Festival

The International MOZARTIANA Festival is a very special event that has become a fixture not only in the culture calendar of Gdańsk, but also the entire region of Pomerania. This singular series of concerts and events dedicated to the oeuvre of the Salzburg Master was initiated 11 years ago, on the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth and the moving in of Jacek Rybiński, the last Polish abbot of the Cistercian Monastery in Oliwa, to the Abbots’ Palace. The Festival was initiated by Jan Łukaszewski, an eminent expert on choral music, director and conductor of the Polish Chamber Choir. It is the Choir, an ensemble with almost 40 years of history, that is MOZARTIANA’S main organiser.


To date, 24 orchestras have performed at the Festival, among them the Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra, Academy of Ancient Music, Sinfonia Varsovia and the Akademie für Alte Musik, 68 solo instrumentalists and 84 vocalists, including such luminaries as Dame Emma Kirkby, Carolyn Sampson and Simone Kermes.


MOZARTIANA is possible thanks to the City of Gdańsk and is produced in collaboration with the National Museum in Gdańsk, the Gdańsk History Museum and the Gdańsk Road and Greenery Authority. The Festival’s overriding goal is to promote the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart by presenting his work performed by the most eminent artists from throughout the  world. MOZARTIANA also has the goal to return Oliwa to the standing it had at the times of its last Abbots when it was an important social and cultural centre in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. The Festival’s main stage is located in the charming scenery of Oliwski Park which, with actors in costumes from the latter half of the 18th century, illuminations and the music by the Salzburg Master sounding in its pathways, becomes an absolutely extraordinary place.


The combination of symphonic, jazz and folk concerts, spectacular open-air opera and theatre performances, puppet theatres and special programmes for kids in a single festival makes MOZARTIANA an absolutely unique event. Since 2013 there are even chamber concerts inspired by the incredibly rich work of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. With each new edition MOZARTIANA becomes more and more popular. The estimated attendance at the concerts is almost 20,000!


This year, just like in previous years, the Festival will be preceded by a prologue at the Uphagen House. The concerts, beginning at 19:00, will take the listeners through an entire array of musical colours and moods. First, eminent British harpsichord player Martin Ennis will give a recital showing Mozart’s musical roots (including pieces never performed before!). On the second day, the Polish accordionist Maciej Frąckiewicz will show that the music of the genius of Salzburg can also be played on instruments that Mozart didn’t know. On Tuesday, the Gdańsk’s bourgeois interiors will be full of the splendid sound of the violin and piano with Anna Gutowska, a Polish violinist who lives in Vienna, and pianist Antoni Lichomanow.


On Wednesday we move to Oliwski Park. The official opening of the Festival will feature a performance by the Slovak Sinfonietta orchestra and the French trumpet virtuoso Romain Lelou, conducted by maestro Paweł Przytocki, already well known to the MOZARTIANA audience. On Friday, the stage in the Abbots’ Palace courtyard will feature the Polish Radio Orchestra conducted by Michał Klauza which, together with flautist Łukasz Długosz and harpist Florence Sitruk (Switzerland), will play the spectacular Concerto for Flute and Harp KV 299.
One of the biggest attractions will be the theatre-musical spectacle Fantasia for the Oliwa Organ, specially commission for the MOZARTIANA Festival and directed by Jerzy Bielunas, with huge puppets, the Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra and many actors and singers, including Olgierd Łukaszewicz.

 


Oliwski Park will not just resound with classical music. Jazz, pop and folk music fans will all find something to their liking at MOZARTIANA. On Wednesday evening we will hear the charismatic pop star Gaba Kulka; Thursday will feature a performance by Artur Dutkiewicz, who is one of the most frequently performing Polish jazz musicians abroad; on Friday we will have the incredibly colourful Scottish band Breabach, who will present a folk version of Mozart’s music played on authentic Scottish instruments.

We have not forgotten our youngest audience for whom we have again prepared a colourful programme by the celebrated actress and puppet theatre director Aneta Głuch-Klucznik, Dean of the Puppet Faculty at the Academy for the Dramatic Arts in Cracow.


MOZARTIANA will culminate with the Final Concert. The Oliwa Cathedral will see performances by vocalists as celebrated as Robin Johannsen (soprano), who performs in Europe’s and the world’s greatest opera houses; Julia Lezhneva, the distinguished Russian soprano (first time in Gdańsk!) who, besides singing the Soprano II part in the Great Mass in C minor, will also sing the solo Regina Coeli; award-winning German tenor Lothar Odinius, and the distinguished Polish vocalist and educator Wojciech Gierlach (bass). The choir part will be sung by the world-famous Polish Chamber Choir, the Festival’s organiser, and the soloists and choir will be accompanied by the Academy of Ancient Music (UK), the legendary period instrument ensemble. Mozart’s unfinished Great Mass in C minor will additionally be enhanced with a Gregorian chant by the Schola Gregoriana Cardinalis Stephani Wyszyński. The conductor will be maestro Jan Łukaszewski, one of the most distinguished authorities on choral music and MOZARTIANA’S artistic director.

We welcome each and every lover of the music of Mozart and the beauty of Gdańsk’s historical monuments to come to the concerts at the 12th International MOZARTIANA Festival!

 

 

20 august
sunday
19:00
 


Uphagen House
ul. Długa 12

MOZART CHAMBER MUSIC

PERFORMERS

Martin Ennis - harpsichord

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J. Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Prelude and Fugue in E Flat minor, Das wohltemperirte Klavier I, BWV 853
Johann Christian Bach (1735–1782) 
Sonata in G major, op. 5 No. 2
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714–1788)
Arietta con Variazioni
Wolfgang Amadeusz Mozart
Fugue in E minor, KV deest
Wolfgang Amadeusz Mozart
Fugue in E minor, K. deest
Suite KV 399 and KV 574 (Overture, Allemande, Courante, Sarabande and Gigue)
Prelude and Fugue in D minor KV 404a

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21 august
monday
19:00
 


Uphagen house
ul. Długa 12

MOZART CHAMBER MUSIC

PERFORMERS

Maciej Frąckiewicz – accordion

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W.A.Mozart
     Andante KV 616
     Variations „Ah, vous drai-je, Maman” KV 265
     Adagio KV 356
Piotr Tabakiernik (*1986)
WAM-iationen

Alfred Schnittke (1934–1998)
The Inspector’s Tale

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22 august
tuesday
19:00
 


Uphagen House
ul. Długa 12

MOZART CHAMBER MUSIC

PERFORMERS

Anna Gutowska – violin, Antoni Lichomanow – piano

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Wolfgang Amadeusz Mozart
Sonata in G major KV 379
    ADAGIO
    ANDANTE CANTABILE. TEMA CON VARIAZIONI
    ALLEGRETTO
Wolfgang Amadeusz Mozart
Sonata in C major KV 296
    ALLEGRO VIVACE
    ANDANTE SOSTENUTO
    VIVACE
Wolfgang Amadeusz Mozart
Sonata in E minor KV 304
    ALLEGRO
    TEMPO DI MENUETTO
Wolfgang Amadeusz Mozart
Rondo in C major KV 373
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1895–1968)
Figaro (concert paraphrase of theme from The Barber of Seville, Arr. J. Heifetz

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23 august
wednesday
19:00
 

Oliwski Park
Abbots’ Palace Courtyard
ul. Cystersów 18

OPENING CONCERT

PERFORMERS

Romain Leleu (Francja) – trumpet, Slovak Sinfonietta (Słovakia), Paweł Przytocki – conductor


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Wolfgang Amadeusz Mozart
Divertimento in F Major  KV 138
Symphony no. 35 in D major „Haffner Symphony” KV 385
    ALLEGRO CON SPIRITO
    ANDANTE
    MENUETT
    PRESTO
Johann Nepomuk Hummel (1778–1837) 
Concerto for Trumpet in E flat major

admission free

 

23 august
wednesday
21:30
 

Oliwski Park
Abbots’ Palace Courtyard
ul. Cystersów 18

GABA KULKA & Mozart

PERFORMERS

Gaba Kulka Band

admission free

24 august
thursday
17:00



 
Oliwski Park

MOZART FOR KIDS

PERFORMERS

Directed by Aneta Głuch

admission free

 

24 august
thursday
20:00
 

Oliwski Park
Abbots’ Palace Courtyard
ul. Cystersów 18

 

24 august
thursday
22:00
 

Oliwski Park
Abbots’ Palace Courtyard
ul. Cystersów 18

MOZART and Jazz

PERFORMERS

Artur Dutkiewicz TRIO

admission free

25 august
friday
17:00
 



Oliwski Park

MOZART FOR KIDS

PERFORMERS

Directed by Aneta Głuch

admission free

 

25 august
friday
19:00
 

Oliwski Park
Abbots’ Palace Courtyard
ul. Cystersów

SYMFONY CONCERT

PERFORMERS

Łukasz Długosz – flute
Florence Sitruk (Niemcy) - harp
Polish Radio Orchestra
Michał Klauza – conductor

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Wolfgang Amadeusz Mozart
Overture to the Opera Don Giovanni KV 527
Wolfgang Amadeusz Mozart
Concert for Flute, Harp and Orchestra KV 299
    ALLEGRO
    ANDANTINO
    ALLEGRO
Wolfgang Amadeusz Mozart
Symphony No. 38 D major “Prague Symphony” KV 504
    ADAGIO—ALLEGRO
    ANDANTE
    FINALE: PRESTO

admission free

 

25 august
friday
21:30
 

Oliwski Park
Abbots’ Palace Courtyard
ul. Cystersów 18

MOZART and Folk

PERFORMERS

Breabach (Szkocja)

admission free

26 august
saturday
21:00

 

Oliwa Cathedral
ul. Biskupa E. Nowickiego 5

FINAL CONCERT

PERFORMERS

Robin Johannsen (USA) – soprano I
Julia Leżniewa (Rosja) – soprano II
Lothar Odinius (Niemcy) – tenor
Wojtek Gierlach – bass
Schola Gregoriana Cardinalis Stephani Wyszyński (Michał Sławecki – conductor)
Polish Chamber Choir
Academy of Ancient Music (Wielka Brytania)
Jan Łukaszewski – conductor

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Wolfgang Amadeusz Mozart
W. A. Mozart Great Mass in C minor KV 427
    INTROITUS Gaudeamus omnes *
    KYRIE
    GLORIA
    ALLELUIA *
    CREDO
    OFFERTORIUM Assumpta est Maria *
    SANCTUS
    BENEDICTUS
    AGNUS DEI *
    COMMUNIO Beata viscera *
    ITE MISSA EST *
Wolfgang Amadeusz Mozart
W. A. Mozart Regina Coeli in C major KV 108/74d

Tickets available at Polski Chór Kameralny’s office Mon-Fri from 9:00- 16:00
23-25.08 from 18:00 in Festival Area (Pałac Opatów)
26.08 in Oliva Cathedral an hour before the concert.

