An award-winning Dr. Iwona Glinka is a soloist, educator, recording artist, orchestral and chamber musician, and leading performer of new and experimental music. She founded the Phasma-Music Ensemble in 2016, where she currently serves as the artistic director in addition to playing many concerts a year as an ensemble member. She has given dozens of solo recitals with classical and contemporary repertoire and has appeared as Principal Flautist with orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout America, Europe and Asia. She has developed a great interest in New Music, which since 1994 has resulted in over one hundred world premières of works by Australian, Belgian, British, Canadian, Greek, German, Polish, and US composers, more than one hundred of them commissioned by and written especially for her.
Iwona Glinka was born in Kwidzyn, Poland. At the age of 18, she graduated from the Music Lyceum in Gdansk with a Flute Diploma (Highest Distinction). She continued her studies at the Music Academy of Gdansk, Poland. She graduated from the Academy in 1994 with the degree of Master of Music in Performance (flute). Between 1991 and 1994, on the Baloise Holding Scholarship, she attended the Summer Courses with Peter-Lukas Graf at the Music Academy in Lenk, Switzerland. In 1992, on a scholarship from the Mayor of the City of Darmstadt in Germany, she attended the Ferienkurse für Neue Musik where she studied with Pierre-Yves Artaud. In 1996 there followed a further period of studies at the Accademia Internationale Superiore di Musica in Biella, Italy, again with Peter-Lukas Graf and later at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris, France, with Pierre-Yves Artaud.
Since 1995, Iwona Glinka has made Athens, Greece, her second home. In 2015, she relinquished her position with the Athens Symphony Orchestra and Hellenic Contemporary Music Ensemble to pursue a more active solo career after 20 years as an ensemble member and an orchestral musician. She currently divides her time between her family home in Piraeus and Kwidzyn.
Iwona Glinka is the first-prize winner in the International Moscow Music Online-Competition 2020, the 2019 International Quebec Music Competition, the Salzburg and Amsterdam Grand Prize Virtuoso International Music Competition 2019, the Rome Grand Prize Virtuoso International Music Competition 2018, the IMKA International Internet Music competition 2018 and she received the Most Distinguished Artist Prize & Special Mention at the IBLA Grand Prize Competition 2017. In addition to touring on a regular basis, she was chosen as a featured performer: for The International Conference “Research Hands-on Flute” (2017, Aveiro, Portugal), the National Flute Association Convention (2016, San Diego, USA), the Canadian Flute Association Convention (2015, Toronto, Canada) 5th and 10th Sacred Music of Patmos (2005 and 2010, Greece), Electro Media Works (2008, Athens, Greece), International James Galway Flute Festival (2007, Weggis, Switzerland), 3rd and 4th Mediterranean Contemporary Music Days (2005 and 2006, Istanbul, Turkey), 3rd Flute Festival (2006, Madison, USA), Archanes Festival (2002, Greece), Days of Contemporary Music (2002, Athens, Greece), Schoenberg Festival (2001, Athens, Greece), International Flute Festival (1997, Rome, Italy), International Computer Music Conference (1997, Thessaloniki, Greece).
She received major grants to the commission, to record, and to perform new works the Costopoulos Foundation (2020, 2017, 2013, Greece), the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland (2020), the Norwegian Society of Composers (2017), the Adam Mickiewicz Institute Polish Culture Around the World (2015, 2016, Poland), the Britten-Pears Foundation (2012, UK), the RVW Trust Foundation (2012, UK), the Alberta Foundation for the Arts (2012, Canada).
Iwona Glinka has recorded extensively and appears on a dozen CDs available on the European, Canadian, and US labels such as Sarton Records, Universal, BMG, Auris Subtilise, Centaur Records, Irida, Magni, Legend, Phasma Music, and others.
In 2020 her album ZAYIN won the CLOUZINE International Music Awards Fall 2020 (Best Contemporary Album), TWO MINUTES for solo flute won the Global Music Award -Silver Double Medal – Outstanding Achievement (Contemporary Classical and Album) and NIGHT VISIONS was nominated for the 18th Annual Independent American Music awards (Contemporary classical).
In 2019 her albums: WAW won the CLOUZINE International Music Awards Fall 2019 (Best Contemporary Album), the Akademia Music Awards – Music Award of Excellence (Flautist and Album), NIGHT VISIONS won the Global Music Award – Gold Triple Medal – Awards of Excellence (Composer, New release and Album) and was chosen Best of Best Top Albums of Fall 2019 by Global Music Awards, TWO MINUTES for two flutes won the Global Music Award -Silver Double Medal – Outstanding Achievement (Contemporary Classical and Instrumentalists).
In 2018 her CD album PROGRESSIONS won the CLOUZINE International Music Awards Fall 2018 (Best Contemporary Album), the Akademia Music Awards – Music Award of Excellence (Composer, Flautist and Album), the Global Music Award – Gold Triple Medal – Awards of Excellence (Composer, Flautist and Album) and was nominated for the International Classical Music Awards – ICMA 2018 (Contemporary Music).
