Artists from previous editions

Artists 2013

The Silesian String Quartet

Szymon Krzeszowiec -1st violin
Arkadiusz Kubica - 2nd violin
Łukasz Syrnicki - viola
Piotr Janosik - cello

      Has been performing since 1978. At the beginning of their activity the Quartet's musicians developped their artistic skills participating in masterclasses given by the members of the LaSalle, Amadeus, Juilliard, Smetana and Berg string quartets. The ensemble's repertoire includes over 400 pieces of chamber literature, of which almost 200 were written by 20th-century composers. More than 100 works, by Polish and foreign composers, were premiered by the Silesian String Quartet and many of them were dedicated to this ensemble. The Silesian String Quartet performed at numerous festivals in many European countries, as well as in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Japan and Hong Kong. The ensemble played successfully in such famous concert halls as Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Konzerthaus in Vienna, De Singel in Antwerp, Schauspielhaus in Berlin, Tivoli in Copenhagen, Salle Pleyel in Paris, Carnegie Hall in New York, Jordan Hall in Boston, Hoam Art Hall in Seul or Bellas Artes in Mexico City. Apart from performances, the ensemble recorded almost 40 albums, containing mostly contemporary music. Three of them received the national Polish music award “Fryderyk” for the best chamber recording. The Silesian String Quartet's CDs are labelled by ECM, EMI Poland, Olympia, CD Accord and Radio Katowice. In 1993, the Silesian Quartet launched an annual chamber music festival held under the motto "Silesian Quartet and its guests". During this event, chamber works are performed by the Silesian String Quartet and soloists or other ensembles invited to take part in the Festival. Since 2005, the Self-Government of Gliwice has been the patron of The Silesian String Quartet and the Music Theatre of Gliwice has been its partner.

Artelier Consort

Gustaw Ciężarek - violin 
Łukasz Nazarczuk - violin 
Gwidon Ciężarek - violin 
Anna Barańska - viola
Wojciech Sławiński - cello
Soyeon Lim - keyboard
Daniel Popiałkiewicz - guitar
Rafał Krzanowski - instrumenty perkusyjne

