by M. Mulawa

Jakub Jakowicz (Poland, violin)

Studied violin at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music under the supervision of his father Krzysztof Jakowicz. He was also the last student of prof. Tadeusz Wroński – one of the Polish legendary violinists.

The artist made his stage debut at the age of 11. He has played with all leading Polish orchestras. In 1998 Krzysztof Penderecki invited him to play at the Penderecki Festival in Cracow, where he performed Capriccio per violino e orchestra under Jerzy Maksymiuk. In 2001 Jakub Jakowicz made his debut with Munich Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Pinchas Steinberg, performing Karol Szymanowski’s Violin Concerto No. 1. Since then, he has made solo appearances with several renowned orchestras such as Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale in Florence, Czech Philharmonic in Prague, Orchestra di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Drezden Philharmonic, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in Geneva, Orquesta Nacional in Madrid, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo and Concerto Köln. He has worked with many conductors including Pinchas Steinberg, Jerzy Semkow, Antoni Wit, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Jacek Kaspszyk, Kazimierz Kord, Jan Krenz, Yan Pascal Tortellier, Eiji Oue, Marek Pijarowski, Krzysztof Penderecki, Agnieszka Duczmal, Kirill Karabits, Michail Jurovski, Marc Minkowski and Stefan Solyom. In 2009 and 2011 he was invited by Antoni Wit  to be a guest-soloist during the Warsaw Philharmonic’s concert tours in Great Britain.

Szymon Krzeszowiec (Poland, violin)

Violinist – soloist and chamber musician. He graduated from the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, under the tutelage of Prof. Roman Lasocki, as well as the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, under Prof. Herman Krebbers. He is a laureate of violin competitions in Poznań (Zdzisław Jahnke Violin Competition), Warsaw (Tadeusz Wroński Solo Violin Competition) and Brescia (Italy), as well as the first prize winner in chamber music competitions in Copenhagen and Sondershausen (as part of Aristos String Trio). In the last three decades, he has performed as a soloist with the leading Polish orchestras, such as the Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, as well as most philharmonic orchestras in the country.

Since 2001, he has been the leader of the Silesian Quartet, with which he has regularly performed all around the globe. Their recording of Grażyna Bacewicz’s complete string quartets (for Chandos) earned the Quartet the prestigious Gramophone Classical Music Award for the Best Chamber Music Album of the Year in 2017. In 2019 Silesian Quartet has been awarded the Golden Medal for Merit to Polish Culture – Gloria Artis and the Coryphaeus of Polish Music.

Szymon Krzeszowiec cooperates permanently with the pianist Wojciech Świtała, with whom he recorded a complete set of Johannes Brahms’ violin sonatas for Sony Classical Poland. He is also a member of the Wajnberg Piano Trio.His oeuvre comprises over 40 CDs recorded for such music labels as EMI Music Poland, BIS, Chandos, CDaccord, Naxos, ECM, DUX, dacapo and Radio Katowice.

Szymon Krzeszowiec also pursues pedagogy, running the String Department and a violin class at his Alma Mater. He supervises the artistic aspects of the International Academy of Art in Zakopane and the International Violin Festival in Katowice. Since 2004, he has been a tutor at the summer Ensemble Festival in Książ. He is often invited to national and international violin competition juries.

fot. M. Szczepański

Marcin Markowicz (Poland, violin)

Violinist and composer; b. 19th March 1979 in Wrocław. He completed his violin studies with Roman Lasocki and Krzysztof Jakowicz at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw (diploma with distinction). In 1998-2000 he studied at the Musikhochschule Lübeck with Christiane Edinger, and in 2005 he obtained a scholarship to study with the legendary Prof. Roman Totenberg in Boston. He has participated in master classes in Poland, the Netherlands, Germany and the United States, working under such masters as Ida Haendel, Sherban Lupu, Robert Szreder, Grigori Zhislin, members of Juilliard Quartet, Cleveland Quartet, The Fine Arts Quartet, the Silesian Quartet and Szymanowski Quartet. Recipient of scholarships from: the Foundation of Polish Culture (1994), Foundation for Culture (1998), the Dutch Iris Foundation (1999) the Roman Totenberg Foundation (2001, 2002, 2005) and Saul Cohen Foundation (both in America) as well as the Ministry of Culture (2002).

