The Harrison-Frank Family Foundation

Ada Witczyk

Described as ‘the new wave wizard’ (South West Londoner), Ada Witczyk has inspired over 200 new works for baroque violin and counting.
Relentless in her drive to create a ‘New Baroque’, breaking out of endless cycles of Bach partitas and Vivaldi concerti and pushing the boundaries of what is possible.
Singled out by BBC Music Magazine as their ‘Instrumental Choice’ and receiving a 10-star review, the 2023-24 season also marks the release of her new album of contemporary music ‘New Baroque’ on First Hand Records (available on all platforms).

Radio broadcasts with the BBC, Radio Soest (Netherlands), Argentina Classic National Radio, Radiotelevisione Svissera, and Poznan Radio Klasyka have all featured Witczyk’s many new recordings, but it’s her bold music videos that have captured the imagination of composers, musicians and new audiences across the world from Peru to Thailand.
MMA cages, underground carparks, glamourous historic buildings, gothic churches; forget pretentious, this is for the new wave of classical audiences.

Presenting her latest commissions, on show during her 2023 USA tour, Witczyk took audiences in Seattle and Portland by storm, encouraging frenzied discussion at the annual New Music Gathering (keynote by Caroline Shaw) and prompting countless entries to her revolutionary composition competition named after Czech harpsichordist and fellow new music-enthusiast Zuzana Ruzickova.

Collaborations with acclaimed period ensemble Florilegium, and a new solo album, have come thick and fast, receiving invitations from the likes of São Paulo Contemporary Composers Festival for future seasons.
Other recent highlights have included appearances at the BBC Proms, solo performances of Viotti’s Sinfonia Concertante with Simon Standage at the English Haydn Festival amongst others.
Ada plays a Cremonese violin from the 18th century, on kind loan by the Harrison-Frank Family Foundation.

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