Iwona Sobotka achieved instant international acclaim as Grand Prix winner of the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition of Belgium in 2004. Other awards include first prizes at the East & West Artists International Auditions in New York, the Warsaw Polish Art Song Competition and the Paderewski Competition in Bydgoszcz.
Ms. Sobotka has performed all over Europe, in the Americas, and Japan, visiting such prestigious venues as the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Konzerthaus, Carnegie Hall, Salle Pleyel, Royal Albert Hall, Wigmore Hall and Suntory Hall.
In the 2007/2008 season Ms. Sobotka made her début at the Opéra national de Paris as Ygraine in Paul Dukas’ Ariane et Barbe-Bleue. The same production toured Japan in summer 2008. The following season she returned to Paris as First Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and also made her first appearance with the Polish National Opera in Warsaw as Zuzia in Moniuszko’s Verbum Nobile. She was invited to sing the main role Vespina in Haydn’s L’infedeltà delusa in Milan and Munich and created the title role in Stanislaw Moniuszko’s Halka at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival.
Ms. Sobotka is widely acknowledged for her interpretations of Polish vocal repertoire – in particular the works of Karol Szymanowski. In 2004, she contributed to a complete collection of his songs released by the Dutch label Channel Classics. On a subsequent release for EMI Classics in 2006, performs Songs of a Fairytale Princess with Sir Simon Rattle and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. She also has recorded Szymanowski’s orchestral songs for Polish Radio with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra. Last season she participated in a ‘Szymanowski Focus’ at London’s Wigmore Hall curated by Piotr Anderszewski.
Recent notable debuts include return to Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival as Liu in Puccini Turandot, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Mahler 8th) in Royal Albert Hall and Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin (Haydn Missa in angustiis d-moll) in Berlin Philharmonic Concert Hall. She has also recorded Deutsche Motette by Richard Strauss with Rundfunkchor Berlin which will be released later this year. Ms Sobotka appeared also at the Le Folle Journee de Nantes, Musical Olympus and is regularly invited to the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern where she was awarded 2007 audience prize.
Ms. Sobotka graduated from the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw and continued her studies with renowned artist and pedagogue Tom Krause at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía in Madrid.