"Technique of the Week" – 3. Natural Harmonics – Series by Violinist Marta Szlubowska


Violinist Marta Szlubowska guides us through various technical aspects of string playing. This episode displays how to perform the pure and mysterious whistle sounds of “Natural Harmonics.”

Praised for her “warm lyricism and flawless technique” by Le soir (Belgium) and for her “gripping performance of music by Grażyna Bacewicz” by The Washington Post, Polish-American violinist, Marta Szlubowska is a sought-after soloist, chamber musician, teacher and a concertmaster. Her concerts have taken her to over 15 countries throughout Europe and Americas. Since 2004 she has been the Concertmaster and Soloist of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra in Jackson, MS.

A winner of numerous awards, fellowships and prizes such as 1st Prizes at the Marbury and Yale Gordon Competitions and the 2nd Prize in the Bryan International String Competition, Ms. Szlubowska has appeared as a soloist with the Rochester Philharmonic, North Carolina Symphony, and many others. She has given numerous performances at Tanglewood, Meadowmount and Colorado Music Festivals. Ms. Szlubowska performed under the baton of Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa at Tanglewood, as well as Alexander Schneider at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Her passion for solo and chamber music led Ms. Szlubowska to work with various ensembles such as Mississippi Fine Arts String Trio, Mississippi Orchestra String Quartet, Inaugural Piano Trio, Tango Rendezvous Ensemble, as well as Marta Szlubowska Ensemble, a vibrant and exciting strings and accordion ensemble that showcases light classical and popular music from around the world. The ensemble has performed at St. Paul Concert Series in Meridian, Arts and Lecture Series at Millsaps College, and many more.

Ms. Szlubowska is currently on the faculty of Millsaps College and Conservatory and the University of Southern Mississippi. She holds the Bachelor’s and Artist Diploma degrees from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University and Master’s Degree in Violin Performance from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Her teachers include Janusz Szok, Charles Libove, Berl Senofsky and Charles Treger.


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