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PROGRAMME OF THE 10 TH “MUSIC ON THE HEIGHTS” INTERNATIONAL CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL, ZAKOPANE 2018

21.07.2018 
SATURDAY

MOZART GALA

 

   

7.00 PM
House under the Firs [Dom pod Jedlami], 
Zakopane, ul. Droga na Koziniec 1

“Conversation Club on the Heights”
Guests: Olga Pasiecznik, Robert Gierlach, Michał Klauza, Adam Rozlach
  free entry 

7.00 PM
Church of the Holy Cross
Zakopane, ul. Chałubińskiego 30
(entrance on ul. Zamoyskiego)

Programme:
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – the “Haffner” Symphony, and the most beautiful arias and duets from The Marriage of FigaroDon GiovanniThe Magic Flute

Olga Pasiecznik – soprano

Robert Gierlach – baritone

Michał Klauza – conductor

Orchestra of the Royal Capital City of Kraków – Sinfonietta Cracovia

 

31.08.2018
FRIDAY

 THEATRE PERFORMANCE

   

7.00 PM
S. I. Witkiewicz Theatre
Zakopane, ul. Chramcówki 15

THEATRE PLAY “Do DNA

Producer: Akademia Sztuk Teatralnych im. S. Wyspiańskiego in Kraków

directed by Ewa Kaim

cast: 
Dominika Guzek,
Agnieszka Kościelniak,
Weronika Kowalska, 
Jan Marczewski, 
Łukasz Szczepanowski,
Dawid Sulej Rudnicki

Tickets*:

regular: 50 zł
reduce-fare: 30 zł

 

*tickets to purchase one hour before the performance

 

10 TH “MUSIC ON THE HEIGHTS” 
INTERNATIONAL CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL

01.09.2018 
SATURDAY

 JUBILEE CONCERT

   
7.00 PM
Church of the Holy Cross
Zakopane, ul. Chałubińskiego 30
(entrance on ul. Zamoyskiego)

The programme includes works by: 
Aleksandra Vrebalov, Philip Glass, Steve Reich, the world premiere of a new composition by Jagoda Szmytka
Antonio Haskell

KRONOS QUARTET

Partner: 

 

02.09.2018 
SUNDAY 

 EPOUND SOUND

   
7.00 PM
The Old Wooden Church,
Zakopane, ul. Kościeliska 4

The programme includes works by: 
Telemann, Mozart, Tausch, Stark, Strietman

CLARIMONIA ENSEMBLE  

04.09.2018 
TUESDAY 

FILM SCREENING

   

7.00 PM
Kino Miejsce (cinema) 
Zakopane, ul. Orkana 2

Screening of the film: The Saragossa Manuscript (1965)  directed by Wojciech Has
music by Krzysztof Penderecki
free entry 

05.09.2018 
WEDNESDAY

CLASSICAL CHAMBER MUSIC – THEN AND NOW

   

7.00 PM
Church of the Holy Cross
Zakopane, ul. Chałubińskiego 30
(entrance on ul. Zamoyskiego)

The programme includes works by: 
Brahms, Malawski, Ligeti

Joanna Konarzewska, Rafał Kwiatkowski, Michał Francuz, Krzysztof Tomczyk, Rafał Zambrzycki-Payne, Piotr Sałajczyk

 

06.09.2018
THURSDAY

CLASSIC SYMPHONIES – THEN AND NOW

   

7.00 PM
Church of the Holy Cross
Zakopane, ul. Chałubińskiego 30
(entrance on ul. Zamoyskiego)

The programme includes works by: 
Haydn, Mozart, Penderecki

Robert Bachara, Przemysław Fiugajski, Konfraternia Caper Lublinensis  

07.09.2018
FRIDAY

REMINISCENCE

   
7.00 PM
Church of the Holy Cross
Zakopane, ul. Chałubińskiego 30
(entrance on ul. Zamoyskiego)

The programme includes works by: 
Schönberg, Maciejewski, Panufnik, Penderecki, Przybylski

Musicians: Piotr Lato, Jakub Jakowicz, Anna Maria Staśkiewicz, Katarzyna Budnik, Artur Rozmysłowicz, Rafał Kwiatkowski, Marcin Zdunik  

08.09.2018
SATURDAY

FINAL CONCERT

   
7.00 PM
Church of the Holy Cross
Zakopane, ul. Chałubińskiego 30
(entrance on ul. Zamoyskiego)

The programme includes works by: 
Dvořak, Penderecki

Łukasz Długosz, Krzysztof Penderecki, Maciej Tworek, Orkiestra Akademii Beethovenowskiej

 

The organizer reserves the right to make changes to this programme.

Accompanying events:

02-08.09.2018 
Villa DOM POD JEDLAMI, 12.00 (noon)
ul. Droga na Koziniec 1
Conversation Club on the Heights

15.07-15.09.2018
The University Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Hospital
ul. O. Balzera 15
Outdoor exhibition of photography titled 10 years of Music on the Heights, part 1

24.08-30.09.2018
Bukowina Cultural Centre “Dom Ludowy”
Bukowina Tatrzańska, ul. T. Kościuszki 87
Exhibition “Creators of Podhale 3”

27.08-16.09.2018
Exhibition display near Oczka Wodne,
ul. Krupówki
An outdoor exhibition of photographs entitled 10 years of Music on the Heights, part II

02.09-30.09.2018
Dom Doktora Contemporary Art Gallery, open 11.00 AM -2.00 PM and 4.00 PM-7.00 PM
ul. Stanisława Witkiewicza 19
Exhibition entitled Mountains (un) moved. Paintings and drawings by Aleksandra Rudzka-Miazga.
Curator: Anna Baranowa

05.09.2018 
BUBUJA restaurant, 4.00 PM
ul. Kościuszki 18
Chamber concert performed by students of Nowy Targ’s Fryderyk Chopin State Music School

Krzysztof Penderecki

Krzysztof Penderecki is one of the greatest Polish composers. He works with the most prominent artists. There are no boundaries for him. Penderecki received many “honoris causa” titles on universities around the world. The composer wrote several important pieces for contemporary music Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima (1959), Te Deum (1979/80), Concerto for Cello no. 2Violin concerto no. 5  Metamorphosen”, operas e.g. Devils of Loudun, and many others. He received, among others, 4 Grammy awards. For more detailed description of his unprecedented career and artistic life, please visit: http://www.krzysztofpenderecki.eu/en/3/0/2/Biography.

Kronos Quartet

The KRONOS QUARTET was founded in Seattle, Washington in 1973. Since 1978 it has been based in San Francisco. The group includes David Harrington (violin), John Sherba (violin), Hank Dutt (viola) and Sunny Yang (cello). In recent years, the Kronos Quartet has become one of the best known and influential quartets in the world. It has worked with many composers from all over the world, including the Americans: Terry Riley, Philip Golds and Steve Reich; Franghiz Ali-Zadeh ( Azerbaijan); Vladimir Martynov (Russia); Henryk Górecki (Poland); and the Serbian-American Alexander Vrebalov. It has also collaborated with, among others, Wu Man, Laurie Anderson, Tanya Tagaq, Mahsa Vahdat, Trevor Paglen, Van Dyke Parks, múm, Dawn Upshaw, Noam Chomsky, Tom Waits, Asha Bhosle, Taraf de Haïdouks and Howard Zinn. The quartet has performs thousands of concerts, has released over 60 recordings, collaborating with an eclectic mix of composers and performers. Over 900 compositions and arrangements have been created for the string quartet. Kronos has received over 40 awards, including the Polar Music and Avery Fisher Prizes, two of the most prestigious awards given to musicians. An integral part of the work of the Kronos Quartet is its long cooperation with many of the world's leading composers. On tour for five months in the year, Kronos regularly appears in the world’s most prestigious concert halls, clubs and festivals.

