EDITION 2018

 

Daniel Brylewski - piano 
Pianist, chamber musician, interpreter of 20th and 21st century music. A graduate of the prestigious international Academy of the new music Ensemble Modern (IEMA). He graduated from the Fryderyk Chopin Music Academy in the class of Bronisława Kawalla (piano), Jerzy Artysz (opera singing) and Maciej Paderewski (chamber music). He continued his studies at the Hochschule der Künste Bern with Tomasz Herbut, Pierre Sublet and Louise Hopkins. He deepened the art of interpretation of contemporary music collaborating with the most eminent artists such as Thomas Adés, Peter Ruzicka, Franck Ollu, Ueli Wiget, Hermann Kretschmar, Stephan Winkler or Rüdiger Bohn (as a member of the European Workshop for Contemporary Music) Daniel Brylewski is the laureate of the International Contemporary Music Competition in Krakow (first prize for Piano Duo, 2008), the Miłosz Magina competition in Paris and the competition for contemporary music interpreters "Nicati" in Bern. In the season 2013/14 he was a scholarship holder of the Swiss foundation "Clavarte". From 2014, member of the Ensemble of new music "Chromoson" (South Tyrol, Italy). The artist has made many world premieres of works by Polish and foreign composers and recordings. Currently, he is promoting his latest CD with "Concord" Sonata by Charles Ives, winning enthusiastic reviews in Poland and abroad. He has given concerts at many international festivals, including Warsaw Autumn, UltraSchall Berlin, Manifeste Paris, Cresc Frankfurt, Festival Royaumont, Musikfestival Bern, Hong Kong-Vienna Festival, Festival Donaueschingen, Darmstadt Festival and others.

MESSAGES QUARTET
Quartet has been founded in 2014 and in just a year won the Second Prize, Silver Medal and a Special Award for interpretation of Shostakovich’s Quartet in the Second International Competition of Chamber Music in Plovdiv (Bulgaria, X 2015). The Quartet has also been recognized by the Polish Minister of Culture and National Heritage and in February 2016 awarded a grant under “Young Poland” Scholarship Programme, thanks to which in 2017, the debut record of the ensamble containing the recording of string quartets by Szymon Laks was released by the record company DUX. The album received excellent reviews in the French, German, British, American and Polish press. The ambition of the Messages Quartet is to promote Polish chamber music, especially the less known and the most recent. The repertoire of the Quartet includes both works by Polish composers – Laks, Panufnik, Weinberg, Szymanowski, Moniuszko, Bacewicz and other world’s greatest masterpieces of quartet repertoire. The Ensamble has already made several world premieres of polish and foreign composers. Messages Quartet members graduated from Fryderyk Chopin University in Warsaw and Academy of Music in Krakow. They completed their postgraduate soloist studies and master courses at leading European universities (Paris, Brussels, Vienna, Stuttgart). Besides concert activity, the musicians are lecturers at the Academy of Music in Katowice and Krakow. Moreover they cooperate with the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice, the Beethoven Academy Orchestra and Sinfonietta Cracovia. Artists have been awarded prizes in international competitions, both in solo and chamber music, and have won scholarships granted by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage and other institutions supporting artists all over the world. Messages Quartet performs in Poland and abroad (Vienna, London and Moscow). It presents a versatile and innovative repertoire in a series of chamber music concerts in NOSPR in Katowice. The Quartet makes often appearances in the cultural capital of Malopolska and in Warsaw where cooperates with the Faculty of Composition at the University of Music F. Chopin in Warsaw, resulting in further quartet premieres of native artists of the young generation. Artists collaborated with such artists as Olga Pasichnyk, Wojciech Koprowski, Robert Kwiatkowski. At the end of 2014 the Messages Quartet recorded chamber works of Philip and Xaver Scharwenka (released by Publishing House of the Academy of Music in Krakow).

