is a Chamber Orchestra established in November 2018. The idea of create Orchestra, was born out of the shared passion of students of the Academy of Music in Gdańsk for string chamber music and the willingness to share it with others. Because of strengths as youth, enthusiasm and talent, the group create the most inspiring and promising team operating in Poland. The experience based of knowledge of greatest virtuosos (conductors and soloists) allows orchestra aim to break the pattern of classical music concerts. The main goal is to combine the craftsmanship of string instruments with an innovative approach to music.
is a music cooperative specializing in contemporary music, improvisation and musical education, established and lead by flutist Ania Karpowicz.
Members of the cooperative are young Polish musicians: composers, vocalists, instrumentalists and a conductor from leading cultural institutions such as Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra, Polish Radio Orchestra, Polish Royal Opera or The Fryderyk Chopin University of Music.
Hashtag Ensemble operates by creating egalitarian structures based on multi-layered activities of its members and by buliding programmes based on legible and usually non-musical contexts. An important element of the group’s concert practice is support and presentation of artistic achievements of women – since it’s beginning the group has cooperated with multiple female composers and artists. The ensemble performed the works of Lucia Dlugoszewski, Nina Fukuoka, Jagoda Szmytka, Agata Zubel, Agnieszka Stulgińska, Age Veroos, Rebecca Saunders and many others.
freelance cellist, improviser and composer specializing in contemporary and avant-garde music performance. He studied at the Frederic Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw. Prizewinner at international music competitions including the Penderecki International Contemporary Chamber Music Competition in Cracow and the Lutosławski International Cello Competition in Warsaw. He appears at the Warsaw Autumn, the Wrocław Musica Polonica Nova, the Katowice Polish Music Premieres, Poznań Music Spring, as well as Audio Art and Ad Libitum music festivals. Mikołaj is a permanent member of the Warsaw Cellonet Group and Chain Ensemble.
Krzysztof Topolski – sound artist, drummer, author of projects in the field of music and sound art. Works in field recording, acoustic ecology and the acoustic landscape. He creates sound installations. The key concepts in his work are noise, soundscape and groove. He is interested in percussion and live electronic research, improvised and electroacoustic music, composes using a computer, organizes presentations and lectures on contemporary music, acoustic ecology and sound art, and conducts workshops.
He was the curator of the sound education project Ucho w Wodzie, i.e. sound activities on Wyspa Sobieszewska, the originator and curator of the Soundplay festival of sound art, and the Dźwiękowiska workshop series at the Łaźnia Center for Contemporary Art in Gdańsk. As a sound artist and educator, he cooperated with the most important cultural institutions in Poland. He conducted workshops, played concerts, took part in exhibitions and festivals. He made the Falowanie sound installation as part of the Warsaw Autumn Festival of Contemporary Music and participated in the Polish Soundscape series of sound exhibitions.
is one of the leading exponents of the contemporary flute in Poland, having performed a wide range of repertoire, including music at the cutting edge of modern flute technique. Focused on chamber music, she has appeared with many groups and ensembles specialising in new music, utilising flutes ranging from piccolo to bass. Both as a soloist and member of a duo called Flute o’clock, she has performed and promoted music by numerous Polish composers, with many of those works being commissioned and written for the duo. These activities have been supported by the Culture Ministry through grants that enabled her and the duo to undertake the projects through collaborating with composers.
founded in 1997, ensemble mosaik has evolved to become a particularly diverse and experimental formation in the field of contemporary music. Beyond their outstanding instrumental skills they display creative individuality and a never-ending joy in experiments. In years of tight cooperation they have created an entity of sound that is highest ranking both in artistic competence and openness to the most diverse concepts of contemporary music.
Close cooperation with up-and-coming composers and the tying in of digital media are key to the ensembles work in composition, interpretation and presentation. It prefers an egalitarian workflow between all participants in a project. Transparency helps focus and intensify creativity. ensemble mosaik has cooperated with many composers over the years, thus enhancing a musical development in mutuality.
A special focal point is the reflection of new approaches in performance, such as including scenic and visual elements, and the trying of new concert formats, shedding light on shared contexts connecting individual works, consolidating current strands and probing new perspectives. In cooperation with artists from other fields and musical genres, the concerts themselves become experimental designs.
actor of the Wybrzeże Theater, pedagogue of the State Vocal and Acting Study D. Baduszkowa in Gdynia, director, performer.
was born on May 5, 1974 in Opole. In the years 1993-98 he studied at the Academy of Music in Warsaw in the viola class of Błażej Sroczyński and in the composition class of Marian Borkowski, which he graduated with honors. He also studied ethnology and classical philology at the University of Warsaw.
