Justyna Jablonska’s music experience goes beyond the classical repertoire, in which she holds a Masters Degree from RNCM, taught by Peter Dixon (Principal Cello, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra). Since her appearance at the Lucerne Festival Academy in 2014, where her focus was on contemporary music (working with Sir Simon Rattle, Barbara Hannighan, Matthias Pintcher) she went on to study privately with Paris’ Ensemble Intercontemporain cellist - Eric-Maria Couturier. Her journey with Lucerne Festival led to ongoing performances as part of Lucerne Festival Alumni, which she thoroughly enjoys. Justyna is delighted to have released her debut album -Karmana - with guitarist Simon Thacker, which presents Thacker’s diverse works for cello and guitar, funded by Creative Scotland.
Together with Simon Thacker and Masha Natanson, Justyna succeeded in being part of the prestigious Made in Scotland showcase at the 2016 Edinburgh Festival with remarkable Songs of the Roma programme, which also was supported generously by Creative Scotland.
Before doing her Master's Degree in Manchester, she completed a first class BMus(Hons) degree at Edinburgh Napier University with the Edinburgh Quartet’s Mark Bailey in 2010. She also furthered her studies privately with Hannah Roberts. In 2011 Justyna was awarded a prestigious scholarship from the Aldeberska Trust in Gothenburg, Sweden, which enabled her to study at the Swedish National Orchestra Academy.
In August 2015 Justyna returned to the Lucerne Festival Academy, where she was performing alongside the members of the Ensemble Intercomtemporain, conductor Matthias Pintcher and violinist Isabelle Faust.
In 2014 Justyna premiered Simon Thacker's new large scale guitar and cello duo Karmana at the Sound Festival in Aberdeen and will be touring it throughout 2014, before recording it for release in 2016, which was generously sponsored by Creative Scotland.
Justyna has been the recipient of numerous scholarships from The Waddell Trust in Edinburgh, as well as the RNCM scholarship and the Scholarship of The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland.
Notable solo performances include: Haydn C Major Cello Concerto in St. Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh; J.C. Bach Concerto in C minor with the H. Wieniawski Symphony Orchestra, Lodz, Poland; Popper Spinlied for the Ian Tomlin Academy of Music 40th Anniversary Showcase concert at Greyfriars Kirk in Edinburgh; Faure Bercause in St. Giles Cathedral and Stockbridge Parish Church, Edinburgh; numerous solo and piano accompanied recitals throughout Poland, Austria and the UK.
Justyna’s extensive and varied chamber performances include: Edward McGuire’s Guest Quintet with the Edinburgh Quartet; cello and guitar duo at the Queen’s Hall; Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel for chamber ensemble at St James Cavalier, Malta; Edinburgh Napier University Contemporary Music Ensemble at the Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh; Experimental Musicians Ensemble with Catherine Marwood (Hebrides Ensemble) at St. Mark’s Artspace, Edinburgh.
Justyna has given many orchestral performances, notably with the Edinburgh Napier University Chamber Orchestra (as principal cellist), RNCM Symphony and Opera Orchestras and the Orchestra of the Swedish National Orchestral Academy (as principal).
Festival performances include the International Summer Music Course in Lancut in Poland, Academia Allegro Vivo Festival in Austria, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Edinburgh Jazz Festival.
Justyna plays on a copy of Giovanni Grancino made by Grzegorz Bobak.