Music Director

Magdalena Garabalinski

Born in Poland, violinist Magdalena Garbalinska begun to study violin at the age of six. Her performing career started at the age of seven upon her enrollment at the State School of Music in Szczecin, Poland. Two years later, she won the second prize at the Youth Violin Competition in Szczecin. She was also a special prize winner at the prestigious Violin Seminars in Gdansk, Poland. Magdalena has performed extensively throughout Poland, as well as in Finland, Germany, Belgium, Holland and the U.S. She frequently appears as a soloist and chamber musician at festivals such as the Sarasota Chamber Music Festival, Bowdoin International Festival, and Encore in the U.S., Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival in Finland, Lehrte Seminars in Germany, and the Lancut and Gdansk Festivals in Poland. Her most recent performances include recitals at New York City's Bechestein Hall, WMP Concert Hall and Lefrak Concert Hall in Flushing. She also appeared as a soloist with the Queens College Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Charles Neidich and with the Queens College Symphony performing Sergei Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 2. Ms. Garbalinska is a recipient of the Arthur Balsam Chamber Music Award for her work with her piano trio. In addition, she was chosen to perform in masterclasses of many distinguished artists such as Pamela Frank, Ani Kavafian, Mauricio Fuchs, Robert Levin, James Buswell, Michelle Kim and members of the Ying, Miami and Emerson Quartets.

As an experienced violin teacher, Ms. Garbalinska was the violin teaching assistant to Prof. Renata Knific at Western Michigan University, a violin faculty at Crescendo Academy of Music in Kalamazoo, MI and she has taught violin programs at NYC public schools. She has been an instructor and conductor of NYLSO since 2007. Magdalena is a graduate of the F. Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw and CUNY Queens College in Flushing, NY, where she studied with Daniel Phillips of the Orion Quartet. Currently she is a student of Patinka Kopec at Manhattan School of Music in NYC.