Marta Magdalena Lelek is recognized as one of the best Polish concert violinists. Described by the reviewers as ‘prominent’, ‘stunning listeners with breathtaking technique’, ‘intensive’, ‘thrilling the audience with the most beautiful sound’.
At the age of 9 she began her music education under professor Paweł Puczek (Head of the String Department at the Academy of Music in Katowice). Later, she continued her studies under professor Antoni Cofalik and during that time she received many prizes and awards. In 1999 she was invited to commence her higher education at the prestigious “Guildhall School of Music & Drama” in London, in professor Krzysztof Śmietana’s violin class. In 2003 she was awarded with the Bachelor’s Degree (Honours) and two years later – with the Master’s Degree with Distinction in Performance. Being a student, she had a possibility to perfect her skills under Sir Colin Davis, Maestro Jordi Savall, the “Takacs Quartet”, Wanda Wiłkomirska, Jose Luis Garcia Asencio, and many more.
Marta Magdalena Lelek performs extensively as a soloist with symphony and chamber orchestras (often national) in Europe (Poland, Italy, Albania, France, Ukraine, Russia, Spain, Portugal, Czech Republic), Asia, America, South America, Australia. She performed between others with the OSEM in Mexico (Orquestra Sinfonica Estado Mexico), UANL in Mexico, National Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra in Bangkok, National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine in Kyiv, National Radio and TV Symphony Orchestra of Albania in Tirana, Cracow Philharmonic Orchestra.
Being a soloist, Marta Magdalena Lelek cooperates with such outstanding conductors as maestro Jacek Kaspszyk, Tadeusz Wojciechowski, Paweł Przytocki, Michał Dworzyński, Charles Olivieri-Munroe, Gudni Emilsson, Claude Villaret, Volodymir Sirenko, Hobart Earle, Łukasz Borowicz, Wojciech Michniewski, Peter Dąbrowski, Miguel Salmon del Real, Michał Nesterowicz, Marcin Nałęcz-Niesiołowski, Jerzy Salwarowski, Igor Verbitsky.
Marta Magdalena Lelek's performances are characterized by introduction of interesting, rarely performed, often contemporary compositions. Her repertoire includes violin concertos by Benjamin Britten, William Walton, Vaughan Williams, Alban Berg (“To the Memory of an Angel”), Igor Stravinsky, Samuel Barber, Ferrucio Busoni, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Carl Nielsen, Yevgen Stankovych no.2, Andrzej Panufnik, David Tukici. Also – written for her and dedicated to her violin concerto no.2 by Karl Fiorini (the world premiere of that piece took place in May 2012 in Bangkok with the National Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of maestro Gudni Emilsson). In 2012 Marta Lelek recorded the CD with Karl Fiorini’s 2nd violin concerto (published by „Divine Art” Naxos distribution).
Marta's nearest concert plans include concerts with Wuhan Symphony Orchestra in China, National Radio and TV Symphony Orchestra of Albania in Tirana, in Portugal – with Orquesta Sinfonica di Gaia, Spain — with Barcelona Modern Project (Reus), Italy – with Orchestra Sinfonica di Grosseto, Orquestra Sinfonica di Sanremo, Bari Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfonica di Fondi, „Corelli Chamber Ensamble” in Mexico – with UANL, Monterrey Philharmonic Orchestra, Coahuila Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra da Camara Teatro des Bellas Artes in Mexico City, Michoacan Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra de Camara de Morelos, in Thailand – with National Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra in Bangkok, Ukraine – with Odessa Philharmonic, Russia – with the Voronezh Philharmonic Orchestra, France.
Solo concert plans in Poland include performances with Symphonic Orchestras from Poznań, Szczecin, Cracow, Katowice, Olsztyn, Rzeszów, Bydgoszcz, Opole, Kielce, Wałbrzych, Kalisz, Częstochowa, Zabrze and many others.
Marta Magdalena Lelek received a scholarship of the Polish Ministry of Art and National Heritage, a scholarship of the Foundation of Polish Culture, a scholarship of the Corporation of London, the Myra Hess Trust (London), the Worshipful Company of Musicians (London) and the Cripplegate Foundation (London).
Marta Magdalena Lelek uses a Hungarian violin (Janos Spiegel – Budapest 1926).
"..Marta Lelek was thanked by the audience with a standing ovation, for the most beautiful performance of the Jean Sibelius violin concerto in d-minor. Stefan Fraas, German Maestro who in that concert led the orchestra, joined the applause..."
"...Marta Lelek, student and the scholarship winner of the prestigious Music Academy in London, charmed the audience with her excellent technique, variety of tone, specific, feminine grace and sensitivity which suited perfectly to the climate of the “Northern”” coldly-passionate music of the Finnish composer- Sibelius. The Orchestra perfectly matched her feminine interpretation. Precision and German “ordnung”” of Maestro Fraas magnificently harmonized with it..."
"...Few minutes later, Marta Magdalena Lelek appeared on the stage. One of the best Polish violinist of young generation. While performing Andrzej Panufnik violin concerto for the violin and the string orchestra Rubato, Adagio, Vivace)) she played it just as the composer would wish it to be played. She showed to the audience her sensitivity and grace, energy and musicality displaying at the same time her unusual technique. In the second part of the evening, the public could hear an excellent performance of the Samuel Barber violin concerto (performed again by M.M.Lelek)..."
"...The soloist (M.M.Lelek)) with her characteristic grace and technical finesse, step by step revealed all the beauty of the bristling with difficulties composition..’’ (W. Walton violin concerto)