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,

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 LUDWIGSlagwerk 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.

Currently, Marianna is working on a new piece by Aurélie Lierman that will be premiered by But What About Ensemble during Gaudeamus Muziekweek 2018.

Selected Projects

20th century/contemporary

Konzerthaus, Dortmund (DE), December 2017

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

Raadhuis, Hilversum (NL), September 2014
Dekmantel Festival, Amsterdam (NL), August 2017
Zuiderstrandtheater, Den Haag (NL), March 2015

November Music Festival, Den Bosch (NL), November 2014

Muziekgebouw aan’t IJ, Amsterdam (NL), January 2014

Nationale Opera en Ballet, Amsterdam (NL), March 2014
1st Prize at Grote Kamermuziekprijs, De Doelen, Rotterdam (NL), March 2016
Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Utrecht (NL), September 2017

Korzo Theater, Den Haag (NL), June 2016

Koninklijk Conservatorium, Den Haag (NL), May 2016


Muziekgebouw aan’t IJ, Amsterdam (NL), February 2018

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

Académie Bach, Arques-la-Bataille (FR), August 2016

Festival de Saintes, Saintes (FR), July 2016

Utrecht Early Music Festival, Utrecht (NL), September 2015
Musikinstrumenten-Museum, Berlin (DE), December 2017

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

Voorwaarts Maart/En Avant Mars, Gent (BE), March 2017
MA Early Music Festival, Brugge (BE), August 2016

Utrecht Early Music Festival, Utrecht (NL), August 2015


Festiwal Folkowy Polskiego Radia Nowa Tradycja, Warsaw (PL), May 2017
On Wings! Festival, Groningen (NL), June 2016

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

Made in Chicago Festival, Poznań (PL), November 2014

Chicago Jazz Festival, Chicago (US), September 2011

Cyprus Archeological Museum, Nicosia (CY), July 2014
Museumnacht, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (NL), October 2013