Joanna Freszel

A graduate of the Vocal Studies and Song Department at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, in prof. J. Rappé’s class. A recipient of the Polish Ministry of Education scholarship twice, pro Polonia program and ISA2012 program. She was awarded with Młoda Polska scholarship and the Magna cum Laude medal for the best graduate of UMFC (2013). A PhD student at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music. Nominated for 2017 Korfeusz prize and gained Polityka's Passport (2017)

The artist has won many prizes and distinctions in many national and foreign competitions. She won, inter alia, the second prize in H Halska Contest in Wrocław, the third prize and a special award in K. Szymanowski Contest in Łódź, , the first prize and three special awards in J. J. i E. Reszke Contest in Częstochowa, a special award in the International H. Gabor Belvedere Competition in Wien and the first prize together with a special award in J:opera Voice Competition ISA'12 in Frankfurt. She was also a finalist of the Viotti Competition in Vercella.

She took part in, inter alia, International Contemporary Music Festival Warsaw Autumn Festival (2010, 2015, 2016, 2017), Contrechamps Festival in Geneva, Saaremaa Opera Days in Estonia, Melos-Étos in Bratislava and in 7 Trends and 7 Premieres Festival, organised on the occasion of the 70th jubilee of the Union of Polish Composers. In 2011, she performed a recital in the UNESCO headquarters in Paris. In that year, she debuted as Musetta in La Bohème by G. Puccini (Poland), in the role of Vénus and Phrygienne in Dardanus by J. P. Rameau (Ireland, the UK), and in the role of Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte by W. A. Mozart (Poland, Italy).

She sang the role of Margatete in Faust of Ch. Gounod in the Estonian National Opera House, the part of Machine in Threads of K Wołek in the National Forum of Music in Wrocław, the role of Susanna in Figaro Gets a Divorce by E. Langer and D. Pountney in St. Moniuszko Opera House in Poznań, the role of Psyche in Eros and Psyche, in Warsaw National Opera House.

The artist successfully uses compositions from all the epoches. She specialises in performing contemporary music (inter alia Credentials or Think, Think Lucky R. Haubenstock-Ramati, Shakespeare's Sonnets, P. Mykietyn, Les Noces S. Strawiński). She has performed a dozen of premieres, namely Stabat Mater A. Pärt, Sadness Untitled M. Nikodijević, Primordia Rerum O. Bianchi, In Memoriam U. Caine, Canticum Puerorum E. Knapik.

The artist performed with many orchestras in Poland and abroad: NOSPR, Sinfonia Iuventus, Beethoven Academy Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic, Cracow Symphony Orchestra, the Silesian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonic of Świętokrzyskie, and the Szczecin Philharmonic, the Pomorska Philharmonic Orchestra – Capella Bydgostiensis, New Music Orchestra, AUKSO - the Chamber Orchestra of Tychy, Orkestr de ereprijs (the Netherlands), Österreichisches Ensemble für Neue Musik (Austria), the Symphonic Orchestra Camerata Viva, performing, inter alia, under the baton of such conductors as Jerzy Maksymiuk, Gabriel Chmura, Jacek Kaspszyk, Krzesimir Dębski, Jerzy Salwarowski, Marek Moś, Paul Esswood, Wim Boerman, Szymon Bywalec, Tadeusz Strugała, Jacek Rogala, Adam Klocek, Arturo Tamayo and Michał Dworzyński.

On the tour in Ukraine, she performed Chantefleurs et chantefables by Witold Lutosławski together with the Philharmonic Orchestras in Lemburg, Odessa, Czernichów, Donetsk and Dnipropetrovsk.

In 2015, thanks to DUX Recording Producers, her debut album 'real life song' was released, with compositions composed especially for her soprano, featuring compositions composed by young Polish composers: M Bebinow, A Kościow, R. Janiak, A. Zubel, S. Zamuszka, A. Borzym jr, J. Szmytka i K. Szwed. The album was nominated for the Fryderyk 2016 award in two categories and the award Orphée d'Or given by Academie du Disque Lyrique for the best interpretation of contemporary music.