Małgorzata Wasiucionek - violin
Was born in 1990. She graduated from the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, in prof. Roman Lasocki’s class. Now she studies in Mozarteum in Salzburg, prof. Pierre Amoyala’s class. She started her music education in Jelenia Góra under the direction of Ludmiła Sołowiewicz. As a soloist she gave concerts with many orchestras in Poland and abroad e.g. The Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic, Silesian Philharmonic Symphony, Baltic Philharmonics, Zielona Góra Philharmonic, Dolnośląska Philharmonic, Neue Lausitzer Philharmonie in Gӧrlitz, Loh-Orchestra of the City of Cottbus, and also the Orchestra of the City of Calgary. She is a laureate of many Polish and international competitions. Her latest achievements are: Stage II at the 14th International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition, 1st prize at the 4th Michał Spisak International Music Competition (2010) in Dąbrowa Górnicza, 1st prize and 4 special awards at the 7th Violin Competition Young Paganini (2009) in Legnica, special award at the 3rd J. Heifetz international Violin Competition (2009) in Vilnius, finalist of Competition of Concerts during workshops Morningside Music Bridge (2008) in Calgary. During courses both soloist and chamber ones she had lessons with remarkable violinists such as Maxim Vengerov, Ivry Gitlis, Roman Totenberg, Wolfgang Marschner, Konstanty Andrzej Kulka, Wanda Wiłkomirska. She is a laureate of the 7th scholarship programme Młoda Polska and other scholarships granted by the Minister of Culture, z Dolny Ślązak Programme.

Oriana Masternak - violin
started her musical education at the age of 7. She graduated from the Academy of Music in Cracow, Royal Conservatorium in Brussels, European Chamber Music Academy, Yale School of Music and the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. Her musical masters include renowned artists such as Johannes Meissl, Roman Reiner, Katalin Sebestyen, Małgorzata Skorupa, Magdalena Szczepanowska and Tokyo Quartet. She participated in numerous master classes. In 2015 Oriana Masternak achieved a title of Doctor of Arts after completing her doctoral dissertation about the music of French composer, Lucien Durosoir. Currently she works as an assistant teacher at Department of Violin and Viola at the Academy of Music in Cracow. She is the prizewinner of many international competitions: 2nd and “Schostakovich Prize” in Plovdiv (Bulgaria, 2015), 2nd in New York (2015), 3rd in Italy (2013), “Soloist.eu” Prize in Austria (2012), Josef Windisch Prize in Austria (2011), 3rd Prize in Italy (2011), 2nd Prize and Baerenreiter Urtext Prize in Holland (2011), 3rd prize in Kraków (2007), Prize for the best performance G. Bacewicz’s composition in Łódź (2003). Her excellent music skills where quickly recognized and resulted in many scholarships, among others from Polish Minister of Culture (twice), European Chamber Music Academy, Pacific Music Festival (Japan), Louise Willson Scholarship (Yale University, USA), Thomastik Infeld Vienna, Adam Mickiewicz’s Institute. In 2009-2012 Oriana was studying (with Vistula Quartet) in European Chamber Music Academy (ECMA), where she had an opportunity to work with the greatest artists. In March 2009, she was invited by prof. Ray Robinson from Palm Beach Symphony, as well as the Kravis Centre to perform in Palm Beach, Florida in USA. In July 2009, she had an opportunity (with Vistula Quartet) to work with Tokyo String Quartet as one of three chosen ensembles during Pacific Music Festival in Japan. In March 2012 Vistula was invited to take part in prestigious educational program of Yale School of Music: Norfolk Chamber Music Festival in USA. Since 2014 Oriana has been a founding member of Messages Quartet – a chamber music formation specializing in Polish music performance. She performs solo and as a chamber musician in Asia, North America and majority of European countries. She took part in many festivals, such as Norfolk Chamber Music Festival (USA), Festival Pablo Casals (Prades), Mozartiade (Augsburg), Kalkalpen Festival (Grossraming), Pacific Music Festival (Sapporo), 21. Frühling Wiener Festival (Konzerthaus, Wien), Polish Music Days (Moscow). She performed in Musikveren in Vienna, Pushkin Museum in Moscow and Carnegie Hall in New York.

