Kryger, Urszula

Singer (mezzo-soprano). She graduated in piano (1988) and singing (with Jadwiga Pietraszkiewicz, 1992) from the Music Academy in Łódź before continuing her vocal studies with Andrzej Orłowicz in Copenhagen. She has won awards at many international music competitions. She dedicates particular attention to chamber music. Her interpretations of songs combine perfect technique with extremely natural sound, qualities that have been appreciated by eminent musicians who have accompanied her in chamber music, including pianists Hartmut Höll, Charles Spencer, Melvyn Tan, Pascal Rogé, clarinettist Paul Meyer, and the Tokyo and Petersen Quartets. Urszula Kryger has recorded extensively for radio broadcasters in Poland, France, Germany and Switzerland, as well as for labels such as Decca, CPO, and DUX; her recordings have won Fryderyk Awards in 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2012, as well as the Karol Szymanowski Foundation Award in 2006. Since 2002, Urszula Kryger heads the singing class at the Music Academy in Łódź where she also became dean of the Vocal and Acting Department in 2012.