Monika Całus

French Horn / Poland

Monika Całus, born in 1994. A soloist of the Tadeusz Szeligowski Philharmonic Orchestra in Poznań. Her musical education has been connected with the French horn since the very beginning. She completed with distinction the
2nd degree Marcin Józef Żebrowski State Music School in Częstochowa in the class of prof. Maryla Limanowska. She is currently a student of the Master’s studies under prof. zw. dr hab. Wiesław Grochowski at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice. She has also gained experience at numerous domestic and international courses under the following French horn masters: Radek Baborák, Radovan Vlatković, Will Sanders, Jacek Muzyk, Kazimierz Machala and Christian Friedrich Dallmann.

She has an active concert career as a chamber musician (mainly in a classic brass ensemble), as well as an orchestral musician. She has gained stage experience performing, among others, as a member of: Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice, Grand Theatre – National Opera Orchestra
in Warsaw, Sinfonietta Cracovia in Bydgoszcz, Rybnik Philharmonic
and Santander Orchestra. As a soloist, she has performed with the Częstochowa Philharmonic Orchestra.

She has been a prize winner at multiple domestic and international competitions in solo and chamber categories. Her work and achievements have been appreciated many times, and she has been awarded with distinctions such as scholarship of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, or scholarship
of the Mayor of Częstochowa.

Her repertoire includes chamber and orchestral pieces, from classical to
19th and 20th century symphonic works. She is also invited to take part in contemporary music projects, giving multiple first performances. In 2016, she recorded works by Frédéric Chopin and Antonin Dvořák for DUX recording company.

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