Maria Dutka - viola
graduated with honors from the Academy of Music in Krakow in the class of Prof. Janusz Pisarski (2008). She did her postgraduate studies at Universtität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien under Prof. Wolfgang Klos and as. Ulrich Schönauer (2009), as well as at the prestigious European Chamber Music Academy (2011). She has been developing her skills at various master classes working under the guidance of musicians such as: S. Kamasa, A. Darzins, H. Beyerle, J. Meissl, P. Buck, A. Kouyoumdjian, Apollon Musagete Quartett, Tokyo String Quartet In 2015 she was awarded the title of Doctor of Arts. Since 2011 she has been a violist of the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice. As well she cooperates with other polish orchestras: Sinfonietta Cracovia, Capella Cracoviensis and Beethoven Academy Orchestra. She has won national and international competitions, among others, Second Prize and special prize for interpretation of Shostakovich’s music at the International Chamber Music Competition in Plovdiv (2015 ), Second Prize and Special Prize Baerenreiter Urtext Preis at the Charles Hennen Concours in Holland (2011), Third Prize at the International Competition of Contemporary Chamber Music in Krakow (2007).She has received numerous scholarship e.g. Programme “Young Poland”, Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage Republic of Poland, Scientific Scholarship of City of Krakow, the European Chamber Music Academy, Pacific Music Festival in Japan and the Adam Mickiewicz Institute. Maria Dutka as a chamber musician regularly performs in the various formations, systematically taking part in NOSPR Chamber Series. She has performed at such festivals as: Festival Pablo Casals (Prades), Mozartiade (Augsburg), Kalkalpen Festival (Grossraming), Pacific Music Festival (Sapporo), the Internationales Musikfest Goslar-Harz, Music Autumn in Przemysl. In March 2009, she gave concerts (with Vistula Quartet ) in USA, as well as the Kravis Centre in Palm Beach, receiving great reviews. Since 2014 she co-creates Messages Quartet – an ensemble specializing in the performance of Polish chamber music. The quartet has performed many times in Poland and abroad. In 2016 she started teaching as an assistant in the viola class of professor Pisarski in Musiac Academy in Krakow. She also gives summer masterclasses during Malopolska Academy of Talents.

Beata Urbanek-Kalinowska - cello
was born in Wroclaw. She entered the cello class of Professor Zdzisław Łapinski in the Academy of Music in Krakow where she graduated with honours in 2004. In 2004 she was awarded the Zygmunt Zaleski scholarship to completed her studies in Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris ‘Alfred Cortot’ in the cello class of Prof. Paul Julien. In 2005 she won the Diplôme Supérieur d’Enseignement – “A l’unanimite”. In the same year she entered postgraduate studies – Solistenclasse in the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Stuttgart, in the cello class of Prof. Peter Buck, where she graduated in 2008. Since 2007 she is an Assistant Professor in the Chamber Music Department in the Music Academy in Kraków. In 2012 Beata Urbanek-Kalinowska achieved a title of Doctor of Arts. Beata received a number of awards and honors. In 2010, Beata Urbanek-Kalinowska was invited as a lead cellist to join Nigel Kennedy’s new orchestra – The Orchestra of Life, with which she toured Germany and the United Kingdom. She had an honor of playing in duo with Nigel Kennedy the Two Parts Inventions by J. S. Bach arranged for violin and cello. She performed in the most prestigious halls such as: Gewandhaus Leipzig, Berlin Philharmonic, as well as the philharmonic halls in Munich, Cologne, Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Stuttgart, Freiburg, Mannheim and Nürnberg. As the lead cellist of the Orchestra of Life she performed also in the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Barbican, Birmingham Symphony Hall, the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester and many more. In 2011 she was invited to record with Nigel Kennedy his masterpiece The Four Elements for SONY Classical and the new edition of Antonio Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. Beata Urbanek-Kalinowska took part in master classes with Krzysztof Penderecki, Stanislaw Firlej, Marco Ylönen, Arvid Engegård and Peter Buck. As a chamber music player and a lead cellist she has taken part in several national and international festivals. Beata Urbanek-Kalinowska is a co-founder of the Beethoven Academy Orchestra, where she play as the first cellist. She has held scholarships from Polish and foreign foundations, as well as the City of Wroclaw and Krakow and from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage granted to outstanding young artists.