Artists

Antoni Lichomanow – piano.

Doctor in musical arts.
At the age of 8 Antoni Lichomanow began piano lessons. In a year he performed his first concert.


In 1996 he graduated Fryderyk Chopin Music University in Warsaw, where studied under professor Maria Szraiber and professor Krystyna Makowska – Lawrynowicz. Since 1996, Antoni perfected his performing skills at postgraduate courses.
Antoni Lichomanow won the Yamaha scholarship and won the first price in Chopin piano competition for students. Antoni has performed extensively throughout the world. He has gained success performing in Poland, Russia, USA, Germany , Netherland, Switzerland, Austria, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan.


Antoni Lichomanow has played and also collaborated with such wonderful musicians as Robert Szreder, Miroslaw Lawrynowicz, Sergey Kravchenko, Igor Frolov, Marina Yashvili, Wolfgang Marschner, Edward Zienkowski,Anna Gutowska, Roland Baldini, Alberto Zedda, Zdzislawa Donat, Ryszard Karczykowski, Olga Pasychnik, Dariusz Niemirowicz and others.
From 2001 Antoni Lichomanow teaching in Fryderyk Chopin Music University and Zenon Brzewski Music School for talented young musicians in Warsaw.

Academy of Ancient Music

The Academy of Ancient Music is an orchestra and choir that perform music from the baroque and classical era, in the way it was first intended. This means taking inspiration from the composers themselves; through careful research and using first edition scores as often as possible.


Our historically-informed approach was ground-breaking when the orchestra was founded in 1973 by scholar-conductor Christopher Hogwood and the AAM remains at the forefront of the early music scene today, under the leadership of Music Director Richard Egarr.
Originally established as a recording orchestra the AAM has an incredible catalogue of more than 300 CDs which have won numerous accolades, including Brit, Gramophone, Edison and MIDEM awards. On its own in-house label, AAM Records, the orchestra has released five critically acclaimed recordings. The most recent release, a stunning selection of instrumental works by Dario Castello, a Venetian composer from the early baroque period, was launched in October 2016.
Since 2010 the AAM has run its AAMplify education scheme, with the aim of nurturing the next generation of young artists and audiences. Working with partners around the country the AAM delivers workshops, masterclasses and other special projects for children and people of all ages.


The 2017-18 season begins with the second instalment of AAM’s three-year Purcell opera cycle, with a semi-staged performance of King Arthur. The AAM Choir takes centre stage in the Barbican Hall for performances of Bach’s St John Passion and Handel’s Messiah, joined by first class soloists; and Nicola Benedetti performs virtuosic Vivaldi and Telemann concerti on gut strings. Soloists from AAM feature in programmes exploring the musical impact of cross-European migration, and the ‘reversed fortunes’ of Telemann and Bach. Soprano Carolyn Sampson celebrates English song from Dowland to Arne; and a programme of secular and sacred vocal music showcases the pairing of soprano Keri Fuge and countertenor Tim Mead.
The AAM is Associate Ensemble at London’s Barbican Centre and Orchestra in Residence at the University of Cambridge and at The Grange Festival.

Polski Chór Kameralny

Polski Chór Kameralny is a full-time professional chamber choir of international standing. Founded in Gdansk in 1978 and since 1983 under the direction of Jan Łukaszewski it keeps going from strength to strength.  
The declared aim of the 24 professional musicians making up the ensemble is to work at an instrumental, ‘orchestral’ level, which besides other skills requires total control of the vocal instrument, thus allowing all musical and technical demands of a score to be met.  They 'specialise in variety' performing music from all genres and periods, a cappella or accompanied, sacred or profane,  Gregorian chant, motets, opera, oratorio, film music, jazz, pop, etc. from medieval, Renaissance and Baroque music through Romantic and late Romantic to 20th and 21st century compositions. The world premiere performances sung by them are about to top the 600 mark  and include works by such composers as Henryk Mikołaj Górecki and Krzysztof Penderecki, Wojciech Kilar, Augustyn Bloch, Krzysztof Meyer, Andrzej Koszewski, or Paweł Łukaszewski, and many more who have dedicated  compositions to Polski Chór Kameralny. Frequent guests at some of the most renowned of international festivals they perform at events like the Warsaw Autumn, Ruhr-Festival, or TENSO Days.  The number of their CD recordings, several winning awards like Orphée d’Or or Fryderyk (plus many more nominations) by 2016 had well exceeded 80. Countless radio and TV recordings in Poland, Europe (additionally some concerts as EBU live broadcasts), and North America complete the picture.


Polski Chór Kameralny prepares around 40 different programmes a year and co-operates with orchestras like NOSPR (Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra), the Polish Baltic Philharmonic, The Polish Chamber Philharmonic Sopot, Sinfonia Varsovia, the Polish Radio Chamber Orchestra “Amadeus”, The Academy of Ancient Music, Venice Baroque Orchestra, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, and many more as well as with some of the cream of international choral conductors like Eric Ericson, Uwe Gronostay, Frieder Bernius, and Stephen Layton to name but a few.


Polski Chór Kameralny also organises its own music festivals, most notably, since 2006 they have been running their own annual 5-Day “Mozartiana” International Festival presenting Mozart’s Music in various guises and every year drawing thousands of visitors to the historic city centre of Gdansk, to Oliva Park, the Abbots’ Palace, and to Oliva Archcathedral.

Martin Ennis

Martin Ennis is Director of Music at Girton College, Cambridge.  He has also served as Chairman of Cambridge’s Faculty of Music for much of the last fifteen years.  Martin is unusual in combining a high-level academic post with an active career as harpsichordist, organist and pianist.


A native of Ireland, Martin was an undergraduate in Cambridge.  He pursued further studies at the Musikhochschule in Köln and returned to Cambridge to complete a doctorate on Brahms.  Among his teachers were Gillian Weir, Michael Schneider and Gustav Leonhardt.  He is principal keyboard player of the London Mozart Players, the longest-established chamber orchestra in the UK, and he also performs regularly with the Collegium Cartusianum (Köln).  He has worked with the Monteverdi Choir (for its 25th-anniversary concert), the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Polish Chamber Orchestra, the Juilliard School Chorus and, as a soloist, St Luke's Chamber Orchestra (New York).  He has made numerous recordings, including with the RPO, and his compositions have been performed in Westminster Abbey and the Royal Albert Hall (in a Prom).  In addition, Martin has worked as a conductor throughout the world.  Recent projects have included Messiah, directed from the harpsichord, in the Forbidden City (Beijing).

Julia Leżniewa

Julia Lezhneva is one of the leading artists of her generation. The young Russian soprano with the voice of ”angelic beauty” (The New York Times), “pure tone” (Opernwelt) & “flawless technique” (Guardian) brings “unforgettable spiritual expression” & “perfect artistry” (Guardian)  performing worldwide. Her international career skyrocketed when she created a sensation at the Classical Brit Awards at London’s Royal Albert Hall in 2010, singing Rossini’s Fra il padre at the invitation of Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.


Since then, Lezhneva has been appearing in concert and opera around the globe - the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Royal Albert Hall & Barbican in London, Severance Hall in Cleveland & Lincoln Center in New York, NHK & Bunka Kaikan in Tokyo, Amsterdam Concertgebouw & Madrid Auditorium, Salle Pleyel & Theatre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, Wiener Konzerthaus and Theater an der Wien, Berlin Staatsoper & Hamburg Laeiszhalle, Essen Philharmonie and Zurich Tonhalle, Theatre Royal de la Monnaie and Palais de Beaux Arts in Brussels, The Bolshoi Theatre & Melbourne Recital Centre, Grand Hall of Moscow Conservatory and Grand Hall of St-Petersburg Philharmonic - as well as for the Salzburg Festival, Salzburg Mozartwoche, Baden-Baden Festspielhaus, Gstaad Menuhin Festival, Chorégies d’Orange, Verbier Festival, Handel-Festspiele Halle, Quincena Musical, Wratislawia Cantans, Misteria Paschalia, Rossini Opera Festival & S. Richter ‘December Nights’ Festival in Moscow. She appeared on stage with conductors - Marc Minkowski, Giovanni Antonini, Sir Antonio Pappano, Herbert Blomstedt, Alberto Zedda, Philippe Herreweghe, Franz Welser-Möst, Sir Roger Norrington, René Jacobs, Fabio Biondi, Jean-Christoph Spinosi, Diego Fasolis, Ottavio Dantone - and singers - Plácido Domingo, Anna Netrebko, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Joyce DiDonato, Juan Diego Flórez, Rolando Villazón, Ildebrando D'Arcangelo, Christopher Maltman, Franco Fagioli, Max Emmanuel Cencic, Philippe Jaroussky.


