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.
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 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.
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).
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.