Trio Bacarisse
Formed by three prominent professors and soloists who decided to work in depth the great classic, romantic and modern written music repertoire for this formation Form the trio, Laura Rodriguez Moreno (violin), Juan Pedro Torres del Río (cello) and Gabriel Escudero Braquehais (piano) being outstanding soloists who decided to embark on a musical adventure that has led them to tour in several countries and throughout the country Spanish. Founded in 2010, they have created a great complicity between its components, achieving a great and extraordinary degree in music performance, achieving great success in its performances and being a reference today. In the repertoire of "Trio Bacarisse" are compositions of various styles, from classicism to the twentieth century, and is aimed at bringing music to all audiences. Their repertoire compose works of Brahms, Granados, Turina, Kreisler, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky and Piazzolla among others. They have performed with great success with audiences and critics acclaim, Triple Concerto by Beethoven in the Auditorium Villa de Molina, Infanta Elena Eagles, ADDA Alicante, Maestro Padilla de Almeria, El Batel of Cartagena and Smetana Hall in Prague with the Symphony Orchestra city of Elche, Symphony Orchestra of Murcia and Almeria city Orchestra and Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Virginia Martinez, Leonardo Martinez, Michael Thomas and Yalchin Adigezalov. Bacarisse trio has performed at the Musical Autumn Paris in seasons 2014/15 and 2015/2016 and in the current season in Vienna, Torrevieja, Granada France Paris, Chekia (Prague) Austria (Vienna), Sweden (Karlskrona) and piano Extravaganza Festival in Sofia (Bulgaria) Malta. Next season will have a tour in Viena, Germany, Italy and Poland. They have recently recorded a CD with works by Beethoven and Piazzolla.

Laura Rodriguez Moreno - violin
She started learning to play the violin with Prof. Unnur Pálsdóttir. She was the concertmaster of the Murcia Region Youth Orchestra and later a member of the Regional Orchestra, she also performed as a soloist. She made concert tours in Germany and the Netherlands. She graduated from the Conservatory in Murcia in the violin class with professor Joaquín Palomares and in chamber music class receiving the highest marks. While performing with the orchestra, she performed in Austria and Hungary, and played in the F. Liszt room in Budapest. She was a member of the Amicitia Chamber Orchestra conducted by J. Palomares. She was a laureate and finalist of prestigious violin competitions. She perfected her skills at post-graduate studies under the guidance of the outstanding violinist Prof. Amayak Durgarian. She took part in master classes with such artists as: Arkady Futer, Paul Roczek, Mikhail Kopelman and Jordi Mora. She performed as a chamber musician in various countries under the direction of Robert Canetti. He leads the violin class at the Conservatory of Music in Cartagena. Since 2009 he has been co-creating the "Bacio Trio". She performed as a soloist presenting the works of Sinfonia Concertante of W. A. ​​Mozart with the Orchestra Ciudad de Elche, Concerto for violin and orchestra in F minor F. Mendelssohn and Concerto in D major, Op. 61 Beethoven with the accompaniment of City Symphony Orchestra Elche and Murcia Symphony Región, under the direction of Leonardo Martinez, Virginia Martinez and Michael Thomas. In his repertoire he also holds the E major Concerto and Concert for two violins and orchestra by J.S. Bach. Performed a double concerto by J. Brahms together with the cellist Meehae Ryo, performing concerts in Krakow, Ancona, Como, Mantua, Malta and Bonn. He plays the violin Giuseppe Gagliano from 1784.