Born December 5 1989 in a family of geophysicists on Sakhalin Island, she began playing piano and singing at the age of five. She graduated from the Gretchaninov Music School and continued her vocal and piano studies at the Moscow Conservatory Academic Music College.. At 17 she came to int attention winning the 6th Elena Obraztsova Opera Singers Competition 2007, and next year  shared the concert stage with Juan Diego Flórez at the opening of the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro. In 2008 she began studying with tenor Dennis O’Neill in Cardiff, completing her training under Yvonne Kenny at London’s Guildhall School. She has attended masterclasses with Elena Obraztsova, Alberto Zedda, Richard Bonynge and Thomas Quasthoff. In 2009 she won first prize at the Mirjam Helin International Singing Competition in Helsinki and the following year took first prize at the Paris International Opera Competition, the youngest entrant in each competition’s history. Her European performances started at the age of 18 with the invitations by Marc Minkowski, with whom she has performed and recorded Bach's Mass in B-Minor in 2008 and subsequently performed numerous solo concerts, operas and oratorial works. In 2010, being 20 yearls old, she made her triumphal debuts at the Barbican performing Vivaldi's Ottone in Villa with IGA/Antonini and at the Salzburg Festival performing solo concerts under Marc Minkowski. Opernwelt named her “Young Singer of the Year” in 2011 for her debut at La Monnaie in Brussels. The following year she performed at the Victoires de la Musique Classique in Paris and appeared at the Salzburg Festival in Handel’s Tamerlano opposite Plácido Domingo. Her 2012/13 season included European tours with Giovanni Antonini and Il Giardino Armonico, Pergolesi Stabat Mater recording and performance with Philippe Jaroussky, concert tours of Handel’s Il trionfo del tempo & Handel’s Alessandro and Gala at the Chorégies d'Orange televised on France 3. During 2014/15 Lezhneva made her Australian debut winning the HELPMANN Award for her recital at the Hobart Baroque Festival. She toured extensively with Handel programme throughout Europe including concerts at the Barbican, Paris, Brussels, Aix-en-Provence, Zurich, Munich and the Bolshoi in Moscow.      She made her Royal Opera House debut in June 2015, singing Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni and reprised the role on the ROH Japan tour in September 2015 under Sir Antonio Pappano.      The season 2015/2016 season saw Lezhneva further touring Europe with Siroe, Tamerlano and Handel solo concerts from October to December. In February Lezhneva gave a recital at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Paris and in April at the Lizst Academy in Budapest. In Spring 2016 She performed staged appearances in Così fan tutte (Fiordiligi) in Wiesbaden & Liederabend at the Wiener Konzerthaus with Mikhail Antonenko.


Current season 2016/2017 saw Lezhneva returning to Australia touring Handel and Alleluia with 5 concerts accompanied by ACO – Sydney Angel Place, Brisbane QPAC and Mebourne. In November 2016 Julia reprised Hasse’s Siroe in Lausanne on stage and gave Handel concerts in Toulouse Halle aux Grains, St-Petersburg, Berlin Philharmonic and Moscow accompanied by La Voce Strumentale and Dmirty Sinkovsky. Lezhneva performed Adventliche concert debuting at the Gewandhaus Leipzig under Herbert Blomstedt. Spring took the artist to Krakow and Vienna performing the new production of Porpora’s Germanico in Germania (Ersinda) alongside Max Cencic – soon to be released on Decca. On concert stage, Lezhneva performed Handel in Madrid and opened Lucerne Easter Festival with LVS & Sinkovsky. On recital stage, she performed with Mikhail Antonenko in Berlin Konzerthaus and Amsterdam Muzikgebouw.


April 2017 marks the release of ‘Graun Arias’ on Decca accompanied by Concerto Köln and conducted by Mikhail Antonenko. Lezhneva tours the programme to Paris, Munich, Zurich and Dresden with KOB. In May 2017 she reprises Siroe staged in Wiesbaden during the Maifestpiele and in June - Mozart’s Don Giovanni (Zerlina) at the Gran Teatre Liceu in Barcelona, opposite Mariusz Kwiecen. July sees Julia performing Stabat Mater with Max Cencic in Herrenchiemsee, while in August the artist performs concerts in Reingau and Gdansk as well as recital at Peralada Festival. Summer 2017 ends with an 8-concert tour of Mozart’s Requiem (Soprano Solo) with MusicAeterna and Teodor Currentzis, bringing the artist for the 1st time to Bremen Musikfest and opening season at the Vienna Konzerthaus.
Next Season sees Julia tours Handel & Graun Arias to Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Frankfurt Alte Oper, Munich, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Bregenz, St-Petersburg, Moscow, Halle and Vienna. The artist debuts with Seoul Philharmonic at the Lotte Concert Hall, Orquesta Nacional España in Madrid, Seattle Symphony at Benaroya Hall and Orchestra Accademia Santa Cecilia in Rome. In Budapest and Paris TCE she performs Stabat Mater with Franco Fagioli.


Julia Lezhneva became an exclusive Decca artist in 2011. Her first recording under the new label, "Alleluia" - a coupling of baroque motets accompanied by Il Giardino Armonico under Giovanni Antonini, was released in March 2013, leading BBC Music Magazine to say: “She is like a sun that can’t help but produce warmth and joy when she comes on stage.” The recording won her an Echo-Klassik Award. Her collaboration with Max Emanuel Cencic on Handel’s Alessandro led to a Complete Opera CD of the Year prize at the inaugural International Opera Awards in 2013. She joined Cencic again on the world premiere recording of Hasse’s Siroe. Lezhneva's new solo album 'HANDEL’  - a selection of sacred and secular pieces from the composer's overwhelmingly successful early Italian years – has been released in November to critical acclaim. Lezhneva is accompanied again by Il Giardino Armonico under the direction of Giovanni Antonini. April 2017 marks the release of ‘Graun Arias’ – world-premiere album featuring opera arias by Carl Heinrich Graun unearthed by Lezhneva at the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin. The CD is accompanied by Concerto Köln and conducted by Mikhail Antonenko.

Artur Dutkiewicz Trio

Artur Dutkiewicz is one of the greatest Polish jazz pianists, also composer.
He graduated from The Academy of Music in Katowice, Poland and received diploma with distinction.
Dutkiewicz was a finalist of the Thelonious Monk Competition  in Washington, USA.
He was the first Polish musician who gave solo recital at MIDEM in Cannes.


Artur Dutkiewicz is called "Ambassador of Polish jazz" – he is one of the most concerting abroad Polish jazz musicians. In the last few years he performed in more than 50 countries around the world from the United States via Europe, China to Australia.
Artur plays SOLO RECITALS presenting his own compositions - jazz mazurkas from album „Mazurkas”.
He is also a leader of the ARTUR DUTKIEWICZ TRIO playing modern jazz.


He recorded 7 his own albums and many more with other artists.
His last albums: "Mazurkas"/solo/, "Hendrix Piano", "Prana" and latest „Traveller”/trio/ have been enthusiastically adopted by audience and critics.
Dutkiewicz performed at dozens of renowned jazz and music festivals around the world such as: Northsea Jazz Festival – Hague, Jazz Jamboree – Warsaw, Campnagel Theater – Hamburg, Festival Kleiner Bunchen – Bern, MIDEM – Cannes, Music Oggi – Milan, Festival D`Europe Centrale – Paris, Europe XXL – Vienna, Sziget Festival – Budapest, Glasgov Jazz Festival, Duesseldorf Jazz Rally, World Culture Festival - Berlin, Notturni in Palestro Festival - Milan, BJ Ninegates Jazz Festival – Beijing, Melbourne Jazz Festival, Utsav Jazz Festival.
In 2011 Arthur Dutkiewicz performed on the Olympic Stadium in Berlin at the World Culture Festival. Especially for this event he arranged and played in a group of pianists from around the world the piece for 30 pianos. The concert heard by 35 thousand people, was an expression of respect for the diversity of cultures and the message of peace to the world.

Massimiliano Caldi

Massimiliano Caldi (Milano 1967), with a big international experience in the fields of symphonic music, opera, operetta and ballet, an attention on contemporary music and on the revival of the 19th century opera, stands out for his high professional preparation and for his bright and linear directorial style.


Winner of the first prize at “G.Fitelberg” International Competition (1999), Caldi is First Guest Conductor of the Polish Baltic "F.Chopin" Philharmonic of Gdańsk (Danzig) and from 2017/18 is Principal Conductor of the "A.Malawski" Podkarpacka Philharmonic of Rzeszów. In the last ten years he took tournées in Israel, Oman, U.S.A., Chile, Brasil, Germany, Russia and Turkey.


Recently, in opera field, he conducted Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia (January-February 2017) and Verdi's Nabucco (May 2017) at Teatr Wileki of Poznan, a selection of Puccini's La Rondine at the National Philharmonic Hall in Warsaw for the XXI edition of the Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival (April 2017), Notte per me luminosa by Marco Betta at Teatro Municipale of Piacenza (April 2017) and the prologue from Mefistofele by Boito (June 2017) with "A.Rubinstein" Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra in Łódź.
Massimiliano Caldi is guest of Mozartiana Festival for the fifth time from 2012, after performances of Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, Die Zauberfloete, La finta semplice.

Michał Klauza

Michał Klauza is Artistic Director of the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra. In 2013-2015 he served as Music Director of the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic in Białystok, where, in addition to regular concerts of symphonic music, he worked on several opera productions (Verdi’s Il Traviata, Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Bizet’s Carmen). He also worked as Associate Conductor of the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice (2009-2015). In 2004-2008 he served as Associate Conductor and Deputy Music Director of the Welsh National Opera in Cardiff, where he worked on a wide range of productions such as Carmen, Verdi’s Rigoletto, Il Trovatore, Aida, Otello, and Falstaff (with Brian Terfel in the title role), Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Puccini’s La Boheme, and Lehar’s The Merry Widow (recorded for the BBC).


