21st Ensemble Festival
August 31 - September 08, 2024
Creative Work House – Radziejowice Palace

Classical music concerts
Theater performance

Artists


Musicians

Actors

Designer

Participants

Sebastian Aleksandrowicz

Since 1996, soloist of the orchestra of the Grand Theatre – National Opera in Warsaw. Former oboist of the Gruppo di Tempera. He is a musician of the Amadeus Wind Ensemble, an ensemble bringing together musicians from Poland and the London Symphony Orchestra. As of 2019, he is the artistic director of the Warsaw Winds Plus Festival. Graduate of the F. Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw. From 2007 to 2014 he was the first oboist of the Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra. He was also the first oboist of the Polish Radio Orchestra (2001-2003) and the National Philharmonic Orchestra (2005-2007). As a soloist and chamber musician, he has collaborated with such orchestras and ensembles as Opus Ensemble Seoul, Philharmonie der Nationen Hamburg, Morphing Chamber Orchestra Vienna, New Art Ensemble, Tokyo Solisten, Sinfonietta Cracovia, Sinfonia Varsovia, NFM Wroclaw Philharmonic, NFM Leopoldinum Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonia Iuventus, Royal String Quartet, Lutoslawski Quartet, Hilliard Ensemble. He has performed in Poland, Spain, Germany, Austria, Russia, South Korea, Japan and Mexico.

Jakub Jakowicz

Leading Polish soloist and chamber musician. Graduate of the F. Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw. As a soloist he has cooperated with such orchestras as the Munich Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic in Prague, Orchestra di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Dresden Philharmonic, Orchestra de la Suisse Romanse in Geneva, Orquesta Nacional in Madrid, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, NOSPR, National Philharmonic and Sinfonia Varsovia. He is a winner of many international competitions, e.g. in Lublin, Wattrelos, Takasaki, Bratislava, as well as a laureate of the Polish-Japanese Foundation prize for the best promising Polish violinist of the young generation (2002). He is the winner of the “Polityka” Passport for 2003 and was the first violinist of the Lutosławski Quartet from 2009 to 2014. Since 2006 he has been associated with the Zehetmair Quartet, with which he received the prestigious Diapason d’Or de l’Année award for best recording. Since 2004 he has been a lecturer at the F. Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. 

Tomasz Januchta

double bass player in the orchestra of the Grand Theatre of the National Opera in Warsaw, in the years 2006-2022 double bass player in the National Philharmonic in Warsaw. He learned to play the double bass in the class of Kazimierz Jendrysiak and Professor Andrzej Mysiński. In 2004 he graduated from the University of Music in Warsaw. He is a laureate of the 2nd prize in the National Double Bass Competition in Elbląg and received a distinction in the A. B. Ciechański National Double Bass Competition in Poznań. He performs as a soloist and a cameralist, he collaborates with such chamber ensembles as the Lutosławski Quartet, Chain Ensemble, Royal Quartet, Meccore String Quartet, among others. In the last decade, as a chamber musician, he has performed at most of the major music festivals in the country. He has played in chamber ensembles with such musicians as Piotr Anderszewski, Michel Letiec, Jakub Jakowicz, José Gallardo, Kevin Kenner, Ingolf Wunder, Villu Veski, Maria Machowska, Marcin Zdunik, Tomoko Akasaka, Romuald Gołębiowski, Paul Gulda and others. As a chamber bassist he has taken part in many classical music recordings. From 2012 to 2016, he was a lecturer at the Princess Daisy International Ensemble Chamber Music Festival. In 2021, as a scholarship holder of the Minister of Culture, National Heritage in the music category, he realised the project “Forgotten transcription – Tadeusz Pelczar’s elaboration of J. S. Bach’s Cello Suites for double bass”, as part of which he recorded and published on the Internet all of this transcriptions of J. S. Bach’s Cello Suites.

Szymon Krzeszowiec

He is a highly regarded violinist, soloist and chamber musician. He graduated from the K. Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice and the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. He is a laureate of violin competitions in Poznań, Warsaw and Brescia and winner of first prizes at chamber music competitions in Copenhagen and Sondershausen. As a soloist, he has performed with leading Polish orchestras such as the NOSPR, Sinfonia Varsovia and most̨ philharmonic orchestras in the country. Since 2001, he has been the primarius of the Silesian Quartet, with which he regularly performs around the world. The ensemble has won numerous awards, including the prestigious Gramophone Award for its recording of Grażyna Bacewicz’s complete string quartets (2017), seven Fryderyk Awards, as well as the Coryphaeus of Polish Music (2019) and the Gold Medal for ‘Merit to Culture – Gloria Artis’.
Szymon Krzeszowiec heads the String Instruments Department and teaches the violin̨ class at his alma mater. He exercises artistic supervision over the Zakopane Academy of Art and the International Violin Festival in Katowice.

Jakob Kullberg

is renowned in Denmark and internationally for his performances and premieres of modern cello concertos and chamber music.

