Magdalena Kordylasińka-Pękala - percussion
Magdalena Kordylasińska is from Szczecin. She started learning percussion when she was 18 in Dariusz Jagiełło's class. In 2006 she graduated from F. Chopin Music Academy with distinction. She studied in Royal Danish Academy of Music in prof. Gert Mortensen's class. She won the 1st prize in the National Drum Auditions in Warsaw (in 2001), 1st prize in M. Stasiniewicz International Drum Contest in 2004, Grand Prix and the Audience Award in New Tradition Festival (Kwadrofonik in 2006), Warsaw President Award - Lech Kaczyński's (in 2004, 2006). In 2009 she got into the finals of a very prestiguous IPCL Percussion Duo Competition Luxemburg, and in 2013 she was awarded a Special Award in The Universe Marimba Competition in Sint-Truiden in Belgium (percussion duo Hob-beats). She received a scholarship of the Community of Friends of Szczecin, the Minister of Culture and the National Centre for Culture.

Artistically, Magdalena's music is closest to chamber music of the XX and XXI century. Since 2002 she has been cooperating with Miłosz Pękala with whom she forms a percussion duo Hob-beats - currently known as PękalaIKordylasińskaIPękala. She took part in many top festivals and concerts both as a soloist and in a duo; e.g.: International Festival of Contemporary Music - Warsaw Autumn, Unsound - Cracow, Codes - Lublin, Music on the Heights - Zakopane, Contemporary Music Festival - Perm, Russia, Slavianski Bazaar - Vitebsk/Belarus, Crossdrumming Festival - Warsaw. In 2008 the first album called 'Returning Sounds’ (DUX) of the duo was issued on which there are compositions written especially for Magdalena and Miłosz. In 2017 the second album called 'Drums and electric devices compositions' appeared which was well acclaimed both by the critics and the audience.

She cooperated with outstanding musicians (Marta Klimasara, John Beck, Emmanuel Sejourne, Steven Schick), bands - Percussion Clavier de Lyon and orchestras (National Philharmonic Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, Chamber Orchestra Amadeus, Polish Radio Orchestra, Sinfonia Baltica, The Royal String Quartet, Szczecin Philharmonic Orchestra, Kalisz Philharmonic and Warmian-Masurian Philharmonic).

Magdalena is also one of the creators of a quartet Kwadrofonik (two pianos, two percussions), with which she goes on tours around the world (Poland, Germany, Russia, Brasil, Israel, Japan), playing transcriptions of e.g. I. Strawinski's The Rite of Spring, Petrushka, their own music with the use of Polish folk music - Folklove, Folk Requiem and pieces written in the XX and XXI century: B. Bartok's Sonata on two pianos and percussion, G. Crumb Macrocosm, R. Wallin Mandala, W.Z. Zych's Roznia.
Folklove album (Polish Radio 2008) in collaboration with Magdalena Kordasinska was recognised as one of the best folk music album in 2008. In 2014 the band Kwadrofonik was awarded a Gold Album for Lutoslawski Tuwim, songs not only for children, which was recorded with Dorota Miśkiewicz.

Magdalena is also active didactically. She has been a teacher in Karol Szymanowski's Music Schools in Warsaw and since February 2018 she started a collaboration with Academy of Art in Szczecin. Being a teacher and a musician active on stage she is invited to lead many percussion workshops for students and teachers.

 
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