Since 1998, he has been a lecturer at the Fryderyk Chopin in Warsaw, since 2016 he has been the vice-rector at this university. He also lectured in San Diego (United States), Weikersheim and Munich (Germany) and in Taegu (South Korea). In 2007 he obtained a doctoral degree in the field of composition, and in 2014 a postdoctoral degree.
was born in Moscow and began studying music at the age of four. She studied at the Central Music School, and then at the Moscow National Conservatory named after Piotr Czajkowski in the class of prof. E. Denissov and W. Tarnolopski (composition), prof. N. Korndorf and prof. Y. Boutsko (scores), professor Y. Kholopov (music theory), and also prof. E. Sorokina, prof. dr T. Tscherednitschenki, prof. Dr. V. Stshurov and other great teachers, completing doctoral studies also at this university.
While still a student, Olga Rayeva’s compositions were already performed at the Moscow Autumn Festival, the International Festival “Moscow-Modern” and the Festival “Alternative”, leaving critics very impressed. The composer was noticed as an “impressionistic individuality” and hailed as one of the most talented Russian artists of her generation.
Piotr Wyrzykowski – Polish contemporary artist, performer – in his work, he uses video film, performance video, internet, installations, video projections in public space. He studied interior design in, and then painting at the Intermedia Studio of prof. Witosław Czerwonka at the PWSSP (Academy of Fine Arts) in Gdańsk. In the 1990s, he actively participated in the Gdańsk artistic community, being a member of the Active People Association, a member of the Otwarta Gallery Foundation, and deputy director of the Wyspa Progress Foundation. In 1995 he received the first and in 1997 the second prize at the WRO festival. He was nominated for the “Views” award of the Deutsche Bank Cultural Foundation in 2003.
Anna Kwiatkowska graduated from the Academy of Music in Cracow in the violin class of Mieczysław Szlezer and completed postgraduate studies in contemporary chamber music in the class of Adam Kaczyński. She participated in numerous chamber and solo master classes
as well as the “Impuls” courses in Graz and the Summer Courses of New Music in Darmstadt. From 1998 to 2008, as the leader of Violarium string trio, Anna Kwiatkowska played many concerts in Poland and abroad (Germany, Italy, Austria, Lithuania, Australia, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Mexico). Anna Kwiatkowska performs as a soloist, presenting both outstanding works of modern violin repertoire (a.o. Berio, Boulez, Carter, Haas, Kurtág, Nono, Saariaho, Sørensen) and newly composed works written for her by the leading Polish composers of younger generation (a.o. Wojciech Blecharz, Sławomir Kupczak, Agnieszka Stulgińska , Jagoda Szmytka, Sławomir Wojciechowski, Krzysztof Wołek, Artur Zagajewski, Wojciech Ziemowit Zych). She performed a.o. at the Days of Italian Music and Days of Danish Music in Cracow, Audio Art Festival in Cracow, Musica Polonica Nova in Wrocław, Music Spring in Poznań, Copenhagen Music Summer, Chamber Music Festival in Beijing (China), Exploratory Music Festival in Bendigo (Australia), and Warsaw Autumn Festival.
reConvert was born as a natural extension of the percussion repertoire of the last seventy years, to become a seal of identity that rejects generic definitions and bets on a continuous work between different artists in which the questioning of the dogmats of the academy is in the foreground. With difficulties in defining the fact of the percussionist of our time, due to the evolution that the “instrument” has undergone in itself, reConvert raises an aesthetic questioning without complexes, and that does not feed on the natural limits and definitions of terms. Halfway between percussion and electronics, the new projects that reConvert faces could well be named with different adjectives, without any of them being able to define them completely and fully.
Paweł Zagańczyk is a graduate of the Academy of Music. Stanisław Moniuszko in Gdańsk, from which he graduated with honors in the accordion class of prof. Krzysztof Olczak. Laureate of over twenty accordion competitions. He gives concerts in Poland and Europe – he has performed in Lithuania, Ukraine, Slovakia, Austria, Croatia, Estonia, Finland, Spain, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland and Great Britain. Paweł Zagańczyk also gives concerts using the bandoneon from the German Uwe Hartenhauer manufacture. Artistic activities on the border of various styles and musical genres are Paweł Zagańczyk’s showcase. He collaborates with jazz musicians (Adam Wendt, Krzesimir Dębski) and bands performing contemporary music in this case. As the founder of the instrumental quartet, Zagan Acoustic presents compositions from the borderline of avant-garde, jazz and folk. He is also the author of music for theater performances and radio plays.