Programme 2017

PROGRAMME OF THE 9th INTERNATIONAL CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL “MUSIC ON THE HEIGHTS”, ZAKOPANE 2017

09.09.2017 
SATURDAY

OPENING CONCERT

 

12:00 PM (noon)
House under the Firs [Dom pod Jedlami],
Zakopane, ul. Droga na Koziniec 1

free entry

“Conversation Club on the Heights”
Guests: Agata Kielar-­Długosz, Łukasz Długosz, Juri Gilbo, Paweł Mykietyn

Chaired by Violetta Rotter-Kozera

7:00 PM
Church of the Holy Cross
Zakopane, ul. Chałubińskiego 30
/entrance on ul. Zamoyskiego/

tickets: 50 PLN

Edward Elgar – Introduction and Allegro for Strings, op. 47

Paweł Mykietyn – Double Concerto for two flutes and symphony orchestra

Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphony no. 2 in D major, op. 36

Łukasz Długosz – flute

Agata Kielar-Długosz – flute

The Orchestra of the Royal Capital City of Krakow Sinfonietta Cracovia

Juri Gilbo – conductor

10.09.2017 
SUNDAY

 Movie night

 

7:00 PM 
Cinema “Miejsce”
Zakopane, ul. Orkana 2

tickets: 10 PLN

Screening of “Death for five voices” film by Werner Herzog, preceded by the prelection about  film’s music composer Carl Gesuald da Venos

Chaired by Agata Kwiecińska

11.09.2017 
MONDAY

 Concert of songs

 

12:00 PM (noon)
House under the Firs [Dom pod Jedlami],
Zakopane, ul. Droga na Koziniec 1

free entry

“Conversation Club on the Heights”
Guests: Urszula Kryger, Jadwiga Rappe, Mariusz Rutkowski, Paweł Szymański
Chaired by Agata Kwiecińska

7:00 PM
Church of the Holy Cross
ul. Chałubińskiego 30
/entrance on ul. Zamoyskiego/

tickets: 30 PLN

Songs and duets of Paweł SzymańskiJohannes BrahmsFelix Mendelssohn-BartholdyRobert SchumannJan KarłowiczMieczysław Karłowicz.

Urszula Kryger – mezzo

Jadwiga Rappe – alto

Mariusz Rutkowski – piano

 

 

12.09.2017 
TUESDAY

 Theatrical spectacle

 

7:00 PM
Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz Theatre
Zakopane, ul. Chramcówki 15

tickets: 100 PLN

Patrick Süskind – The Double Bass


Chaired by Agata Kwiecińska

Jerzy Stuhr – actor

     

13.09.2017 
WEDNESDAY

 Polish string quartets

 

12:00 PM (noon)
House under the Firs [Dom pod Jedlami],
Zakopane, ul. Droga na Koziniec 1

free entry

“Conversation Club on the Heights”
Guests: Lutosławski Quartet – Bartosz Woroch, Marcin Markowicz, Artur Rozmysłowicz, Maciej Młodawski; Paweł Mykietyn
Chaired by Agata Kwiecińska

7:00 PM
Church of the Holy Cross
Zakopane, ul. Chałubińskiego 30
/entrance on ul. Zamoyskiego/

tickets: 30 PLN

Stanisław Moniuszko – String Quartet no. 1 in D minor

Marcin Markowicz – String Quartet no. 4

Stanisław Moniuszko – String Quartet no. 2 in F major

Paweł Mykietyn – String Quartet no. 3


Lutosławski Quartet:
Bartosz Woroch – violin
Marcin Markowicz – violin
Artur Rozmysłowicz – viola
Maciej Młodawski – cello

14.09. 2017 
THURSDAY

 Multimedia concert

 

12:00 PM (noon)
House under the Firs [Dom pod Jedlami],
Zakopane, ul. Droga na Koziniec 1

free entry

“Conversation Club on the Heights”
Guests: duet ZOFO: Eva-­Maria Zimmermann, Keisuke Nakagoshi

Chaired by Agata Kwiecińska

7:00 PM
Church of the Holy Cross
Zakopane, ul. Chałubińskiego 30
/entrance on ul. Zamoyskiego/

tickets: 30 PLN

ZOFOMOMA – concert including the music of 15 composers from all over the world, inspired by contemporary painting. During the concert will take place the presentation of inspirations.

Piano duet ZOFO:
Eva-Maria Zimmermann
Keisuke Nakagoshi
     

15.09.2017 
FRIDAY

 Choral concert

 

12:00 PM (noon)
House under the Firs [Dom pod Jedlami],
Zakopane, ul. Droga na Koziniec 1

free entry

“Conversation Club on the Heights”
Guests: Anna Szostak, Paweł Szymański

Chaired by Violetta Rotter-Kozera

     

7:00 PM
Church of the Holy Cross
Zakopane, ul. Chałubińskiego 30
/entrance on ul. Zamoyskiego/

tickets: 30 PLN

Choral concert within the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the visit of St John Paul II in Zakopane. 

The event preceded by a discussion about Pope John Paul II with our guest, His Eminence, Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz.

Johann Sebastian Bach – Singet dem Herrn das neue Lied BWV 225

Paweł Szymański – In Paradisum

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina – Stabat Mater

Paweł Szymański – Through the Looking-Glass… II

Paweł Szymański – ΦΥΛΑΚΤΗΡΙΟΝ (PHYLAKTERION)

 

Zespół Śpiewaków Miasta Katowice Camerata Silesia

Anna Szostak – conductor

Antoni Grzymała – sound direction

16.09.2017 
SATURDAY

FINAL CONCERT

 

12:00 PM (noon)
House under the Firs [Dom pod Jedlami],
Zakopane, ul. Droga na Koziniec 1

free entry

“Conversation Club on the Heights”
Guests: Adam Strug, Kwadrofonik 

Chaired by Violetta Rotter-Kozera

7:00 PM
Church of the Holy Cross
Zakopane, ul. Chałubińskiego 30
/entrance on ul. Zamoyskiego/

tickets: 50 PLN

Choral concert within the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the visit of St John Paul II in Zakopane.

Roman Triptych: Meditations – a poem by Pope John Paul II

Requiem ludowe


Concert organized in partnership with the Intercultural Dialogue Institute by John Paul II in Krakow.

Jerzy Trela – recitation

Adam Strug – vocal

Kwadrofonik:
Magdalena Kordylasińska-Pękala – percussion
Miłosz Pękala – percussion
Emilia Sitarz – piano
Bartłomiej Wąsik – piano

 

Accompanying events:

“Art and music” – series of exhibitions presented during the festival “Music on the Heights”

08.09­-30.09.2017
„Ponad Szczytami”
The exhibition with photos of artistc who took part in The “Music on the Heights” International Chamber Music Festival in Zakopane, in 2015. Photos by Monika Redzisz.
Place: STRH Cafe&Gallery, Zakopane, ul. Krupówki 4a.  
Opening: 08.09.2017 (Friday), 8:00 PM.