Juan Pedro Torres Del Río - cello
He studied with professors: José Manuel Cuadrado Caparrós and Mariano Melguizo Gómez, graduating with honors at the Conservatory of Music in Murcia. He improved his skills at postgraduate studies in Barcelona with professors: D. Marçal Cervera and D. Sergi Boadella. Selected as the only Spanish cellist, he took part in the VIII International Competition Rostropovich Internationa Violoncello Competition (Paris, 2003). He is the laureate of the 2nd National Cello Competition Florian de Ocampo and was awarded for the best interpretation of contemporary music (Zamor, 2005). Since 2009 he has been co-creating the Bacarisse Trio, with which he performs numerous concerts in Spain and Europe. His repertoire includes: E. Elgar's concert, which he performed with the Elche Symphony Orchestra in the Auditorium Infanta Elena de Águilas, J. Haydn's Concerto in C major with the Ororro of the Principality of Andorra at the Palau de la Música in Barcelona, ​​Kol Nidrei by Max Bruch and the Hungarian Rhapsody of K. Popper, which he performed with the Murcia Symphony Orchestra. Together with the Trio Bacarisse, he recorded a CD with works by Beethoven and Piazzolla on the occasion of the ensemble's fifth anniversary. In 2017 he appeared as a soloist with the Murcia Symphony Orchestra performing the Cello Concerto in H minor, Op. 104 Antonín Dvořák.

Gabriel Escuerdo - piano
Awarded many times, considered by music critics as one of the greatest Spanish pianists of his generation, Gabriel Escudero recently received an extraordinary prize in the music competition "Entre cuerdas y metalles" (2017) for his artistic activity. Escudero has performed in many halls in Europe, Asia and America (Spain, Italy, Germany, Bulgaria, Sweden, Czech Republic, Finland, China, etc.), received great reviews in newspapers such as La Verdad, El País, ABC, Die Welt. His performances of works by Brahms, Chopin and Rachmaninoff were broadcast in Spain by RNE and TVE (National Radio and Television of Spain). In the United States, WQXR (New York Classical Radio) and WFMT (Chicago Classical Radio) broadcast his performances of Granados, Mozart, Bach, Liszt and Chopin. He has performed at many international music festivals, playing solo or with orchestras and bands such as Kammerensemble from the Berlin Opera Orchestra, Ensamble Les Amis in Shanghai, Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra, Murcia Symhony Orchestra and Cartagena Chamber Orchestra. Escudero is the active founder of the Bacarisse Trio. He studied first in the hometown of Cartagena, then in Valencia and Madrid under the supervision of Carl Apellaniza, Anna Guijarro and Eldar Nebolsine. He was a scholarship holder at the Manhattan School of Music and earned a master's degree in art in 2008 in the Arkadi Aronov class. He received the Goldsmith Foundation Award and Schonberg Scholarship and completed post-graduate studies at Mannes College in 2010. In 2013, Gabriel received a PhD from the Manhattan School of Music in New York. In the United States, Gabriel Escudero premiered the works of American composers Doug Opel and Bruce Stark. He has performed in prestigious concert halls, such as Carnegie Hall, Cervantes Institute, The Queen Sofia Institute, The Scandinavian House, The Polish Consulate, the New York Historical Society Museum and the Chicago Cultural Center. Deeply interested in piano education, he conducts piano lessons at various schools, including Manhattan School of Music in New York, International Music School in Finland and the FaceArt Institute of Music in China.

