Artists

HELSINKI CHAMBER CHOIR

The Helsinki Chamber Choir (Helsingin kamarikuoro) is a professional chamber choir founded in 1962 as the Finnish Radio Chamber Choir and assumed its current name in 2005.

While its wide-ranging repertoire includes music from the Renaissance to the present day, the Helsinki Chamber Choir is particularly highly regarded for its work with new music. The choir regularly commissions new works and has given over 80 world premieres in the seasons since 2005, as well as more than 30 Finnish first performances.

The choir appears frequently at festivals in Finland and abroad and collaborates with symphony orchestras, period-instrument ensembles and contemporary music groups. Its concerts are regularly broadcast on national radio and television, and it has also appeared in productions for the Arte channel and the European Broadcasting Union, among others with Einojuhani Rautavaara’s Vigilia in 2013.

The Helsinki Chamber Choir is a member of Tenso, the European network of professional chamber choirs. Recent touring has taken the choir to the United States, the United Kingdom, Italy, Belgium, Russia and around Scandinavia.

The choir records regularly among others for BIS Records. Its recording of Magnus Lindberg’s Graffiti (with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Sakari Oramo) was nominated for a Grammy in the contemporary music category in 2010. Northlands with music by Matthew Whittall was the Finnish Broadcasting Companys Record of the Year 2017. During its days as the Finnish Radio Chamber Choir, the group recorded a number of CDs for the Ondine label, including Rautavaara’s complete works for mixed a cappella choir. 

Since 2007 Professor Nils Schweckendiek has been Artistic Director of the Helsinki Chamber Choir. In recent years the choir has also worked with guest conductors including Rinaldo Alessandrini, Anne Azéma, Tim Brown, Aapo Häkkinen, Pasi Hyökki, Fredrik Malmberg, Andrew Parrott, Kaspars Putniņš, Rachid Safir, Ralf Sochaczewsky, Eric-Olof Söderström and James Wood. The choir has also worked with conductors like Olari Elts, Oliver Knussen, Hannu Lintu, Jan Söderblom, Andres Mustonen ja Sakari Oramo.

The Finnish Radio Chamber Choirs principal conductors were Harald Andersén, Kaj-Erik Gustafsson, Ilmo Riihimäki, Eric-Olof Söderström and Timo Nuoranne. The first artistic director of the Helsinki Chamber Choir was composer Kimmo Hakola.

SVEN HELBIG

Sven Helbig is a composer for choir, orchestra and chamber music. He combines classical composition techniques, with a deep knowledge of electronic sound synthesis and his skills on various musical instruments.

Sven fell in love with music as a kid through his self-build radios, some parents’ vinyls and the local brass bands in his small East German home town Eisenhüttenstadt. Electronic bricolage was his first passion and remained a creative element in Sven’s later orchestra and choral music.

He started out learning clarinet and guitar, later moving on to drums.
The self-taught composer’s acclaimed debut album Pocket Symphonies has been released on the Deutsche Grammophon label.
Through the last years, Sven’s concerts inspired audiences at the Barbican Center London, Alexandrinsky Theatre St. Petersburg, Bolshoi Opera Minsk, Manchester Cathedral, Reina Sofia Madrid, Volksbühne Berlin, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg as well as the
Radio Hall Mihail Jora Bucharest to name just a few.
Sven’s works have been staged by renowned artist like BBC Singers, Fauré Quartett, cellist Jan Vogler, the choir of the Bolshoi Opera and conductor Kristjan Järvi.
On stage, Sven performs live-electronics and percussion alongside the ensembles.

Sven is a longtime collaborator of Industrial-Metal band Rammstein and British Pop icons Pet Shop Boys. He orchestrated their ballet “The Most Incredible Thing”, premiered at Sadler’s Wells/London, as well as “A Man from the Future”, premiered at Royal Albert Hall/London.

Since 2017, Sven hosts his weekly radio show Schöne Töne on Berlin’s Radio 1, celebrating music history and contemporary artists.

KATARZYNA HOŁDYS

Katarzyna Hołdys – visulal arist born in Gdańsk in 1980.

