Sylwia Konopka joined the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in 1996.
She was born in Warsaw, Poland in a family of scientists. She started her violin studies at the age of 6 and was taught by Irena Dubiska, Tadeusz Gadzina and Szymon Goldberg. She completed a 4-year course at The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where her teacher was Raphael Druian.
Sylwia was awarded prizes in several violin competitions, most notably: Kreisler (Austria), Lipizer (Italy), and Wieniawski Lipinski (Poland). As a chamber musician she has performed in many festivals in Poland and also in Sapporo (Japan), Schleswig-Holstein (Germany) and Prussia Cove (England). She has made recordings for the Polish radio and TV, Japanese and US radio stations and Hessicher Rundfunk. As a soloist, she has performed with numerous orchestras including several Philharmonic Orchestras in Poland, the Philadelphia Concerto Soloist Orchestra, the Interlachen Symphony Orchestra and the Amadeus Orchestra.
In addition to her solo activities, Sylwia also teaches and plays in chamber music ensembles. She also enjoys travelling and uses her spare time hiking and camping, or improvising road trips around Europe, with her partner, a bassoonist.