Biography

Magdalena Oliferko was born in Warsaw in 1981. In her hometown she studied church music at the Frédéric Chopin Music Academy and completed her M.phil. in musicology at the University of Warsaw (2005), awarded for her thesis with the Zofia Lissa prize. Next, she studied organ with Prof. Wolfgang Zerer at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg, where she received her concert and pedagogy diplomas (2010). In 2011 she completed her MA in Specialized Music Performance in the field of historical keyboard instruments at the Hochschule für Alte Musik in Basel, Switzerland, expanding her skills with respect to historical performance practice, ensemble playing and conducting. 2019 she was awarded Ph.D. in musicology with honors from the Université de Genève and the University of Warsaw.

She also studied under the direction of Prof. Lorenzo Ghielmi (organ), Andrea Marcon (maestro al cembalo), Menno van Delft (harpsichord), Rudolf Lutz (improvisation), and Andrzej Banasiewicz (conducting). She participated in numerous master classes in Germany, Switzerland, Holland, Austria and Spain. She has been granted many scholarships, among others Rectors' Conference of the Swiss Universities (CRUS), Société Académique de Genève, Oskar und Vera Ritter Stiftung Hamburg, Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of Poland. She performs regurarely as a soloist, conductor and chamber musician, i.a. with the early music ensemble she founded, Le Jardin d’Eden. Since 2012 she has been the titular organist and since 2016 also the choirmaster at the St. John’s Reformed Church in Bern. She also leads other choirs, i.a. Melos-Chor Bern. Since 2012 she has been a member of Swiss Music Pedagogic Association (SMPV).

In her scientific research she is focused on 19th century music, particularly on Chopin and early music. She is the author of above 50 articles, a book, Fontana i Chopin w listach (Warsaw 2009; English translation Fontana and Chopin in Letters, 2013) and Chopin projects, including a stage performance: Julian Fontana – in Chopin’s Shadow (staged in Warsaw, Hamburg and Paris i.a.). She has contributed entries for the forthcoming Chopin Lexicon (edited by Mieczys┼éaw Tomaszewski). She has presented papers in many European countries and in Cuba. Since 2007, she has been closely associated with The Frederic Chopin Institute in Warsaw, and she is a member of the Musicological Section of The Association of Polish Composers (ZKP).