Zuzanna Elster is a graduate of the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw in the harp class of Professor Urszula Mazurek (2008, honours diploma) and of the “Konzertexamen” post-graduate studies programme in the “Hanns Eisler” Hochschule für Musik in Berlin in the harp class of Professor Maria Graf (2011, honours diploma). She has also studied the instrument with Germaine Lorenzini in Lyon. Zuzanna has also refined her skills at master courses led by E. Bennett, J. Bouskova, S. Kanga, M. Graf, G. Lorenzini, S. McDonald, C. Michel, N. Shamayeva and H. Storck.
Zuzanna Elster teaches the harp class at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, where she holds the position of assistant lecturer. She also teaches the harp class in the Fryderyk Chopin State Music School Complex in Warsaw. In 2012 she has obtained her Ph.D. degree and as of 2017 Zuzanna Elster is doctor habilitatus of the music arts.
Zuzanna Elster is a laureate of national and international harp competitions. She has received two scholarships from the Minister of Culture (2003, 2004), received the “Magna cum Laude” medal from the Rector of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw (2009) and an Individual Prize from the Director of the CEA (2010).
She also performs on Paweł Gusnar’s album “Saxophone Varie”, which received the Fryderyk Award in 2014 in the “Chamber Music Album of the Year” category and on Joanna Freszel’s album “Real Life Song”, which received the Orphée d’Or award in 2016 in the Meuilleure Interprète de Musique Lyrique Contemporaine category.
Zuzanna performs as soloist in Poland and abroad. She has appeared, among others, in France, Ireland, Germany, Italy, the Czech Republic and Russia, in prestigious international festivals and harp and music congresses. As an orchestral musician she has performed in France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Japan. In Poland she has performed in most major concert venues.
As soloist she has performed with the following ensembles: Brandenburger Symphoniker, Sinfonia Varsovia, St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra, the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Orchestras of the Lublin, Szczecin and Opole Philharmonic and many others. Zuzanna Elster has recorded for Polish Radio and Television.
Zuzanna Elster has been a member of the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra since 2016.