08.09­-30.09.2017
„Ojciec i syn” – photography and sculpture
Tomek Sikora‘s outdoor exhibition “Tribute to Colors”.
Place: Zakopane, ul. Krupówki (below the pond).
Opening: 08.09.2017 (Friday), 6:00 PM,  The Władysław Hasior Gallery (ul. Jagiellońska 18b).

08.09-08.10.2017
Mateusz Sikora‘s exhibition of sculpture in metal – „Poruszenie 2” 
Miejsce: The Tatra Museum – The Władysław Hasior Gallery, ul. Jagiellońska 18b
Opening: 08.09.2017 (Friday), 6:00 PM.

09.09.2017-30.09.2017
Twórcy Podhala” 
An exhibition of artists from the Tatra District, organized in partnership with the Commune Poronin.
Place: Gminny Ośrodek Kultury w Poroninie, Poronin, ul. J. Piłsudskiego 2.
Opening: 07.09.2017 (Thursday), 6:00 PM.

 

Shirley Brill

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Shirley Brill is one of the world’s most outstanding clarinetists and a professor at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin. She has won two important music competitions in Markneukirchen (Germany) and in Geneva (Switzerland) and has also won the Special Prize at the ARD International Competition in Munich (Germany). She has played with artists such as Daniel Barenboim, Sabine Meyer, Emmanuel Pahud, and the Jerusalem Quartet. She has performed at many prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall in New York, Salle Pleyel in Paris, the Musikverein in Vienna, La Scala in Milan, and the KKL in Lucerne (Switzerland). She regularly performs with the pianist Jonathan Aner, with whom she has formed the much-praised Brillaner Duo which performs all over the world.

Since 2009, Shirley Brill has been the lead clarinetist of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra conducted by Daniel Barenboim. She has taken a leading part at the Yellow Barn Programme for Young Artists’ Festival in southeastern Vermont (USA) and the Mahler Academy in Ferrara (Italy). She has also conducted master classes in Australia (the Australian National Academy of Music), Lucerne (Switzerland), Japan, the Czech Republic (the Janáček Academy), Canada and Israel (the Jerusalem Music Centre). Since 2012 she has taught the playing of chamber music at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin.

Royal String Quartet

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Nominated for the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Chamber Music Award, the Royal String Quartet is one of the most dynamically developing string quartets in the world today. Its repertoire combines outstanding musical works of the past with contemporary music, bravely pushing musical genres.

The RSQ was established at The Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw in 1998 and initially worked under the supervision of Professor Ryszard Duź from the Wilanów String Quartet. The RSQ’s artistic identity was shaped by post-graduate masterclasses with the Alban Berg Quartet at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne (2001-2004).

The critical breakthrough in the RSQ’s career came with the invitation to join BBC Radio 3’s prestigious New Generation Artists scheme (2004-2006) which promotes the most talented young musicians from all over the world.

The first international album of  the RSQ, recorded for Hyperion, was released in January 2009. It consisted of both Karol Szymanowski’s quartets and it also included a relatively unknown quartet by Ludomir Różycki (world premiere recording). It was hailed as the album of the month by “BBC Music Magazine” and received enthusiastic press reviews all over the world. Another achievement came with the release of the Quartet’s next album, this time with complete recordings of Henryk Mikołaj Górecki’s string quartets (Hyperion 2011). Critics consider this to be one of three most important interpretations of the repertoire, was Editor’s Choice in “Gramophone” and received high praise in “BBC Music Magazine”, “Diapason” (5 stars) and “The Strad”. In 2015 Szymanski and Mykietyn relaesed an album together which in 2016 gave them nomination to FRYDERYK, one of the most prestigious awards in polish music industry.

Since Autumn 2012 RSQ has been Quartet in Residence at Queen’s University Belfast. It also regularly conducts master classes in the Palace of Rybna. The Quartet has been invited to conduct summer courses in Dartington and at Lake District Summer School (Great Britain). The Royal String Quartet has received a Special Award of the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage “in recognition of their contribution to Polish culture.”

 

Jonathan Aner

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The Israeli pianist Jonathan Aner has performed as a soloist with Israel’s leading orchestras, including the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under Zubin Mehta. He has won major international piano and chamber music competitions in Melbourne, Florence, Senigallia, Dortmund, Berlin, Weimar and at the European Chamber Music Competition in France.

Described as a “chamber musician par excellence” by the Frankfurter Rundschau, Aner is a member of the Brillaner Duo with clarinetist Shirley Brill. He has collaborated with artists including violist Tabea Zimmermann, violinists Antje Weithaas and Daishin Kashimoto, as well as with the Jerusalem Quartet and the Terpsycordes Quartet. In addition to appearing in such prestigious concert halls as the Philharmonie in Berlin, Auditorium du Louvre in Paris and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, Aner has performed at the Bergen International Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Festival Radio France, Rheingau Music Festival, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Bachfest Leipzig.

A former student of Arie Vardi and Konrad Elser for piano, as well as Zvi Meniker for fortepiano, Jonathan Aner also worked closely with Murray Perahia and András Schiff. He has been invited to coach masterclasses in the USA, Europe, Asia and Australia. Since 2010, he has been a professor of chamber music at the Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin.

 

Olga Pasiecznik

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 Olga Pasichnyk (Pasiecznik) born in Ukraine. She studied piano and musical pedagogy in native Rivne, voice at the Kiev Conservatory and at the Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw (postgraduate studies). In 1992 she became a soloist of the Warsaw Chamber Opera.

She sang with success major roles in operas of Monteverdi, Pergolesi, Gluck, Handel, Mozart, Weber, Rossini, Verdi, Puccini, Bizet, Debussy, Tchaikovsky, contemporary composers in the most of the countries of Europe, in Australia, Canada, Japan, Australia and USA. Olga Pasichnyk performed at numerous concerts and international music festivals in the famous concert halls and theatres, incl. Opéra National de Paris – Opéra Bastille, Palais Garnier, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Théâtre Châtelet, Salle Pleyel (Paris), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Berliner Konzerthaus, Teatro Real, Auditorio Nacional de Música (Madrid), Bayerische Staatsoper, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie (Brussels), Theater an der Wien, Bregenzer Festspiele (Austria), Grand Théâtre de Genève, Finnish National Opera, Flemish Opera, Polish National Opera etc., collaborate with Belgium and Polish National Philharmonic Orchestra, Polish National Radio Orchestra, RTVE, Orquesta Nacional de España (Spain), Luxemburg Philharmonic Orchestra,  with orchestras Sinfonia Varsovia (Poland), National Philharmonic of Russia, of Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (Florence), Wiener Symphoniker, L’Orchestre de Radio France, L’Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Colonne (Paris), Das Neue Orchester (Cologne), La Grande Ecurie et La Chambre du Roy and Les Musiciens du Louvre – Grenoble (France), The English Concert, European Union Baroque Orchestra, Academy of Ancient Music, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Freiburger Barockorchester, Concerto Vocale, Collegium Vocale Gent, Collegium Novum Zürich, Orchestra of 18th Century conducted by H. Bicket, I. Bolton, F. Brüggen, J.-C. Casadesus, M. Creed, R. Jacobs, R. Goodman, H. Holliger, Ph. Herreweghe, K. Kord, J.-C. Malgoire, J. Maksymiuk, A. de Marchi, M. Minkowski, P. McCreesh, J. Nelsson, P. Neumann, K. Ono, S. Oramo, A. Parrot, K. Penderecki, T. Pinnock, M. Soustrot, A. Spering, C. Spering, M. Viotti, A. Wit, M. Zanetti.

