Marianna Soroka | percussion | historical | contemporary | folk
Classically trained percussionist, looking for inspiration in history, foreign cultures and languages. Marianna Soroka enthusiastically shares her musical skills between contemporary, early and folk music fields, both as a chamber musician and soloist. She is quickly gaining international acclaim especially as a historical percussion player – her contributions have been called ‘exceptionally sensitive’, giving the score ‘added depth and texture’ (Myth illustrated with music: Purcell's King Arthur at the Aldeburgh Festival by Charlotte Valori, 27 June 2017, bachtrack.com).
Born into an artistic family, Marianna was raised in appreciation for fine arts, history and literature. She began her musical education with the piano at the age of 6; a few years later she joined a school choir and performed regularly at the Opera House in her hometown Poznań, Poland. Marianna discovered percussion as a teenager and it immediately became her main musical focus. She first studied at the Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań, and later at the Conservatorio Superior de Música "Eduardo Martínez Torner" in Oviedo, Spain. She then moved to the Netherlands where she studied at the Codarts in Rotterdam and Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague (Master’s degree in Music, 2016). While in the Netherlands, Marianna was introduced to the contemporary music scene, working closely with composers and sound artists such as Yannis Kyriakides and Aurélie Lierman.
Her Master thesis - Between West and East, classical and traditional music. How should a modern percussionist approach early percussion playing? – marked the beginning of Marianna’s research into the influence of traditional music in historically informed percussion performance. She has been studying various traditional and historical instruments, including Middle Eastern frame drums with Zohar Fresco, baroque timpani with Peppie Wiersma and hammered dulcimer, by herself.
Marianna is a founding member of Le Concert d’Apollon New French Baroque Ensemble and a member of the award-winning Mitomani, a multi-style folk group. Since 2015 she has been working with Belgian composerAurélie Lierman, developing repertoire focused on voice and percussion – their piece Kropka na ogonie/Soroka fruwa was selected as a Belgian entry for the ISCM World New Music Days 2017 (Vancouver, Canada). Marianna’s performances include baroque repertoire with Vox Luminis and Concerto Foscari, as well as 20th century and contemporary with LUDWIG, Slagwerk Den Haag and But What About Ensemble (percussion and piano).
She has been playing in Europe, Israel and the US during festivals such as Utrecht Early Music Festival (NL), Holland Festival (NL), Aldeburgh Festival (GB), Festival de Saintes (FR), La Folle Journée (FR), MITO Settembre Musica (IT), Nowa Tradycja (PL), Malta Festival (PL) and Chicago Jazz Festival (US). She recorded CDs with Barbara Hannigan and LUDWIG for Alpha Classics (Crazy Girl Crazy, Grammy 2018 winner) and with Mitomani for PAN Records.
Grand Théâtre de Provence, Aix-en-Provence (FR), December 2017
Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg (DE), December 2017
Wiener Konzerthaus, Vienna (AT), December 2017
Philharmonie, Luxembourg (LU), December 2017
het Concertgebouw, Amsterdam (NL), December 2017
MITO Settembre Musica, Milano (IT), September 2016
MITO Settembre Musica, Torino (IT), September 2016
Recording of CD Crazy Girl Crazy (Alpha Records, 2017), September 2016
November Music Festival, Den Bosch (NL), November 2014
Muziekgebouw aan’t IJ, Amsterdam (NL), January 2014
Korzo Theater, Den Haag (NL), June 2016
Koninklijk Conservatorium, Den Haag (NL), May 2016
Tivoli Vredenburg, Utrecht (NL), February 2018
AMUZ, Antwerpen (BE), February 2018
Klangvokal Festival, Dortmund (DE), June 2017
Aldeburgh Festival, Snape Maltings (GB), June 2017
Festival de Saintes, Saintes (FR), July 2016
Chateau d’Hardelot (FR), June 2016
Festival de Saintes, Saintes (FR), July 2016
Stiftskirche, Wunstorf (DE), August 2017
Gezeitenkonzerte, Sande (DE), August 2017
Neustädter Hof- und Stadtkirche St. Johannis, Hannover (DE), February 2017
Dom St. Petri, Bremen (DE), February 2017
Utrecht Early Music Festival, Utrecht (NL), August 2015
Portuguese Synagogue, Amsterdam (NL), April 2016
Zeeheldentheater, Den Haag (NL), November 2015
Recording of CD Ambigram (PAN Records, 2015), February 2015
IX Festival Internacional de Música „Musiquem Lleida”, Lleida (ES), September 2014
International Jewish Music Festival, Amsterdam (NL), September 2014
Festival Classique, Den Haag (NL), June 2014
Chicago Jazz Festival, Chicago (US), September 2011