Kołcz, Małgorzata

Double bassist, writer, cultural events animator. She graduated from the double bass class of Janusz Dobrowolski at the Music Academy in Gdańsk. She also studied at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań (classical studies), and continued her education in the field of marketing company management (postgraduate studies).

She has held scholarships from the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage for cultural animation and education (2016), and from the Society of Authors – ZAiKS (2016). She appears as an orchestra musician with Warsaw Camerata, Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Kalisz Philharmonic, and Mazovian Music Theatre. As a chamber musician, she performs experimental and improvised music, notably within the Trillingen Duo (with multiinstrumentalist Iwona Jędruch).

She actively promotes classical music and composers. She has cofounded the New City Summer Festivals in Warsaw, the Dźwiękojmia project combining poetry and modern music, a premieres’ concert Czesław Miłosz’s Music Landscapes, the Zbigniew Herbert’s Words Music festival, Audio Stage performative cycle, Modern Music Doesn’t Bite education cycle, and projects such as Images from Warsaw. PW 44 and Via Hominis, Via Cælestis. She has also initiated improvisation workshops for children.

She writes poetry; some of her poems have been integrated into musical works, including Jarosław Siwiński’s Preludes based on audiostage monodramas, Variations and Changelings, Foodstuffs, and the recent children’s microopera Silent Fish; the latter libretto was supported by a Society of Authors – ZAiKS grant. Between 2007 and 2012, Małgorzata Kołcz cooperated with the Warsaw Autumn Festival. Since 2014, she has worked with the Warsaw Music Meetings festival.

She is an active member of the Polish Society for Contemporary Music and runs the music company Art Deco Group.