Olga Pasichnyk is the Prizewinner of the International Vocal Competition in s’Hertogenbosch (the Netherlands, 1994 – II prize), Mirjam Helin International Singing Competition in Helsinki (Finland, 1999 – II prize) and The Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition (Belgium, 2000 – III prize, Special Oratorio Prize and Public Prize). She got twice the Fryderyk (the highest Polish phonographic award) for the best solo recordings on 1997 and 2004 (Szymanowski and Lutoslawski), Orfeusz (Warsaw Autumn Festival prize) on 1999, Golden Cross of merit of Poland (2001), A. Hiolski’s prize for the best female opera role of 2004 (Melisande, Debussy – Pelleas et Melisande – Polish National Opera). In 2005 she was nominated as the best opera singer of season 2004/2005 as Almirena (Handel, “Rinaldo”) and 2009-2010 as Roxana (Szymanowski, King Roger) by International Opera Magazine “Opernwelt”. In 2006 she got a Münchner Opernfestspiele prize. In 2011 – the annual Award of the Polish Minister of Culture and National Heritage, and in 2012 – Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland.

She recorded over 50 CD’s and DVD’s for different labels incl. DABRINGHAUS UND GRIMM, Harmonia Mundi, NAXOS, OPUS 111.

 
    

Karol Kozłowski

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Graduated from the Academy of Music in Gdańsk ( MA in Singing and Drama with distinction, 2007 ) where he studied with dr Stanisław Daniel Kotliński. He is also a graduate of the Faculty of Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. Participated in master classes of Ryszard Karczykowski, Rolando Panerai, Salvatore Fisichella, Sylvia Geszty, Helena Łazarska and Claudio Desderi. He was awarded the second prize at the Hariclea Darclèe International Voice Competition (Romania, 2005) and received nomination for the 2013 Polityka’s Passport Award for classical music.

In years 2007- 2009 he was a soloist of the Wrocław Opera, where he debuted as Alfred in Die Fledermaus (The Bat) by J. Strauss, and sung also the part of Tamino in The Magic Flute by W. A. Mozart, Count Almaviva in The Barber of Seville by G. Rossini, Cassio in Otello by G. Verdi, Archangel in Paradise Lost by K. Penderecki and Edrisi in K. Szymanowski’s King Roger. Karol Kozłowski has sung on the stages of the Théâtre Montansier in Versailles (Oebalus in W. A. Mozart’s Apollo et Hyacinthus), the Latvian National Opera in Riga (Count Almaviva in G. Rossini’s The Barber of Seville), Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz in Munich (Lindoro in G. Rossini’s L’Italiana in Algeri) and of the Kyiv Opera (Edrisi in K. Szymanowski’s King Roger). Since 2009 he has collaborated with the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera, where he has has been featured as Vitellozzo in G. Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia, Misail in M. Musorgski’s Boris Godunov, Damazy in S. Moniuszko’s The Haunted Manor, Young Servant in R. Strauss’ Elektra, Kudryash in L. Janaček’s Katya Kabanova, Edrisi in K. Szymanowski’s King Roger, Goro in G. Puccini’s Madame Butterfly, the Dancing Master and the Lamplighter in G. Puccini’s Manon Lescaut and Father Mignon in K. Penderecki’s The Devils of Loudun.

Karol Kozłowski has been highly praised in the baroque repertoire, particularly for his interpretation of the Evangelist in Bach’s both St John Passion and St Matthew Passion. He has been performing with all major polish baroque music ensembles i.a. Capella Cracoviensis, Wrocławska Orkiestra Barokowa, {oh!} Orkiestra Historyczna, Musicae Antiquae Collegium Varsoviense, Il Giardino d’Amore and Arte dei Suonatori.  

He has cooperated with such conductors as Fabio Bonizzoni, Andreas Spering, Andrew Parrott, Konrad Junghänel, Kai Wessel, Christophe Rousset, Benjamin Bayl, Joshua Rifkin and Jan Tomasz Adamus.

His voice’s exceptional timbre and versality has inspired also living composers. Since 2012 Kozłowski has regularly participated in the Kissinger Sommer Festival in Bad Kissingen, where parallel to the masterpieces of Romantic and 20th century art song, accompanied by such outstanding pianists like Melvyn Tan, Axel Bauni and Jan Philip Schulze he has performed the world premiere pieces for voice and piano, written especially for him by i.a. Oliver Schneller, Manfred Trojahn and Bernd Redmann. In 2014 composition of Andrzej Kwieciński- Canzon de’baci for tenor and orchestra, performed for the first time in Katowice a year earlier during the 6th Festival of Premieres (Karol Kozłowski was accompanied by AUKSO Chamber Orchestra of the City of Tychy under the baton of Marek Moś) won the 61st International Rostrum of Composers in Helsinki. The artist’s tenor voice inspired a composer Paweł Mykietyn to cast him as Settembrini in his opera The Magic Mountain. The world premiere, directed by Andrzej Chyra took place at Malta Festival 2015 in Poznań.

Since 2010 Karol Kozłowski he has performed together with a pianist Jolanta Pawlik. The artists recorded two great song cycles of Franz Schubert on Wilhelm Müller’s poems- Die schöne Müllerin  and Winterreise, both released by DUX.

 

 

 

MAGDALENA DI BLASI

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Pierwsza flecistka Filharmonii im. K. Szymanowskiego w Krakowie. W 2004 roku ukończyła z wyróżnieniem studia na Akademii Muzycznej w Krakowie w klasie prof. Kazimierza Moszyńskiego. Będąc stypendystką programu Sokrates/Erasmus, Magdalena Di Blasi doskonaliła swoje umiejętności w Hochschule für Musik we Freiburgu u profesor Mirjam Nastasi oraz profesora Roberta Aitkena. W roku 2009 ukończyła studia podyplomowe “Orchesterexamen” w Hochschule für Musik w Detmold, gdzie studiowała w klasie fletu profesora Jánosa Bálinta. Jej edukację uzupełniają liczne kursy fletowe z takimi flecistami jak: Julius Baker, Carlo Jans, Craig Goodman, Jean-Claude Gérard, Peter-Lukas Graf, Robert Winn oraz Furugh Karimi-Djafar-Zadeh. W 2004 roku uczestniczyła również w Międzynarodowej Akademii Bachowskiej w Krakowie, którą prowadził Helmut Rilling. Magdalena Di Blasi jest laureatką Konkursu Muzyków Instrumentalistów w Jaśle (1996), Konkursu Fletowego w Mielcu (1997) oraz Ogólnopolskiego Konkursu Fletowego w Warszawie (2004). W latach 2006-2009 wraz z Kathariną Gelbarth, Helgą Zuccaro, Elisabeth Farrel, Milo Machover i Wiebke Schuler współtworzyła Ensemble Flautomobil – sekstet fletowy, który koncertował m. in. na Bodenseefestival, Mozartwoche Salzburg, Ebneter Kultursommer. W latach 2005-2007 grała w duecie z Michałem Stanikowskim (gitara) w ramach programu Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now. Na swoim koncie ma również nagrania muzyki symfonicznej, kameralnej oraz filmowej (ścieżki dźwiękowe m.in. do filmów „Zbliżenia”, „Obywatel”, „Pręgi”). W sezonie 2006-2007 wsprółpracowała z orkiestrą Camerata Academica Freiburg, w latach 2008-2009 z Junge Oper Stuttgart, a od 2010 roku jest związana z Orkiestrą Filharmonii Krakowskiej. Ponadto regularnie współpracuje z Orkiestrą Akademii Beethovenowskiej, Orkiestrą Symfoniczną Centrum Sztuki Mościce, Tarnowską Orkiestrą Kameralną oraz orkiestrą Sinfonietta Cracovia. Magdalena Di Blasi koncertuje również jako solistka i kameralistka, a także bierze udział w licznych programach edukacyjnych, propagujących muzykę klasyczną wśród młodego pokolenia. Jej zainteresowania skupiają się też wokół jazzu i muzyki elektronicznej. Ponadto pogłębia swoją wiedzę na temat psychosomatycznych zależności w procesie gry na flecie i w oparciu o nią doskonali metody nauczania oraz czerpie z niej inspirację dla własnego rozwoju artystycznego.

