Gabriela Opacka | Southbank SinfoniaGabriela Opacka

Gabriela began her musical education at the Artur Malawski School of Music in Przemysl. After graduating in 2011, Gabriela studied at the Academy of Music in Cracow where she completed her bachelor’s degree. Whilst at the Academy, she took part in the Erasmus+ programme, allowing her to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

Gabriela has performed in concert venues across the world, including Musikverein in Vienna, Carnegie Hall in New York, Beijing Concert Hall and Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio in Warsaw. Gabriela’s orchestral experience includes concertmaster with the Academy of Music Orchestra, leader of second violins in the International Youth Philharmonic
Orchestra and Lutosławski Orchestra Moderna, Przemyśl Chamber Orchestra, Guildhall Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia and Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice.

In demand as a soloist, Gabriela has performed with Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice, Przemysl Chamber Orchestra, Podkarpacka Philharmonic Orchestra, Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra, Academy of Music Chamber Orchestra and Cracow Chamber Group.

Gabriela is a Wingate Fellow, supporting her place in Southbank Sinfonia.


What do you love about classical music?
Music generally allows you to perceive many feelings, and even to create our own world, but the most inspiring aspect of this is when you can share this world with other musicians, and further, with the audience. This is why I love chamber music so much. There are a lot of question marks in music – sometimes responses from others in the chamber group answer them, but sometimes we have to leave them unsolved. Like in real life.

Which three people, living or dead, would you most like to have dinner with and why?
Neil Armstrong – I think that performing a musical piece is so close to being the first person to walk on the Moon. Particularly in contemporary music, a musician is often playing the pieces for the first time, when nobody has heard it before. The musician is then also the first person in the whole world doing it. I would like to ask Neil about his feelings about strolling on the Moon and compare it with… mine!

Nathan Milstein – I have just read a book From Russia to the West: The Musical Memoirs and Reminiscences of Nathan Milstein by himself and Solomon Volkov. I am impressed by him not only as a violinist, but also as a person – with his own sense of humour and personality. I have recently heard that we are those books we currently have on the shelf: I agree with this sentiment completely.

Steve Jobs – A few days ago I watched a movie about him.  I think he is a person with a very strong personality and I wonder if while sitting at the table with him it would be possible to feel this strength.

Tell us something about yourself that might surprise us
This season I started to do winter swimming (ice swimming). And… I can recommend it to everyone. The feeling after this bath is incomparable to anything else!


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