Exhibitions: 2017 „Sztuka w przestrzeni prywatnej; 2018 „Postrzeganie czasu” (as a curator); 2019 „Podzielone”; 2020 „Zabawy i fanaberie”, „Brama nr 2” (collective exhibition), „Dotknij kobiecej sztuki” with Katarzyna Wolska.

Performance & heppening: 2019 „Trzeba to coś złapać i ogolić na łyso”; 2020 „Więcej krwi?”, „Szymek Pokazywacz szuka nowego śmietnika”; 2021 „Jestem w systemie”.

One of the heroes of the documentary entitled „Identity” (first run in Kraków 2022) on  direction of Konrad Królikowski.

Instalacja „Tryptyk solidarnościowy” in collection of Europejskie Centrum Solidarności.

Project „Philodolorosia patosoria” made as a part of Master’s Studio BWA Wrocław it was the cause of surveillance and intimidation from unkind people.

HORNET QUARTET

Founded in 2012, it is currently one of the most active brass ensembles in Poland. They characterized by a warm, deep and homogenic sound. Gabriel Czopka, Michał Szczerba, Łukasz Łacny and Piotr Kowalski, soloists of leading symphonic orchestras in Poland, are actively involved in popularizing the French horn in Poland.
In 2017 they won the first prize at the horn quartet competition at the International Horn Symposium in Natal, Brazil.
In 2015, they won the Silver Medal at the 7th International Music Competition for Solists and chamber musicians of SVIREL in Slovenia.
They gave concerts at International Horn Symposium in Ghent (Belgium), Natal (Brasil) and the Solidarity of Arts Festival in Gdańsk, at the National Philharmonic in Warsaw, the National Forum of Music in Wrocław and other cultural centers. They performed at chamber music festivals in Poland and abroad.
As a solo quartet they performed with Royal Symphonic Band of the Belgian Guides, Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra in Warsaw and Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra in Gdańsk, played Koncerstueck by Robert Schumann and Introduction and Main Event by Kerry Turner.
They collaborate with the composer and long-time Sydney Symphony Orchestra horn player Kaz Machala, as well as Paweł Pudło and Janek Stokłosa, who dedicated three compositions to the ensemble. They perform in an enlarged composition, inviting outstanding artists such as Adam Rapa, Zoltan Kiss, Roland Szentpali, Kerry Turner and Kristina Mascher to participate.
Together with Paweł Pudło they are the organizers of the WarHorns international educational and music platform. It is a combination of a historical lecture with a concert on the 10th French horn, written in tribute to the victims of the Second World War. The great horns were invited to participate in the premiere: Stefan de Leval Jezierski (Berliner Philharmoniker), Luca Benucci (Florence Opera), David Bonet Piris (Orquestra Sinfonica de Barcelona), Alexandru Afanasiev (Mariinsky Theater St. Petersburg), Grzegorz Curyła (Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra ).
Hornet Quartet is a resident artist at the CORNO – Brass Music Festival in Zielona
Góra, the largest brass music festival in Poland.
The ensemble repertoire includes mainly classical contemporary, entertainment and film music. They present compositions by Polish composers of the 20th and 21st centuries. Most often they perform compositions originally composed for French horn quartet.

FILIP IGNATOWICZ

An extremely versatile artist who creates performances, art installations, paintings, runs a YouTube channel, and shoots and directs films. He has been cooperating with the NeoArte festival for 5 years, co-creating its visual side, while expanding the context of perception of 21st century music. During the 11th edition, together with the Retrogression Ensemble, he will re-interpret the latest Korean music and present new episode of video performance – artUNBOXING.

KWARTLUDIUM

Kwartludium was formed in 2002 by Dagna Sadkowska (violin), Piotr Nowicki (piano), Michał Górczyński (clarinets), Paweł Nowicki (percussion). The ensemble focuses on performing works of young composers active both in Poland and abroad created specifically for this unique instrumental combination. Kwartludium possesses in its artistic output dozens worldwide premiere performances on many prestigious festivals all over the world. Also contemporary improvised music plays an important role in the group’s activity. In the repertoire of Kwartludium are graphic and intuitive compositions of the most significant representatives of the newest music such as: Karlheinz Stockhausen, Cornelius Cardew, Roman Haubenstock-Ramati Bogusław Schaeffer and Dubravko Detoni.