Marcin Markowicz has won awards in competitions for music performers and composers: prizes in the Competition for Young Instrumentalists in Kraków (twice: 1996, 1997), the “Composer Debut Award” from the Contemporary Music Club in Kraków (1997) and an honourable mention in the National Andrzej Panufnik Competition for Composers (1999).

As a soloist and chamber musician he has performed at festivals in Bayreuth, Ratzeburg, La Ville d’Eu, the Warsaw Autumn, Turning Sounds in Warsaw, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival in the USA and the Contemporary Music Festival in Greece. As a soloist he has performed with the Wrocław Philharmonic Orchestra, the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice (dir. Jacek Kaspszyk and Michał Klauza), the Sudety Philharmonic, as well as ensembles from Kraków and Solingen.

Marcin Markowicz’s compositions have been presented at festivals in Belgium, Germany, Norway, the Netherlands, the United States, Bulgaria, China, Turkey, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, as well as in Poland during the 26th Musica Polonica Nova Polish Contemporary Music Festival in Wrocław (2008), the 3rd Festival of World Premieres. Polish Contemporary Music in Katowice (2009), and the Witold Lutosławski Festival Chain VI (2009). His Sonata for violin and piano was commissioned by the Ludwig van Beethoven Association as part of the “Collections – Composing Commissions” programme implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance. The composition was premiered by Agata Szymczewska and Grzegorz Skrobiński at the Festival of Polish Music and the EMANACJE International Music Festival in 2015.

In 1996-98 Markowicz was a soloist and concertmaster of the Ostinato Chamber Orchestra in Kraków. He was also a co-founder and leader of the Transemble chamber ensemble in Warsaw (2004-05). In 2003-05 he collaborated with Warsaw’s Dramatyczny Theatre. In 2004 he was the concertmaster of the Symphony Orchestra of the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw. In 2005-06 he played in the Amadé Kammerphilharmonie in Aachen. Since 2005 he has held the post of artistic director of the Princess Daisy Ensemble International Chamber Arts Festival in Wałbrzych. Since 2006 he has been the concertmaster of theWitold Lutosławski Philharmonic in Wrocław. He plays the 2nd violin in the Lutosławski Quartet, which he founded and which has performed since 2007 as a Wrocław Philharmonic ensemble. As a guest concertmaster he has appeared since 2009 with the Beethoven Academy Orchestra in Kraków.

In 2009-10 and 2013-14 he lectured at the Academy of Music in Katowice. He regularly teaches master classes of violin and chamber music in Zakopane, Wałbrzych and Matera (Italy). He also serves on the jury of the Grażyna Bacewicz National Violin Competition. He is the initiator and artistic director of the National Forum of Music Orchestral Academy in Wrocław.

Maciej Młodawski (Poland, cello)

Born in Warsaw in 1981, he is the first cellist of the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic. He studied cello at the F. Chopin University of Music with professors Tomasz Strahl and Andrzej Bauer (diploma with distinction). He was also a guest student at the Hochschule für Musik Augsburg with Julius Berg and Sebastian Hess. Maciej Młodawski has developed his skills in numerous master classes with artists including Miloš Sadlo, Victoria Yagling, Claus Reichardt, Kazimierz Michalik, Johannes Goritzki, and as a chamber musician with Roman Totenberg, Christiane Edinger, Jerzy Marchwiński, Maja Nosowska, Krystyna Borucińska and Paul Gulda. He is a prize-winner of the D. Danczowski Cello Competition in Poznań and the Chamber Music Competition in Łódź. As a soloist he appeared mainly with the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic, opening the 2008-2009 season and as one of the two soloists next to Garrick Ohlsson on the orchestra’s tour across the USA in 2012. He has also premiered Ståle Kleiberg’s Dopo for cello and orchestra in Poland. He gives concerts in Poland and abroad as a member of the Lutosławski Quartet, in a duo with Agnieszka Przemyk-Bryła and piano trio with Marcin Masecki and Marcin Markowicz. As a soloist and chamber musician, he has taken part in many festivals and given concerts in many cities all around the world.

