Karolina Naziemiec as Violist
KaroliNa as Jazz Vocalist
Karolina Naziemiec is a Polish violist and jazz vocalist known as KaroliNa, who has been performing and teaching in the United States since 2001. She is a recipient of an artistic visa on the recommendation of the American Federation of Musicians, who cited her as being “a violist of extraordinary ability.” Ms. Naziemiec came to the United States for the first time in 2000 at the invitation of The Idyllwild Arts Summer Festival Orchestra in California, for which she twice served as principal violist.
Ms. Naziemiec—the daughter of engineers and amateur musicians—grew up surrounded by music to become the first professional musician in her family. Born in Jedrzejow, Poland, she attended the Szymanowski Music High school in Katowice, then continued her education at the Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, where she studied with Professor M. Marczyk, viola soloist with the National Philharmonic in Warsaw. She received her Master’s Degree in Music Arts/Viola Performance from the Chopin Academy in 2000. Her master’s thesis “Two Faces of Bela Bartok’s Concerto for Viola” — a musical analysis of the differences between two versions of Bartok’s viola concerto — was published by the Hungarian Institute in Warsaw the same year.
Ms. Naziemiec launched her performing career by touring France and Belgium with the Chopin Academy’s Chamber Orchestra. She also toured Japan with the Chopin’s Ladies Strings Orchestra. She received scholarships to attend the International Music Course in Marktoberdorf, Germany; the Verbier Festival and Academy in Switzerland; the International Youth Orchestra’s Spring Festival in Germany; and the Aberdeen International Youth Festival in Scotland, where she was a student of Michael Beeston (member of the Edinburgh Quartet) and reached semi-finals at the International Instrumental Competition.
She has also received awards and artistic support from The Leni Fe Bland Foundation, The Gorecki Foundation, The Maestro Foundation, the city of Sosnowiec (The Extraordinary Award for Talented and Promising People), and twice from the Foundation of Culture and Art in Warsaw. Ms. Naziemiec continued her training by participating in master classes with Yo-Yo Ma, Karen Tuttle, Donald McInnes, Masao Kawasaki, John Waltz, Edith Orloff, and receiving private instruction with Marek Marczyk, Dariusz Korcz, Kurt Lewin, Jerzy Kosmala, Roberto Diaz, Paul Neubauer, Doris Lederer, Carole Mukogawa, Jeffrey Irvine, James Dunham, Ralph Fielding, and Victoria Miskolczy.
She has worked with some of the most distinguished composers and musicians in the world: John Williams, Jan A.P. Kaczmarek, Jorge Calandrelli, Randy Newman, Alf Clausen, Kent Nagano, James Conlon, Gunther Schuller, Arturo Sandoval, Joshua Bell, Gil Shaham, James Newton-Howard, Patrick Williams, Andy Williams, Sue Raney, Bonnie Raitt, Diana Krall, Carmen Bradford, John Corigliano, Randy Newman, Sergio Commissiona, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Jacek Kaspszyk, Larry Livingston, Carl St.Clair, David Zinman, Noreen Green, Burt Bacharach, and Hal David.
She was granted a full scholarship at the University of Southern California, where she attended the Advanced Studies Program in 2001- 2002 and completed the Master of Music in Performance program in 2004. At USC, she studied with Professors Ralph Fielding and Victoria Miskolczy, and took master classes with Professor McInnes. In the US, she has performed with the most prestigious orchestras including The Los Angeles Opera; The Los Angeles Master Chorale; The Long Beach Symphony Orchestra; The Jewish Symphony Orchestra in Los Angeles, California; The American Youth Symphony at Carnegie Hall in New York City and in Los Angeles; and The Aspen Music Festival Orchestra in Aspen, Colorado.
She taught at the California State University, Northridge in 2008-2010, as well as Lincoln Middle School in Santa Monica and Children Music Workshop in Los Angeles in 2007-2013. Ms. Naziemiec become a faculty at the Price College, Los Angeles in 2019.
Currently she serves as a professor at the Pepperdine University, Malibu, music coach for the Junior Chamber Music and provides private instruction in viola, violin, and piano to a wide range of students, from very young children to aspiring professionals. Additionally, she has recorded in scoring sessions at film studios such as Warner Brothers, Fox, Sony, and Paramount. Karolina Naziemiec also performs in Los Angeles as a jazz vocalist.
She recorded her first CD Introduction in 2008, and in 2015, she released Songs of Hope, which was considered for Grammy nomination in 2016. She is interested in and comfortable with all types of music, from classical to jazz, folk, and hip-hop.