In 2018 her CD albums ALEPH and GIMEL won the Global Music Award – Gold Double Medal – Awards of Excellence ( Flautist and Album) and the Global Music Award -Silver Double Medal – Outstanding Achievement (Contemporary Classical and Instrumentalists), respectively.
In 2017 her CD album ONE MINUTE won the Global Music Award -Silver Double Medal – Outstanding Achievement (Contemporary Classical and Album).
In May 2009, she obtained a Doctor of Philosophy in Music Performance (flute) from the Academy of Music in Cracow, Poland, for her dissertation on and a recital of Brian Ferneyhough’s complete flute music. In 2012, she was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy in Musicology by the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece, for her research on contemporary Greek music for solo flute.
Dr Iwona Glinka is a Yamaha Artist – playing on 14K gold Yamaha Flute 977H, Alto Flute, Bass Flute and Piccolo.
Iwona Glinka is a superb flutist and musician whose pure, silvery tone will lift the spirits of the most jaded listener.
David DeBoor Canfield / FANFARE MAGAZINE / May-June 2017
Glinka has gained a substantial reputation, in Europe especially but essentially worldwide, for her devotion to new and experimental music. In addition to years of playing in orchestras and chamber ensembles, she has been a tireless recitalist, promoting the music she has discovered and often inspired. Since 2015, she has resigned from orchestral playing—she was principal in the Athens Symphony—and is concentrating on her advocacy. This project, and several other discs released in the last couple of years, are part of the result of that new focus. Her performances are imaginative and committed, her technique always equal to the often considerable demands of the music.
Ronald E. Grames / FANFARE MAGAZINE / Nov-Dec 2017
Glinka has perfect mastery over the arsenal of pops, buzzes, and squeaks that has been amassed over the past century or so.
Joe Cadagin / FANFARE MAGAZINE / Nov-Dec 2017
Glinka’s performance is impeccably clean yet mightily expressive. … magnificently sensitive, while the recording captures every single nuance.
Glinka has the remarkable ability to honor the basic emotion of each and every piece, as this juxtaposition demonstrates so clearly.
Colin Clarke / FANFARE MAGAZINE / Nov-Dec 2017
… Glinka’s superb legato line the playful “The Dance” that follow is sprightly.
Colin Clarke / FANFARE MAGAZINE / May-June 2017
In “Projection for Flute Alone,” a first-class exercise in the uses of “bent” notes, multiphonics, and other modernities, composer Panayiotis Liaropoulos seemed equally smitten with the flute as it has existed everywhere, from high-art to “primitive” …. Iwona Glinka gave it a stunning performance.
Richard Buell, The Boston Globe
Her musicality and utter control of subtle nuances revealed a sophisticated musician of great taste.
Carlo Vincetti Frizzo, Composer USA
… simply brilliant …
Avant-garde & Beyond, CJSR Radio 88.5 FM (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)
2021 CD Lament for Theodore Antoniou Vol.1-3, Phasma Music 031-033
2021 CD Teth, Phasma Music 023
2021 CD Yodh, Phasma Music 022
2020 CD Colours-Metamorphoses, Phasma Music 017
2020 CD Heth, Phasma Music 015
2020 CD Zayin, Phasma Music 013
2020 CD WITOLD SZALONEK Composers’ Competition, Phasma Music 011
2019 CD Four Minutes, Phasma Music 012
2019 CD Two Minutes for solo flute, Phasma Music 008
2019 CD Waw, Phasma Music 006
2019 CD He, Phasma Music 005
2018 CD Two Minutes for two flutes, Phasma Music 004
2018 CD Daleth, Phasma Music 003
2018 CD Gimel, Phasma Music 002
2017 CD Progressions, Sarton 025-2
2017 CD One Minute, Sarton 024-2
2016 CD Songs for Epirus, Centaur
2016 CD Beth, Sarton 019-2
2016 CD Aleph, Sarton 019-2
2014 2CDs Theodore Antoniou, CD Baby 2015
2014 CD Jazz Flute Moods, Phasma Music 2014/0001
2011 2CDs Akis Baltas: Musical moments, Irida 008
2011 2CDs Kostis Kakavelakis, Auris Subtilus
2010 CD Kostas Varnalis: …rising on soundwaves, Fabelsound 978-960-99160-1-1
2010 CD Balkanica, FM records B004GNEIDC
2007 CD Thanos Mikroutsikos: Works for flute, Legend 2201655652
2005 3CDs Athens Symphony Orchestra: Works for symphony orchestra, FM records 1584
2004 CD LSU Composers Forum Series, MP-0003
2003 CD Dinos Constantinides: Concerto for piccolo, Magni MP-0004
2003 2CDs Iwona Glinka: Music for solo flute, Magni MP-0002
2001 2CDs Savvorama, Mercury 016644 2
2000 CD Nikiforos Nevrakis: Compositions, Nevrakis
2000 CD Evangelos Kokkoris: La nostalgie du silence, Lyra ML 0700
2000 CD Georges Tsouyopoulos: Serenata, Athens Music Society 9 011
1999 2CDs Marinella me varka…, BMG