Marcin Masecki (Poland)

Pianist, composer, conductor, activist, Varsovian. He is a leader and a member of many diverse music projects. His trade mark: masterful fusion of different music styles and genres and crossing boundaries between the so-called high art and entertainment.

As a classical pianist, he published the Chopin Nocturne in 2017, which he interprets on his legendary piano – a small, medium-quality, six-octave Kemble. This is his fifth album from the classic series. Until now, he published: “Beethoven: Three Last Sonatas” (played in earplugs and special soundproof headphones to get closer to the perspective of thedeaf composer), Bach’s “Kunst der Fuga” (recorded on an old voice recorder), “Bach: Rewrite” (Bach’s harpsichord concertos played on electro-acoustic pianos, together with Piotr Orzechowski and Capella Cracoviensis), and “Scarlatti” (deconstruction of Scarlatti’s sonatas interspersed with improvisation, played simultaneously on the piano and grand piano). A common denominator is always his unusual approach to the canon of classical music, often demonstrated by borrowing performing tools from other genres.

Masecki has been a leader of his dance Jazz band for 4 years. He has recently joined forces with Jan Młynarski, and as Młynarski-Masecki Jazz band they focus on Polish pre-war jazz. Their album: “Noc w wielkim Mieście” (“Night in the Big City”) received a great deal of publicity. Moreover, Masecki often performs ragtime from the second decade of the 20th century, in a duet with a drummer – Jerzy Rogiewicz.

For several years, Masecki has been actively co-creating the summer program of Plac Defilad, the cultural courtyard of Warsaw at the Studio Theater. Co-creator of the “Dżemsesje klasyczne” (“Classic Jamsessions”) series – semi-formal meetings of musicians focused on studying the flexibility of classical music and its space for improvisation.

As a composer, he is regularly invited by festivals and contemporary ensembles. Masecki also writes for the film (“Cold War”, “Strange Heaven”, “Fuck for Forrest”) and for the theater (“Solaris”, “Passenger”). He is also a member of the Pictorial Candi band, led by Candelaria Saenz Valiente, privately his wife.

For 10 years, he has been closely associated with the Lado ABC label. He lives in Berlin.

Piotr Sałajczyk (Poland, piano)

Pianist, chamber musician, teacher. Critics count him among the best Polish performers of his generation. Winner of a Fryderyk phonographic award and an Orfeusz award for “outstanding performances of Polish music”. He has been nominated for a Polityka Passport award (2017) for “the sensitivity and intelligence with which he approaches repertoire that tends to be absent from our stages”, and his interests include the latest music as well as unknown music of Polish Romanticism. The year 2017 saw the release of his four-disc album with the complete piano works of Juliusz Zarębski. A year later he decided to record the complete works of Władysław Żeleński for piano. He has many world premiere performances of contemporary music to his credit, and collaborates with the Apollon Musagete Quartet, the Royal String Quartet, Piotr Pławner, Agata Zubel and the Silesian Quartet, among others. With the last-mentioned ensemble, he recorded Mieczysław Weinberg’s Piano Quintet (Fryderyk 2018), which marked the start of his fascination with this composer. He is one of the founders of the Weinberg Trio chamber group. The person and oeuvre of Karol Szymanowski is the focus of his attention; he became vice-president of the Karol Szymanowski Society in Zakopane in 2018.