LUTOSAIR QUINTET

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LutosAir Quintet tworzą soliści NFM Filharmonii Wrocławskiej: Jan Krzeszowiec, Wojciech Merena, Maciej Dobosz, Alicja Kieruzalska i Mateusz Feliński. Zespół, powstały w stulecie urodzin Witolda Lutosławskiego, jest obecnie jednym z najbardziej aktywnych polskich zespołów dętych.
Na zaproszenie Instytutu Polskiego w Lipsku zagrał koncert dla ponad tysiąca słuchaczy. W 2014 roku miał zaszczyt reprezentować Polskę w międzynarodowym projekcie MusMA (The Music Masters on Air) i podczas festiwalu Wratislavia Cantans wykonać cztery kwintety dęte z czterech zakątków świata. W 2015 roku zagrał koncerty w Egipcie – w Kairze oraz słynnej Bibliotece Alexandryjskiej.
Ponadto wystąpił podczas Rudersdal Sommerkoncerter i Bornholm Musikfestival w Danii, a także podczas Warszawskiej Jesieni, HMG Festival w Krakowie i międzynarodowym festiwalu Szalone Dni Muzyki/La Follee Journee w Teatrze Wielkim w Warszawie. Rafał Augustyn zadedykował zespołowi swój utwór Rondeau, ponadto LutosAir Quintet prawykonał dzieła wielu kompozytorów, w tym Wojtka Blecharza, Pawła Hendricha i Mikołaja Majkusiaka. LutosAir Quintet jest jednym z zespołów Narodowego Forum Muzyki.

MICHAŁ NAGY

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Występował na licznych festiwalach muzycznych ( m.in. Warszawska Jesień, Carintischer Sommer, Menuhin Festival Gstaad, Allegro Vivo, Kwartesencja, Śląska Jesień Gitarowa, Nuevo Mundo, Festiwal Muzyki Astora Piazzolli w Krakowie, Gitarre Wien, Wrocławski Festiwal Gitarowy, Muzyka na Szczytach ).
Jako solista współpracował z orkiestrami: Filharmonii Narodowej, Filharmonii Krakowskiej, Sinfonietta Cracovia, Wrocławską Orkiestra Kameralną Vratislavia, Concerto Avenna, Capella Bydgostiensis, Camerata Nova, Fresco Sonare i Chopin Academia Orchestra. Występował również z towarzyszeniem Kameralistów Filharmonii Narodowej, kwartetu smyczkowego Royal String Quartet i zespołu Wiener Instrumentalsolisten oraz jako członek zespołów New Tango Bridge i New Art Ensemble. Jest także współtwórcą i członkiem międzynarodowego kwartetu gitarowego Guitar 4mation, specjalizującego się w wykonaniach muzyki XX i XXI wieku, w tym między innymi repertuaru z pogranicza muzyki współczesnej i jazzu. Jest również członkiem zespołu Hirundo Maris, założonego przez Ariannę Savall i Pettera Udlanda Johansena ( płyta CD „Il Viaggio d’Amore”, 2015).  Michał Nagy występuje również w duecie z gitarzystą Marcinem Siatkowskim, skrzypkiem Pawłem Wajrakiem, oboistą Arkadiuszem Krupą i bandoneonistą Klaudiuszem Baranem. Nagy dokonał również solowych nagrań dla Polskiego Radia i Telewizji. Jest także autorem wielu aranżacji na gitarę solo i z zespołami kameralnymi. Współpracuje z Polskim Wydawnictwem Muzycznym i wydawnictwem Euterpe.
Nagrywał m.in. dla firm: Sony Music ( nagroda Fryderyk 2002 za płytę ,, Piazzolla Tango” w kategorii Album Roku – Muzyka Kameralna), Dux ( nominacja do Fryderyka 2000 za płytę pt. Micropiezas w duecie z M.Siatkowskim), Polskie Nagrania Edition i Gramola Vienna ( pulse.sound.joy.heart. , Sonada de Alma, Trans4mation – Guitar 4mation).
Urodził się w Warszawie. Studiował w Akademii Muzycznej w Warszawie i Konserwatorium Wiedeńskim. Jego nauczycielami byli Janusz Raczyński, Marcin Zalewski i Ryszard Bałauszko. Jest laureatem międzynarodowych konkursów gitarowych w Fiuggi, Gdańsku, Krakowie i Tychach. Dwukrotnie był stypendystą Fundacji Kultury. Jest laureatem nagrody Województwa Małopolskiego ,,Ars Quaerendi 2010” i odznaki Ministra Kultury i Dziedzictwa Narodowego ,,Zasłużony dla Kultury Polskiej”.
Od 1997 roku jest pedagogiem w Akademii Muzycznej w Krakowie, obecnie w stopniu doktora habilitowanego. Od 2008 roku jest kierownikiem artystycznym Międzynarodowych Warsztatów Gitarowych i Festiwalu Terra Artis w Lanckoronie.
Michał Nagy jest członkiem „D’Addario Family”, jego gitarę zbudował Mario Rosazza- Ferraris.

MISCHA KOZŁOWSKI

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As one of the most interesting pianist of polish young generation, Mischa Kozlowski has already successfully presented his talent at the concert halls of Europe, China and Japan. He was awarded the main prizes at such competitions as 4. Mykola Lysenko International Music Competition in Kyiv, Ukraine (2012), 9. Internationaler Chopin Klavierwettbewerb in Darmstadt, Germany (2009), Polish Chopin Piano Competition organized by Fryderyk Chopin Institute in Warsaw, Poland (2008) and 6. International Chopin Competition for Young Pianists in Narva, Estonia (2006). Among many awards at chamber music competitions which he has won, the most important are those at The ORPHEUS Swiss Chamber Music Competition in Bern, Switzerland (2015), The International Chamber Music Competition at Bronislaw Huberman Philharmonic in Czestochowa, Poland (2013) and The Polish Duo Competition in Warsaw, Poland (2012).
This young artist has already been invited for such prominent festivals as „Kissinger Sommer” in Bad Kissingen, “Festspiele Europäische Wochen” in Passau (Germany), „NCPA May Festival” at National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, Gulangyu Summer Music Week in Xiamen (China), International Festival “Jeunes Virtuoses à Ennejma Ezzahra” in Sidi Bou Said (Tunisia), “Chopin au Jardin du Luxembourg” in Paris (France), “Kyoto International Music Students Festival” in Japan, International Chopin Piano Festival in Duszniki Zdroj (Poland), “Transatlantic” Interational Music and Film Festival and „Malta Festival” in Poznan (Poland) and UNSOUND Festival in Cracow (Poland). He has successfully performed in such venues as Zentrum Paul Klee and Konzerthaus „Kultur-Casino” in Bern, UNESCO in Paris, Polish National Opera and National Philharmonic Hall in Warsaw and many other philharmonic halls in Poland.|
In July 2014 he recorded an album „Unchained” together with Lutoslawski Piano Duo (Bartek Wąsik/Emilia Sitarz) and Joanna Duda (piano), with the music of Tomasz Sikorski and Julius Eastman, released by Bôłt Records. The album was awarded with „Supersonic Award” of the „Pizzicato” magazine as well as won a nomination for International Classical Music Award.
Due to his successes, he was awarded many special prizes and scholarships, such as those awarded by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, the Minister of National Education, the Minister of Science and Higher Education, Dongsan Research Foundation, Société Générale, LYRA Stiftung, Rita Zimmermann Musik-Stiftung and many others.

