Agata-Maria Raatz is a new-generation artist, who combines innovative ideas with tradition. She is the author of many projects, combining music with other art forms.
In addition to her solo activity as a violinist, she composes under the pseudonym Clara Jaz. Her compositions and interpretations have been broadcasted on BBC, SFR 2, Catalunya Radio, Polish Radio 2, Radio New Zealand, Sveriges Radio, among others.
Since her concert debut at the age of 11 with the Koszalin Symphony Orchestra,
she has frequently performed with various orchestras. Former engagements include the Camerata Zurich, the Biel Symphony Orchestra, the Bern Symphony Orchestra, the Fresco Sonare Symphony Orchestra, the Krakow Symphony Orchestra, and the Camerata Bern.
Conductors Agata-Maria Raatz worked with include Krzysztof Penderecki, Bernard Haitink, Daniel Schweizer, Douglas Bostock, Gerard Korsten, Kristina Poska, Anton Steck and Gordon Bragg.
As a devoted chamber musician, she performed with Nigel Kennedy as a member
of his ensemble «Orchestra of Life.»
Raatz performed in the most illustrious concert halls in Europe, including Royal Albert Hall in London, Symphony Hall in Birmingham, Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, Tonhalle Zürich, Lutosławski-Hall in Warsaw, and KKL Luzern.
In addition, she was a guest at renowned festivals such as the Murten Classics Festival, the Swiss Chamber Music Festival in Adelboden, and the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival.
Although Agata-Maria Raatz did not focus on competitions, her musical talent was recognized on an international level. She received numerous prestigious awards, including the Grand Prize Virtuoso in London, the Nicati-de-Luze, Rahn Musikpreis, Orpheus, and Hibou Prize in Switzerland. Additionally, she was honored with
a special award from the Minister of Culture in Poland for her exceptional musical achievements.
Agata-Maria Raatz has gained significant influence and inspiration for her own style through collaborations with outstanding masters such as Zakhar Bron, Maxime Tholance, Benjamin Schmid, and Bartłomiej Nizioł.
Together with pianist Marcin Fleszar, she regularly performs as the creative
„Jaz DUO“ presenting a wide range of repertoire that spans from early Baroque music to contemporary compositions.
"Agata-Maria Raatz is surely a first-class violinist who pursues very clear and noble musical aims."
- Benjamin Schmid