82 Degrees represents the confluence of two nations;
a crossroads between the rich cultures of Britain and Poland.
Innovative in their approach to performance, they explore
the expressive limits of the violin and cello on period instruments.
Ada and Mark first met in London in 2015. They have performed many major solo concertos by the great baroque masters, including works by Vivaldi, Bach, Telemann and Corelli. Since forming the duo in 2018, they have given recitals in Battersea, Dulwich and Warwick, and have further recitals planned for 2019.
Ada Maria Witczyk
Since her solo debut at the age of eleven, Ada's career has seen her perform widely in her homes of London and Poland in a broad range of styles. She performs all music from baroque to contemporary and is no stranger to the modern or period violin having performed with the Gabrieli Consort, The English Concert, St. James' Baroque and Florilegium to name a few. Since then she has performed in such venues as Buckingham Palace, the Royal Festival Hall, Barbican Centre, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Cadogan Hall, Windsor Castle, the Royal Albert Hall, Palazzo Pallavicini-Rospigliosi and the Royal Opera House, amongst others.
She has won several prizes at international violin competitions, including an Honourable Mention at the Greater Poland Music Competition and at the Polish Forum of Young Instrumentalists. Together with pianist Inna Montesclaros (appearing as 'Nox Duo') they won 3rd prize at the Rising Stars Grand Prix - International Music Competition in Berlin.
Ada was awarded the Star Award by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, the Margot MacGibbon Award, the Anthony Edward Brookes Award and the Belsize Leader Scholarship to lead and perform solo with the orchestra during artistic seasons 2016/2017 & 2017/2018.
She was also generously supported by the Henry Wood Trust, Stephen Bell Charitable Trust and Grabowski Foundation.
Ada has played at many prestigious festivals including recent performances of Sinfonia concertante by G.B. Viotti for 2 violins with Simon Standage during 26th English Haydn Festival and leading Ensemble OrQuesta during Grimeborn Opera Festival 2019.
Born in Poland in 1993 Ada studied at SM of T. Szeligowski in Gorzow Wlkp. with Joachim Wrobel and POSM of M. Karlowicz in Poznan with Wojciech Malinski before moving to UK for furher studies. Since then Ada’s teachers have included Itzhak Rashkovsky, Michal Cwizewicz and Catherine Martin at the Royal College of Music and Levon Chilingirian and Simon Standage at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Ada plays a 18th century Cremonese violin kindly on loan from the Harrison Frank Foundation and 1770 Nicolas Augustin Chappuy violin made in Paris.
Whilst a student at the University of Birmingham, Mark was given the opportunity to play cello continuo in a production of J.S. Bach’s St John Passion directed by Richard Tunnicliffe. This performance sparked a passion for historically-informed performance which in turn led to baroque cello studies with Richard Tunnicliffe and Imogen Seth-Smith.
An accomplished choral singer, Mark’s passion for vocal music further enhanced his continuo playing and in 2011 he was invited to perform with the European Opera Centre in their tour of Rameau’s Dardanus. Since then Mark has been able to gain further experience through regular performances with the London-based baroque ensemble, Belsize Baroque, with whom he played the Vivaldi Cello Concerto in B minor in 2017.
In 2016 Mark was a bursary student on the baroque course at Dartington International Summer School,and was invited to attend as a bursary student again in 2018. Mark now works regularly with the Musical and Amicable Society, with whom he performed Porpora’s Agrippina at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham in 2017.
Mark currently plays on a baroque cello by David Rubio, kindly loaned to him by David Winfield, for which he is most grateful.