• Ela Stopa-Zbikowska


About Ela

Born to a prominent musical family in Poland, Ela began playing the violin at the age of six. She first performed in concerts with her father Piotr, a pianist and music school principal. Ela was an exceptional student of primary and secondary music school in Zamosc (Poland) and represented her schools in many competitions and concerts.

At 16, Ela recorded as a member of a string quartet with the famous rock group, Budka Suflera (the best selling album in Polish rock history). Just before graduating from secondary music school, Ela began collaboration with distinguished European pedagogue, Antoni Cofalik (Cracov).

After graduating, Ela continued her education at the Conservatorium of Music in Katowice, where she was taught by Professor Ryszard Fastnacht. She completed her Masters degree in Violin performance at the Conservatorium of Music in Gdansk in the class of distinguished Professor Krystyna Jurecka.

While studying, Ela performed as a soloist and orchestral musician in Youth Symphony Orchestras and collaborated with famous conductors, composers and performers such as Krzysztof Penderecki, Gabriel Chmura, Anna Prabucka-Firley, Szymon Krzeszowiec and Aleksandra Mozgiel. She also performed as a member of the Youth Chamber Orchestra and a number of chamber ensembles and gave concerts in Poland, Switzerland and Germany. Ela has held a full-time position as a first violin musician in The Karol Namyslowski Symphony Orchestra (Poland), where occasionally served as an associate concertmaster playing solo parts.

As a member of the orchestra, she performed with Jon Lord (Deep Purple) during his tour in Warsaw. Ela also worked as a violin teacher in a private Christian Music School 'MissioMusica' (Warsaw, Poland) and gave private tuition.

She moved to Sydney in 2014 and started performing as a freelancer violinist and co-founded Sydney String Duo.
Since then she's played in many classical symphonic concerts and various events such as BBC Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular (Quantas Credit Union Arena), Opera In the Vineyards, John Farnham & Olivia Newton John - Two Strong Hearts Tour (Quantas Credit Union Arena, Tempus Two Winery), the annual Handel’s Messiah concert (Sydney Town Hall), Synthony, Bravo Cruise of The Performing Arts w/ Jose Carreras, Joseph Tawadros, Sir Bryn Terfel, Emma Pask, James Morrison, Kingdom Hearts Orchestra in Sydney Opera House and was touring with Joy Division, Basement Jaxx and AirSupply.

As a member of the orchestra she recorded for ABC Classic FM. In 2022-2023, Ela performed at the Sydney Opera House during the season of 'Amadeus,' featuring Michael Sheen, which marked the opening of the 50th-anniversary celebration of the Sydney Opera House.

Ela performs as a casual musician with Sydney Symphony, and other Sydney-based Orchestras.

She plays on a 1870 German-copy of a Giovanni Paolo Maggini violin.

Violin lessons

  • Violin lessons and professional consultations.

    Ela is an experienced violin teacher working with students of all ages and preparing them for exams (AMEB).

    Ela collaborates with several schools across Sydney and teaches in her private studio.
    For more information about lessons please email contact@elastopazbikowska.com

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