Agnieszka Budzińska-Bennett

 Curriculum In 1992 she began musicological studies at Poznan University from where she graduated in 1999 (Masters Degree in Musicology), writing a thesis on late medieval German music. In 2010 she completed her Ph.D. (thesis on 13th-century French motets).

Agnieszka’s love for medieval times began with her early passion for Old Norse and Anglo-Saxon literature and culture (followed by the French roman and the poetry in langue d’oc). Being already a trained musician and musicologist, she got inspired by Sequentia’s performances in Stary Sacz (Poland) and deeply influenced by their serious and creative approach to medieval song. In 1994 and 1996 she was awarded a scholarship to attend vocal masterclasses with Evelyn Tubb and Emma Kirkby during the Dartington International Summer School in England. In 1996 she took private singing lessons with Ansy Boothroyd in London over the course of a year. Her profound interest in medieval music brought her to Cologne where she attended courses with the late Barbara Thornton (Ensemble Sequentia, Köln, 1997). During 1997-2001 she continued her studies in Medieval/Renaissance voice (Richard Levitt, Kathleen Dineen, Evelyn Tubb and Dominique Vellard) and the medieval harp (Heidrun Rosenzweig) at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland, taking part in various medieval, renaissance and baroque projects. In the years 2001-2006 she studied voice with Stefan Haselhoff in Basle. In 2010 she completed a Master in Advanced Vocal Ensemble Studies (summa cum laude) with Anthony Rooley and Evelyn Tubb at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. During her voice studies she attended various lectures at the Musicological Institute at the Basel University. After finishing her vocal education at the Schola Cantorum in 2001, she took postgraduate studies in Musicology working on early medieval notation, style and performance practice with such scholars as Prof. Wulf Arlt and Prof. Joseph Willimann. Apart from her musicological studies, she was able to develop her early interest in Germanic languages by attending the Norse Philology faculty, taking courses in Old Norse language and literature as well as modern Norwegian and Icelandic. From 2001-2004 she was employed as an Assistant at the Microfilm Archive of the Musicological Institute of Basel University, using its rich working facilities for her practical work as a medieval music performer.

At present, Agnieszka Budzińska-Bennett belongs to the research team of Schola Cantorum Basiliensis working on the Schweizer Nationalfonds/Swiss National Science Foundation project “The Reconstruction of Performing Conventions in Aquitanian Repertories of the 11th-13th Centuries” (in cooperation with Corpus Monodicum project at the University of Würzburg) Agnieszka Budzinska is the co-founder and the spiritus movens of Basel-based ensemble Peregrina, specializing in early medieval vocal music. This young dynamic ensemble has already been invited to many important festivals in Switzerland and abroad. The group’s recordings (Mel et lac/Raumklang 2005, Filia praeclara/Divox 2008, Crux/Glossa 2010, Sacer Nidus/Raumklang 2011, Veiled Desires/Raumklang 2012 and Cantrix/Raumklang 2013) have already received the critical acclaim in the international press and numerous awards such as the prestigious ECHO-KLASSIK 2009, Goldberg 5* (Spain), Supersonic Pizzicato (Luxembourg), a.o. Agnieszka also sings in Germany, France, Belgium, Great Britain, Island, Italy, Luxembourg, Spain, Austria, Czech Republic, Estonia and Poland with diverse groups such as ensemble Dragma, ensemble Perlaro, the Ferrara Ensemble adn ensemble Slowo (Basel), Flores Rosarum (Poland), Ensemble Orlando (Fribourg) and the orchestras La Cetra (Basel), Accademia dell’Arcadia or Arte dei Suonatori (Poland). She’s a member of ensemble Perlaro with which in 2007 she went on tour to China and won 5 Diapasons for the group’s first recording (Sotto l’imperio/PanClassics, 2009) Agnieszka Budzinska made her successful theater debut as Amor and Valletto in the production of Claudio Monteverdi's "L'incoronazione di Poppea" (with Barockorchester La Cetra; mus. dir. Konrad Junghänel; dir. Nigel Lowery) in the 2003/2004 season at Theater Basel. She also appeared as Barbara Sommer in the premiere of Andreas Pflüger’s contemporary opera “Mord in St. Johann” in Basel in 2009.

Her pedagogical activities include teaching Gregorian chant and early music history at the Musikhochschule Trossingen (D), giving medieval music courses at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Leipzig and the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, guest lectures at the Poznań University and Tartu University and various other courses on early music performance practice in Switzerland, France and Poland. Her passion for languages allows her to fluently speak English, Italian and German (Diplomas: Certificate of Proficiency in English, University of Cambridge 1996 and Certificazione di Italiano come Lingua Straniera CILS 3, Universita di Siena 2005); she's also able to communicate sufficiently in French and Russian and has a good orientation in Middle Latin, langue d'oc, Old French and various ancient Germanic languages.

