Biographies

Monika Kornel

Monika Kornel (Malczynska) started her piano studies at the Primary Music School in her hometown Torun (Poland) since she was 7 years old. After a successful entry Monika studied at the State Conservatorium of Music, where she received her Diploma in Music and Piano Performance. During her last years of school she was nominated for performances with the Pomeranian Symphony Orchestra playing the piano concertos of Grieg, Beethoven and Rachmaninov, and with the Torun Chamber Orchestra the F Minor concerto by Johann Sebastian Bach.

Married to a violinist, Monika performed in many violin-piano recitals in Poland, Venice, Verona, Canberra and Sydney, among other cities.

After furthering her studies at the Academy of Music in Lodz (Poland), Monika moved to Sydney and completed a Bachelor of Music degree in piano at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in the class of Professor Nikolai Evrov. Here she broadened her keyboard studies by including the harpsichord.

In 1995 she participated in master classes with Robert Wooley in London and Bob van Asperen in Amsterdam. In December of that year Monika was invited to perform the harpsichord concertos of J.S.Bach with the Torun Chamber Orchestra in Poland.

On her return, Monika enrolled for the harpsichord course to further her studies in early music. In 1999 she completed her Master of Music in Performance degree with Paul Dyer at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Monika performs regularly as both soloist and continuo player with a number of well known ensembles and orchestras including the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Willoughby Orchestra, SBS Orchestra, the St Laurence Baroque Orchestra, Marais Project, Salut!Baroque. She also appeared in the Sydney Bach Festival and regularly participating in major music festivals and concerts in Australia and Europe.

Monika’s French Double Harpsichord, based on an original instrument by Jean-Henri Hemsch (1756), was made in Melbourne in 1975 by Alastair McAllister, restrung and revoiced by Carey Beebe.

Stan W.Kornel

Born in Canberra Stan started his violin studies at the age of nine with renowned French violinist Josette Esquidin-Morgan and later with Ernest Llewelyn at the Canberra School of Music. At 12, Stan formed with his elder siblings the Kornel String Quartet, performing in Canberra and Sydney.

From 1969 to 1983 Stan studied music at the Bydgoszcz Conservatorium of Music and later at the Academy of Music in Lodz (Poland).

During those years he participated in Violin Competitions and Music Camps: Henryk Wieniawski International Young Violinist, where he received a bronze medal, Pomerania Violin Competition (2nd place), International Music Camp in Umea (Sweden) performing as concertmaster and in concert with Oslo Trio; Jeunesses Musicale World Youth Orchestra in London and Fribourg (Switzerland).

During his studies he received a full time position as assistant concertmaster of Pomeranian Philharmonic Orchestra, The Torun Chamber Orchestra as leader and soloist, and later as associate concertmaster of the TV and Radio Symphony Orchestra in Lodz. At the same time Stan formed a chamber orchestra performing prohibited works of Polish dissident composer -Sir Andrzej Panufnik.

In 1983 Stan received his Master of Arts Degree and Diploma with Distinction studying with internationally acclaimed Professor Zenon Ploszaj-Rector of Academia of Music in Lodz and juror at International Violin Competitions.

Stan also recorded many tracks for movies, animation and educational films with numerous ensembles.

From 1983-1985 Stan resumed his position with Torun Chamber Orchestra and was appointed for senior lecturer position at the string department of the Torun Conservatorium of Music.

From 1985 Stan moved to Italy where he worked in Opera Theatres such as La Scala in Milan, Symphony and Opera Orchestra La Fenice in Venice with Eliahu Imbal and in Verona Amphitheatre during the famous Summer Festival. During that period he formed two string quartets, performed Vivaldi Concertos at the famous Vivaldi’s Church Della Pieta and taught on Lido several postgraduate students.

In August 1987 Stan returns to Australia where he worked casually with the ACO, AOBO and with the SSO. In 1988 Stan became a permanent member of the SSO with whom he is working to this present day.

During these last sixteen years Stan has been very active as a musician and teacher (Head of String -Australian International Conservatorium of Music; Sydney Conservatorium of Music; International Grammar School in Ultimo; private teaching on violin and viola, violin coaching with the SYO, SSO Playerlink and master classes in Canberra School of Music and in NSW as well in Torun Conservatorium of Music.

In Australia Stan performed with Sydney Bach Ensemble, Bicentenary Trio, Gallery Players Ensemble (mainly contemporary music), VI Brandenburg Concerto on viola with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, gave a violin recital at the Canberra School of Music and Sydney Conservatorium of Music with works of K.Szymanowski and recently in the new Verbrugghen Hall Stan presented and promoted successfully Polish Chamber Music through the cycle titled “8 Centuries of Polish Music”, performed with baroque specialists and his colleagues from the SSO.

Stan is also interested in the baroque violin and viola d’amore. He studied both these instruments in London with Ms Catherine MacIntosh and in The Hague with Mr Sigiswald Kuijken. In 1996 Stan founded an early music ensemble “The Sydney Consort” (www.sydneyconsort.com.au), performing extensively and regularly recording for ABC with wide range of repertoire. Later this year his group will launch their first CD and tour NSW with concerts for Musica Viva. Next year Stan with his baroque ensemble will perform in music festivals in Poland, Italy and Germany.

Stan Kornel recorded number of CD’s, mostly with Australian music by Dulcie Holland, Derek Strahan, Allan Holley among others.