Ewa Iżykowska belongs to a group of the most outstanding Polish singers. She graduated from the Frederic Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw where she studied with Kazimiera Goławska. She continued her studies at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, and Teatro alla Scala in Milan with Giulietta Simionato and Eduardo Mueller. She is also a summa cum laude graduate of the Academy of Drama in Warsaw.
Ewa won several prizes at the international vocal competitions, including the Belvedere Competition in Vienna; the Mozart Competition in Alessandria, Italy; the Vocal Competition in Rome; and the Szymanowski Competition in Warsaw. Ewa started her professional career at the Opera House in Poznań in 1981 where she sang Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte, Violetta in La traviata, Micaela in Carmen, Liu in Turandot among many others. In 1986 Ewa a made her debut at the Chamber Opera House in Vienna, where she sang Nedda in I Pagliacci and Countess in Le nozze di Figaro.
In 1987-1991 she was soloist at the Opera House in Luzerne, Switzerland, where she sang Poppea in L’incoronazione di Poppea, Countess in Le nozze di Figaro Tatyana in Eugen Onegin, Violetta in La traviata, Adriana in Adriana Lecouvreur together with tenor Ramon Vargas and conductor Marcello Viotti.
Recently she has appeared in many European theatres singing many charachters in Penderecki’s Die Schwarze Maske, The Devil from Loudaine (both broadcasted internationally), Paradise Lost, Strauss’ Salome, Rosenkavalier (Marschalin), Puccini’s Tosca, and Giordano’s Fedora.
Additionally, Ewa is a distinguished oratorio singer. Her repertoire includes the best known works starting from Baroque through Romantic oratorios to contemporary works like Mahler’s Symphony No. 7 and Gorecki’s Symphony No. 3, including the whole oratorio repertoire of Penderecki. She has performed in Europe, North and South America, the Philippines, and Russia. She has recorded with Polish Radio & TV and Austria TV ORF. In 2000, she started her world-wide tour with two solo recitals: “From Baroque to Contemporary Music’’ and ’’Songs of Chopin and Paderewski’’.
Since 2000 she has shared her experience with young students at the University in Olsztyn, Poland, and the Polish Academy of Siences in Warsaw. She also became a vice director of the Keimyung F. Chopin Academy of Music in South Korea.
Since 2004, she has been invited to participate in many international opera workshops, seminars, courses and festivals, including the Schlern Musik Festival in Italy; Masterclasses at the Texas Christian University; Masterclasses at the Catholic Universtity in Daegu, S.Korea; the From Chopin to Gorecki Festival at the F. Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw; Masterclasses in Santa Cecilia, Rome; and the Conservatorio in Padova. Currently she is a professor at the Chopin Gorecki Festival at the Frederic Chopin University of Music in Warsaw and was 4-year vice-rektor of F. Chopin University of Musik.