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Violinist Romana Szczepaniak was born in Poznan, Poland where she studied at the Padarewski Music Academy. She than continued her musical journey at the Guildhal School of Music and Drama with Krzysztof Smietana and the Royal College of Music in class of Prof. Maciej Rakowski.
During her studies in UK Romana was a holder of Scholarship by Prof. Barry Ife, Denis and Sylvia Forbes Scholarship and Baring Foundation Award. She is very grateful for the generous support of Zetland Foundation.
Romana enjoys her career as a soloist, chamber musician, teacher and session orchestra player.
She took part in many Music Festivals and Masterclasses in Europe and in the UK, having pleasure to perform in such a venues like Cadogan Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Barbican Hall, Royal Festival Hall, St Johns Smiths Square, Kings Place, St.James's Piccadilly, St.Martins in the Fields.
Romana is a winner of numerous competitions and awards – Musicians Benevolent Fund Postgraduate Performance Award (London, 2012,2013), a special award for outstanding performance of W. Lutoslawski Subito at the Kenneth Page Foundation (United Kingdom, 2011), 1st prize at the International Violin Competition in Pontivrea (Italy, 2007), 3rd prize at the International Violin Competition Premia Rok Jakaj (Italy, 2007) and 1st prize at the National String Competition in Poznan (Poland, 2003).
As an orchestral musician she has played under the baton of Sir Colin Davis, Sir Roger Norrington, Peter Stark, Rowan Baker, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Leif Segerstam, Jan Krenz, Jerzy Salwarowski, Karl Veen, Jan Holtrop, James Gaffigan, Grzegorz Nowak.
She had a pleasure to be a member of London Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Ulster Orchestra, Chineke! Orchestra, Polish National Symphony Orchestra, Poznan Philharmonics and she regularly performs also as a soloist with SIlk Street Sinfonia.
Romana has worked and received masterclasses from artists such as Yuri Zhisiln, Leonid Kerbel, Peter Schuhmayer, Viviane Hagner, Carole Presland, Mark Messenger, Hannah Dawson, Charles Owen, Caroline Palmer, Madeleine Mitchell, Martin Roscoe, Balcea Quartet and Sacconi Quartet.