In December 2011, he conducted Szymanowski’s King Roger, performed in a concert version with the National Ukrainian Opera in Kiev as the closing event of the cultural programme of Poland’s presidency in the European Council.
He has worked as guest conductor with numerous orchestras in Poland and abroad, including the Warsaw Philharmonic, Sinfonia Varsovia, most of Polish symphony orchestras, the Beethoven Academy Orchestra, Orchestre National Capitole de Toulouse, the State Symphony Orchestra of the Russian Federation and the Moscow Philharmonic. Foreign tours have also taken him to France, Germany, Switzerland (a gala concert in tribute to Mstislav Rostropovich, with Ivan Monighetti, Sol Gabetta and Misha Maisky), Great Britain, Armenia, Italy, South Korea and the Persian Gulf countries. He has worked closely with the Baltic Opera in Gdańsk (Strauss’s Salome and Mozart’s The Magic Flute, The Gamblers / Rotschild’s Violin) and the Opera Nova in Bydgoszcz (Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust).
Earlier in his career, in 1998-2003, he worked at the National Opera in Warsaw. He has made numerous recordings for radio and television, including the first ever recording of Szymanowski’s operetta Lottery for a Husband (with the National Polish Radio SO) and King Roger (with Warsaw’s National Opera).


Michał Klauza is a graduate of the Fryderyk Chopin Music Academy in Warsaw, where he studied conducting with Ryszard Dudek. He developed his skills as a postgraduate student of Ilya Musin at the Rimski-Korsakov Conservatory in St. Petersburg and at international courses for conductors given by Kurt Redel (Rome, 1996) and Valery Gergiev (Rotterdam, 1997).

Schola Gregoriana Cardinalis

Piotr Karbownik, Jakub Siekierzyński, Witold Perłowski, Daniel Popko, Krzysztof Stęchły, Fr. Radosław Tomczak (OFM Conv)
Michał Sławecki – magister chori


The Ensemble was created in November 2013. It has been developed by Gregorian chant enthusiasts who wish to propagate this genre of music. The repertoire of the Ensemble consists of classical Gregorian forms, as well as the post-classical works. The Ensemble has performed in various festivals, including the "Musica Claromontana" Festival of Music from the Jasna Góra Archives (2016, 2014), the International Festival of Sacred Music "Gaude Mater" in Częstochowa (2017, 2016, 2015, 2014), the 29th Legnica Organ Conversatorium (2015), the 4th Summer Organ and Chamber Concerts in Nałęczów (2014), the 2nd Psalm Festival in Warsaw (2014). The Ensemble has given numerous performances, including those at the St John's Centre in Gdańsk (2014) – W.A. Mozart’s Requiem performed with the National Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra during the celebrations of the World War I centenary, in Częstochowa (Jasna Góra Basilica), Leśniów (Sanctuary of the Virgin Mary of Leśniów, Patroness of Families), Suwałki (Concathedral), Augustów (Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus), Włodawa (Saint Louis Church), and Warsaw (St. Charles Borromeo Church, The Church of the Holy Spirit, Church of St. Joseph of the Visitationists), Olomouc (St. Maurice Church, Jesuit’s College), Plasencia (St. Martin Church), Yuste (Monasterio Real de San Jerónimo). In 2017 the Ensemble was a laureate in the XI Festival of Choir Music “Mater Misericordiae” in Ząbki, VIII National Competition Song of Passion in Bydgoszcz, in 2015 won at the 43rd International Choir Festival of Songs in Olomouc and in 2014 was awarded with the Grand Prix at the 6th All-Poland Competition "Ars Liturgica" held at the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Adalbert in Gniezno. The Ensemble's output includes contemporary first performances of compositions from the medieval Pauline archives:  The Office of Saint Paul the First Hermit, The Office of Saint Anthony the Great, Officium defunctorum, Commune de Beatae Mariae Virginis, Saturday Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Ensemble has taken part in the recordings of the complete Jasna Góra monodic musical collections in the "Musica Claromontana” series. The most unique event in which the Ensemble took part was the performance at the Field Cathedral of the Polish Army on May 23rd, 2015, conducted by Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. Nino Albarosa (Cremona, Italy) during the 4th Thesaurus Musicae Sacrae International Scientific Symposium of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music.


The artistic director and conductor of the Ensemble is Michał Sławecki.

Romain Leleu

A new trumpet phenomenon, this easy-going and generous 27 year-old musician offers at each performance an impressive sound and musicality, a delicacy  and  gentle  approach  on  his  nstrument. There is an agility and mischief in Romain Leleu's playing that leaves no one indifferent.


At 15 year old, he was accepted at the Paris Conservatoire and graduated in 2003. During his course he was spotted by Reinhold Friedrich and invited to join his class at the Karlsruhe Hochschule fur Musik.
A winner in the international competition « Festival Musical d’Automne de Jeunes Interprétes » and Special  interpretation  prize  in  the  Finish  international competition « Lieksa Brass Week » in 1999, he was awarded in 2005 the 3rd prize in the international competition of chamber music in Lyon and was presented as the Adami 's « Classical Revelation ».
In 2011/12/13, Romain performs at the Festival Radio-France-Montpellier, la Folle Journée de Nantes, la Folle Journée du Japon, le Festival International de Colmar, le Festival de Sully sur Loire, le Festival de Saint-Denis, le Festival d'Auvers-sur-Oise, in Grenoble Auditorium Museum, Festival de l'Epau, and with orchestra : tour with Orchestre National d’Ile de France (with a concert in Salle Pleyel) in Haydn Concerto, tour with Orchestre d’Avignon (Hummel Concerto), tour with Orchestre National de Lille on tour in Arutunian concerto, tour with Orchestre des Pays de Savoie (Shostakovich with  Bertrand Chamayou), Orchestre d'Auvergne in Vichy Opera for Martin Matalon piece, Orchestre Lyrique de Nancy, etc. Abrod, he performs in Japan as part of the Folle Journée, Korea for Seoul Spring Festival, in Sweden, Belgium.


An heir worthy of the French trumpet school, Romain Leleu is performing in famous festivals and concert halls : Festival de la Roque d'Anthéron, Festival Radio France et Montpellier, Folle Journée de Nantes, Folle Journée in Tokyo, Flâneries Musicales in Reims, Festival of Saint-Denis, Festival de Colmar, Festival de Sully sur Loire, Festival d’Auvers-sur-Oise ; Festival de Prades, Festival Estival d'Annecy, Salle Cortot, Salle Gaveau... He also played as a soloist with Orchestre National de Lille, Orchestre National de Lorraine, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Orchestre de Bretagne, Orchestre Regional de Cannes PACA, Orchestre Philharmonique de l'Opéra de Marseille, Orchestre d'Auvergne, Orchestre des Concerts Colonne, Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn, Baltic Chamber Orchestra, Slovak Sinfonietta in France and abroad : Switzerland, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Romania in Athenum Concert Hall, Turkey, Algeria, Israel, Cuba, Egypt, Japan...


Interested in modern music, Romain has collaborated with Karol Beffa (premiere of  Subway and Nuit
Etoilee), Philippe Hersant (premiere of Folk Tunes), Martin Matalon...
Also  passionate  about  chamber  music,  Romain  created  in  2000  the  Feeling  Brass  Quintet.  Warmly welcomed by both French and foreign audiences, this brass ensemble was chosen by CulturesFrance to beneficiate of the programme « Declic » in partnership with Radio France and Mécénat Musical Société Générale.


Since 2002, Romain Leleu has been a « Yamaha Performing Artist » and laureate of the Fondation Meyer. His  first disc, out in march 2008, is dedicated to original pieces for trumpet and piano, is acclaimed by
specialized   press.   The   second   one   was   dedicated   to   trumpet   and   piano   Russian   repertoire
(Aparté/Harmmonia Mundi). The third one, dedicated to the great Trumpet Concertos (Hummel, Haydn, Neruda) was unanimously acclaimed by the magazines (Aparté/Harmonia Mundi).
Interested by teaching, Romain Leleu gives Master Classes in France and abroad : Korea, Japan...

Polska Filharmonia Bałtycka

The Polish Baltic Frédéric Chopin Philharmonic is the largest music institution in the northern Poland, visited not only by local music-lovers but also by people from all over Poland and all over the world. This is a place for the ones who desire to enjoy the art of the highest quality.


The Philharmonic organizes symphonic concerts, recitals, and chamber music soirées performed by the most prominent Polish musicians as well as by many worldwide-known. artists. 
     Apart from its concert activities, the Philharmonic’s Music and Congress Centre on the Ołowianka Isle offers many rooms and halls to hire, which makes it a place of numerous symposiums, congresses, international trade conferences and occasional meetings. 
     The Polish Baltic Philharmonic offers the following spaces: the Concert Hall, the Chamber Music Hall, the Jazz Hall and the Oak Hall. Those halls, as well as the adjacent foyer are the places where external companies may organize concerts, special meetings and other events. What makes the Gdańsk Music and Congress Centre so unique is its possibility to raise the prestige of the meetings by enhancing them with music performed by a symphonic orchestra.


Being a universal music institution, the Philharmonic deals also with studio recordings. The cutting-edge digital technologies and a team of licensed sound technicians of the Philharmonic’s recording studio ensure a high level of the offered services, from studio and concert recordings to full post-production of the sound material (including its mastering and re-mastering).


The Centre on the Ołowianka Isle houses also a plastic arts gallery. In the beginning, it was an occasional one, which accompanied various events, however, by now it has become a more permanent establishment. It presents works by Polish as well as foreign artists.