PAULINA TKACZYK

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Doktor sztuk muzycznych w dyscyplinie artystycznej instrumentalistyka. Absolwentka Akademii Muzycznej w Krakowie w klasie klawesynu Prof. Bogumiły Gizbert-Studnickiej oraz Hochschule für Musik we Freiburgu w klasie klawesynu i pianoforte Prof. Roberta Hilla (dyplomy z wyróżnieniem). Ukończyła również studia podyplomowe w Hochschule für Musik und Theater w Monachium w klasie klawesynu Prof. Christine Schornsheim uzyskując Dyplom Koncertowy. Studiowała także grę na flecie barokowym traverso u Prof. Karla Kaisera oraz u Prof. Michaela Schmidta-Casdorffa. Swoje umiejętności rozwijała na wielu mistrzowskich kursach klawesynowych i fletowych. Pracowała wtedy pod kierunkiem takich profesorów jak: H. Dreyfus, K. Gilbert, C. Tilney, B. van Asperen, R. Kohnen, J. Christensen, I. Wjuniski, W. Kłosiewicz, B. Kuijken, J. Ogg, R. Brown. W 2003 roku zdobyła wyróżnienie na Konkursie Klawesynowym Wyższych Uczelni Niemieckich w Saarbrücken. Za szczególne osiągnięcia artystyczne otrzymała Nagrodę Edukacyjną Miasta Krakowa, Stypendium Twórcze Miasta Krakowa, „Sapere Auso” Małopolskiej Fundacji Stypendialnej, Stypendium Ministra Kultury i Dziedzictwa Narodowego RP „Młoda Polska”, Stypendium DAAD Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst. W 2002 roku założyła zespół „Cantica Sacra”, następnie „Musica Graziosa” (2008 r.) oraz „Ad libitum” (2010 r.). Współpracuje również z wieloma zespołami polskimi i zagranicznymi. Prowadzi kursy i wykłady poświęcone wykonawstwu muzyki barokowej. Koncertuje jako klawesynistka, pianistka i flecistka w kraju i za granicą. Brała udział w wielu prestiżowych festiwalach i koncertach w Polsce, Francji, Niemczech, Słowacji i Szwajcarii – między innymi: XXIX Festiwal Pianistyki Polskiej w Słupsku, XIII Ogólnopolski Festiwal „Tydzień Talentów w Tarnowie”, Tynieckie Recitale Organowe, Muzyka w Starym Klasztorze w Łodzi-Łagiewnikach, „Tempus Paschale” w Lublinie, Gliwicki Festiwal Bachowski, III Festiwal Cichej Muzyki w Toruniu, 32 Międzynarodowy Festiwal „Muzyka w Starym Krakowie”, XIX Festiwal Muzyki Dawnej w Zamku Królewskim w Warszawie, XI Międzynarodowy Festiwal Organowy w Zakopanem, XVI i XVII Międzynarodowy Festiwal Muzyki Organowej i Kameralnej w Wolsztynie, „Letnie Podgórskie Koncerty” w Krakowie, V. Festiwal Muzyczny im. Theodora Christopha, koncerty w cyklu „Wieczory Wawelskie” oraz wielokrotnie w festiwalach: „Młodzi Artyści w Krakowie”, Dni Bachowskie, Festiwal de Musique Baroque d’Auvergne (Francja). W 2014 roku wydała solową płytę – Ch.S. Binder: Sei Suonate per il Cembalo op.1, kolejne dwie, nagrane z Europejską Kameralną Orkiestrą Barokową „IL Giardino d’Amore” ukażą się w 2015 roku.

JOANNA KONARZEWSKA

Polska skrzypaczka pochodząca z Łodzi. Jest absolwentką Akademii Muzycznej w Krakowie oraz Syddansk Musikkonservatorium og Skuespillerskole w Odense. W latach 2009-2014 była koncertmistrzem orkiestry Polskiej Filharmonii Bałtyckiej. Od 2014 roku jest koncertmistrzem orkiestry Filharmonii im. K. Szymanowskiego w Krakowie. Jest laureatką konkursów muzyki kameralnej i skrzypcowej, m.in. I Ogólnopolskiego Konkursu Młodych Skrzypków im. Eugenii Umińskiej w 2005 roku w Poznaniu, X Konkursu Skrzypcowego im. Karola Lipińskiego i Henryka Wieniawskiego w 2006 roku w Lublinie, I Ogólnopolskiego Konkursu Instrumentalistów Smyczkowych w 2006 roku w Krakowie. W 2008 roku otrzymała nagrodę dla najlepszego instrumentalisty smyczkowego podczas ISA objętego programem Wiedeń – Praga – Budapeszt. W 2014 roku wygrała ogólnoduński konkurs Den Danske Strygerkonkurrence (również nagroda przyznawana przez orkiestrę Aarhus Symphony Orchestra). W 2014 roku była koncertmistrzem orkiestry, solistką oraz pedagogiem podczas Carl Nielsen Masterclasses w Danii. Brała udział w licznych kursach mistrzowskich instrumentalistyki solowej, kameralnej i orkiestrowej, m.in. w Łańcucie, Puławach, Żaganiu, Kołobrzegu, AISOI – Australian International Summer Orchestra Institute w Tasmanii, ISA –

Internationale Sommerakademie w Semmering (Austria). Była stypendystką Ministra Kultury i Dziedzictwa Narodowego oraz Małopolskiej Fundacji Stypendialnej „Sapere Auso”. W 2012 i 2013 roku była nominowana do nagrody kulturalnej miasta Gdańsk. J. Konarzewska ma na swoim koncie współpracę z takimi orkiestrami jak: Odense Symfoniorkester, Aarhus Symfoniorkester, NOSPR, Orkiestra Filharmonii w Krakowie, Orkiestra Filharmonii Bałtyckiej w Gdańsku, Orkiestra Akademii Beethovenowskiej, Polska Filharmonia Kameralna Sopot, Orkiestra Kameralna Hanseatica, Elbląska Orkiestra Kameralna, Orkiestra Kameralna Progres.