Angelo Romagnoli - voice
Is an Italian Actor, Artistic Director and Translator. In his 25-year long career, he has played in English, Latin, Spanish and Italian, and has worked with world-renowned directors such as Rodolfo Santana (Mirando al Tendido), Mario Monicelli (Cavelleria Rusticana, Opera by Pietro Mascagni) and Jerzy Stuhr (Emigranci, by Sławomir Mrożek), and with relevant European companies and directors such as Grzegorz Bral/Pieśn Kosla, Tomasz Man, Massimiliano Civica, Gianni Farina/Menoventi, Carmen Giordano and Oscar De Summa. His repertory includes Heiner Muller, Harold Pinter, Samuel Beckett, Anton Cechov, Sławomir Mrożek and William Shakespeare which he has also translated in Italian. Angelo Romagnoli regularly works with composers from diverse musical and cultural backgrounds such as Classical (Kasia Szwed), Jazz (Giulia Tagliavia), Ambient and Experimental (Stefano De Ponti, The Somnambulist), Pop Music (Renzo Rubino). His most recent work in Poland has been Via Crucis by Paweł Łukaszewski directed by Tomasz Man and conducted by Marcin Nałęcz-Niesiołowski at the Opera Wrocławska.

Gajusz Kęska - piano
His studies in Academy of Music in Cracow in piano class of Professor Andrzej Pikul he finished in 2002 with distinction. In the same year he started post graduated study in master piano class of Professor Willem Brons in Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam, which he finished in 2005 as well with distinction (the highest mark). In March 2010 he got his PhD in music in Academy of Music in Cracow where nowadays he is leading his own piano class in piano department. He is a prize winner of national and international piano competition: National Polish Piano Competition EPTA in Cracow, International Piano Competition for Young Pianists in Gaillard in France, Polish Music Festival “Week of Talents” in Tarnów, Piano Competition “Tadeusz Żmudziński im Memoriam” in Cracow, Special Prize for the best performance of romantic music in International Piano Masterclass in Tel-Hai in Israel, International Pacific Piano Competition in Vancouver in Canada and International Piano Competition “Ciutat de Mallorca” in Palma de Mallorca. He was a scholarship holder of Polish Minister of Culture and Art for excellent results in music (1999 and 2001), Special Scholarship of Jűtting Foundation in Stendal in Germany for excellent results on competitions and concerts in 2001, Scholarship of Maestro Hans Vonk for excellent results in classical music (2002, 2003 and 2004), Special Prize of Schumann-Schimmel van Outeren Foundation for magnificent results in promoting classical music in Holland in 2005. Gajusz Kęska performs wide repertoire as a soloist (recitals and piano concerto with orchestra) and chamber music player. He regularly plays in prestigious halls during festivals and concerts in most of the countries of Europe and Canada, Japan, Chile, Peru, Equador and Israel. The most important of them are: International Chopin Festival „Chopin Tage” in Leipzig, Festival „Polish days” in Prague, Polish Composers Festival in Atma (house of Karol Szymanowski in Zakopane), „International Woche Festival” in Stefaniensall in Graz, Jutting Foundation Festival in Stendal, Gala Concert in Bosendorfersall in Vienna promotion Poland as a member of European Union, Recanti Auditorium in Tel-Aviv, Polish Embassy in Tokyo, Polish Master Pianist Festival in Słupsk, Gateway Theater in Vancouver, Holland Music Session in Holland, Auditorio Forteza in Palma de Mallorca, Vriendenkrans Music Festival in Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Festival of Prizewinners of Music Competitions in Philharmonic Hall in Katowice, Chopin Recitals in the house of F. Chopin in Żelazowa Wola, Teatro Oriente and Centrum Culturale de Providencia in Santiago de Chile with Orchestra Sinfonica de Providencia, St. Giles Cathedra in Edinburgh, Rainbow Theatre in Inverness, Teatro del Lago – during “Semanas Musicales” Festival in Frutillar (Chile), Auditorium Ricardo Palma in Lima and in Teatro Sucre in Quito, National Philharmony in Minsk (Belarus). In 2012 Gajusz Kęska made his phonographic debut with Piano Sonatas of Karol Szymanowski – this double-disc album was nominated for International Classical Music Awards 2013 in solo category, nomination for Fryderyk Award 2013 in category "album of the year - solo recital" and was awarded by "Excepcional Scherzo" from prestigious spanish classical music magazine "Scherzo".