Polska Orkiestra Radiowa

The Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra has a history dating back to pre-war years. It was re-activated in 1945 by the violinist and conductor Stefan Rachoń, whose successors have included Włodzimierz Kamirski, Jan Pruszak and Mieczysław Nowakowski. During the tenure of Tadeusz Strugała (1990-1993) the ensemble was given its present name and moved to the brand-new Polish Radio Concert Studio, which was soon named after Witold Lutosławski. In 1993-2006, the orchestra worked with Wojciech Rajski as Artistic Director. In March 2007 he was succeeded by Łukasz Borowicz, who led the ensemble until the end of January 2015. The CD featuring Schumann’s works (conducted by Borowicz, with the cellist Dominik Połoński) won the ‘Fryderyk’ Prize of the Polish recording industry (2007). During the 2007/08 season, the orchestra gave concert performances of Verdi’s Falstaff and of Cherubini’s Lodoïska (staged under the artistic supervision of Christa Ludwig at the Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival in Warsaw). Both works were released on CD by Polish Radio, and the Lodoïska album was nominated for the Midem Classical Awards and the ‘Fryderyk’ Prize. It has become a tradition for the Polish Radio SO to inaugurate its successive seasons with concert performances of lesser-known and forgotten operas by Polish composers. These have included Roman Statkowski’s Maria (the 2008/09 season), Stanisław Moniuszko’s Flis (to mark the 190th anniversary of the composer’s birth in 2009), F.I. Dobrzyński’s Monbar or the Filibusters (the first presentation of the opera for 150 years), Feliks Nowowiejski’s The Legend of the Baltic (2011/2012), Zygmunt Noskowski’s Revenge for the Boundary Wall, with a libretto based on Aleksander Fredro’s comedy (2013/2014) and Moniuszko’s Verbum nobile (2014/2015).  Maria and Monbar or the Filibusters have been released on CD by Polish Radio. The orchestra’s recent recordings also include Grażyna Bacewicz’s violin concertos (with Joanna Kurkowicz as the soloist) and Overture (for Chandos), and her radio opera The Adventures of King Arthur (for Polish Radio), to mark the centenary of the composer’s birth and the 40th anniversary of her death in 2009. The orchestra also gave concert performances of Szymon Laks’s opera L’Hirondelle inattendue (the first Polish performance in the original French version) and of Karol Rathaus’s ballet Le lion amoureux, also released on CD. In collaboration with the Beethoven Festival the orchestra has continued its exploration of lesser-known operatic repertoire with Louis Spohr’s Der Berggeist (2009), Weber’s Euryanthe (2010), Donizetti’s Maria Padilla (2011), Italo Montemezzi’s L’amore dei tre re (2012), Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra (2013) and Gluck’s Iphigenia in Tauris (2014), all subsequently released on CD. The orchestra’s discography also includes an 4-CD-set with Andrzej Panufnik’s symphonic music for cpo, which in January 2015 won an International Classical Music Award (ICMA) in the Special Achievement category. In coming months the orchestra will continue its series of recordings with leading Polish singers. Two CDs with Piotr Beczała (for Orfeo), and one each with Mariusz Kwiecień (for Harmonia Mundi) and Artur Ruciński (for Polish Radio) have already been released.


In February 2015 Michał Klauza was appointed Artistic Director of the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Breabach

Walking away with the accolades ‘Folk Band of the Year’ and ‘Album of Year’ at the 2016 Scots Trad Music Awards was the perfect way to round off an exciting year for Scottish contemporary-folk group Breabach. Now 2017 sees them nominated
'Best Group' at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and they are back out on tour showcasing  an  increasingly  mature  sound  and  live performance,  whilst simultaneously building their international recognition on the world and roots music scene as one of the UK’s most dynamic and exciting bands.


March 2016 saw Breabach present their fifth studio album Astar (lit. distance/ journey). Produced by renowned musician Greg Lawson (Grit Orchestra, Moishes Bagel)  the  album is  an  exciting  multicultural  celebration, embracing the  diverse influences the band have picked up over the years during their travels to the far flung corners of the globe, from Quebec to Norway, Australia to South Korea. In February the band will mark a year since the release of Astar with a special show at Celtic Connections in Glasgow follow by a string of UK dates showcasing music from the album and some old favourites.


Breabach unite the talent of Calum MacCrimmon (pipes/whistles/bouzouki/vocals), Ewan Robertson (guitar/ vocals), James Mackenzie (pipes/flute/whistles), Megan Henderson (fiddle/vocals/stepdance) and James Lindsay (double bass). Since launching  their  career  as  winners  of  the  Danny  Kyle  Open  Stage  at  Celtic Connections in 2005 the band have steadily moved from strength to strength, picking up awards and performing at esteemed events along the way.

“Astar sees Breabach in an electrifying new phase – one that illustrates the band’s strength and interest in experimentation. Exhilarating, energetic and accomplished Astar is a rare, beautiful treat.” Songlines

“Astar, a dozen tracks that thrillingly place Scottish traditions within a global context. An album with meaning beyond its own music” The National newspaper

Jerzy Bielunas

Professor at the L. Solski Academy for the Dramatic Arts (Wrocław Branch), theatre and film director. He has conceived many (roughly about 70) productions in Poland and abroad (in France and Finland) as well as Television Theatre productions, TV concerts (ca. 30 productions) and graduation performances at the Academy for the Dramatic Arts. He is interested mainly in musical spectacles.


He has a long-standing collaboration with the Stage Songs Revue in Wrocław where he directed several productions, including: The Songs of Georges Brassens (Journalists’ Award), N. Cave’s Murder Ballads, Justyna Steczkowska’s Alkimia recital (2002) and the Golden Wand final performance in 2010.
     Mr Bielunas has a passion for children’s theatre. He has written several plays for kids and many children’s songs performed by artists such as VOO VOO, Majka Jeżowska and Pan Japa, and have been released on many records, including three fully-written by him (including Małe Wu Wu). He directed many children’s plays in theatres and for the Young Persons’ Television Theatre, including his own adaptations of F. Baum’s Wizard of Oz, H. Lofting’s Doctor Dolittle and Andersen’s Wild Swans. His productions for young viewers received several High Quality Certificates from the Polish National Centre of the ASSITEJ - International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People.


Mr Bielunas also directed many television concerts, including: the gala concert celebrating Poland’s accession to the European Union at the Grand Theatre in Warsaw (2004), the concert at the Polish Song Festival in Opole dedicated to Marek Grechuta (2006), the
Częstochowa Victory open-air concert at Jasna Góra Common to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the defence of the shrine of Our Lady of Częstochowa at the Mountain of Light against the Swedish invaders (2005), the Diary of the Warsaw Uprising at Krasiński Square in Warsaw (2009) and, also at Krasiński Square The Song of the Walls ‘44 – concert for the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising (2014).


Since 1989, Mr Bielunas has been a member of the ZAIKS Polish Society of Authors and Composers as a songwriter, dramatist, writer of stage production scripts and translator of French songs.
Jerzy Bielunas is a winner of many awards for artistic merit.

Robin Johannsen

American soprano Robin Johannsen came to Europe as a young artist with the Deutsche Oper Berlin and joined the company soon after as a soloist. Her roles there included Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Norina (Don Pasquale), Oscar (Un ballo in maschera), and Soeur Constance (Les dialogues des Carmélites). After two more years with Oper Leipzig (Gretel, Marzelline, Blonde, Susanna, and Pamina), she began her freelance career in 2008 with a special affinity for the baroque and classical repertoires.


The 2016/2017 season begins with Robin Johannsen singing Rameau arias on tour with Teodor Currentzis and his orchestra MusicAeterna. She will record three new albums: Telemann cantatas with Concerto Melante, the title role in Vinci’s Didone with the Lautten Compagney, and Handel’s Parnasso in festa with Andrea Marcon and La Cetra Basel. Her season continues with Purcell’s King Arthur at the Berliner Staatsoper followed by a debut as Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte on tour in Germany, Spain, and Asia with René Jacobs and the Freiburger Barockorchester. The soprano will make her debut in France singing Telemann’s Brockes Passion with Raphaël Pichon and his orchestra, Pygmalion at the Paris Philharmonie and five other French cities. In addition, she will sing concerts with leading baroque orchestras such as Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Concerto Köln, and the Freiburger Barockorchester.


Highlights of Robin Johannsen’s recent seasons include her acclaimed debut in the title role of Telemann’s Emma und Eginhard under René Jacobs at the Berliner Staatsoper; Venere/Giuturna in Amor vien dal destino also at the Berliner Staatsoper; her debut with Musikfest Bremen as Konstanze under Jérémie Rhorer and Le Cercle de l’Harmonie; the title role in Almira at the Hamburgische Staatsoper; and debuts at Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Gassmann’s L’Opera seria and at Teatro Regio Torino in Haydn’s Schöpfung under Antonello Manacorda. She sang Konstanze on international tour and recorded the role with Jacobs for harmonia mundi. In 2015, she debuted the role of Adina in L’elisir d’amore with the Hamburgische Staatsoper and appeared at the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music in Jommeli’s Don Trastullo under Alessandro De Marchi. Additionally, she sang Pamina on tour with the Lautten Compagney and Amital in a staged production of Mozart’s Betulia liberata with the Kammerakademie Potsdam. In May 2014, Sony Classical (dhm) released Robin’s first solo CD, In dolce amore, a world premiere recording of baroque arias and cantatas by Antonio Caldara conducted by Alessandro De Marchi.


Robin Johannsen has been a frequent guest with the Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alte Musik, the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart, Academia Montis Regalis, and Belgium’s B’Rock. She has collaborated with conductors such as: René Jacobs, Alessandro De Marchi, Andrea Marcon, Antonello Manacorda, Attilio Cremonesi, Christopher Moulds, Helmuth Rilling, Ottavio Dantone, Howard Griffiths, Celso Antunes, Lukasz Borowicz, Christian Thielemann, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Marin Alsop, and Robert Page. Engagements have included performances with the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Berliner Staatsoper, Komische Oper Berlin, Oper Leipzig, Staatsoper Stuttgart, Oper Frankfurt, Vlaamse Opera, Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, OSESP São Paolo, Bayreuth Festival, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, RIAS Kammerchor, Dresden Philharmonic, Freiburger Barockorchester, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Academia Montis Regalis, Café Zimmermann, Concerto Köln, NDR Hannover, Helsinki Philharmonic, Danish National Chamber Orchestra, Singapore Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and the Dallas Symphony. She has also performed at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Rheingau Musik Festival, Gasteig Munich, Essen Philharmonie, Berliner Philharmonie, Konzerthaus Berlin, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Bremen’s Glocke, Lucerne Festival, the Vatican, Conservatorio Torino, Auditorium del Lignotto – Torino, Grattacielo del San Paolo - Torino; Conservatorio di Milano; Tonhalle Zürich, and the Oregon Bach Festival.