The group performed on numerous festivals such as: International Festival of Contemporary Music Warsaw Autumn, Unsound in New York, Beijing Modern Music Festival, Daegu Contemporary Music Festival, Klang Festival in Copenhagen, Ensemble Europa in Cologne, Loop Festival in Brussels, Musica Viva in Lisbon, Contrasts in Lviv, Arena Festival in Riga, Sacrum Profanum in Kraków, Musica Polonica Nova in Wroclaw, Audio-Art in Kraków, Ad libitum in Warsaw, New Music Days in Gdansk to name but a few. The ensemble performed together with the Polish Radio Orchestra in Warsaw, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice, NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra in Wrocław, Berg Orchestra in Prague and took manifold part in Polish – German workshops of contemporary music under supervision of prof. Rüdiger Bohn.

In 2007 Kwartludium became a laureate of Scholarship Program of Minister of Culture and National Heritage “Young Poland”. In 2009 Kwartludium, next to 21 the most remarkable groups specializing in performing contemporary music, took part in a prestigious European project titled “Re:new music” promoting the repertoire of works of privileged European composers.In 2012, the group was invited to participate in another European programme New Music:New Audiences which was a continuation of the Re:New Music project.
Since 2014 the Kwartludium has been collaborating with the Swedish Arts Grants Committee. As a result of this collaboration, eleven pieces by Swedish composers dedicated to the Kwartludium ensemble have been composed. To date, composers who have participated in the residency programme include Rei Munakata, Joakim Sandgren, Mika Pelo, Fredrik Gran, Dror Feiler, Mansoor Hosseini, Ivo Nilsson, Alessandro Perini, Fabian Svensson, Marsel Nichan and Henrik Denerin.

The ensemble performed in Australia, South Korea, China, USA, Great Britain, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Portugal, Italy, Lithuania, Latvia, Slovakia, Ukraine, Georgia, Russia and Turkey. Kwartludium’s artistic output comprises recordings for such record labels as Dux, Requiem Records, Touch as well as Polish Radio, TVP Kultura, Polmic, WDR 3 and Deutschlandfunk.

In 2022 the ensemble was honored with the jubilee award of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of artistic activity.

LITTLE GIANT CHINESE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

The Little Giant Chinese Chamber Orchestra (“LGCCO”) was founded in 2000 by its artistic director/conductor Chih-Sheng Chen. Acclaimed for both technical and artistic proficiency, LGCCO breathes new life into an art form that holds ancient roots. It currently offers approximately sixty concerts a year, presenting both the full orchestra of over 100 musicians and smaller chamber ensembles, as well as large-scale interdisciplinary projects fusing theatre and multimedia. LGCCO introduces thousands of young audiences to Chinese music through educational programs. It has toured in Europe, Asia, and the Americas and collaborated with numerous international soloists and ensembles, including Amsterdam’s Nieuw Ensemble (2014) and Canada’s Turning Point Ensemble (2018). It has commissioned and premiered works from Chinese, Singapore, Dutch, Korean, Mexican, US, Canadian, and Finish composers.

LUTOSAIR QUINTET

One of the most active and versatile Polish wind ensembles, the LutosAir Quintet has performed at the most important Polish festivals, such as the Warsaw Autumn, Wratislavia Cantans, Music on the Hights, Poznań Music Spring, Jazztopad, Gorczycki Festival, and La Folle Journée, and has given concerts in England, Germany, Egypt, and Denmark.

In its constantly expanding repertoire, it has, among others contemporary music – for the first time in Poland it has presented a number of lesser-known works belonging to world literature and taken part in premieres of works by many Polish composers, including Wojtek Blecharz, Paweł Hendrich, Miłosz Wośko, Mikołaj Majkusiak, Marcin Stańczyk, and Rafał Augustyn.

Together with the outstanding jazzman Wayne Shorter and his quartet, the LutosAir Quintet
performed at the Jazztopad and London Jazz Festival, performing The Unfolding – a piece specially written by Shorter for this occasion. It has also collaborated with prominent Polish musicians: Piotr Sałajczyk, Bartłomiej Duś, Rafał Łuc, Maciej Frąckiewicz, and the Lutosławski Quartet. The ensemble’s discography includes several albums with music from the 20th and 21st centuries.

