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Iwona Sobotka is a Polish soprano and Grand Prix Winner of the Queen Elizabeth Music Competition.

She graduated from the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw and continued her studies with Tom Krause at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía in Madrid.

At the age of 22, she became the youngest winner of singing edition of the Queen Elizabeth Music Competition the world's premier singing competition. Other awards include first prizes at the Warsaw Polish Art Song Competition, the Paderewski Competition in Bydgoszcz and the East & West Artists International Auditions in New York, where she was awarded her debut concert in Carnegie Hall.

Mrs. Sobotka has performed all over Europe, in the Americas and Japan, in such prestigious venues as the Berlin Philharmonie, the Konzerthaus in Vienna, Salle Pleyel in Paris, Royal Albert Hall in London, Palais de Beaux Arts in Brusseles and Suntory Hall in Tokyo. She has performed with the most important Polish orchestras, as well as other European orchestras such as the Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Symphoniker, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, NDR Sinfonieorchester, Bayerischer Rundfunkorchester, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, having worked with many of today’s pre-eminent conductors including Sir Colin Davies, Sir Simon Rattle, Marco Armiliato, Sylvain Cambreling, Jesus Lopez Cobos, Jacek Kaspszyk, Aleksandar Markovic, Juanjo Mena, Massimo Zanetti and Antoni Wit

She made her opera debut in 2007 at Opera National de Paris (France) and appeared also on stage of Komische Oper in Berlin (Germany), Polish National Opera in Warsaw (Poland), The Tchaikovsky State Opera in Perm (Russia), Grand Teatre of Lodz (Poland) etc. Her operatic repertoire include roles of Violetta (La Traviata), Tatyana (Eugene Onegin), Pamina (The Magic Flute), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Mimi (La Boheme), Julia (Romeo and Juliette), Liu (Turandot) or Micaëla (Carmen).

Iwona Sobotka is widely acknowledged for her interpretations of Polish vocal repertoire – in particular the works of Karol Szymanowski. In 2004, she contributed to a complete collection of his songs released by the Dutch label Channel Classics and was distinguished by National Academy of Recording Arts in Poland with the "Fryderyk" Award for the most outstanding recording of polish music. On a subsequent release for EMI Classics in 2006, she performed Songs of a Fairytale Princess with Sir Simon Rattle and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. which received five stars from the prestigious BBC Music Magazine. In 2010 she participated in a ‘Szymanowski Focus’ program curated by Piotr Anderszewski to promote the music of Symanowski with concerts in Wigmore Hall and Carnegie Hall.

Iwona Sobotka is a frequent guest of Rundfunkchor Berlin with whom she appeared several times in Berlin Philharmonic Concert Hall, and also participated at the International Festival of Music and Dance of Granada, alongside with American superstar organist Cameron Carpenter. Other common projects include recording of Deutsche Motette op. 62 by Richard Strauss for Coviello Classics and appearance at Berliner Cathedral for Christmas Concert alongside with Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin (2016).

Concert performances highlights includes concert tour with Berliner Philharmoniker to Japan and Taiwan in a performance of Beethoven 9th Symphony conducted by Sir Simon Rattle (2016), participation in educational project “The Two Fiddlers” in Berlin recorded for Digital Concert Hall also with Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle, Mahler 8th Symphony with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Royal Albert Hall, Verdi Requiem with Radio Orchestra Berlin and Simon Halsey and Turandot concert performance with NDR Radiophilharmonie Hamburg.

Iwona Sobotka is a permanent guest of the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, where she received the 2007 Audience Award as well as a frequent guest at festivals such as the La Folle Journée, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Musical Olympus Festival, Wratislavia Cantans. In 2010 she made her debut in the Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival in the title role of Halka in the opera by Stanisław Moniuszko, and continued that association in the summer of 2011, in the role of Liù in Turandot to great critical acclaim.

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