“Robin Johannsen is responsible for some of the evening’s most seductive and accomplished singing as unhappy sister Giuturna.”
Shirley Apthorp, Financial Times

“American soprano Robin Johannsen led the pack as Emma. Her elegant voice gently wafted over the Schiller Theater...With freshness and legato, she gave the evening’s most fully defined performance, from her precise and measured coloratura to the warm notes of her lower range during the tender 'alphabet of love' that she sings with Eginhard.”
A.J. Goldmann, Opera News

Lothar Odinius

Lothar Odinius  is one  of the most renowned concert- and  opera singers of the recent generation of singers.   With   a  repertoire  that  ranges from   Baroque to  the  Contemporary he   has   earned international reputation. He  is  a  regular guest at all  major   international  festivals and  in  all  the important concert halls  of Berlin,  Vienna,  Milan, London, and  New  York and  works  with  conductors such  as Ivor Bolton, Adam  Fischer,  Emmanuelle Haïm, Nikolaus  Harnoncourt, Thomas Hengelbrock, Philippe  Herreweghe,   Andrew  Manze,   Sir  Neville   Marriner,  Marc   Minkowski,   Kirill  Petrenko, Hans-Christoph Rademann, Helmuth Rilling, András  Schiff, Peter Schreier, Andreas Spering, Christian Thielemann, and Franz Welser-Möst.


He is equally at ease singing  opera and  guested at the most renowned opera houses such  as  the Zurich Opera House, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Opéra National de Paris as well as at the Festivals in  Schwetzingen, Glyndebourne, and  Bayreuth. Central to his  repertoire are  all  the important Mozart roles,  from  the lyric Tamino to the more dramatic Idomeneo.


Present  and    future  engagements  will   lead    Lothar  Odinius,    among  many    others,  to  the Schleswig-Holstein  Music  Festival  (SHMF) with   Haydn's Creation  under  Roger   Norrington,  with Mahler's The Song  of Mourning to Madrid,  the St. John Passion under Thomas Hengelbrock to the Orchestre de  Paris,  with  a  Telemann/ Handel programme to the Staatskapelle Dresden, with  the c-minor  mass  to the Vienna  Konzerthaus, with the operetta A Night  in Venice  to the Opéra de Lyon , with  Monteverdi's Ulysse  under Emmanuelle Haïm  to the Théâtre des  Champs-Élysées, and  under Thomas Hengelbrock and  the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester with Wagner's Rheingold to Hamburg, Dortmund, and Baden-Baden.

Łukasz Długosz

Łukasz Długosz is critically acclaimed as one of the most prominent flutists. He is the Polish flutist who has been awarded the greatest number of prizes in history.
He is a graduate of soloist studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich, as well as master studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris and the Yale University in New Haven.
Not only is he a prizewinner at all the Polish flute competitions but also claimed top prizes at several international ones, among them such prestigious contests as the 8th Jean Pierre Rampal Flute Competition in Paris, the 3rd Carl Nielsen International Flute Competition in Odense, the 1st Theobald Böhm International Flute Competition in Munich, and the 5th International Flute Competition Leonardo de Lorenzo in Viggiano.


He performs in concerts as a soloist and as a chamber musician both in Poland and abroad working with many renowned orchestras. As a soloist he played among others at the Musikverein Goldener Saal and the Wiener Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Konzerthaus Berlin in Berlin, the Gasteig Carl Orff  Saal and the Herkulessaal in Munich. He performed under such star conductors as Zubin Mehta, James Levine, Mariss Jansons, Jerzy Maksymiuk or Jacek Kaspszyk. On multiple occasions, he has been invited by Krzysztof Penderecki himself to perform the flute concerto under the composer’s baton.


In 2010, Łukasz Długosz had his recording debut with the London Symphony Orchestra performing the flute concerto by Michael Colina. The artist has made many archival radio and TV recordings in Poland and abroad achieving an array of prizes that have been highly acclaimed by Polish and European critics including the International Classical Music Award (ICMA) prize.


Time and again, his concerts have been broadcast by the most important radio stations such as BBC Radio 3, NDR, SWR, BR4, Deutschland Radio Kultur, Polish Radio 2, Radio France, and RMF Classic. He is credited with numerous first performances of Polish and foreign composers such as Enjott Schneider, Paweł Mykietyn, Grażyna Pstrokońska-Nawratil, Piotr Moss, Paweł Łukaszewski, Michael Colina and many others.


He is a juror at many Polish and international flute competitions, teaches numerous master programmes all over the world, and represents Poland at international flute conventions.
Łukasz Długosz has been nominated twice for Paszport Polityki (Polityka’s Passport) and Gwarancja Kultury by TVP Kultura (the Guarantee of Culture Award). For his artistic achievements, he received many prizes and scholarships, among others, the Gasteig Musikpreis, Zeit-Preis, Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben, and the Polish Minister of Culture and Heritage Award. Łukasz Długosz was awarded the Medal Zasłużony Kulturze Gloria Artis (Medal for Merit to Culture Gloria Artis) for his outstanding cultural activity and promotion of the Polish culture.

Maciej Frąckiewicz

Winner of the 20th ‘Arrasate Hiria’ International Accordion Competition in Spain (2012), one of the most prestigious competitions in this category. In 2013 he received the “Polityka” magazine “Passport” award for “very mature and diverse interpretations of con- temporary music and other music genres. For courage, daring and consistency. For enri- ching the musical repertoire. For his concert creations and stimulating our imagination, as well as his persuasive strength”.


He is also a laureate of prestigious international accordion competitions in Poland, Germany, Slovakia, Italy and Spain – he won GWK Competition in Münster (2015), he re- ceived 2nd prize at the 42nd International Accordion Competition in Klingenthal, Germany (in a duo with Magdalena Bojanowicz, 2008); Grand Prix at the 8th Competition of 20th- and 21st-century Music for Young Performers in Radziejowice ISCM (2009); 1st award and two extra-curricular awards at the 3rd Michał Spisak International Music Competition in Dąbrowa Górnicza (2009); 1st prize at the 13th ‘Carlo Civardi’ International Accordion Competition in Val Tidone, Italy (2010); special award at the 14th International Contempo- rary Chamber Music Competition in Cracow (in a duo with Magdalena Bojanowicz, 2010);
1st prize at the 3rd Andrzej Krzanowski International Accordion Competition in Czechowi- ce-Dziedzice (2010). In 2008 he was chosen as one of 7 finalists of the Polish eliminations to the Eurovision Young Musicians International Competition.


In 2010 he represented the Polish Radio at the ‘New Talent’ International Forum of Young Performers  organized by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).He studied at the UMFC in Warsaw (Poland) (Klaudiusz Baran), HFM in Detmold (Germany) (Grzegorz Stopa), ESMUC in Barcelona (Spain) (Inaki Alberdi), UdK in Essen (Mie Miki) and attended mastercourses in MUK in Vienna (Austria) (Teodoro Anzellotti), Landesaka demie in Ottweiler (Germany) (Stefan Hussong, Geir Draugsvoll), Mozarteum in Salzburg (Austria) (Julius Berger) and masterclasses with Paolo Pandolfo and Krystian Bez- eindehout,  as well as numerous classes with Yuri Shishkin and Claudio Jacomucci.


In 2012 he was laureate of a DAAD award for the best foreign student at HFM Det-mold. He received a number of scholarships, including the Minister of Culture’s prestigious “Young Poland” scholarship for his CD recording of Polish contemporary music (in a duo with Magdalena Bojanowicz). This Sarton label release was nominated to ‘Fryderyk’ award (Polish Phonography Academy award) in two categories: Best Contemporary Music Album and Best Polish Music Recording. In 2014 he released his debut solo CD (DUX) with pieces by Bach, Gubaidulina, Franck, Tuchowski and a premiere recording of Sinfonietta for ac- cordion solo by Krzysztof Penderecki which was nominated to ‘Fryderyk’ in category „Best Solo Recital”.


In June 2012 he was the first solo accordionist in history to appear with the Polish National Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra (Chopin University diploma concert). He also performed with symphony orchestras (including the Polish Radio National Symphony Or- chestra) under the baton of Łukasz Borowicz, José Maria Florêncio, Jacek Kaspszyk, Mi- chał Klauza, Marek Moś, Renato Rivolta, Ruben Silva, Lukas Vis, Young Chill Lee etc. He appeared in festivals in Poland and abroad (including the “Warsaw Autumn” Festival, “Poli- sh Music Festival” in Cracow, “La Folle Journée”, Farinelli Festival in Adria (Italy) “Neue Horizonten” in Hanover, “Two Days and Two Nights” in Odessa and “Musique au Leman” in Thonon-les-Bains in France).


Recently he has performed recitals during Folefest in Lisbon, Latvian New Music Days in Riga, Moscow Autumn or Classical Series in Cleveland (USA), Daegu Contempo- rary Music Festival in South Korea. He has been invited as a jury member in Accordion Competition in Castelfidardo in Italy and in Lisbon in Portugal. He has recorded for the Po- lish Radio, the Polish Television, LR3 Latvijas Radio, Radio de Portugal, DeutschlandRadio Kultur und WDR3 (recently they did also his Radio Portrait). During his China Tour 2016 he performed recitals at the concerts hall like: Qintai Concert Hall in Wuhan, Changsha Concert Hall, Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, Beijing Children’s Palace, Harbin Grand Theatre and Harbin Music Hall.


Important part of his career is cooperation with such composers as Krzysztof Penderecki, Zygmunt Krauze (whoose Accordion Concerto just premiered), Paweł Szymański, Dariusz Przybylski, Cezary Duchnowski, Wojciech Blecharz, Jagoda Szmytka, Piotr Taba- kiernik; he has premiered over 70 pieces.His next major activities included newest CD with Mozart pieces, polish premiere of Fetzen by Wolfgang Rihm as well as Under the sign of Scorpio by Sofia Gubaidulina (with National Polish Radio Orchestra).
Maciej Frąckiewicz plays on a Pigini Nova, an instrument considered one of the best
accordions in the world.