Performed by the LutosAir Quintet, the piece Alevi Dedeler Rakı Masasında by Fazıl Say was the main inspiration for the creation of the short musical film Neither Peace nor Quietness (2018) directed by Zbigniew Bodzek and Michał Dawidowicz and awarded several times at internationalfilm festivals.

Recently, the quintet’s musicians have been involved in bringing live music to care homes,
hospitals, hospices, and prisons. In this way, they aspire to reach people who have limited
opportunities of coming to a live concert in a venue or are completely deprived of them.
The LutosAir Quintet was founded in 2013 and is one of the resident ensembles of the National
Forum of Music in Wrocław.

NEOQUARTET

is a string quartet composed of graduates of the Academy of Music in Gdańsk, Warsaw and Lucerne. NeoQuartet is one of the most interesting and dynamic bands specializing in contemporary music in Europe. The team is a laureate of the prestigious Pomeranian Artistic Award for 2018. It was also nominated for a number of other awards (Sztorm Roku, Fryderyki). The group has released ten CDs released for Polish, German, Greek and American labels. Since 2017, NeoQuartet has expanded its instruments to include midi electric strings, synthesizers and loopers. The Neo Electric Quartet project is a unique phenomenon on the world new music scene.
NeoQuartet gives concerts in Poland and abroad (Ukraine, Switzerland, Russia, Italy, Lithuania, France, China, Finland, Estonia, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Slovakia, South Korea, Japan, USA – Carnegie Hall). He has participated in such festivals as: Gdańsk Music Festival, International Sopot Classic Festival, Ukrainian Biennale of New Music, J. Waldorf in Radziejowice, Dni Muzyki Nowej, Musica Electronica Nova, Contrast Festival (Lviv), Another Space Festival, (Moscow), Warsaw Autumn, International Festival of Contemporary Music Poznań Spring, Beijing Moderne, ASEAN Music Week, Shanghai New Music Week, Randfestspiele – Berlin, Autumn Fest Festival – Tallin, ReMusik – Saint Petersburg, Afekt festival – Tartu, Daegu International Contemporary Festival, Klang Festival – Copenhagen and others.

PAWEŁ NOWICKI

Paweł Nowicki – he graduated from the Music School. F. Nowowiejski in Gdańsk, the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz under the supervision of prof. Grzegorz Jurczyk (diploma with honors) and the Music Conservatory in Strasbourg in the class of Emmanuel Sejourne. He is a laureate of international contemporary music competitions: Gaudeamus in Rotterdam 1999 and Clarment-Ferrand 1999.

Since 2002, he has been a co-founder of the Kwartludium contemporary music ensemble, which has permanently entered the concert calendar of the most important contemporary music festivals in Poland and abroad, incl. Warsaw Autumn, WDR Radio Festival in Cologne, Unsound Festival in New York, Nuove Musische Festival at Teatro Massimo in Palermo, performance at the Southbank Center Royal Festival Hall in London, Contemporary Music Festivals in Daegu, South Korea. In 2019, the Kwartludium ensemble gave concerts in China, performing numerous premieres of works by Chinese composers and presenting the achievements of Polish composers, including Tadeusz Wielecki and Wojciech Ziemowit Zych. Paweł Nowicki is the vice-president of the New Music Foundation Kwartludium, which works to promote contemporary music in Poland and abroad.

The ensemble has premiered works from ministerial and town hall programs by many Polish composers, incl. Jan Duszyński, Teonika Rożynek, Rafał Ryterski, Paweł Hendrich, Tadeusz Wielecki, Artur Zagajewski.

Together with the band, the musician has recorded five studio albums. The last one recorded with the artist of electronic sound Michał Jacaszek. “Catalog des arbes”, released by the British label Touch, is the first Polish production to appear in the label’s catalog.