      Ensamble made specially for Artelier International Chamber Music Festival. Member of Artelier Consort are musicians known from earlier editions of Festival.
Gustaw Ciężarek
Was born in Poland. Graduated from the State Music School in Szczecin where he studied with Prof. Roman Wolf, and the Feliks Nowowiejski Secondary Music School  where he studied with Prof.  Michał  Cebrij.  Continued  his  studies  at  the  Frederic Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw with Prof. Mirosław Ławrynowicz, Prof. Konstanty Andrzej Kulka, Prof. Roman Lasocki and Dr. Andrzej Gębski. For many years participated in Master Classes of String Instruments in Łańcut, Zakopane and Frombork, mastering his skills with Marina Yashvili, Wolfgang Marschner, Roland Baldini, Robert Szreder, Helen Brunner. Awared a scholarship for Masterclasses in Goch in Germany (twice). A prizewinner of violin competitions in Poznań and Elbląg (Poland). In 2009 has been laureate of Grand Prix in 6th International “Forgotten Polish Music” Competition organized by Acte Prealable label. In 2008 has been laureate of 2nd prize and special prize for best performing netherland composer's work in "12th International Contemporary Chamber Music Competition". Performed Tchaikovsky, Wieniawski and Mendelsohn’s violin concertos as a soloist with the Szczecin Philharmonic Orchestra, Szczecin Opera House Orchestra and International Youth Orchestra Pomerania. Awarded scholarships by the Major of Szczecin and “TPS - Friends of Szczecin Society”. From 2008 is Concertmaster of Lomza Philharmonic.
Łukasz Nazarczuk
Born in 1982 in Szczecin where he finished his education in the music secondary school in Prof. Wladimir Ivaniciw’ s class. Since 1999 he has taken part in master music course, for example with Vadim Brocki, Martina Jaszfila, Krzysztof Jakowicz, Batosz Bryla and Robert Szreder. He performed as a soloist with a Polish – German orchestra ‘Pomerania’ conducted by Wolfgang Shpitz. Three times he was the winner of the first prize of the Szczecin composer competition. In 2008 he graduated from EJ Paderewski Music Academy in Poznan in Prof. Michal Grabarczyk’s class. He was a member of many chamber music ensembles performing in Poland and abroad. Co-author of many chamber music recordings. In 2009 he completed his post-graduate studies, with a specialization in Baroque violin studies, at the Posnan Music Academy in Mikolaj Zgolka’s class. He gives concerts and teaches at a music school.
Anna Barańska
A viola-player, born on 28th April 1986 in Lodz. She was granted The Scholarship of the Prime Minister of Poland. She is a graduate of 1st and 2nd degree of the Henryk Wieniawski Music High School in Lodz. In 2010 she graduated from the Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music in Lodz, in the class of dr hab. (senior doctor lecturer) Róża Wilczak-Płaziuk and in the same year she started doctoral studies at the academy. She perfected her skills at International Music Courses in Łańcut in the class of Prof. Irena Albrecht and in Weimer and Lodz under the supervision of such teachers as Prof. Zbigniew Frieman, Prof. Dariusz Korcz amd Hans Rottman. As a soloist and chamber musician she also took part in numerous competitions at home and abroad (Warsaw, Lodz, Pörtschach). Since 2009 she has cooperated on a regular basis with the Witold Lutoslawski Chamber Philharmonic in Łomża. She also cooperates with the Polish Camerata chamber orchestra. Apart from her concert activities as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician she also takes part in music and television recordings.
Soyeon Lim
She completed Gimcheon High School of Arts in the class of Prof. Myeong-Hee Lee. She graduated from Keimyung University of Music in Korea in the class of Prof. Jung Yeon Kim and Prof. Andrzej Dutkiewicz and also from the F. Chopin Music Academy in Warsaw in the class of Prof. G. Sterczyński. She also completed post graduate studies in chamber music in Prof. K. Makowska – Lawrynowicz’s class. Participated in master music courses in Zamość in the class of Prof. E. Wolanin. In 2009 she won the Grand Prix prize in the 6th Edition "Polish Forgotten Music" organized by the producers Acte Prelable. Winner of 2nd prize and special award for the best performance at ‘XII International Competition of Contemporary Music’ in Kraków (2008). Winner of 2nd prize in a Korean piano competition in Daeg (South Korea). At the age of 16 years she performed as a soloist the 5th piano concerto by Beethoven with the Gimcheon High School of Arts orchestra. In 2006 she worked as a pianist and accompanist with ‘Opera na Zamku’ in Szczecin preparing for the musical ‘My Fair Lady’ in Schwedt (Germany). Since 2007 she has worked as a pianist, chamber musician and accompanist with the national philharmonic, giving a series of concerts for young people throughout Poland. In 2006 she recorded the music for the new theatre play ‘Romans z Czechowem’ in Łódź. She played music for the international theatre – musical performances of ‘Łasztownia-Lastadie’ (2006) and ‘Recycling’ (2009) created by Kana Theatre in Szczecin. As a soloist and a chamber musician she participated in many festivals, for example. International Festival for Contemporary Music in Daeg (2005), 10th International W. Lutosławski Festival of Contemporary Music in Szczecin (2007), 4th and 5th International Chamber Music Festivals in Wałbrzych (2007, 2008), 4th Summer Festival ‘W Krainie Chopina’ in Warsaw (2008), 4th Autumn Festival ‘Sacrum et Musica’ in Łomża (2008), Polish Music Festival ‘Swego nie Znacie’ in Koszalin (2009). Since 2009 she has worked as a pianist at the international Music Courses in Łańcut in the classes of Prof Helen Brunner and Prof. Dariusz Smolarski.
Gwidon Ciężarek
A secondary school student at OSM II degree in Szczecin in the class of Prof. Malgorzata Makulec. Former pupil of PPSM in Szczecin in the class of Michal Cebrij. Participant in many of the International Music Courses in Łańcut where he has workjed with Prof. Helen Brunner, Prof. Mirosław Ławrynowicz, Prof. Andrzej Gębski, Prof. George Michel. Participant in music courses in Szczecin where he worked with Prof. Wanda Wiłkomirska, Prof. Joe Wawrowski, Prof. Michal Grabarczyk, Prof. Bartosz Bryla, Prof. Marcin Baranowcki, Prof. Jan Stanięda. Prize winner in Polish and international violin competitions:
- O. Rieding Polish Violin Competition in Warsaw – distinction (2004)
- Young Polish violinists in Plock – distinction (2006)
- 1st competition ‘Violin for Best’ in Szczecin - 3rd place (2007)
- 2nd competition ‘Violin for Best’ in Szczecin – distinction (2008)
- M. Lawrynowicz International competition in Plock – distinction (2009)
- Ph. Telemann International contest in Poznań – Finalist (2010)
- Tadeusz Wroński Polish Violin Competition in Tomaszow Mazowiecki – 2nd (2010)
President of Szczecin Scholarship, Friends of Szczecin Society and Children Fund Scholarships.
Wojciech Sławiński
In 2004 he graduated with distinction from F. Chopin Music Academy in the class of K. Michalik. At present he is a ‘cellist at the Theatre of Grand Opera and the leader of the ‘Synaxis’ group. From 2003 to 2006 he worked and performed with the UBS Verbier Festival Orchestra under the direction of James Levine, Neeme Järvi, Valery Gergiev, Yurij Temirkanov, Nico Frank, Christoph von Dohnany, Charles Dutoit and great soloists such as Martha Argerich, Sarah Chang, Anna Silja, Leif Ove Andsnes, Lang Lang, Mischa Maisky, Yuri Bashmet, Vadim Repin, Maxim Vengerov, Joshua Bell, Thomas Quasthoff. Winner of distinctions at the Chamber Music Competition in Łódź (1996), Kazimierz Wiłkomirski Competition in Poznań (1997), Bach Competition in Zielona Góra (1998), 2nd prize in the ‘cello competition in Elbląg (1998), Kiejstut Bacewicza International Chamber Music Competition in Lodz and semi-finalist in the 1982 International ‘cello competition in Viña del Mar in Chile (2001). As a participant in the master courses in ‘cello playing, chamber music and composing he worked under the direction of Stanisław Firlej, Andrzej Orkisz, Victoria Yagling, Claus Reichardt, Kurt Levin, Mirosław Ławrynowicz, Wolfgang Marschner, Michal Trojanowski, Andrew Tlom, Young-Chang Cho and Pavel Głąbik.

