I have started my adventure with violin-making in the Antoni Kenar State School for Fine Arts in Zakopane, from which I graduated in 1995 defending my diploma work. At the same time, I was a student of the accordion and violin class of the Secondary Music School in Nowy Targ. Next, in the year 2000 I have graduated Ignacy Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań, where at the Faculty of Instruments, Artistic Violin-Making Department I studied under supervision of Professor Honorata Stalimerska. During the course of my studies, I participated in all-Poland and international violin-making competitions; and in the year 1998 I have been awarded a honorary mention at the 9th Piotr Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow. I have entered the competition with a Guarneri-model violin made by me in the course of my third year of studies at the Academy. In the period 1999–2003 I developed my bow-making skills at Maison Bernard in Brussels, one of Europe’s oldest and most reputed workshops of traditional French bow making, under direction of Pierre Guillaume. In February 2001 I was offered an opportunity to participate in the International Exhibition of Handicraft String Instruments and Bows at Palao de Música in Valencia, Spain. Still improving my professional skills in Brussels, in 2001 I have launched my Artistic Violin-Making and Bow-Making Workshop in Cracow. In 2004 I participated in the 3rd W. Kamieński All-Poland’s Violin-Making Competition where I had been awarded 3rd prize. Since 2004, I am a member of the Association of Polish Violin Makers.   podpis.png

M. Swiec