Agnieszka has been constantly praised for her passionate performances (including a solo recital with medieval laments and the “Ultima thule” programme with Icelandic music of the Middle Ages presented in Switzerland, Germany, Poland, Spain and Iceland) and the careful way of preparing Peregrina’s programmes which has secured her the respectable place among musicologists and early music performers alike.
Most important appearances
Voix et Route Romane 2014, Eschau 2014 (F)
Musik zum Heilig-Kreuz Binningen 2014, 2013 (CH)
Musik in der Klosterkirche Muri 2014, 2011, 2007, 2004 (CH)
Muzyka w Starym Krakowie 2014 (PL)
Klosterkirche Königsfelden 2014 (CH)
Domo Musicale, Zamora Cathedral 2014 (solo recital) (ES)
Internationale Tage für mittelalterliche Musik Montalbane 2014, 2011, 2004, 2003, 2002 (D)
Freunde Alter Musik Laufenburg/Flissende Grenzen 2014 2008, 2006 (CH/D)
Festival Music Before 1800, New York 2013 (USA)
Misteria Paschalia Krakow 2013, 2012 (PL)
Stunde der Kirchenmusik, Stiftskirche Stuttgart 2013, 2011 (D)
Augustinerkirche Konzerte Zürich 2013 (CH)
Festiwal "Gorczycki in antico e moderno" Bytom 2013 (PL)
Bozar Sundays, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Bruxelles 2013 (B)
Filharmonia Krakowska, Musica da camera, musica da chiesa 2013 (PL)
XXIV Festiwal Muzyki Organowej i Sakralnej ANIMA MUNDI 2013, Kielce (PL)
Festiwal „Fide et amore” Żory 2013 (PL)
Festival Banchetto Musicale, Vilnius 2013 (LT)
Abendmusiken Biel 2013, 2010, 2009 (CH)
Konzertreihe Brugger Abendmusiken 2013, Brugg (CH)
Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum Innsbruck 2012 (A)
Forum Alte Musik St. Gallen 2012 (CH)
Freunde Alter Musik in Basel 2012, 2009, 2006, 2004, 2002 (CH)
Tage Alter Musik Regensburg 2012, 2011 (D)
klangreich alte kirche Romanshorn 2012 (CH)
Abendmusiken in Berner Münster 2012, 2010 (CH)
Recontres Internationales de Musique Médiévale du Thoronet 2012 (F)
Rezekne Festival 2012 (LV)
Cantar di Pietre Lugano 2011, 2010, 2005 (CH)
Festival Les Gouts Reunits Lausanne 2011 (CH)
Benedictine Music Summer Tyniec/ Tuchów/ Staniątki 2011 (PL)
CANTARS 2011 Rheinfelden, Muri, Basel (CH)
Murten-Classics 2010 (CH)
Festival „Muzyka w raju“ Paradyż 2010, 2005 (PL)
La Folia Rougemont 2010, 2002 (CH)
Vokalmusik Entlang der Romanischen Strasse 2010 (D)
Goldberg Festival Gdańsk 2010 (PL)
Starosądecki Festiwal Muzyki Dawnej 2010 (PL)
Mazovia Goes Baroque Warszawa 2010 (PL)
York Early Music Festival 2009 (GB)
Internationale Orgelwochen ION Nürnberg 2009 (D)
Forum Alter Musik Zürich – Festival „Extase und Anbetung“ 2009 (CH)
INNOVANTIQUA Winterthur 2008 (CH)
Ceresio Estate 2008 (CH)
Festival Milano-Torino MITO 2008 (I)
Festival Barokowych Smyczków i Strun Poznań 2008 (PL)
Notti malatestiani Rimini 2008, 2007 (I)
Freunde Alter Musik Laufenburg 2008, 2006 (CH/D)
Konzert Tournée Peking/Guandong 2007 (China)
Festival Europäische Kirchenmusik Schwäbisch Gmünd 2007 (D)
Tage Alter Musik Knechtsteden 2007 (D)
Köthener Bachfesttage 2007 (D)
Festival Portico di Zamora 2007 (ES)
Nox illuminata Basel 2007, 2006, 2005 (CH)
Mariasteiner Konzerte 2007, 2004 (CH)
Freunde Alter Musik in Basel 2009, 2006, 2004, 2002 (CH)
700-Jubiläum St. Klara–Keller Köln 2006 (D)
Königliches Festival Zlata Koruna/Prague 2006 (CZ)
IX Early Music Festival Cieszyn 2006 (PL/CZ)
Festival International de Musique Baroque Mulhouse 2005 (F)
Schüttgen-Konzerte Köln 2005 (D)
Tartu Early Music Festival 2004 (EE)
WDR Nachtmusik Köln 2003 (D)
Berliner Tage Alter Musik 2003, 2002 (D)
Lucerne Festival 2003 (CH)
La Route des Orgue de Moselle 2003 (F)
Musica Antiga, Palma de Mallorca 2002 (ES)
Musique ancienne Arsenal Metz 2001 (F)
Sacrale Muziek Sint-Truiden 2001 (BE)
Festival Euphonia Orlean 2000 (F)
Musik und Kirche Bressanone/Bolzano/Trento 1998 (I)
International Meetings on Drama and Liturgy (MoDaL) 1998, 1997 (PL)
Festiwal Muzyki Jednogłosowej Płock 1997 (PL)
Festiwal "Piesn naszych korzeni" Jarosław 1997 (PL)  
Musica Sacra Wrocław 1997 (PL)
Festiwal Muzyki Dawnej w Krakowie 1997 (PL)
Recordings                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Miracula – Medieval Music for Saint Nicholas, ensemble Peregrina, dir. A. Budzińska-Bennett, Tacet 2014

