Ognisko Polskie invites all kids and parents to Musical Moments for Children. This month Paula Izabella Gorbaņova will perform Paganini and Bach. There will be free delicious Donuts for all donated by Polish Bakery. The event is sponsored by Dr. Gabriela Mercik.
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Paula Gorbanova performs frequently as a soloist, chamber and orchestra musician in several world-renowned concert halls such as the Carnegie Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Berlin Konzerthaus, the Grafenegg Castle in Austria, the Milton Court Concert Hall, LSO-St. Luke’s, Barbican Hall, Royal Festival Hall, St. Peter’s Church in Notting Hill, The Great Guild Hall and St. Peter’s Church in Riga, and the Estonian Academy of Arts Chamber Hall including recitals in Germany, Lithuania, Sweden and France.
Together with the Gorbanoff String Quartet, she has performed in venues such as LSO-St. Luke’s, Drapers’ Hall, Haberdashers’ Hall, Merchant Taylors’ Hall and JerwoodHall. Passionate about education and the outreach of classical music to young children, they have also given educational concerts with recent performances in Lark Halland Yerbury Primary Schools in London and Domène in Isère (France).
Paula was born in October 1997 into the family of ballet dancer Gennady Gorbanev. She began studying the violin at the age of six under Prof. Nelly Sarkisian at Emils Darzins Secondary Music School in Riga. In 2016 she was awarded a scholarship to study with Prof. Jacqueline Ross at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
She has participated in numerous masterclasses with artists such as Friedemann Eichhorn, Eva Binder, Tobias Granmo, Wolfgang Redik, Bartosz Woroch, Simon Rowland-Jones, Adrian Brendel as well as with members from the Chilingirian, Dante, Endellion, and Heath Quartets. Paula has also attended violin teaching seminars with Nicola Benedetti through the Music in Secondary Schools Trust (MiSST).
In 2019 Paula became the ULSA Sonderpreis prize-winner of the Queen Sophie-Charlotte International Violin Competition in Germany. She was the First Prize winner of the Old Masters of Italy For Youth National Competition in 2012 and she has also participated in competitions such as Kloster Schoental International Violin Competition (2017). Paula has been a Talent Unlimited artist since 2017.
She performs on a fine 19th century Italian violin, kindly on loan by Florian Leonhard Fine Violins.
Paula is the recipient of the Wolfson Foundation Instrument Award 2019 that allowed her to purchase a violin bow by Jeans Paulus.
Paula is grateful to Guildhall School of Music and Drama, The Latvian State Culture Capital Foundation, Henry Wood Trust, The Albert Cooper Music Charitable Trust and Talent Unlimited for their generous support.