Piotr Sałajczyk has a very busy concert schedule (performances with the Warsaw Philharmonic, the Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra (NOSPR), Sinfonia Varsovia, Sinfonia Iuventus, Sinfonietta Cracovia, festivals in Poland and abroad: Warsaw Autumn, Beijing Modern Music Festival, Musica Polonica Nova, Budapest Spring, Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad, Musique et Neige, The Silesian Quartet and Its Guests, NOSPR Festival of World Premieres, Festival of Polish Piano Music in Słupsk, Usedomer Musikfestival). His many albums released by DUX, CD Accord, Haenssler, CPO and Naxos have won various awards in Poland and abroad (Maestro Pianiste, Pizzicato Supersonic, 5 de Diapason, four Fryderyk nominations, Opera Nederland’s album of the month, La Clef Res Musica, ICMA 2020 nomination). He has also recorded for Polish Radio Programme 2, the Belgian radio station Musiq3, Deutschlandradio and HR2. For PWM Edition, he recorded Władysław Szpilman’s Concertino with the AUKSO orchestra as part of PWM’s 100 for 100project.

He also takes part in numerous film and theatre projects. With NOSPR, he recorded fragments of Andrzej Panufnik’s Piano Concerto for the soundtrack of Andrzej Wajda’s last film, Afterimage.

Piotr Sałajczyk teaches piano at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, from which he graduated after studying piano with Prof. Józef Stompel. He continued his studies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg with Prof. Pavel Gililov. He was also a pianist of the Sommerakademie Salzburg.

Paavali Jumppanen (Finland, piano)

In the brief span of recent seasons, the imaginative and versatile Finnish virtuoso Paavali Jumppanenhas established himself as a dynamic musician ofseemingly unlimited capability who has already cut a wide swath internationally as a solo recitalist, orchestral collaborator, recording artist, artistic director, and frequent performer of contemporary and avant-garde music. Mr. Jumppanen has performed extensively in the United States, Europe, Japan, and Australia and has commissioned numerous works, collaborating with such composers as Boulez, Murail, Dutilleux, Penderecki, as well as many Finnish composers. The Boston Globe praised the “overflowing energy of his musicianship” and The New York Times his “power andan extraordinary range of colors.” In the recent years Paavali Jumppanen has dedicated much of his time into performing cycles of the complete Beethoven and Mozart Piano Sonatas. He has also often performed all of the Beethoven Piano Concertos and chamber sonatas. Paavali Jumppanen attended at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and later worked with Krystian Zimerman at the Basel Music Academy in Switzerland where he also studied organ, fortepiano, and clavichord. Russian born pianist Konstantin Bogino has remained an important mentor throughout his studies and career. Paavali Jumppanen has an expanding discography which includes “the best recorded disc of Boulez’s piano music so far” (The Guardian, about the three sonatas recording on DGG made upon the composer’s request) and the complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas on Ondine. Mr. Jumppanen spent the 2011–12 season as a visiting scholar in Harvard University’s Music Department studying musicology and theory to deepend his immersion in Viennese 18th century music.

Jakob Kullberg (Denmark, cello)

Praised internationally for his performances of the modern cello concerto, Jakob Kullberg, living in Paris, is one of the most active and diverse young Danish instrumentalists.

Jakob studied in a.o. Amsterdam, London, Zagreb, Vienna and Copenhagen, with Harro Ruijsenaars, Dmitri Ferschtman, Valter Despalj, Mats Lidström, Morten Zeuthen and Anner Bylsma.

Top prize winner at international solo and chamber music competitions, twice winner of the Danish Grammy, most recently in 2013 for his concerto CD „Momentum” which was also nominated for the coveted Gramophone Award in London and chosen for ‘Album of the Week’ with Q2 Music, New York.

In 2011 he was awarded the Gladsaxe Music Prize and has been artist in residence for, amongst others, the Tivoli Garden Concert Hall, the International Carl Nielsen Violin Competition and New Music Orchestra, Poland.

Jakob enjoys a unique working relationship with the Danish composer Per Nřrgĺrd, who has composed and dedicated numerous works for him.