About the Artist:
A native of Poland, Gemma received her formal education at the Academy of Music in Warsaw where she graduated with a Master's degree. Then in Geneva, Switzerland, under the renowned Henryk Szeryng, she went on to win First Prize in Virtuosite as a solo violinist.
Subsequently, residing in Geneva and Paris, Gemma performed regularly in chamber music concerts in Europe, South America and Japan. Dwelling in the classical music genre since age five, as well as experiencing the life and flavors of many different cultures, Gemma has managed to cultivate an individual mode of expression. She started to compose her own music and songs with French, Polish and English lyrics. In Paris, she produced a one woman show at the Theatre Espace Marais, also designing her own costumes. It was at this time that she came to the attention of the great jazz pianist, Oscar Peterson, who, impressed with her voice, scat singing and violin improvisations, suggested she move to America and expand her style - which she did.
Presently, this "New Yorker" with a French passport makes recordings as a singer, violinist and composer with the best musicians in the field, as well as working on new projects - children's books with companion CDs. As an author of those stories, she engages her talented brother Alexander Sroczynski as an illustrator, but sometimes she uses her own drawings.
Her latest passion is painting. She feels her work is an expression of inspirational energy flowing through her. She says - "I just have to be ready to receive the blessings for which I am grateful."
Gemma also continues to play part-time in the first violin section of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra at Lincoln Center.
She's one funny, crazy, busy lady!!!