Agnieszka Budzińska-Bennett

Nominated twice for the prestigious Paszport Polityki Award (2012&2013) “for promoting Polish early music at the highest performance level" (A. Suprynowicz, Polskie Radio) and “for consistence in discovering medieval music, diligence in getting to its artistic essence, insightful recognition of its historical and cultural contexts, and the joy of sharing its beauty” (D. Cichy, Radio Kraków).

Starting with a piano diploma, she decided to study musicology at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań (Ph.D. in 2010). Her love for medieval times began with her early passion for Old Norse, Anglo-Saxon and Middle Latin literature and culture. Being already a trained musician and musicologist, she got inspired by Sequentia’s performances and deeply influenced by their serious and creative approach to medieval song. This meeting made her to study medieval and Renaissance music and voice at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland where she currently lives and works. She trained voice with E. Kirkby, A. Boothroyd (London), B. Thornton, B. Bagby (Cologne), R. Levitt, D. Vellard, E. Tubb and S. Haselhoff (Basle).

She’s the founder and artistic director of the international ensemble Peregrina specializing in early medieval music. The group has so far recorded nine albums, among them “Filia praeclara”, awarded with the prestigious ECHO Klassik 2009 for the Best A Cappella Recording of the Year and “Veiled Desires”, nominated in 2013 for International Classical Music Awards and for Fryderyk (Award of Polish Phonographic Academy) in the category Best Polish Album Abroad.

Agnieszka Budzińska-Bennettis a member of many well-known early music groups (a. o. ensemble Perlaro, ensemble Dragma), performing both medieval music as well as repertoires of the 17th and 18th centuries at the most important early music festivals across Europe and Asia. She works also as a guest conductor by the Polish Radio Choir, Capella Cracoviensis, Cracow Singers and Flores Rosarum in Cracow. She records regularly for Raumklang, Glossa, Ramée, Divox, WDR, L’Empreinte Digitale, Claves, Pan Classic and collaborates with the major radio and TV stations. She made her stage debut at the Theater Basel in the production of Monteverdi’s “L’incoronazione di Poppea” (Amor/Valletto) directed by K. Junghänel in the 2003/2004 season. Her performances include also first performances of contemporary music and opera with works like Andreas Pflüger’s “Mord im St. Johann” (2009), Gerald Bennett’s “Columba Nitens” (2010) or Daniel Glaus’ “Miserere mihi” (1992).

Author of photography: Laelia Milleri Photography.