General and Artistic Director
Alina Ratkowska is Professor of the harpsichord at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, appointed the Head at the Chair of Organ and Harpsichord of the said University for the years 2016-2020
Winner of the 1st prize at the Paola Bernardi International Harpsichord Competition in Bologna in 2005;.
In 1999 she graduated from the F. Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw with honours (today: FCUM), from the class of Prof. Leszek Kędracki. In 2002 the artist was conferred the diploma of Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, the Academy of Early Music in Basel, where she studied under the guidance of Andrea Marcon. She was also a student of Jörg Andreas Bötticher, Jesper B. Christensen (Generalbass) and Johann Sonnleitner (pianoforte/ chamber music).
Alina Ratkowska participated in numerous master courses given by such harpsichord professors as: Jaques Ogg, Nicholas Parle, Peter Holman, Mark Kroll, Ketil Haugsand, Christiane Jaccotett, Kenneth Gilbert, Jos van Immersel, and Andreas Staier. She also attended a five-week piano course at the Wesleyan University (USA) in the piano class of Prof. Donald Currier from the Yale School of Music, as well as pianoforte practical courses run by Geoffrey Lancaster. She also had an occasion to take private lessons from Gustav Leonhardt.
Alina Ratkowska completed post-graduate studies at the Gdańsk University of Technology, the Faculty of Management and Economics. In 2009 she obtained the Doctor’s degree in Musical Arts, conferred by the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, and in 2014 the title of Doctor Habilitated conferred by the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice. In 2009 and 2013, the votes cast by the readers of the Gazeta Wyborcza daily won Alina Ratkowska the ‘Sztorm Roku’ [Storm of the Year] prize. In 2008, the Mayor of the City of Gdańsk honoured her with the award for Young Creators of Culture. She was a beneficiary of the scholarships funded by the Minister of Culture and Art, Marshal of the Pomeranian Voivodship, Culture Foundation, and many other foreign foundations. In 2003, together with the Esperanto ensemble under her direction she won the III prize at the Van Vlaanderen International Early Music Competition in Bruges (Belgium).
She has cooperated with the Goldberg Baroque Ensemble which specialises in performing the music preserved in the collection of the Gdańsk Library, Polish Academy of Sciences. Together with the ensemble she records this musical material in the series entitled ‘The Musical Heritage of the City of Gdańsk’ (DUX, Sarton). In the years 2011-2014 she directed the Musica Maxima vocal and instrumental ensemble from Poznań.
Performing contemporary music for the harpsichord takes an important place in her artistic life. She often gives premiere performances of solo and chamber pieces by Polish contemporary composers. Her first solo CD with the recording of the Goldberg Variations by J.S. Bach was published in 2010 (Sarton). In 2011 the CD was nominated for the ‘Fryderyk’ phonographic award in two categories. The CD with her performance of three harpsichord concertos by Johann Jeremias du Grain, a composer and organ player from Gdańsk deceased in 1756, was published in 2012, followed by a book devoted to those concertos published by the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw a year later.
In 2006 she initiated the Goldberg Festival in Gdańsk. Over the decade, the Festival has grown to become one of the major early music festivals in Poland.