Elżbieta Towarnicka (soprano) was born in Wrocław. She comes from an artistic family. Her grandfather, Piotr Towarnicki, was an organist.
Even before graduating, Elżbieta Towarnicka became a prizewinner at the 1st All-Polish Adam Didur Competition in Bytom (taking 3rd prize and a prize for the best rendition of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s works awarded by the Main Board of the Polish Association of Music Artists). Her performances at this competition are the first recordings of hers that can be found in the archives of Polish Radio (some of them are included on CD Great performers – Elżbieta Towarnicka). At that time that she made her first vinyl recordings.
At present Elzbieta Towarnicka works closely with all of the Polish philharmonic orchestras and leading Polish composers (including Jan A. P. Kaczmarek, Wojciech Kilar, Michał Lorenc, Krzesimir Dębski, and Krzysztof Penderecki).
She has become known to a wider audience through film music and her long-lasting collaboration with Zbigniew Preisner. She has taken part in the recording of the soundtracks for such films as Decalogue, The Double Life of Veronique, Three Colours – Blue and Red (all by Krzysztof Kieślowski), Oliver, Oliver (by Agnieszka Holland), Weiser (by Wojciech Marczewski), Eminent Domain (by John Irvin), Quartet in 4 Movements (by Lucia Rikaki), and various others. Works by Jan Kanty Pawluśkiewicz also occupy an important place in Elzbieta Towarnicka`s repertoire (including Aprimondia, 1987; Vespers of Ludźmierz, 1992; Papusza’s Harps, 1994; Amat Vita, 1998; The Way, the Love, the Life, 1999; The Gardens of Josaphat, 2002; The Lord Passed through this World, 2005; Venetian Tales of Hell and Paradise, 2008; and The Joy of Charity, 2009).
Her CDs have sold many thousands of copies worldwide, placing her amongst the best and most successful of singers.