Since 2003, the artist has been cooperating with the Warsaw Autumn festival, performing numerous premieres of solo and chamber works. The most important is the premiere of Paweł Szymański’s compositions for vibraphone and string quartet entitled Chamber No. 7, “Fallen angel” by Maciej Zieliński for percussion and tape, “Wagante” by Krzysztof Knittl for the Kwartludium ensemble and the Polish Radio Orchestra conducted by Daniel Gazon and the solo part of veme in the piano concert of Zygmunt Krauze during the inauguration of the festival in the National Philharmonic in 2019. As part of the festival, for ten years, the artist co-founded the annual Polish-German chamber orchestra under the baton of Ruderik Bohn, performing numerous flagship performances of contemporary classical music.

Particular achievements include the performance with the Warsaw band Kwadrofonik at the Cornegie Hall in New York and the Chicago Symphony Hall as part of the Fryderyk Chopin Year 2010 celebration. Both concerts were warmly received by both critics and the audience.

Paweł Nowicki is a creator of theater and film music. Since 2008, the artist has been working with the theater director Marek Brandt. The fruit of the cooperation is music for the theater productions “Madness for Two” and “Bowling”. The premiere of the show took place at the Tatra Atelier Agnieszka Osiecka in Sopot. In 2012, the artist and the Kwartludium ensemble created music for the theater performance “Fahrenheit”, which premiered at the Miniatura Puppet Theater in Gdańsk. The musician has been cooperating with the electronic music artist Marcin Dymiter since 2008. The result of this cooperation is music performed live to the films: “Baraka” by Ron Frick, “Lights of the Big City” by Charlie Chaplin and the dance performance “Infanta” by Jacek Kaczmarek. In December 2021, the premiere of the play entitled “What the hell” directed by Michał Derlatka, for which the artist created music. The premiere took place at the Miniatura Theater in Gdańsk.

An important place in the artistic activity of the musician is occupied by many years of cooperation with the Tri-City rock formation Women, with which the artist has released 4 studio albums and a concert album.

The pedagogical activity is part of the musician’s work – in January 2016 Paweł Nowicki with the Kwartludium band conducted two concerts in Australia, simultaneously conducting contemporary music workshops with elementary and middle school students in the city of Canberra. Since 2003, Paweł Nowicki has been conducting music classes in educational institutions of the city of Gdańsk as a certified teacher. In October 2018, the artist was awarded the title of Teacher of the Year in the national competition for the best Polish music lesson organized by the Fryderyk Chopin Institute in Warsaw. Paweł Nowicki conducted percussion workshops in Poland and abroad. The most important of them are workshops for students of a music school in Luxembourg and conducting a vibraphone class during the International Percussion Workshop in Koszalin.

In 2016, the musician was the curator of the International Festival of New Music Days in Gdańsk.

In October 2018, the composer’s album Paweł Nowicki 3City Ensemble was released. The project was created thanks to the Creative Scholarship of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, the Scholarship of the President of the City of Gdańsk, the Scholarship of the Marshal of the Pomeranian Voivodeship and the Scholarship of the Stoart and Zaiks Artists’ Association.

In 2020, Paweł Nowicki defended his doctoral thesis at the Academy of Music. Stanisław Moniuszko in Gdańsk. The subject of the doctoral dissertation is “Performance issues of selected vibraphone pieces at the turn of the 20th and 21st centuries”.

RETROGRESSION ENSEMBLE

Retrogression Ensemble is a group of students and graduates of the Academy of Music in Gdańsk. The repertoire of the ensemble is focused on the performance of 21st century music. The ensemble consists of: 

Krystyna Dulemba – violin

Jakub Piwowarski – violin

Patryk Pyrzycki – viola

Jakub Grzelachowski – cello

Igor Torbicki – pilno

Szymon Wieczorek – clarinet

DAGNA SADKOWSKA

Violinist, music educator. Graduated from the Academy of Music in Warsaw in the violin class of Professor Krzysztof Bąkowski. Co-founder and member of the Kwartludium ensemble. Soloist and chamber musician. She had numerous performances and premieres of works by contemporary Polish and foreign composers, including: Magdalena Długosz, Krzysztof Knittl, Wojciech Ziemowit Zych, Aleksandra Gryka, Laurence Moss, Salvatore Sciarino, Bernard Cavan, Toshio Hosokawa, Aleksander Lasoń and others.

