Born in 1983 in Kraków, Alicja Smietana is Assistant Concertmaster of the Oxford Philharmonic. Winner of numerous competitions and awards, Alicja studied at the Kraków Academy of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Kronberg Academy where her teacher was Christian Tetzlaff. Alicja has performed as a soloist and chamber musician with many of the world’s greatest musicians including Gideon Kremer, Nigel Kennedy, Martha Argerich, Simon Rattle and Gustavo Dudamel. In 2010, she was asked by Nigel Kennedy to become a co-artistic director of his new Orchestra of Life, with which she has also performed in the most renowned halls including the Berlin, Cologne and Munich Philharmonies, the Palais des congrès de Paris and the Royal Festival Hall. Alicja plays a magnificent Camillus Camilli violin dated 1740 with a Jean Persoit bow thanks to Mr Nigel Brown and the Stradivari Trust.