Olivia Kowalik is 19 years old and is currently studying at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. She started playing the violin since the age of 4 with her father Zdzisław Kowalik, and is currently learning with Janet Davies. Over the past 15 years, she has been involved and won prizes in numerous Eisteddfods and competitions for violin, including Ewa Malewicz competition in 2015, Sydney and Wollongong Eisteddfod, Kuringai Concerto Competition, and was also a semifinalist in the Kendall Violin Competition in 2018 and 2020.
She is currently concertmaster of L’estro Armonico String Orchestra, and has also been involved in the National Music Camp and Young Symphonists with the Australian Youth Orchestra, and in 2011 she participated in the Rising Stars Program at the Conservatorium. In 2017 she also performed as a soloist with the City Steel Strings as a result of winning first place in Wollongong Eisteddfod, and also performed as a soloist on both the violin and the piano in the Melbourne Polart Festival in 2015. Being one of the youngest members of the Kowalik family, she aims to follow the footsteps of her older siblings who are in one of Australia’s leading ensembles, the Orava Quartet. She hopes to pursue her dream as a professional musician and continues to seek opportunities in the world of music.
Principal Second Violin, Sydney Youth Orchestras – 2021
Concertmaster of L’estro Armonico String Orchestra – 2021
National Music Camp and Young Symphonists with the Australian Youth Orchestra
Bachelor of Music Performance (Violin) Sydney Conservatorium of Music
Won: Ewa Malewicz Competition 2015
Won: Sydney and Wollongong Eisteddfod, Kuringai Concerto Competition
Semifinalist: Kendall Violin Competition in 2018 and 2020.
Performed with the City Steel Strings in 2017 as a result of winning first place in Wollongong Eisteddfod
Performed as a soloist on both the violin and the piano in the Melbourne Polart Festival in 2015.