EMES PIANO DUO
Anna Włodarczyk and Małgorzata Zdebska have constituted Emes Piano Duo since 2013. They are graduates of Music Academy in Cracow. They developed their skills as postgraduate students under Bartłomiej Kominek at Music Academy in Cracow. They have played at many festivals in Poland, such as: International Piano Duo Festival Duetissimo!, Wakacje z muzyką in Nowy Sącz, 9th Jerzy Waldorff Summer Festival in Radziejowice, XLII Music in Old Cracow Festival, Voice&Piano in Cracow. Piano duo also participated in student exchange program in Detmold (Germany) where they performed Le carnaval des animaux by Camille Saint-Saëns. In 2017 they won 2nd prize at the XXVII "Roma" International Piano Competition. Emes Piano Duo made their orchestra debut at 2nd International Piano Duo Festival Duetissimo!. Pianists pursue a teaching career and also cooperate with other soloists as accompanists.

CRACOW DUO
The prestigious magazine The Strad wrote about the Cracow Duo: “Kalinowski and Szlezer, friends since childhood, have a wonderfully natural rapport and there is an arresting quality to their playing that gives life to the music.” They studied together in Cracow and Paris and began to perform together as Cracow Duo fifteen years ago. Since that time their concerts and recordings received the highest critical acclaim in Poland and abroad with reviews in such media outlets as Polish National Radio, Slovenski Rozhlas, Radio Suddeutsche Rundfunk and important magazines and websites such as ClassiqueInfo, Classical Music Review, Res Musica, American Record Guide, Ruch Muzyczny, Twoja Muza. The Cracow Duo was heard in concert all across Europe and Asia, including a tour celebrating the centenary of Witold Lutosławski’s birth in 2013. In 2015 the Cracow Duo toured South Korea and the United States, performing at such prestigious venues as Seoul Arts Center in Seoul, Alfred Newman Hall in Los Angeles and Carnegie Hall in New York. Later that year, the artists performed the opening concert of their music tour in Mexico at the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes. Spring 2016 included their first tour in Argentina and Brazil with performances at the First Polish Music Festival at the State University in Campinas, Brazil. Their 2016 tour continued with a second visit to Mexico and concerts celebrating the 150th anniversary of the National Conservatory. They were reinvited to Brazil for the Second Polish Music Festival in Campinas. Cracow Duo visited also United States for the second time to perform an autumn 2017 tour with concerts of Polish music. In December 2017, at the Krzysztof Penderecki European Center of Music in Lusławice, they performed the world premiere of Krzysztof Meyer's "Musica concertante" with the Sinfonietta Cracovia Orchestra conducted by Jurek Dybał. Cellist Jan Kalinowski and pianist Marek Szlezer share a special commitment and fascination with music written by lesser-known Polish composers, whose works they tirelessly perform at home and abroad. Among their many programs, the Cracow Duo frequently presented compositions for cello and piano by Aleksander Tansman, Zygmunt Stojowski, Ludomir Rożycki and Tadeusz Majerski, as well as works by contemporary Polish and foreign composers written specially for them. In addition to concertizing, the Cracow Duo has been featured on several CD recordings. Their disc of works for piano and cello by Alexander Tansman (2009) was awarded the La Clef de Res Musica and nominated for Polish Music Awards. Published in 2010, their recording of Chopin’s chamber music was also recognized with La Clef de Res Musica and received a nomination for the Polish Recording Academy Fryderyk Award 2011. In 2014 DUX Records issued a special CD featuring works dedicated to Jan Kalinowski and Marek Szlezer. Both artists were also involved in recording CD on the occasion of the 80th birthday anniversary of Krzysztof Penderecki. This recording was awarded the Gramophone Editor’s Choice 2015 and nominated for the 2015 Fryderyk Award. Recorded with Jan and Marek, Joanna Freszel’s CD real life song, received two Fryderyk nominations in 2016. A similar understanding of music and common artistic vision coupled with an excellent command of the instrument and a high degree of experience on the concert platform have produced interpretations that are emotional, sincere and spontaneous.