Konrad Bukowian

2012 – the Łódź Voivodeship Marshal Award for accomplishments in the field of creative output;
2011/2012 – three solo performances with his hometown orchestra:
October 2011 – the forgotten Oriental Serenade for cello and orchestra by Dawid Popper (conducted by Wojciech Rodek) performed at the concert to mark 70 years since the Deportation of Jews from the Western Europe to the Łódź Ghetto;
November 2011 – The Katyń Elegy for cello and orchestra by Jan Krenz (conducted by the composer himself);
April 2012 – Violoncelles Vibrez! for two cellos and orchestra by Giovanni Sollima, accompanied by Bukowian’s master Ivan Monighetti.
January 2013 – a solo performance in the Sinfonia Concertante in B flat major Op. 84 by J. Haydn;
2009 – a performance with the Łódź Philharmonic Orchestra in the Double Concerto for violin, cello and orchestra, Op. 102 by Johannes Brahms;
Apart from playing solo and with orchestras Bukowian has been developing his passion for old music. In July 2011 he set up the iBaroque! ensemble.
In 2012 he gave his first solo performance on a baroque cello during the opening of the Colours of Poland Festival, accompanied by his ensemble.
The support he received from the Łódź Philharmonic Orchestra allowed him to carry out his first original project dedicated to French baroque music – The Bourgeois Gentleman, a monologue-suite for a baroque orchestra and a narrator. 
The project, based on the music by J.B. Lully and Molière’s comedy of the same name, is an experimental mixture of an old music concert, performed using original instruments, and the elements of acting and dance.
In June 2012 he debuted as a conductor with the iBaroque! and the Łódź Philharmonic Orchestra on the stage of the latter.