Łukasz Długosz

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Łukasz Długosz is recognized by critics as a leading flutist in our time. He is a graduate of the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich, the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris and Yale University (USA). He has won several prestigious international competitions in Paris, Munich, Odense (Denmark), and Viggiano (Italy). He has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in Europe, Asia and the USA, and with many renowned European orchestras at venues such as Carnegie Hall (New York), the Musikverein and Konzerthaus (Vienna), the Konzerthaus in Berlin, Munich Philharmonic and the Gewandhaus in Leipzig (Germany). He has played under such conductors as Zubin Mehta, James Levin, Krzysztof Penderecki, Jacek Kaspszyk, Agnieszka Duczmal, Helmuth Rilling, and Jerzy Maksymiuk.

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Kwadrofonik

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Kwadrofonik was established in 2005 as a result of the merger of two duos: percussion and piano, Magdalena Kordylasińska and Miłosz Pękala (Hob-Beats Duo), and Emilia Sitarz and Bartłomiej Wąsik (Lutosławski Piano Duo). These have formed the only such quartet in Poland and one of few in the world. In 2006 the group won the Grand Prix, the Audience Award and the Award of the Mayor of Warsaw at the 9th Polish Radio Folk Festival called “New Tradition”. Music critics have praised the ensemble as the most innovative of its kind, setting new directions in folk music.

Sinfonietta Cracovia

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Sinfonietta Cracovia developed from the “Young Cracovian Chamber Musicians”[Młodzi Kameraliści Krakowscy] ensemble which was founded in 1990. The talent, professional skills and commitment of the musicians and the freshness of their interpretation won them recognition but it was clear that the further development of this ensemble was only possible with stable financial assistance. Thanks to the support of Mr Krzysztof Penderecki and his wife Elżbieta the ensemble became a municipal orchestra in 1994 and was renamed the Orchestra of the Royal Capital City of Krakow Sinfonietta Cracovia [Orkiestra Stołecznego Królewskiego Miasta Krakowa Sinfonietta Cracovia]. For twenty years, the character of the orchestra was shaped by the excellent violinist, viola player and teacher Robert Kabara.

Dafô Quartet

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Established in 1993, this is the first female string quartet in Poland. The quartet has won the Frederyk prize twice for recordings of twentieth century Polish music, including the string quartets of G. Bacewicz, T. Baird, Penderecki, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, K. Meyer and P. Szymański. The Dafo Quartet specializes in performing contemporary music for which it has won many awards. Apart from contemporary music, the repertoire of the quartet includes chamber music of different eras, quintets, sextets, octets and concerts for string quartet and orchestra. The Dafo Quartet has won numerous awards at national and international competitions. The Quartet’s members are Justin Duda-Krane (violin), Danuta Augustyn (violin), Aneta Dumanowska-Bogacz (viola), and Anna Armatys-Borelli (cello).

Maciej Grzybowski

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Pianist and chamber musician who is passionate about music and focuses on compositions of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. He is the recipient of the main and special prize at the Twentieth-Century Music Competition for Young Performers organized by the Polish Society for Contemporary Music. He has played with the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra, Orchestra Aukso, Orchestra Leopoldinum, the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Krakow Philharmonic, and the Polish Radio Orchestra. He has worked with great musical personalities such as Jan Krenz, Witold Lutosławski, Krzysztof Penderecki and Jerzy Maksymiuk.

Krzysztof Chorzelski

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Viola player, professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, a member and co-founder of the Belcea Quartet, with whom he has performed in prestigious concert halls (Carnegie Hall, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels). Both the quartet and the artist attach great importance to encouraging young quartets by organizing intensive courses in the UK, US, Poland and Israel. The Belcea Quartet has released dozens of recordings under the EMI Classics label and features chamber music from Mozart to Ades.

Jadwiga Rappé

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One of the leading Polish contraltos of her generation. She graduated in Polish and Slavic Philology from the University of Warsaw; she was a student of Professor Zofia Brégy and a graduate of the Department of Vocal Music at K. Lipiński Music Academy in Wrocław in the class of Prof. Jerzy Artysz. She has been a member of the Association of Polish Artists and Musicians since 1977. In 2009, she was the artistic director of the “Łancuch ​​VI” festival, organized by the Witold Lutosławski Society. She was the Chair of the Board of the Witold Lutosławski Society from 2006-2009 and has also been the Chair of the Board of the Anna and Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz Museum in Stawisko since 2005. From 1995 to 2010 she was a lecturer at the Vocal Music Department at the Frederyk Chopin’s Association of State Music Schools and also at the Department of Vocal Music at the Frederyk Chopin Music University in Warsaw. She has also organised a number of outstanding concerts with the students of the Academy of Music. She has been a jury member at many auditions and vocal competitions in Poland and abroad. She was awarded the Gold Cross of Merit and won prizes at the International Bach Competition in Leipzig in 1980 and the Competition for Young Soloists in Bordeaux in 1981. Jadwiga Rappé has performed widely in leading concert halls and opera houses of Europe, the USA, Canada and Japan. She has also performed at most of Poland’s important cultural centres as well as in smaller towns. In total, she has performed in close to 2,000 concerts.

Maciej Frąckiewicz

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Maciej Frąckiewicz is the winner of one of the world’s most prestigious accordion competitions – XX Arrasate Hiri International Competition in Spain (2012). In 2013, he won Polityka magazine’s ‘Passport’ award. In 2012, he graduated with honours from the Fryderyk Chopin University in Warsaw in the accordion class of Professor K. Baran and studied under Professor G. Stopa at the 2014 Konzertexamen in HFM in Detmold, Germany. Under the Socrates – Erasmus programme he studied at ESMUC in Barcelona in the class of I. Alberdi. He works closely with composers, among others, Krzysztof Penderecki, for whom he has premiered more than 60 works.

Anna Zawisza

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Anna Zawisza graduated from the High School of Music in Tarnów in the class of double-bass and singing, and then with honours at the Department of Vocal and Acting Academy of Music in Krakow. As a soprano, she mainly performs early and contemporary music. She has appeared at many philharmonic halls and opera houses throughout Poland. She has, for many years, performed with the following ensembles: the Gabrielli Consort, Capella Cracoviensis, Silva Rerum, Harmonia Sacra and Estravaganza, ARA Ensemble, Trio Amadrums and the Polish Radio Choir under the distinguished conductors Gabriel Chmura, Antoni Wit, Paul McCreesh, Paul Goodwin, Helmut Rilling.

With the latter she performed Handel’s Messiah as a soloist in the Bach Academy in Krakow in 2003. She received scholarships from the Ministry of Culture in 2004. She has participated in many festivals in Poland, Germany and France. She has made numerous studio recordings including music for the play Łucja Szalona [Crazy Lucy] directed by Magdalena Piekorz, as well as the CD Musicalia Łańcuckie and four albums for the music label Musicon containing recently discovered music from the convent of Jasna Góra in Częstochowa.

Agata Szymczewska

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The violinist Agata Szymczewska was born in 1985 in Gdańsk. She graduated from the I. J. Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań under Professor Bartosz Bryła. Since 2004, she has been studying at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover with Professor Krzysztof Węgrzyn, and is currently conducting postgraduate studies there. In October 2010, she started working as an assistant at the Academy of Music in Poznań. In 2006 she won the first prize, the Gold Medal and the Audience Award at the TVP Kultura XIII International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition in Poznań, and in 2009 she won the “London Music Masters” award.

