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Voice Laboratory

Workshop with Olga Szwajgier


Mon–Tue 18–19 April 2016, 9:00–13:00

Na Grobli Studio, Studio Space

The workshop will be conducted in Polish


Contact and application
Please email your completed application form by 3 April 2016 to Ewelina Sochacka at Please include in the subject of the email ‘VoicEncounters workshops’ followed by the name of the chosen workshop. We will get back to you by 5 April 2016. The number of places is limited.


Fee: 50 EUR



The aim of the workshop is to inspire participants to explore their hidden voice potential, rebuild self-confidence, learn tolerance and self-acceptance, and to use their mistakes as ‘great masters’ on the way to improvement.

The workshop includes lectures, voice exercises and relaxation; it offers know-how on the links between body parts and energy centres; and involves work with the body and imagination.

We particularly invite singers, actors, musicians, instrumentalists, those who sing or want to sing, those whose work involves using their voice, and all those interested in personal development and extending their skill set. Previous workshop participants are very welcome.



Olga Szwajgier teaches at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Kraków (PWST). She is the only person in the world who has extended her voice range from four to six octaves and can sing near the limits of human hearing. In 1970, she graduated from the State Higher School of Music in Kraków. In addition to composing her own music she writes lyrics and directs her concerts (in 2002, she first performed her piece Julius at Carnegie Hall). Since 1976 Olga Szwajgier has performed at all the major festivals of contemporary music in Poland, Italy, France, Greece, Germany, Mexico, Austria, Sweden, South Korea, China and Israel. She sings classical, popular and experimental music. In 1981, she became a member of Muzyka Centrum Art Society. In 1989, she was awarded a Cultural Doctorate in Philosophy by the World University Roundtable (Benson, Arizona). In 1991, she was the only artist from the Central and Eastern Europe to perform at the special gala to commemorate the Century of Carnegie Hall in New York. In the same year, the International Biographical Centre in Cambridge named her Woman of the Year 1991/92, and in 1992 the American Biographical Institute declared her Woman of the Year 1992 and Most Admired Woman of the Decade. In 1993, the London Institute for Applied Research awarded her a Doctor of Music, and the Australian Institute for Co-ordinated Research conferred on her the Honorary Doctor of Musicology degree. In 2000, the International Music Congress in Stuttgart hosted her as Voice Phenomenon. In 2005, in Berlin, as part of the celebrations of the Year of Albert Einstein, she performed in The Speed of Light, an opera composed by Christian Steinhäuser and Mathias Baumhof, inspired by Einstein’s theory of relativity and her extreme vocal range.

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