Königreich des Himmels – Heinrich Laufenberg und die Musik seiner Zeit, ensemble Dragma, Ramée 2014

Abendmusik im Berner Münster (Gregorianik, Hans Buchner, Daniel Glaus), K. Landerkin – Sopran, A. Budzińska-Bennett – Sopran, D. Glaus – Schwalbennestorgel, DRS2/M&S Edition 2013

Cantrix - Medieval Music for St. John the Baptist from the Royal Convents of Sigena (Hospitallers) and Las Huelgas (Cistercians), ensemble Peregrina, dir. A. Budzińska-Bennett, Raumklang 2013

Veiled desires – chanson de nonne, ensemble Peregrina, dir. A. Budzińska-Bennett, Raumklang 2012

Sacer Nidus – Święte Gniazdo, ensemble Peregrina, dir. A. Budzińska-Bennett, Raumklang 2011

Crux – Musik für die Osterzeit, ensemble Peregrina, dir. A. Budzińska-Bennett, Glossa/SCB 2011

E. Duni - Les deux chasseurs et la laitière (1763), Accademia dell'Arcadia, dir. Roberto Balconi, Poznań 2010

Sotto l’imperio del possente prince – Hommage Music of the 14th and early 15th century, ensemble Perlaro, dir. L. Donadini, Panclassics 2010

F. Mendelssohn – Orgelsonaten und geistliche Lieder, Dominique Ritter - Orgel, A. Budzińska-Bennett – Sopran, Sonare Resonare 2010

J. S. Bach – Missae BWV 234 & 235, Ensemble Orlando Fribourg, La Cetra Barockorchester Basel, dir. Laurent Gendre, Claves 2009

Filia praeclara – Musik aus Klarissenklöstern des 13. und 14. Jhts., ensemble Peregrina, dir. A. Budzińska-Bennett/K. Landerkin, Divox/SCB 2008

Musica sacra – Muzyka Benedykta Cichoszewskiego, Accademia dell’Arcadia, dir. M. Toporowski, Poznań 2006

Mel et Lac – Marianische Gesänge des 12. Jahrhunderts/Twelfth-Century Songs for the Virgin, ensemble Peregrina, Raumklang/DRS 2/SCB Edition 2005

Musique Russe Baroque, ensemble Syntagma, dir. A. Danilevski, Arion/P. Verany 2002

Muzyka Jagiellonów (Rękopis Krasińskich., 15. Jh.), Ars Nova, dir. J. Urbaniak, Travers Edition 2001
Publications Musica fatta spirituale. Aquilinio Coppini’s contrafacta of Monteverdi’s Fifth Book of Madrigals, in: Interdisciplinary Studies in Musicology, Poznań 2012

Subtilitas w motecie ars antiqua. Tekst – kontekst – intertekst, PTPN Poznań 2012

Wizje Jeruzalem w sekwencji Hildegardy z Bingen i w anonimowych łacińskich pieśniach z XII-wiecznej Akwitanii („Visions of Jerusalem in a Sequence by Hildegard von Bingen and in anonymous Latin Aquitanian Songs of the 12th Century“), in: Olimp – ideał, doskonałość, absolut, ed. M. Ciesla-Korytowska, Uniwersytet Jagielloński, Kraków 2013