Julita Smoleń was born in Wrocław. She completed her violin studies with Krzysztof Wegrzyn in Hanover and Mi-kyung Lee in Munich, and has been the Assistant Principal 1st violin in the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks since 2014. In addition to her studies, she attended master classes led by renowned musicians such as Ana Chumachenko, Salvatore Accardo, Lewis Kaplan, Yair Kless, Koichiro Harada and Wanda Wiłkomirska. She has received scholarships from the German Academic Scholarship Foundation, the Gundlach Foundation Hanover, and the Academy of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. She has also won a number of international violin competitions, e.g. in Warsaw, Lublin, Wrocław, and Toruń, and has received numerous sponsorships and special prizes, including the Gundlach Music Prize Hanover, the Special Prize of the Friends of Haus Marteau, and the Sponsorship Prize of the Lower Saxony Foundation.
In addition to her diverse solo activities, Julita Smoleń avidly participates in chamber music. As a member of the Interface Quartet, she has participated in recordings for the Bayerischer Rundfunk and NDR Hannover, and has performed at various festivals, including the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Zeist Music Days, the Goslar-Harz International Music Festival, and the Nymphenburger Sommer. She further developed her skills in several chamber music courses and in collaborative work with Hatto Beyerle, Ida Bieler, Alfred Brendel, Mark Lubotsky, the Jerusalem Quartet, and the Szymanowski Quartet. She has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in Switzerland, France, Austria, Sweden, Denmark, England, the Netherlands, Italy, Russia – including the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory – and Canada.
Julita Smoleń & Florian Sonnleitner
In this video, the young Polish violinist Julita Smolen talks to our longtime concertmaster Florian Sonnleitner, who will soon be leaving the orchestra. Themes are the orchestra as a “home without alternative” or as a “life goal”.
“A peek through the keyhole”
In this series of videos about our chamber music concerts, musicians grant insight into chamber music subtitles and answer spontaneously without knowing the questions beforehand.