Krystyna Markowska

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Krystyna Perła Markowska (Wiśniewska), born in Otwock, comes from the Polish Roma group. She was brought up in a traditional Roma family in Sulejówek, near Warsaw. Music has always accompanied her family. As a child, she listened to her uncles’ band, which played at weddings. Together with her three siblings, she formed a musical group, which first entertained her family during celebrations, and later on, performed at school events. Music became a part of the whole family’s life.


At the end of the 80s, Perła and her family moved to Łódź, where she started looking for her own musical path. After graduating from high school she played in different family bands. A breakthrough in Krystyna Markowska’s life was her performance at the 1st International Roma Song and Culture Festival in Ciechocinek in 1997, where she received a distinction for the most beautiful voice of the festival. The award encouraged Perła to develop her musical career and together with her husband she founded a music band “Perła i Bracia”. Thanks to the cooperation with the “Lutnia” Cultural Centre in Bałuty, they have managed to make a name for themselves in the musical circles in Łódź and all over the country.


Krystyna Perła Markowska is a certified Roma dance and traditional music instructor with a pedagogical background. She is a field researcher, as well as a long-term coordinator of governmental and EU projects. In 2015, she was awarded with the Silver Cross of Merit for her work for the Roma community by the President of the Republic of Poland, Bronisław Komorowski.

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