Dagna Sadkowska has performed at festivals such as: “Festival of Premieres” in Katowice,

“Warsaw Autumn”, “Jaz Festival of Improvised Music” in Katowice, “Musical Seismograph III”, “Contemporary Music Laboratory”, “Flying Academy of Contemporary Music”, “Nowe Gdańskie Brzmienia”, “Ad Libitum”, “Audio Art” “Musica Polonica Nova ”and others in Poland and abroad.

For several years she has also been active in the improvised music scene. As part of the “plain music” project, she performed with such artists as: John Edwards, Le Quaninh, John Tilbury, Axel Dorner, Thomas Lahn, DJLenar and others.

Participant of Polish-Japanese workshops and concerts organized by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute in Tokyo and Osaka. She is a scholarship holder of the scholarship program of the Capital City of Warsaw, creating the textbook “Little musical impro scenes”.

For 4 years she was a coordinator and supervisor in the European project New: aud.

Dagna Sadkowska has been actively working as a music teacher for 25 years. She is the author of the “Internet collection of tasks for contemporary music”, which was created thanks to the funds of a scholarship from the Capital City of Warsaw. She created an original program of music therapy classes. For many years, Dagna Sadkowska has been conducting creative workshops for children and teenagers (Museum of Literature, House of Creative Work in Wigry, Theater Institute, Philharmonic Hall, Little Warsaw Autumn, Guliwer Theater, NIFC) using both many years of experience in working with school youth and the practice of chamber music and soloist. She is the author and co-creator of the project “Musical Pictures in Zachęta” for middle school students, which was carried out in cooperation with the Zachęta National Gallery of Art and Middle School of the Alliance of Families No. 2 in Warsaw, and the “Muzyczny Drzewnik” project created in cooperation with Łazienki Królewskie. She is the author of the project the musical and theatrical “Muzykotwory” and the series “Little Wild Classics” which was created in cooperation with Nowy Teatr in Warsaw. Co-founder and music director of the MONT-Młodej Orkiestra Nowy Teatr. Winner of the 1st place in the Warsaw Cultural Education Award for the MONT project. for children up to 2 years of life realized at the National Museum in Warsaw. Originator and, since 2016, curator of the Warsaw Autumn Clubowo.

MAŁGORZATA WALENTYNOWICZ

Graduated from the Academy of Music in Gdańsk, Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover, and from the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Stuttgart, where she obtained an honours degree in the interpretation of contemporary music.
Currently she dedicates her performing work to new music as a soloist, in ensembles, and with orchestras.
She increasingly takes part in projects with multimedia, performance art, and elements of music theatre.

Małgorzata Walentynowicz won the 1st Prize at the 37th Gaudeamus Interpreters’ Competition in Amsterdam and 1st Prize at the Yvar Mikhashoff Trust for New Music Competition in Buffalo, New York.
For her interpretations of contemporary music, she was also granted a scholarship for excellency in performance from the Darmstadt International Summer Courses for New Music. and was nominated for the Classical:Next Innovation Award 2017 in Rotterdam. 

Małgorzata Walentynowicz has performed both as a soloist and as a chamber musician in festivals and venues such as MaerzMusik, Ultraschall Berlin, Warsaw Autumn Festival, Musica Strasbourg, Rainy Days in Luxembourg, ECLAT Stuttgart, Klangspuren Schwaz, ISCM World Music Days, the Summer Courses for New Music in Darmstadt, SPOR in Aahrus, KLANG, Acht Brücken Festival Cologne, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Sacrum Profanum in Cracow, Tzlil Meudcan Tel Aviv,.

As a soloist she has appeared notably with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Polish Radio Orchestra, Sinfonia Iuventus, the New Music Orchestra, Illinois Modern Ensemble, and Neofonia Ensemble.

Her interpretations have been released on CD’s by Wergo, Genuin Classics, Bôłt Records, DUX and were recorded by polish and german radio stations.

Małgorzata Walentynowicz performs with Ensemble Garage from Cologne and New European Ensemble (the Hague).