Paweł Przytocki

Paweł Przytocki is one of the most talented and exciting Polish conductors of his generation.He studied at the Academy of Music in Kraków, where he graduated with honors in the Faculty of Conducting (1985) under Professor Jerzy Katlewicz. He perfected his skills at the Bartok International Seminar with Peter Eötvös, the Master Conducting Course within the Oregon Bach Festival in Eugene with Helmuth Rilling.
From 1987 to 1988 Przytocki collaborated with the Grand Opera Theatre in Lodz. From 1988 to 1991 he was the conductor and Music Director of the Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra in Gdansk. In May 1990 he made his debut with the National Philharmonic in Warsaw. From 1995 to 1997 Przytocki was Music Director of the Artur Rubinstein Philharmonic Orchestra in Łódz.


Przytocki is a regular guest conductor with orchestras throughout Poland as well as with Budapest Concert Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica de Xalapa in Mexico, Real Filharmonia de Galicia in Spain, Capella Istropolitana in Bratislava, Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Halle, Neue Philharmonie Westfalen, Bilkent Symphony Orchestra Ankara,Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra Ostrava, National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Slovak Philharmonic in Bratislava, Santiago Philharmonic in Chile,Zagreb Philharmonic ,New Haifa Symphony Orchesta and Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.


Paweł Przytocki has participated in numerous international music festivas, including the Athens Festival 1987, the Musikfest Stuttgart 1988, the Flanders Festival 1989, La Chaise- Dieu Festival 1996, Kissinger Sommer 1998, Bratislava Music Festival 1999, Prague Spring 2001,Wratislavia Cantans/2005.
His guest performances and concerts tours have led throughout Europe at a great numer of venues, including the Musikverein in Vienna , the Konzerhaus in Berlin,the Bela Bartok National Concert Hall in Budapest, the Teatro Municipal in Santiago, the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Palais des Beaux in Brussels, the Musikhalle in Hamburg and Beethovenhalle in Bonn.
From 2005 Przytocki was the conductor of the National Opera in Warsaw. Highlights of his time at the National Opera included conducting Aram Khachaturian’s ballet Spartacus; Tchaikovsky’s opera “Eugene Oniegin”; Verdi’s “La Traviata” ;Puccini’s “La Boheme” and the ballet based on “Eugene Oniegin”- choreographed by John Cranko


He has made archival recordings for Polish Radio and CD for DUX,Aurophon and Point Classic.His recording of Rachmaninoff`s First Symphony in 1991 has been appreciated by the american”.
La Folia Music Review Magazine” in a very special way.The magazin put it to the world`s five best recordings and compared it to those of Carlos Kleiber and Svjatoslav Richter.
From 2008 to 2012, Pawel Przytocki was the Chairman and Artistic Director of the Philharmonic in Krakow.

Olgierd Łukaszewicz

President of the ZASP Association of Polish Stage Artists.
Graduated from the L. Solski Academy for the Dramatic Arts in Cracow.


Film, radio and theatre actor who performs at the Bagatela Variety Theatre in Cracow, the Drama, Contemporary, Powszechny, Studio, National and Polish Theatres in Warsaw and at the Theater Bonn.
Initiator of many spectacles, including: The Tent of the Covenant which was staged in front of the National Theatre in Warsaw on All Saints’ Day and was a happening by Polish actors dedicated to the memory of Polish Jews, Siberia – The Final Farewell: a homage to exiles, The Night of the Pilgrim: a mystery play in honour of Juliusz Słowacki at the unveiling of the poet’s monument in Warsaw, or the recent monumental open-air production Constitution for Europe1831 at Warsaw’s Agrykola Park.
Together with his wife Grażyna Marzec, he created the Teatr w Remizie in Hel.


The several dozen films in which Mr Łukaszewicz has played include: Andrzej Wajda’s The Birch Wood, Kazimierz Kutz’ Salt of the Black Earth and Pearl in the Crown, Walerian Borowczyk’s Story of Sin, Janusz Majewski’s Lesson of a Dead Language, Agnieszka Holland’s Fever, Tadeusz Chmielewski’s Faithful River, Juliusz Machulski’s Sexmission, Filip Bajon’s Magnate, Barbara Sas’ Temptation, Jan Jakub Kolski’s Johnnie Waterman, Ryszard Bugajski’s General Nil and Adrian Panek’s Daas.
Mr Łukasiewicz has received many orders of merit and acting awards, including the Krzysztof Zaleski Splendora Splendorów award of the Polish Radio Theatre and the Silver and Gold  Gloria Artis Medal for contributions to culture.

Florence Sitruk

Florence Sitruk is born to French-German parents, took her first harp lesson at age six, and, after early studies at Stuttgart Music University, and Paris with Marielle Nordmann, gained her Artist Diploma from Indiana University/USA with Susann McDonald whom she calls decisive for her musical development, as well as legendary late pianist György Sebök who predicted she would become "one of the finest artists in her field". Today, Florence Sitruk is acclaimed internationally for her musical
language, intelligent programming and pedagogic passion.


Winning 1st Prize at the Rome International Harp Competition "Bucchi" for Music of the 20th Century, led to her debut at the Berlin Philharmonic Hall with the Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. As an invited soloist, she plays regularly with leading orchestras, such as the Lucerne Festival Strings, the Lithuanian Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestra, the SWR Symphony Orchestra Germany or the Berliner Symphonie Orchester. She is in demand all over world, and has toured countries such as
Estonia, Marocco, Australia or Asia.


At only age 26, she was appointed guest professor at the Lithuanian Music Academy Vilnius; in addition, since 2014, at Cracow University Poland. Since 2005, she is professor of harp at Geneva Music University enjoying an international class and being long the youngest professor in her field. A passionate chamber musician, she is also artistic director of the Swiss chamber music festival les muséiques, as well as the founder of the Elias Parish Alvars Harp Festival in the virtuoso's birth
town Teignmouth/GB. In 2013, the Israel International Harp Contest, appointed her as artistic director with her first edition in 2015.
Florence Sitruk is a mom of young twin boys and a baby girl, and lives with her family in Berlin.

Wojtek Gierlach

Wojtek Gierlach has won numerous awards in international vocal competitions, including Ada Sari (1999 – First prize), Bilbao (2000 – Second prize), Caruso (2001 Milan – First prize) and Francisco Viñas (2004 Barcelona – Third prize)
He recently sang Melisso in Alcina with The English Concert with Joyce DiDonato as Alcina, conducted by Harry Bicket at New York's Carnegie Hall, at the Théâtre des Champs Élysées in Paris and at the Theatre an der Wien,
His other recent appearances include the role of Giorgio in I Puritani at the Welsh National Opera in Cardiff with Carlo Rizzi,  Alidoro in Cenerentola at Danish National Opera in Aarhus with Manlio Benzi, Gessler in Guillaume Tell and Talbot in Maria Stuarda with Andriy Yurkevich at Polish National Opera in Warsaw.


He has also sung Don Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Assur in Semiramide at the Royal Danish Opera and at the Teatro Verdi of Pisa, Oroveso in Norma at the Teatro Nacional São Carlos of Lisbon, Mustafa in L’italiana in Algeri, also at the Teatro São Carlos of Lisbon, the Teatro Alighieri of Ravenna and the Minnesota Opera, Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro in the Teatr Wielki of Warsaw and at the Teatro Petruzzelli of Bari, Alidoro in La Cenerentola at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and the Stadttheater Klagenfurt, Argenio in Imeneo for the Dublin Opera, Melisso in Alcina with the Opéra National de Bordeaux, Orbazzano in Tancredi at the Teatro Maestranza of Seville, Leporello in Don Giovanni with the Nico Opera House of Cape Town and Count Rodolfo in Sonnambula in St. Gallen, Switzerland.


At Warsaw's Polish National Operai he has also performed Colline in La Bohème, Duce Alfonso in Lucrezia Borgia, Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor and Escamillo in Carmen.
His concert appearances include the title roles in Saul and Elijah conducted by Helmuth Rilling at the Philharmonic of Warsaw, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis at Berlin Koncerthaus again with H. Rilling and with Orchesta Metropolitana de Lisboa and C. Costa, Bach's Magnificat with the Orquesta Nacional de España and Mireia Barera, Mozart's Requiem with the Sinfonietta Cracovia, conducted by Marc Minkowski, Verdi's Requiem conducted by Kai Baumann at the Polish Baltic Philharmonic, Symphony No. 9 by Beethoven with the Ulster Orchestra and David Stern, Stabat Mater by Rossini with the Orquesta del Principado de Asturias and Alberto Zedda, Dies Irae by Penderecki with the Orquesta Simon Bolivar in Caracas.


Wojtek Gierlach has recorded Mose in Egitto and La Donna del Lago by Rossini and Semiramide by Meyerbeer with Richard Bonynge for NAXOS. For IBERATOUR he has recorded Il dissoluto punito by Ramón Carnicer under the direction of Alberto Zedda. His other recordings include Medea in Corinto by G.S. Mayr (Oehms), L'Italiana in Algeri by Luigi Mosca (Bongiovanni), Lodoïska by Cherubini and Euryanthe by Weber, conducted by Łukasz Borowicz, for the Polskie Radio label and more recently Guillaume Tell, with Michele Mariotti conducting, for Deutche Grammophone.


His upcoming engagements include  the role of Priest in Lady Mackbeth of Mtsensk at Royal Opera House Covent garden in London.

Slovak Sinfonietta

The Slovak Sinfonietta Żilina (The State Chamber Orchestra Žilina) is one of the best known professional orchestras in Eastern Europe. It was founded in 1974 as the only "Classical period" chamber orchestra in Slovakia. Since then the orchestra has attained a prominent position in both the Slovak and Czech Republics, as well as it has achieved a considerable international reputation.