Daniel Popiałkiewicz

Daniel Popiałkiewicz 

A guitar player and jazz-rock composer. A graduate of the Academy of Music in Katowice at the Faculty of Jazz and Stage Music. In 2008-2009 he lectured at the University of Zielona Góra at the Faculty of Jazz and Popular Music. He performs on a regular basis with Łona & the Pimps (three albums recorded, including the Gold Album Cztery i pół) as well as with Marcin Wyrostek, the winner of the Poland’s Got Talent show (also three albums recorded, including the four-time Platinum Album for Magia Del Tango and the Fryderyk 2010 nomination). He has also cooperated with such groups as The Globetrotters (the group of Bernard Maseli, Kuba Badach and Nippy Noya; on the latest album), Sound Smugglers (Marek Raduli, Krzysztof Ścierański) and Button Hackers. In 2008 he began a solo career. The record label Fonografika released his two solo albums: The hope for tomorrow and Solstice.

Maciej Garbowski 
The graduate of the Jazz Institute (2004) and the Faculty of Instruments (2005) at the Academy of Music in Katowice. In 2002-2005 he was a member of the Aukso Chamber Music Orchestra, conducted by Marek Moś. He is the co-founder of the nationally and internationally acclaimed RGG trio (2001). He was also the initiator and organiser of the iMp International Music Project. Since 2007 he has been teaching in the class of double bass and bass guitar at the Academy of Music in Katowice. He is also a member of Tomasz Stańko’s New Balladyna Project.
Over the years he has been awarded numerous prizes, including: 1st Prize at the Bielska Zadymka Jazzowa Festival in 2002 and 2007, 2nd Prize and the Audience Prize at the 27th Internacionale Festival de Jazz in Getxo (Spain) in 2003, the Key to Career award at the Pomeranian Jazz Autumn Festival in 2003, the Jazz Record of the Year by the Rzeczpospolita daily and Radio Jazz (RGG – Unfinished Story), the 2008 Music Lovers Award for the best Polish jazz album (RGG – Unfinished Story).
Cooperation: RGG, Maciej Obara Trio, Aukso Chamber Music Orchestra, Tomasz Stańko, Terje Rypdal, Thomas Gustafsson, Jon Fält, Antoine Roney, Jan “Ptaszyn” Wróblewski.

Krzysztof Gradziuk 
Born: 04.06.1979
A jazz percussionist and a teacher. A graduate of the Institute of Jazz at the Academy of Music in Katowice. In 2003 he was awarded a one-term scholarship from the Hohschule für Musik und Theater in Leipzig (Germany) and in 2004 he took part in the Summer Jazz Workshop in Louisville (USA) in the class of John Riley and Steve Davis. In 2004 he was granted the scholarship of the Minister of Culture and Arts. Since 2001 he has been a member of the RGG piano trio, one of the major jazz ensembles in the country. Other groups he is permanently involved with include: Maciej Obara Quartet, Anna Gadt Quartet, Maciej Fortuna Trio, Daniel Popiałkiewicz Quartet and Leszek Kułakowski Trio. He is currently teaching in the percussion class at the Institute of Jazz at the Academy of Music in Katowice, at the Faculty of Jazz at the Fryderyk Chopin State Music Schools (2nd Degree) in Warsaw as well as at the Post-secondary Henryk Majewski Jazz Study in Warsaw.

Kwintet Dęty PAU PA RAU

Sylwia Kędzierska - flet
Joanna Krzanowska - obój
Radosław Herdzik - klarnet
Jarosław Nowak - fagot
Grzegorz Mondry - waltornia

PAU PA RAU is a brass quintet whose members were brought together by their love of chamber music. The aim behind forming the ensemble was to provide an alternative to the everyday reality of an orchestra musician, the common creation of art through the playing of chamber music as well as bringing to light the gems of brass chamber music, which are absent from the Polish concert halls. To sum up – they do what the philharmonic orchestras do not. The quintet is comprised of the graduates of Academies of Music in Gdańsk and Katowice, the soloists of the Philharmonic Orchestra in Szczecin, the lecturers of the Szczecin Academy of Art and the teachers of music schools from Szczecin: Sylwia Kędzierska, Joanna Krzanowska, Radosław Herdzik, Jarosław Nowak and Grzegorz Mondry. The ensemble’s repertoire includes works ranging from classical to contemporary music, as well as some light and enjoyable works. The PAU PA RAU brass quintet offers vivid and real music, unplugged, devoid of salesmen, middlemen and other conductors.

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