In the media - Karol emerges stronger

24 September 2010

Music performance student Karol Kowalik and his Orava String Quartet made it through to the final round of the Musica Viva Award for Chamber Music.

The quartet has been playing together for four years and is comprised of Kowalik and his siblings Daniel and Sylwia, plusThomas Chawner.

The group did not win, but Karol told the Campbelltown Advertiser: "It was a good experience to play in that kind of environment. Very challenging, but at the end of the day you always come through a stronger performer."

Karol has been playing the cello since he was seven.

"At the moment I'm studying so many different aspects and fields of music," he said. "I'm eager to learn and improve my playing and just make the most of every opportunity that comes around.

"Playing and learning is what keeps me happy right now. For me it's such a pity that classical music is not more widely celebrated in Australia.

"I think some people are intimidated and think that classical music is for snobs, but it's not and I want to educate people and show them how much it has to offer.

"I just love playing; it's always satisfying when the audience is really blown away."

On completing his degree, Karol plans to pursue a career in music and undertake a masters abroad.

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