He is acclaimed for his warm, beautiful sound, his wide range of expression and his characteristically exploratory approach to the music – an approach borne by great empathy, intuition and intelligence.

Since 1999, Kullberg has enjoyed a close and unique collaboration with the Danish composer Per Nørgård A collaboration that for both has – a partnership which has been of immense importance for both of them in exploring and expanding the inherent possibilities of the cello in a joint compositional process. This has resulted in a large number of works composed by Nørgård for Kullberg, including Nørgård’s 2nd Cello Concerto and his 4th and 5th Solo Sonatas. The collaboration has also resulted in works in which Kullberg has directly composed and improvised his own cello cadences. This can be for example be heard in Nocturnal Cadenza in Three Nocturnal Movements, which was given its premiere performance with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra in 2015 and recorded in 2019.

Kullberg has also developed this idea of close collaboration between musician and composer with another leading Nordic composer: Kaija Saariaho. Kullberg has recorded both of Saariaho’s cello concertos, most recently her 2nd Cello Concerto with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, which will be released in 2021.

Other recent collaborations have resulted in the premiere performance of Kasper Rofelt’s Cello Concerto in 2018 and Niels Rønsholdt’s Country with Orkiestra Muzyki Nowej (Katowice) 2017, in which the cello soloist is heard as both a singing and improvising performer. Country will be released on CD in 2021.

Jakob Kullberg is a unique musician who, with curiosity and courage, is constantly exploring and pushing the boundaries in relation to the instrument, as well as in relation to himself and the composer/performer roles.  He also likes to cross over between genres in collaborations with, for example, experimental improvisational music or song forms

Marcin Markowicz

Since 2005 artistic director of the Ensemble Festival. Founder and second violinist of the Lutosławski Quartet and concertmaster of the Polish Radio Orchestra in Warsaw. From 2007 to 2019 concertmaster of the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic. He is a member of the Młynarski-Masecki Jazzband. He is also a lecturer at the F. Chopin University of Music in Warsaw and the Zakopane Academy of Art.

He studied in Lübeck, Warsaw and Boston. As a soloist, he has collaborated with, among others, the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic, the NOSPR in Katowice, the Polish Radio Orchestra in Warsaw, the Gdańsk Philharmonic, the Sinfonia Iuventus and Amadeus Chamber Orchestra.

As a soloist and chamber musician, he has participated in festivals in many countries in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia. He is also a composer. His works have been performed all over the world by performers such as Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Sol Gabetta, Agata Szymczewska, Jakub Jakowicz, the Silesian Quartet, the Lutoslawski Quartet and the Szymanowski Quartet.
He has recorded for Naxos, CD Accord, DUX, NFM, Odradek and for the Polish Radio.

Mackenzie Melemed

Recipient of the 2022 Avery Fisher Career Grant, 28-year-old American pianist Mackenzie Melemed’s international career continues to flourish. In the press, Melemed is consistently lauded as a consummate solo artist, a remarkably sensitive chamber musician and first-class soloist with orchestra. At the age of three, Melemed’s grandfather bought him a keyboard at a yard sale, leading to his enrollment in a beginner piano course. Performances at local senior centers soon became a weekly occurrence, and by the time Melemed turned seven, he had given over 200 concerts for senior citizens and charitable organizations.

Afterwards Melemed, a Steinway Artist, was the winner of Juilliard’s 2019 Leo B. Ruiz Carnegie Hall Recital Prize and 2018 Arthur Rubinstein Prize, as well as the Jade Medal at the 2019 China International Music Competition and the first prize and chamber music prize at Finland’s 2017 Maj Lind International Piano Competition.

Praised by the New York Times as an “excellent young pianist” Melemed, a Steinway Artist, has performed in venues such as The White House (2004-2008), Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, and the Helsinki Music Centre. He has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and KBS Symphony. Melemed was a laureate of the 2021 American Pianists Awards and received a cash prize of $50,000 for the distinction.

Since 2020, Melemed has lived in Finland. His success following the 2017 Maj Lind Piano Competition, coupled with his fluency in Finnish from Columbia University language courses, launched his successful performance career with invitations to perform with several of Finland’s orchestras and at major music festivals.

Maciej Młodawski

Cello concertmaster of the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic and member of the Lutosławski Quartet. Graduate of the F. Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw in the cello class of Prof. Tomasz Strahl and Prof. Andrzej Bauer (diploma with honours). He also studied as a guest student at the Hochschule für Musik Augsburg under Julius Berger and Sebastian Hess.

He is a laureate of the D. Danczowski Cello Competition in Poznań and the Chamber Music Competition in Łódź. As a soloist, he has performed with the Wrocław Philharmonic, e.g. inaugurating the 2008/2009 season under the baton of Jacek Kaspszyk, and was one of two soloists (alongside Garrick Ohlsson) on the orchestra’s three-week tour of the USA. He also performed the Polish premiere of Ståle Kleiberg’s work Dopo for cello and string orchestra. 

