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Barbara Łypik-Sobaniec

She was born in 1970 in Cracow, where she began her musical education, studying cello with Witold Herman at The Academy of Music, graduating with honours. During her studies, she was a member of the Academy's Representative Quartet. She continued to hone her talents at The Pommersfelden International Academy's courses, where she recorded for Bavarian Radio, and as a fellow of the European Mozart Foundation. During the Mozart Festival she performed with the world renowned musicians such as Ch. Rosen and B. Pergamenshchikow. She gave the world first performances of Zbigniew Bujarski Quartet for Easter and a newly discovered quartet by Ignacy Paderewski for Polish Radio. She took second prize at The International Chamber Music Competition in Lódz. She has appeared at many national music festivals, including Mozart Festival (WrocLaw 1991), Ada Sari Festival (Nowy Sacz 1991) and the Music in Old Cracow Festival (1993). In September 2000 she won a 2-nd prize at IV Penderecki International Competition of Contemporary Music in Cracow (Poland). At present, she is a member of Reiner Trio and continues her busy concert and recording career. She is a teacher at Cracow Music Academy, too.