Jadwiga Rappé


One of the leading Polish contraltos of her generation. She graduated in Polish and Slavic Philology from the University of Warsaw; she was a student of Professor Zofia Brégy and a graduate of the Department of Vocal Music at K. Lipiński Music Academy in Wrocław in the class of Prof. Jerzy Artysz. She has been a member of the Association of Polish Artists and Musicians since 1977. In 2009, she was the artistic director of the “Łancuch ​​VI” festival, organized by the Witold Lutosławski Society. She was the Chair of the Board of the Witold Lutosławski Society from 2006-2009 and has also been the Chair of the Board of the Anna and Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz Museum in Stawisko since 2005. From 1995 to 2010 she was a lecturer at the Vocal Music Department at the Frederyk Chopin’s Association of State Music Schools and also at the Department of Vocal Music at the Frederyk Chopin Music University in Warsaw. She has also organised a number of outstanding concerts with the students of the Academy of Music. She has been a jury member at many auditions and vocal competitions in Poland and abroad. She was awarded the Gold Cross of Merit and won prizes at the International Bach Competition in Leipzig in 1980 and the Competition for Young Soloists in Bordeaux in 1981. Jadwiga Rappé has performed widely in leading concert halls and opera houses of Europe, the USA, Canada and Japan. She has also performed at most of Poland’s important cultural centres as well as in smaller towns. In total, she has performed in close to 2,000 concerts.