocki/Bloch Scholarship.
"Ms. Manka displayed cultivated tone and expression" - The Strad Magazine