Judith Kumfert gradüated from the College of Churchmusik in Herford and the College of Musik and Theatre in Hannover. Opera guest performences and radiorecordings have taken her as a solist throughout Germany and abroad. She devoted herself to solosongs / songrecitals and is a member of the ENSEMBLE FÜR ALTE MUSIK Hannover.

The guitarist Hans Kumfert, the organist Mana Usui as well the pianist Barbara Grzybek have been her duopartners.

Since 1993 she has been passing on her knowledge to students at the University of Bremen.









In 1997, the Bielsko Chamber Orchestra celebrates ist 15th year of artistic activity. The group began working in 1982 under the leadership of composer and conductor Tadeusz Kocyba and current artistic director, Witold Szulakowski. The orchestra consist of 25 professional musicians whose artistic work is connected with the city of Bielsko-Biała. Their musical versatility and high level playing allows for a varied repertoire, ranging from the old classics through contemporary music, and including jazz and poular music. The works of Polish composers are an important part of the repertoire, and the orchestra successfully presents these works at concerts and festivals in Poland and abroad. In the June 1995 issue of "Music movement", composer Wojciech Kilar acknowledges that the Bielsko Chamber Orchestra performance of his work "Orawa" was the finest he had heard until that time. The orchestra has worked under the direction of many of the finest conductors, including Krzysztof Missona, Jerzy Salwarowski, Jerzy Swoboda, Mirosław Jacek Błaszczyk, Paweł Przytocki, Tadeusz Wicherek, Stanisław Fijałkowski, Andrzej Zubek, Krzesimir Dębski and Sławomir Chrzanowski. After his first concert tour piano phenomenal Adam Makowicz said in the pages of “Republic” newspaper that of 13 different orchestras, “... the orchestra in Bielsko-Biała played the best for me”. The Bielsko Chamber Orche -stra has performed with such famous solo artists as Kaja Danczows -ka, Piotr Paleczny, Andrzej Hiolski, Wiesław Ochman, Grażyna Bro -dzińska, Krzysztof Jakowicz, George Zamfir and the “Wilanów” Quartet. During the 15 years of its existence the Bielsko Chamber Orchestra has won many lasting fans. The high caliber of play and wide repertoire mean that each concert is an artistic event in its own right, and that the orchestra’s headquarters, the Bielsko Cultural Center, is always filled to capacity with music lovers.