ANDRZEJ WOJCIECHOWSKI

Andrzej Wojciechowski is a graduate of the Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk, in the clarinet class of prof.  Bogdan Ocieszak (diploma with honors). In 2002-2003 he studied in the clarinet class of Joan Enric Lluna at Conservatori Superior De Musica in Castello.

He has received a number of awards in competitions both in Poland and abroad.  Two-time scholarship holder of the Minister of Culture and the Minister of Culture and National Heritage for outstanding artistic achievements.

He has given concerts in the countries of North America, Africa and Asia, and in most European countries.

In 2016, his first solo album  “A Tribute to Benny Goodman” was released by the DUX record label.

Soloist, clarinetist of the Polish Baltic Philharmonic  F. Chopin in Gdańsk.  He constantly collaborates with the Polish Chamber Philharmonic in Sopot, with which he recorded Krzysztof Penderecki’s “Concerto per clarinetto” under the baton of Wojciech Rajski.  The album also includes the premiere recording of the “Symphony of Chinese Songs” (UNIVERSAL MUSIC – Fryderyk award nomination).

Member of the Polish Basethorn Ensemble, the Gdańsk Reed Trio and the Baltic Trio.  Leader of the jazz-related formation of the Baltic Quasideon Group, gathered around his artistic agency Baltic Gramophone.

Currently, he is an academic professor of the clarinet class at the Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdansk.  Artistic director of the International Festival Pion (ki) of Kultury “Black Vinyl Classics”.  Co-organizer of the “Gdańsk Clarinet Days International Festival”, and from September 2020 Head of the Department of Wind Instruments and Percussion at the Gdańsk Academy of Music.

Andrzej Wojciechowski plays Backun Lumiere instruments

SŁAWOMIR WOJCIECHOWSKI

He graduated from the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Stuttgart in the field of music theory and new media with Matthias Hermann (1998-2002) and composition with Mark Stroppa (2000-2004). Previously, for two years (1995-97) he studied composition with Marian Borkowski at the Academy of Music in Warsaw. He perfected his skills at music courses and seminars conducted, among others, by by Helmut Lachenmann, Brian Ferneyhough, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Klaus Huber, Louis Andriessen, Paweł Szymanski and Irvin Arditti.

His works have been performed at contemporary music festivals in Poland, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Italy, Ukraine and Turkey, by such ensembles as Radio Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart conducted by Manfred Trojahn, Polish Radio Orchestra conducted by Szymon Bywalec, as well as by ensembles chamber music: Zementwerk, Junge Musik Berlin, Kwartludium, Kwadrofonik, Cellonet, New Music Orchestra, Smash Ensemble, Lux: nm, Plus-Minus Ensemble, KammerensembleN, Silesian Quartet, NeoQuartet and, among others, by Mika Svoboda, Werner Taube and Wu Wei.

In 2007 he co-organized the “Musica Electronica Nova” Festival in Wrocław. He published texts, among others in “Ruch Muzyczny” and “Glissand”, also cooperates with the Polish Radio. He works as a lecturer at the Electronic Music Studio at the University of Music in Warsaw. Frederic Chopin.

PAWEŁ ZAGAŃCZYK

Paweł Zagańczyk is an honours graduate of The Stanisław Moniuszko Music Academy in Gdańsk, where he studied the accordion with prof. Krzysztof Olczak. A winner of over twenty accordion competitions, he has performed in Poland and Europe. As a soloist, he performed with a number of orchestras. Paweł Zagańczyk’s repertoire includes compositions commissioned and premiered by himself. The composers who wrote for him include Krzesimir Dębski, Mikołaj Majkusiak, Edward Sielicki, Mehmet Cän Ozer, Dariusz Mazurowski, Krzysztof Olczak, Cezary Paciorek, Gerhard Stäbler, Marek Czerniewicz and Maciej Zimka. Artistic activities bordering on different musical styles and genres are Paweł Zagańczyks showcase.  So far, he has recorded four solo contemporary music albums – Tango (2014), Globulus (2018) and Fall of Icarus (2019), Impressions (2022) – as well as many chamber music ones. His interests are also improvised music, new compositions and experiments demonstrating the broad spectrum of the accordion. 

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