He gives concerts in Poland and abroad as a member of the Lutosławski Quartet, as well as in duo with the pianist Agnieszka Przemyk-Bryła. As a soloist and chamber musician, he has taken part in such festivals as Wratislavia Cantans, Ensemble, Music on the Peaks, Chain, Lutosławski Forum, Hong Kong Arts Festival and Klara Festival in Brussels. 

Artur Rozmysłowicz

Born in Warsaw, here he also graduated from the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in the viola class of Błażej Sroczyński. In 2004-2006 he was a scholarship holder at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London in Jack Glickman’s master class. He is permanently affiliated with the NFM Wroclaw Philharmonic – he leads the viola section. Member of the Lutosławski Quartet. He has honed his skills with Pinchas Zukerman, Michael Tree, Stefan Kamasa, Stefan Popov, as well as members of the Guarneri Quartet, Takács Quartet, Heine Quartet and the Silesian Quartet.

He has been invited to music festivals such as Warsaw Autumn, Ensemble Festival, Wratislavia Cantans, Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival, Chain, Estate Musicale Frentana, Jazztopad, Pacific Music Festival (Sapporo, Japan), Paxos International Music Festival (Greece), Music on the Peaks, Chopin and his Europe, Musical Spaces, Tansmania, Clare Festival (Brussels). As a chamber musician he has also performed at theatre festivals, including the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, SESC Belenzinho (São Paulo). He has collaborated with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Basque National Orchestra, the Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra, the Polish Radio Orchestra in Warsaw, the World Orchestra for Peace.

He has performed with many eminent conductors, including Jacek Kaspszyk, Gabriel Chmura, Michael Tilson Thomas, Valery Gergiev, Colin Davis, Yakov Kreizberg. He has performed in most countries in Europe, Asia and the Americas

Oskar Hamerski

Actor at the National Theatre in Warsaw. Graduate of the Ludwik Solski State Higher School of Theatre in Kraków (1999).  
In 1999-2003 he was an actor at the Teatr Nowy in Łódź, where he played the main roles in performances by, among others, Mikołaj Grabowski, Paweł Miśkiewicz, Łukasz Kos, including the title role in Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” – the last performance by Kazimierz Dejmek.

He is fascinated by the idea of theatrical improvisation and instrumental theatre (Bogusław Schaeffer, MW2). In 2011 he participated in an improvisation workshop with Keith Johnston in Denmark. Since then he has become a promoter and advocate of the art of impro. Author of the book ‘Theatrical improvisation according to K. Johnstone’ and editor of the book ‘IMPRO: spontaneous world creation’ by K. Johnstone. Frank Totino’s assistant during workshops at the PWST in Krakow. Introduced impro to the Theatre Academy in Warsaw, where he taught at the department of directing and dramatic acting. Currently, he teaches at Theatre Academy in Warsaw and at the Art Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences.

Cezary Kosiński

theatre and film actor. He has performed at many theatres in Warsaw, such as the Rozmaitości Theatre, the Dramatyczny Theatre, the Powszechny Theatre, the Polonia Theatre, the Och-Teatr, the IMKA Theatre and the Buffo Theatre, as well as in Kraków, at the National Old Theatre and in Wrocław, at the Polski Theatre in the Underground. He has taken part in over a hundred film and television productions. He has been a lecturer at the Theatre Academy in Warsaw for many years. He is currently affiliated with the National Theatre in Warsaw.

Jakub de Barbaro

He is involved in publishing graphics, identification and information systems. Graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow. Co-founder of the Goldex Poldex cooperative. Member of STGU (Association of Applied Graphic Designers). Collaborates with, among others, the Raster Gallery, the Art Museum in Łódź, the Ha!art Corporation, the Krakow Film Festival and the W. Lutosławski National Forum of Music. He has designed for the European Conference of Promoters of New Music (Netherlands), Arnolfini (UK), Villa Reykjavik (Iceland), Villa Tokyo (Japan), WNF (Austria), Corpovia (France), among others. In 2014, he designed the visuals for the Cricoteka building in Kraków, and in 2017 (together with Kuba Sowiński) the graphic design for the Krakow Film Festival, which won a silver award at the European Design Awards in the Visual Identity Prints category. In 2019, he received the Polish Graphic Design Award in the Publishing category for the graphic design of the novel ‘Tamam Shud’. 

Chamber Music Interpretation Masterclass
Piano
Jakub Cetnarowski, Maciej Łobos, Magdalena Salmanowicz

Violin
Marta Dettlaff, Antoni Figurski, Hanna Grozik, Sophia Stegner, Sławomira Wilga, Gaoyang Yang

Viola
Klara Chinek, Agata Serafin, Anna Wałek

Cello
Wojciech Bafeltowski, Michał Bień, Filip Krzeszowiec, Yuying Zhang

Acting Masterclass
Justyna Fabisiak, Natalia Gadomska, Klaudia Kuźmińska

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