Born in 1990. A graduate of the Faculty of Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk. The diploma defended in 2014 was awarded by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage during the exhibition The Best Diplomas of the Academy of Fine Arts in Poland. In 2017, he graduated from the Gdynia Film School (Directing Department), shooting the short feature film “NEW BRONX”. Since 2017, Filip has been working as an assistant on his alma mater. He makes videos, installations, performances, and actions in public spaces. He is also involved in film, photography, artistic and research projects and video-set design. Author of the constantly developed project “FIGNACYco.”, “Cheesus”, the “GIFT SHOP” activities, a series of objects “rubble from the Gdańsk Shipyard” and the #artUNBOXING project. Outside of Poland, he has presented his works in Europe and both Americas.
Antoni Michnik – PhD student at IS PAN, graduate of IHS UW, cultural historian, performer, curator. Founder member of the researcher-performative ETC Group, with which he interpreted experimental and conceptual music at numerous festivals. He has curated independent exhibitions and concerts, incl. in Trafostacja Sztuki in Szczecin. From 2020, in the curatorial team of the Ad Libitum festival. From autumn 2013 in the editorial office of the magazine “Glissando”. He published, among others in “Konteksty”, “Kultura Popularna”, “Kultura Współczesna”, “Kwartalnik Filmowy”, “Przegląd Humanistyczny”, “Ruch Muzyczny”. Co-editor of Fluxus books in three acts. Narratives – aesthetics – geographies of the ETC Group (Wyd. Krytyki Polityczna, 2014) and Outside the Register. Talks about music and copyright (Modern Poland Foundation, 2015).
Adam Roszkowski is a polish violinist living in Belgium (Strombeek – Bever). He made his solo debut with Białystok Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of 18. Graduated with honors from Royal Conservatory of Brussels where he received two scholarships from the government of Belgium. In 2017 he recorded a CD for the NAXOS record label – two trios of Karol Lipiński with Voytek Proniewicz and his brother Jan Roszkowski. The record was nominated to International Classic Music Awards (ICMA 2019). Adam collaborates with Belgian National Orchestra, Antwerp Philharmonic Orchestra for Night of the Proms 2018 production and Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London for Sutra production (choreography by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, music by Szymon Brzóska). He was a concertmaster at the Gorzów Philharmonic Orchestra (2013). Classically trained but also participates in various projects including improvised, electronic, experimental, world, theater and film music. In 2013 and 2014 with A Gambler’s Hand Project he has performed over 50 concerts in 10 European countries, in major festivals, cinemas, theaters, jazz clubs and beyond that include EFG London Jazz Festival, Delemont Jazz Days (Switzerland), 26th Vilnius Jazz Festival, Handelsbeurs Ghent Concert Hall, Leeds Film Festival. He performs with such artists as: Seal, Susan Vega, Iwona Sobotka, Macha Kanza, Vadim Brodski, Sean Noonan, Adam Bałdych, Janusz Olejniczak and Alexis Marcello.
composer, born on March 18, 1961 in Białystok. She lives in Poland and the Netherlands, her works have won many awards. She is also involved in film music, in 2014 she wrote the soundtrack to ‘Spanish Woman’.
In 1980-86 she studied composition with Włodzimierz Kotoński at the Academy of Music in Warsaw, and then – in 1986-88 – composition with Louis Andriessen at the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague. She has been working as a freelance composer since 1989, fulfilling commissions and taking advantage of creative scholarships.
Hanna Kulenty’s compositions have been performed at festivals around the world, incl. at the Huddersfield Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Münchener Biennale, Warsaw Autumn.
Nakamura Noriko was born on February 26, 1965 in Kusatsu City, Shiga Prefecture, Japan.
From debut works on San Francisco Opera House, Nakamura has been continued to describe by proper expressions through imaginary sounds from eastern hidden ancient voices. Nakamura’s works during thirty years, these have been on characteristic transition. About works on first decade, all works have been performed with ballet, contemporary stage dance etc. About works on second decade, these have been performed with Japanese and Korean traditional and contemporary dance. About the works of third decade, these elements have been into graphical idea. This music, cultivate the ethics of time and space generated by sound through the phase of cyclic and contrast of the fundamental East Asian rhythmic, harmony and melody design covered in 12 ways.
Śniedź is a voice and electronics duo from Warsaw, Poland who combine extended vocal techniques with improvised, self-named ‘glitchtronica’.
Duo formed in 2018, as an effect of the enthusiastically received performance at the Impro Mityng – legendary series of improvised concerts in the now-defunct Eufemia club (23 March 2017). Since then they have performed in Warsaw clubs. In 2019 Śniedź was qualified for the Club Showcase Festival, part of the prestigious Classical: NEXT event, selected by an international jury aiming to present artists and ensembles from around the world that push the boundaries and extend the horizons of art music.The performance took place in the WORM club (Rotterdam, the Netherlands) on May 17.