Its 34 members are graduates of the major Czech and Slovak music academies. The quality of the players together with the experience and musicianship of the founding music director and conductor Eduard Fischer (1930-1993) brought about the quick artistic growth of the orchestra. Following chief conductors were Jan Valta, Leoš Svárovský and Oliver von Dohnányi. Mr. Simon Chalk was appointed the Chief Conductor of the Slovak Sinfonietta Žilina in September 2015.
Principal Conductor of the Slovak Sinfonietta is Theodore Kuchar.


By 1977 the orchestra attained international recognition when it was invited to the Salzburg Festival and designated the official orchestra of that prestigious festival. Soon after followed appearances at the "Prague Spring" and the major festivals throughout Europe, including Wiener Festwochen, Spring Festival and Haydn Festival in Vienna, Sofia's Musical Weeks, Festa Musica Pro in Assisi, Festival de Catalunia in Spain, Festival de Bonaguil in France, Music in Old Krakow, Budapest Spring Festival, Bratislava Music Festival, Melos Ethos Bratislava, Mozartfest Schwetzingen, Festival de Manaus in Brasilia, Festival van Vlaanderen, Aspekte Salzburg,  Johann Strauss Festival in Vienna, NCPA Festival Beijing, and many others.


The Sinfonietta played at such prestigious international venues as the Musikverein and Konzerthaus Vienna, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Philharmonic Halls in Berlin, Munich and Cologne, House of Artists Prague,  Tonhalle  Düsseldorf, St. Francis' Cathedral Assisi,  Auditori Barcelona, Palau St. Jordi and Palau de la Musica Catalana Barcelona, Teatro Arriaga Bilbao, the Symphony Hall Osaka, Tokyo's Metropolitan Hall, Mozarteum Salzburg, Teatro Abadia and Palacio de Deportes Madrid, Tonhalle Zürich, Pavilhao Atlantico Lisbon, NCPA Beijing and the Great Concert Hall of the St. Peterburg Philharmonic among others.


Among the prominent artists who have performed with the orchestra are conductors Peter Maag, Marco Armiliato, Theodore Kuchar, Claus Peter Flor,  Jean-Bernard Pommier, Nicholas Kraemer, Paweł Przytocki, Alexander Schwinck, Misha Katz, Vladimír Válek, Petr Vronský, Ľudovít Rajter, Christian Benda, Dwight Bennett, Christian Pollack, Peter Breiner, Vladimír Kiradjiev, Stefan Lano, Janusz Powolny, Volker Schmidt Gertenbach, Georg Mais, Ondrej Lenárd and soloists: Igor Oistrach, André Gertler, Václav Hudeček, Sophia Jaffé, Dalibor Karvay, Vanessa Mae, IL DIVO, Marián Lapšanský, Eugen Indjic, Till Felner, Timur Sergeyenia, Ludmil Angelov, Michael Kofler, Peter Dvorský, Sergej Kopčák, Vittorio Grigolo, Stefan Elenkov, Edita Grúberová, Vesselina Kasarova, Georg Tichy, Pavol Breslik, Otokar Klein, Peter Mikuláš, Gabriela Beňačková, Magdaléna Kožená, Ľuba Orgonášová, Magdaléna Hajossyová, Gustáv Beláček, Jana Kurucová, Izabela Labuda, Ildikó Raimondi, and Olivia Stapp.

Gaba Kulka

Gaba Kulka sings, plays the piano, and writes songs. You could well call her music progressive pop: a motley mixture of genres, rooted in piano rock, jazz and weillesque cabaret, both playful and personal.


She has released four self-penned albums: „Out“, „Hat, Rabbit“ (her breakthrough, and a golden record), a live album „Wersje“, and her most recent – „The Escapist“, lauded as her most mature and intricate record to date. She was awarded, among others, the Fryderyk award (the Polish „Grammy“), Polish Radio 3 Award („Mateusz“), the main prize at Transvocale festival in Frankfurt, and a nomination for Polityka’s „Passport“ award.
She works with other musical artists on a regular basis. The results of these collaborations are as stylistically diverse as you would suspect of her: the dreamy retro-pop „Sleepwalk“ recorded with Konrad Kucz (as Kucz/Kulka), an album of Wojciech Młynarski’s songs with Młynarski Plays Młynraski, the bold and quirky Iron Maiden tribute album with Baaba Kulka, and the dark mixture of jazz, folk and religious themes of „The Saintbox“, recorded with Olo Walicki.


She has contributed, as a songwriter, to albums by artists such as Smolik, Hey, and Reni Jusis.
Aside from touring all over Poland, she has performed in London, Berlin, Frankfurt, Prague, Oslo and Taipei.

Jan Łukaszewski

Jan Łukaszewski has come to be accepted as one of Europe’s most accomplished choral music specialists.


He is conductor and director of Polski Chór Kameralny. Much in demand as a guest conductor, he e.g. regularly worked with the Polish Radio Choir (now defunct) and works with the Philharmonic Choir Cracow and the Philharmonic Choir Wroclaw as well as guest conducting abroad.  As an orchestral conductor he enjoys cooperating with such ensembles as, for examle, the Polish Chamber Philharmonic Sopot, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, The Academy of Ancient Music, or Venice Baroque Orchestra.
His main artistic interests lie in the fields of romantic and of contemporary music, and, especially in connection with Polski Chór Kameralny he has gained a reputation of being able to make possible the impossible and prepare musically valid interpretations of even the most complex of works in a very short time, indeed. Hence the number of premier performances directed by him is vast.


He regularly receives invitations worldwide to hold master classes and seminars for choral conductors (in Japan, for example or as a lecturer at the 'World Symposium on Choral Music').
He holds a doctoral degree from the Academy of Music in Cracow. Taking an educational interest in amateur singing, he frequently works in the juries of internationally renowned choral contests, among others in Japan [Takarazuka, Karuizawa], Wales [Llangollen], Lithuania, Italy, Switzerland, and of composers’ competitions in Poland, England [Cambridge], and in France [Rouen].


While advertising abroad the musical heritage of his nation and of his home town of Gdansk (e.g. the choral works of Andrzej Hakenberger), in Poland, Jan Łukaszewski is regarded as one of the few that propagate the music of such composers as Schönberg, Messiaen, Xenakis, Globokar, Castiglioni, Takemitsu, R. Strauss, Pepping, Tippett, Ives, and Barber. His abundant recordings for Polish Radio, Dutch Radio, Sender Freies Berlin, Bayrischer Rundfunk, Südwestrundfunk, and Westdeutscher Rundfunk and for Polish and German Television as well as his numerous CD-, MC-, LP- and video recordings reflect the quality of his work, for which, in addition, he has received countless prestigious awards. The high artistic level of Polski Chór Kameralny under his direction time and again inspires composers to write works for unaccompanied choir and world premiere performances conducted by Jan Łukaszewski are counted in their many hundreds.


Apart from all that, always keen to share his unique knowledge and appreciation of music with the public, Jan Łukaszewski has given many a stimulus to musical life in general. In Gdansk alone, to date he initiated and directed, among others, 10 International Symposia on Choral Music, the “Bach Days”, the “Chopin Festival”, and last but not least is founder and director of the hugely popular annual International Mozart Festival “Mozartiana” which attracts thousands of visitors every year.

Anna Gutowska

Born in Rzeszów, Poland, where she attended the Music School Complex under R. Naściszewski, while simultaneously studying at the Conservatoire du Lausanne in Switzerland under Prof. J. Jaquerod, which she graduated from summa cum laude. In 2001, she became a student at the Universitat für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna under Prof. Edward Zienkowski.


Ms Gutowska is the winner of many competitions in Poland and abroad, including: 1st Prize at the 4th Andrea Postacchini International Violin Contest in Fermo, Italy (1999) and 1st Prize at the Baltic International Violin Contest in Gdańsk.
In 1989–2008 she received fellowships from Poland’s Minister of Culture and Art and the Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (Tokyo Foundation) with which she took courses and played chamber music concerts at the Juilliard School of Music in New York and at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris. She has taken part in many International Master Courses.


She performed many times as a soloist with leading Polish orchestras (Sinfonia Varsovia, Pomeranian Philharmonic in Bydgoszcz), the Orchestre du Chambre du Lausanne in Switzerland, Webern Sinfonietta at the ORF, playing under the baton of outstanding conductors such as: T. Wojciechowski, T. Strugała, M. Dworzyński, J. M. Florencio Junior, J. Maksymiuk, P. Wajrak, P. Chromcak.


In 2015, Ms Gutowska performed at the Berlin Philharmonic together with the AUKSO orchestra conducted by Marek Moś. In 2016, she played a concert of works by M. Karłowicz with the Orchesterverein der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Wien conducted by Marta Gardolińska at the MuTh in Vienna and in Rzeszów with the Artur Malawski Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Paweł Przytocki.


She collaborates with the Maria & Pablo classical tango dance duo and plays concerts as a soloist and a chamber musician.
Anna Gutowska has recorded a CD with two concertos by H. Wieniawski together with the Poznań Philharmonic conducted by Jakub Chrenowicz. The record was released by Polskie Nagrania in May 2014.

Adam Turczyk

4th year student at the Academy for the Dramatic Arts in Wrocław. In 2014, he received the award for Best Male Leading Role in a production of Crime and Punishment at the International Dostoevsky Chamber Plays Festival in Russia. 
In 2016, he received the Journalists’ Toucan  award at the 37th Stage Songs Revue in Wrocław, and 2nd place in the 24th Rock & Chanson international song contest in Cologne. In 2017, he received an honourable mention for his acting at the Theatre School Festival in Łódź.
     Mr Turczyk has played in several international feature film productions, such as Ogłuszeni ciszą/Встреча на Эльбе, Jedyneczka and Titanium White.
Career-wise he intends to hone his acting and music skills.
     Mr Turczyk has a passion for faraway travel and has fallen in love with South America. His favourite means of transport is hitchhiking; this is the way he travelled across Argentina last year.