Jan Kalinowski - cello
studied at the Music Academy in Cracow, the École Normale de Musique in Paris and the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Stuttgart under the guidance of Professors: Witold Herman, Paul Julien and Peter Buck. He has also taken part in master classes given by David Geringas, Ivan Monighetti and Arto Noras. He has held grants from Polish and foreign foundations, as well as the City of Cracow, the Malopolska Region and the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. He has received awards and favourable reviews at numerous competitions and festivals. He has recorded for radio and television, including the cello concertos by Witold Lutosławski (Lebanese National Orchestra, Azerbaijan State Philharmonic) and Marek Stachowski (Beethoven Academy Orchestra). At present he focuses on the cello works by Chopin, Tansman, Rożycki, Stojowski, Lutosławski and Penderecki. In 2014 he has performed cello concertos: K. Pendereckiego (Kalisz Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. A. Klocek); M. Weinberg (Beethoven Academy Orchestra, cond. J. Kaspszyk); Andrzej Panufnik (Tbilisi Conservatory Orchestra, cond. P. Kotla). He holds his own cello class at the Music Academy in Cracow, where he received his postdoctoral qualifications in music in 2015. He has led courses in Bremen, Karlsruhe, Mannheim, Fermo and Tbilisi within the framework of an international academic exchange programme. In 2014 DUX recording producers published a CD with his artistic project Polish Cello Music containing works by polish composers for cello ensembles from one to eight instruments. He is a teacher of the Malopolska Academy of Talents.

Marek Szlezer - piano
is one of the most sought-after Polish pianists of his generation. His career started with the Grand Prix at the International Piano Competition in Rome at the age of 12. He has studied at the École Normale de Musique in Paris, the Music Academy in Cracow and the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth in Belgium with Ewa Bukojemska, Abdel Rahman El Bach, Dmitri Bashkirov and Marcella Crudeli. He has held grants from Polish and foreign foundations, as well as the City of Cracow and the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. He is a prizewinner of many prestigious competitions in Poland and abroad. Many of his awards are for the interpretation of Chopin’s music. One of his recitals was on a historic piano once owned by the composer. He has performed with leading orchestras, including the English Chamber Orchestra and the National Polish Radio SO, and at such venues as the Palais des Beaux Arts, Salle Cortot, the Wigmore Hall and St.Martin-in-the-Fields. At present he concentrates on the music of Polish composers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He discovered the piano music of Jadwiga Sarnecka and recorded a selection of her compositions for DUX. He also prepared them for publication by the PWM Edition. He holds his own piano class at the Music Academy in Cracow, where he received his postdoctoral qualifications in music in 2015. He is the author of numerous research paper about piano works of Polish composers published by Polish Music Publishers PWM and Euphonium. He has recorded several albums for the recording companies Dux, EMI, Amadeus and Moderato Classics receiving an enthusiastic critical acclaim in prestigious musical magazines (among others Gramophone, Kulturspiegel, The Strad, Pizzicato, Fanfare, American Record’s Guide). He is a teacher of the Malopolska Academy of Talents.

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4-8 November 2018 | 5. Krakowska Jesień Muzyczna

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Elena Lola Loli

Graduated with honours from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. Her diploma work film “And I Am the World” took place in “Coming Out 2014” exhibition of best diploma works. Author of graphic and musical performances based on contemporary music and surreal literature. Film and stage actress. Polish Film Academy Award winner – in 2009 she received “Eagle” for role in the movie “Little Moscow”.
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