In October 2009 she made her debut at the Wigmore Hall, which resulted in an invitation to participate in a concert at the Royal Festival Hall with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Osmo Vänskä in autumn 2010. After this huge success, The Times of London wrote the following about her: “She plays with seriousness, mastery and musical wisdom beyond her years, sounding at times like a fiery young Ida Haendel”. In 2014 she joined the Szymanowski Quartet – one of the most renowned string quartets in the world. She has performed in famous concert halls such as Carnegie Hall in New York, the Théatre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, the Victoria Hall in Geneva, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Konzerthaus in Berlin, the Berwaldhallen in Stockholm, the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, and also in China, Japan, Korea, Canada and Israel.

Marta Dramowicz-Wojtacka

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She graduated in conducting from the Krakow Academy of Music (under Professor Rafał Jacek Delekta) and in organ (under Professor Józef Serafin). She also studied in Graz (Austria) under the direction of Martin Sieghart. She has conducted the philharmonic orchestras of Krakow and Olsztyn, as well as smaller ensembles in Poland and abroad (among others in Germany and Austria). She was an assistant conductor of the Krakow Opera and has worked at the Krakow Academy of Music, where she taught reading scores, led a contemporary music ensemble and assisted with leading the symphony orchestra. She has twice received a scholarship from the Ministry of Culture. She organised and conducted concerts by the Temporanea Orchestra (including music for silent films, Karłowicz’s songs – recompositions, a concert with choreography). She works with the Cracow Improvisers Orchestra and specializes in contemporary music of which she has performed many premieres. She is currently working on a doctorate devoted to the conducting of contemporary songs.

Amadrums Trio

Wiktora Chrobak-Mielec, Rafal Tyliba, Maciej Halon studied at the Academy of Music in Krakow in the percussion class of Professor Jan Pilch and Stanisław Welanyk. The ensemble has worked together since 2007. Its repertoire includes works of contemporary percussion featuring different combinations of instruments; compositions containing elements of music theatre and electronic music, works stylistically similar to jazz and their own original compositions. The ensemble has performed at many important festivals in Poland and abroad.

The trio specializes in performing contemporary and light music. They have given a number of premieres of Polish works some of which were written specially for them. Trio Amadrums won the Grand Prix at the “Sounds New” XIV International Contemporary Chamber Music Competition and first prize at the II International Contest for Teachers of Schools of Music. During their concerts, the audience will be introduced to works which combine elements of different cultures.

Ara Ensemble

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The contemporary chamber music ensemble Ara Ensemble was founded in October 1993 at the Academy of Music in Krakow in the Department of Contemporary Music, directed by Professor Adam Kaczyński. Ara Ensemble combines different styles and aesthetic conventions. They perform works representing a cross-section of music trends of the twentieth century: from impressionism, through serialism, graphic music, to the latest artistic ideas; sound experiments, instrumental theatre combining music with other arts. The main aim of the group is to promote chamber music by Polish composers of the second half of the twentieth and early twenty-first century, working both at home and abroad. In 1994, Ara Ensemble was honoured at the Contemporary Music Competition for Young Performers in Warsaw.In 1995, the ensemble took part in the International Gaudeamus Interpreters Competition in Rotterdam (The Netherlands).

In September, 1999, they were awarded a special prize for the interpretation of a piece of graphic work by Roman Haubenstock – Ramati “Constellations” at the Fifth International Competition of Young Culture in Düsseldorf (Germany). In 2005 they recorded a CD for the Canadian Composers’ Association in Edmonton. The group has performed in Poland, Denmark, Switzerland, Holland, Germany, France, and South Korea. They have has also participated in many festivals, reviews and music seminars in Poland. The ensemble comprise Renata Guzik (flute), Jakub Sztencel (clarinet), Michał Dąbek (cello) and Sławomir Kokosz (piano); other musicians are invited when needed.

George Tchitchinadze

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George Tchitchinadze is one of the Georgian Republic’s most esteemed artists. He has won the appreciation of audiences and critics thanks to his outstanding musical skills combined with personal charm and a warm, sensitive attitude towards musicians.
He began his career in 1998 as an opera conductor, conducting a gala concert at the International Opera Festival in Tbilisi. In 2000 he was appointed professor and conductor at the Conservatory of Tbilisi, and since 2004 he has been the artistic director and conductor of the Opera and Ballet Theatre in Tbilisi.
George Tchitchinadze has conducted many orchestras in the Georgian Republic, as well as orchestras from other parts of the world, including the following orchestras from Poland: Sinfonia Juventus, the Polish Baltic Philharmonic, Sinfonia Varsovia and the Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra. 

In 2004, he led the National Symphony Orchestra of Azerbaijan and the Syrian Symphony Orchestra in Damascus. In 2007 he conducted the State Symphony Orchestra of Lithuania in Vilnius and the Lithuanian National Chamber Orchestra. In 2008, he toured Israel with Tbilisi’s State Opera and Ballet, performing in Jerusalem, Quiriat Haim, Herzliya and Rishon LeZion. In March 2011 he led the Het Orkest van het Oosten orchestra in Enschede in the Netherlands, and in 2012 he began working with the Dutch Radio Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Polish Quartet at the Deutsche Oper Berlin

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Founded in 2002, it is composed of Polish musicians who are members of the Deutsche Oper Berlin orchestra. It is comprised of the concertmaster, the outstanding Polish violinist Tomasz Tomaszewski (first violin), and the following musicians Piotr Prysiażnik (second violin), Sebastian Sokół (viola) and Maryjka Pstrokońska-Nawratil (cello). After an excellent debut at the Musiktage festival in Koblenz they started touring elsewhere in Germany, Poland, Norway and Italy, earning the reputation of outstanding performers of contemporary Polish music. The quartet have taken part in a famous series of concerts organized by the Universität der Künste in Berlin, presenting works of the Polish pupils of Franz Schreker, which in turn has aroused interest in the works of such composers as Jerzy Fitelberg, Joachim Mendelssohn and Karol Rathaus.

The European Forum of Polish Music, whose honorary president is Krzysztof Penderecki, was established in Berlin in 2012 thanks to the initiative of the quartet. As part of this, the quartet is realising the long-standing project “Poland Abroad” devoted to the following Polish composers who have lived or are living abroad – Alexandre Tansmann, Szymon Laks, Andrzej Panufnik, Andrzej Czajkowski, Piotr Moss and Witold Szalonek.

Michał Dworzyński

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A conductor who has, since September 2013, been the Artistic Director of the Karol Szymanowski Philharmonic in Krakow. Many critics have praised him as one of the most interesting young conductors in Europe. His international career was launched by winning the Donatella Flick Conducting Competition in London in 2006, owing to which he received a two-year position as the assistant conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, where he worked, among others, with Valery Gergiev and Sir Colin Davis. He also won second prize at the II International Conducting Competition Prix Credit Suisse in Grenchen (Switzerland, 2002) and won competitions in Zagreb (Lovro von Matačić 2003) and Suwon (South Korea) in 2005.

He graduated with honours from his conducting studies at the Warsaw Academy of Music (now the Fryderyk Chopin Music University) under the direction of Antoni Wit and the Hanns Eisler Hochschule für Musik in Berlin in the class of Christian Ehwald. In March 2015 he received a doctorate from the Fryderyk Chopin Music University in Warsaw for his thesis devoted to the selected symphonic poems of Richard Strauss. He was a fellow of the Japanese-Polish Music Foundation JESC (2004) and has received scholarships from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. He has performed with leading orchestras in Europe, Australia, South Africa, the United States and Japan.