Paulina Marta Kulesza (1990, Ostrow-Mazowiecka, Poland) started her musical studies at the age of 14 with Krzysztof Witkowski, followed by Sławomir Bielski, with whom she studied until 2010 in a Secondary State Music School in Białystok (Poland). While there, she won both the 3rd prize and later the Distinction prize at National Saxophone Festival in Przeworsk, a Distinction prize at National Audition for Chamber Music Groups in Wrocław, and a 3rd prize at the III International Competition for woodwind instruments in Wrocław. Paulina is a two-time recipient of the Otwarta Filharmonia Agrafki Muzycznej scholarship for young and talented musicians.
During her study years at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam she has won the 1st prize at the ClariSax Competition in Valenciennes (France), an audition for the Orchestra 1813 (Italy) and receive a scholarship Młoda Polska from Polish Minister of Culture.
After having studied at the renowned Conservatorium van Amsterdam, the musicianship of Paulina has enabled her to play concerts Europe’s most famous venues: Concertgebouw/Amsterdam, Musikverein/Vienna or Konzerthaus/Berlin. Together with the Ebonit Saxophone Quartet she has won numerous prizes at international competitions.
Paulina had the opportiunity to perform with Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by James Gaffigan and twice with Radio Philharmonisch Orkest conducted by James Gaffigan and Markus Stenz. Paulina has participated in many masterclasses including the 2010 and 2012 International Saxophone Week (Amsterdam) and the Contemporary Music Masterclass with Jean-Marie Londeix and Christian Lauba (Amsterdam). Paulina has had the pleasure of receiving lessons from Christian Wirth, Vincent David, Claude Delangle, Jean-Yves Formeau (France), Jan-Schulte- Bunert (Germany), Willem van Merwijk (the Netherlands), Radek Knopp and Paweł Gusnar (Poland).