Born in 1982 in Lublin, Poland, Lena started playing violin at the age of 7. She obtained her MA degree with distinction from the Poznan Academy of Music in 2006 studying with Prof. Marcin Baranowski, and continued her PGDip studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she studied with Prof. Erich Gruenberg. During her time at the Academy, Lena was a finalist of the Ricci Foundation Competition and a winner of the RAM Sir Arthur Bliss competition. Having graduated with First Class Honors in 2008, Lena pursued a busy orchestral career. She was a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra and the Verbier Festival Orchestra, and guested with the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. In 2010 Lena was appointed Sub-Principal First Violin with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra where she stayed until 2016. She currently holds the position of Associate Principal First Violin with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Since 2011 she has also been a member of Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. Highlights of her time in the CBSO and BCMG have included numerous performances at the BBC Proms, Wigmore Hall and the Luzerne Festival. In 2013 Lena was granted a 2-year sabbatical to complete a DMA (Doctor of Musical Arts) degree at Northwestern University (Evanston, IL), studying Violin Performance with Prof. Gerardo Ribeiro. During her time at NU she was a first-prize winner at the Cliff Dwellers Arts Foundation String Competition, a third-prize winner at the Thaviu String Competition, and the winner of The NU Concerto Competition. In Nov 2014 she was the soloist for Szymanowski’s First Violin Concerto, performed with the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Victor Yampolsky. In April 2015 Lena was one of only four NU students to perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, as part of The Conservatory Project 2015.