The daughter of a violinist and an organist, Jolanta Sosnowska comes from a musical background. She graduated from the Karol Szymanowski Music Lyceum and completed her musical education as a violinist at the Fryderyk Chopin Music University in Warsaw, Poland with Mirosław Ławrynowicz and with Sibbi Bernhardsson at the University of Illinois in the United States. Sosnowska participated in numerous masterclasses led by Wolfgang Marschner, Ruggiero Ricci, John Holloway and Giuliano Carmignola. Her interest in historical performance practice led her back to Europe where she studied baroque violin with Ulrike Engel and Gunar Letzbor at the Early Music Department of the Konservatorium Wien (Austria), and later her fascination with contemporary music brought her back to Warsaw where she earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree. Sosnowska has performed as a soloist throughout Europe and also in Japan, Mexico, Peru, Russia and in the USA. As recipient of the special prize at the 2nd H. Biber Competition in St Florian, she was invited to perform solo concerts at Austrian baroque festivals including Resonanzen. She was also the recipient of an award from the Jumpstart Jr. Foundation which enabled her to perform and record in the Concertgebouw chamber hall in Amsterdam.
As part of her collaboration with numerous period music ensembles, Jolanta Sosnowska has performed in the Berliner Konzerthaus, Concertgebouw Bruges, Wiener Konzerthaus, and the National Centre for Performing Arts in Beijing. She has recorded for Austrian Radio (ORF) and TVP (Telewizja Polska S.A.), and labels including Deutsche Grammophon, Sony Classical, Pan Classics and Gramola. She also records in her homeland Poland for the Acte Préalable label, which released her début album featuring world premières of violin works by Zygmunt Noskowski. Her first album on the for-tune label, entitled baRock&Vienna, was released in 2015. Ms Sosnowska is a previous winner of the Paul Rolland Violin Competition and the recipient of the Paul Rolland Award. She has given lectures and taught masterclasses in Poland and in Mexico. She also publishes for the Akademikerverlag Edition in Germany.
Jolanta Sosnowska, personally acquainted with Marian Sawa and dedicatee of many of his works, was given the honour of premièring most of his violin compositions. Fascinated by their dynamism, she chose them as the topic for her doctoral dissertation entitled The Performer’s Creative Role in the Conception of the Violin Works of Marian Sawa, aiming to become a comprehensive and emotionally involved interpreter of his music. She has also provided a printed version of the scores.