Katarzyna Myćka Marimba Quartet
Katarzyna Myćka discovered the marimba to be her “ideal medium for musical expression,” while studying at music academies in Gdansk, Poland; Stuttgart, Germany; and Salzburg, Austria. Mycka has garnered numerous prizes and awards at international music competitions including First Prize and Audience Prize at the 1995 International Percussion Competition Luxembourg for Marimba Solo and First Place at the First World Marimba Competition in Stuttgart in 1996. Following her award-winning performances, Mycka received invitations to present masterclasses and performances in the United States, Asia, and throughout Europe. She has appeared at many marimba festivals including those hosted in Osaka, Japan; Linz, Austria; and Minneapolis, Minnesota. Additionally, she has performed as soloist with orchestras throughout the world including such well-known orchestras as the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra, Bochum Symphony Orchestra, Göttingen Symphony Orchestra, Beijing Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Israeli, and Folkwang Chamber Orchestra. Mycka, who was honored in 1999 by Poland’s Chapter of PAS as “Ambassadress of Polish Percussion Art,” emphatically promotes the popularization of the marimba. For her, this includes a commitment to training young players through the International Katarzyna Mycka Marimba Academy (IKMMA), which she established in 2003.