Monika Urbaniak Lisik graduated with distinction from the Academy of Music in Łódź under Prof. Zenon Płoszaj. She was awarded first place at the Zdzisław Jahnke National Competition (1979) and the special prize at the Eighth Henryk Wieniawski International Competition in Poznań. From 1985-1988, as a scholarship winner of the Swiss government, she studied in Prof. Igor Ozim's class at the Higher School of Music in Bern.
She completed her studies with a Soloist Diploma with distinction. The artist attended masterclasses to perfect her playing e.g. with Prof. Max Rostal and Tel-Aviv Quartet.
Urbaniak-Lisik commenced her teaching activities in Łódź as assistant in the class of Prof. Zenon Płoszaj and continued in 1992-1998 as assistant of Prof. Igor Ozim in Bern.
In addition to being a professor of violin and chamber music at the Hochschule der Künste in Bern since 1997, she has also been a professor at the International Music Courses in Łańcut.
Monika Urbaniak-Lisik leads a busy concert schedule, performing a vast repertoire of solo and chamber works from various eras, with a special emphasis on early music. She promotes works by Polish composers, mainly Karol Szymanowski (concerts with orchestra and recitals in Switzerland, France, Poland, and recording the Sonata for the Swiss radio).
She has participated and performed as a soloist at a number of international festivals including the Biennale Bern (1999-2005)," Saitenfestival" (Bern 2006), and "Kultur im Schloss Holligen" (Bern 2006 and 2008).
Monika Urbaniak Lisik has performed in many different chamber formations, from duet to octet. For example she has performed with the ensemble Schweizer Solisten at the Salle Gaveau in Paris and Wigmore Hall in London. Urbaniak Lisik is the only Pole to have played in the chamber orchestra Camerata Bern (1986 - 2001).
Concert tours have taken her to such musical venues as Carnegie Hall, Berliner Philharmonie, Herkules Saal, Wiener Musikverein, and Sydney Opera House. In addition to her numerous record releases she has participated in the following festivals: Lockenhaus, Lucerne, Rheingau, Yehudi Menuhin Festival Gstaad, Warsaw Autumn etc.