Agata Meissner – harpsichord player and chamber performer. A graduate (Master degree) of the Mozarteum University in Salzburg in the harpsichord class of prof. Florian Birsak (2016), she has also advanced her musical talents under the direction of Vittorio Ghielmi and Marcello Gatti, among others.
Agata had already commenced harpsichord classes in secondary school and, having completed her studies in the harpsichord class of Anna Urszula Kucharska, PhD at the Grażyna Bacewicz State Music School in Warsaw, she earned her bachelor degree at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw in the class of prof. Leszek Kędracki. Concurrently she was developing her theoretical and humanistic interests, and studied in the College of Interdepartmental Individual Studies in the Humanities at the University of Warsaw, which she completed with a specialisation in musicology. Since 2016 she has been studying Historical Performance Practice with prof. Reinhardt Goebel in at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg.
She has participated in the performance of major baroque vocal and instrumental works, including the St. Matthew Passion and the St. John Passion of Johann Sebastian Bach, the Christmas Oratorio of Johann Sebastian Bach and the oratorio I Pellegrini al Sepolcro di nostro Signore by Johann Adolf Hasse, as well as operas L’Incoronazione di Poppea by Claudio Monteverdi, La Corona by Christoph Willibald Gluck and Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell, working under the direction of Gernot Sahler, Joseph Wallnig, Alfredo Bernardini, Vittoria Ghielmi and Agata Sapiecha.
Agata has earned the Scholarship of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland for educational achievements and universal cultural interests. She has also been a winner or finalist at the following harpsichord competitions in Poland and abroad: National Auditions of Students of Music Schools studying in Harpsichord Classes in Wrocław, Concorso Internationale “Principe Franceso Maria Ruspoli” in Vignanello (Italy).
Agata has given concerts in Austria, Croatia, Germany, Poland, Great Britain and Italy, as a soloist and in chamber repertoire. She performed during various festivals, including the Innsbrucker Festwoche der Alte Musik, Thüringer Bachwochen in Weimar, and unMittel BARock in Magdeburg and during the Bach Festival in Świdnica.
Since her early school days she has been participating in master classes, including the classes of Lilianna Stawarz, Nicolas Parle, Aline Zylberajch, Christoph Rousset, Blandine Rannou, Anne-Marie Dragosits. In addition, she has taken active interest in early dance and court culture – many times she participated in the festival of historical dance Cracovia Danza in Kraków under the direction of Romana Agnel and Aestas Musica in Varaždin (Croatia) under the direction of Mary Collins. During the afore mentioned events, she practiced baroque dance, as well as diverse styles of renaissance dances.
Since 2015 she has been providing accompaniment and basso continuo for early music courses, including the Early Music Forum at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw and the International Summer Academy of Early Music, Innsbruck Barock.