prof. dr hab.  Jan Kalinowski - cello

Studied at the Music Academy in Cracow, at the École Normale de Musique in Paris and the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Stuttgart under the guidance of Professors: Witold Herman, Paul Julien and Peter Buck. He has also taken part in master classes given by David Geringas, Ivan Monighetti and Arto Noras. He has held grants from Polish and foreign foundations (Friends of Cracow Society in Chicago, Zygmunt Zaleski Foundation, Grazella Foundation), as well as the City of Cracow, the Malopolska Region and the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. In 2001 he started working together with pianist Marek Szlezer. Since then, they have been performing in Poland and abroad as Cracow Duo. In 2015, during tournée in Korea and USA, they debuted at such prestigious venues as Seul Arts Center in Seul, Alfred Newman Hall in Los Angeles and Carnegie Hall in New York (concert on the occasion of 205th birthday anniversary of Frederic Chopin). The artists performed two concert tours in Mexico and South America, which inaugurated their debut in the Palacio de Bellas Artes concert hall. In 2017, they were on one-month- tour in the United States. Many Polish and foreign composers have devoted their works to them, among others Krzysztof Meyer, whose Musica concertante for cello, piano, string orchestra and percussion, artists have performed with Sinfonietta Cracovia under the baton of Jurek Dybała in December 2017. Jan Kalinowski has recorded for radio and television as well as for well-known music label DUX Recording Producers. He recorded works for piano and cello by Alexander Tansman in 2009, with pianist Marek Szlezer. Recording was awarded the La Clef de ResMusica. Published in 2010 Jan Kalinowski, Marek Szlezer and Bartłomiej Nizioł’s recording of Chopin chamber works has also received the prize of La Clef de ResMusica and nomination to the Polish Phonographic Award Fryderyk. In 2013 DUX Recording Producers published a CD with his artistic project “Polish Cello Music” containing works by polish composers for cello ensembles from one to eight instruments. In 2014 DUX Recording Producers issued a special CD (“Dedications”) devoted to the works written by composers from Krakow and dedicated to Jan Kalinowski and Marek Szlezer. He was involved in recording CD on the occasion of the 80th birthday anniversary of Krzysztof Penderecki. The recording was awarded the Gramophone Editor’s Choice 2015, and nominated to the Polish Phonographic Award Fryderyk 2015. Joanna Freszel’s album, real life song, recorded with the artist participation, received two nominations for the Polish Phonographic Award Fryderyk 2016. As a solist he has been performing under the baton of many renowned conductors, such as: Rauf Abdullayev, Łukasz Borowicz, Wojciech Czepiel, Jacek Rafał Delekta, Michał Dworzyński, Jacek Kasprzyk, Adam Klocek, Paweł Kotla, Paweł Przytocki, Daniel Rajskin, Jacek Rogala and Maciej Tworek.  Jan Kalinowski is an assistant professor at the Music Academy in Krakow, where in 2015 he has received a postdoctoral degree at the instrumental music department. He has led courses within the framework of an international academic exchange programme (Brem, Karlsruhe, Bratislava, Mannheim, Fermo and Tibilisi). He plays on the cello made by Wojciech Topa in 2014.

dr hab. Gajusz Kęska - piano

His studies in Academy of Music in Cracow in piano class of Professor Andrzej Pikul he finished in 2002 with distinction. In the same year he started post graduated study in master piano class of Professor Willem Brons in Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam, which he finished in 2005 as well with distinction (the highest mark). In March 2010 he got his PhD in music in Academy of Music in Cracow where nowadays he is leading his own piano class in piano department. He is a prize winner of national and international piano competition: National Polish Piano Competition EPTA in Cracow, International Piano Competition for Young Pianists in Gaillard in France, Polish Music Festival “Week of Talents” in Tarnów, Piano Competition “Tadeusz Żmudziński im Memoriam” in Cracow, Special Prize for the best performance of romantic music in International Piano Masterclass in Tel-Hai in Israel, International Pacific Piano Competition in Vancouver in Canada and International Piano Competition “Ciutat de Mallorca” in Palma de Mallorca. He was a scholarship holder of Polish Minister of Culture and Art for excellent results in music (1999 and 2001), Special Scholarship of Jűtting Foundation in Stendal in Germany for excellent results on competitions and concerts in 2001, Scholarship of Maestro Hans Vonk for excellent results in classical music (2002, 2003 and 2004), Special Prize of Schumann-Schimmel van Outeren Foundation for magnificent results in promoting classical music in Holland in 2005. Gajusz Kęska performs wide repertoire as a soloist (recitals and piano concerto with orchestra) and chamber music player. He regularly plays in prestigious halls during festivals and concerts in most of the countries of Europe and Canada, Japan, Chile, Peru, Equador and Israel. The most important of them are: International Chopin Festival „Chopin Tage” in Leipzig, Festival „Polish days” in Prague, Polish Composers Festival in Atma (house of Karol Szymanowski in Zakopane), „International Woche Festival” in Stefaniensall in Graz, Jutting Foundation Festival in Stendal, Gala Concert in Bosendorfersall in Vienna promotion Poland as a member of European Union, Recanti Auditorium in Tel-Aviv, Polish Embassy in Tokyo, Polish Master Pianist Festival in Słupsk, Gateway Theater in Vancouver, Holland Music Session in Holland, Auditorio Forteza in Palma de Mallorca, Vriendenkrans Music Festival in Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Festival of Prizewinners of Music Competitions in Philharmonic Hall in Katowice, Chopin Recitals in the house of F. Chopin in Żelazowa Wola, Teatro Oriente and Centrum Culturale de Providencia in Santiago de Chile with Orchestra Sinfonica de Providencia, St. Giles Cathedra in Edinburgh, Rainbow Theatre in Inverness, Teatro del Lago – during “Semanas Musicales” Festival in Frutillar (Chile), Auditorium Ricardo Palma in Lima and in Teatro Sucre in Quito, National Philharmony in Minsk (Belarus). In 2012 Gajusz Kęska made his phonographic debut with Piano Sonatas of Karol Szymanowski – this double-disc album was nominated for International Classical Music Awards 2013 in solo category, nomination for Fryderyk Award 2013 in category "album of the year - solo recital" and was awarded by "Excepcional Scherzo" from prestigious spanish classical music magazine "Scherzo".

dr Mateusz Kurcab - piano

In 2016 graduated summa cum laude from the Academy of Music in Cracow, where he studied in a piano class of Prof. Mariusz Sielski. In 2019, he earned his PhD in Art, presenting a thesis titled “Nocturne in the piano works of Gabriel Fauré. Performance issues in the context of changes of the composer's style”. Currently, he is an assistant in the Piano Department of the Academy of Music in Kraków and a piano teacher in the Bronisław Rutkowski Public Music School of the First and Second Degree in Cracow. At the same time, he is an active concert performer as a soloist and chamber musician. He is a prize winner of national and international piano competitions. He received several times a scholarship in the field of music for his achievements. He is a winner of the Ars Quaerendi Award for outstanding achievements in the field of culture in Małopolska. He performed heretofore in many prestigious concert halls in Poland, such as The National Fryderyk Chopin Institute and the Great Theatre—National Opera in Warsaw, and abroad in Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, France and Italy. Concerts with his participation were performed during numerous festivals, such as Junge Kunstler in der Philharmonie in Bad Reichnhall, The International Festival of Kraków Composers, La Folle Journee de Varsovie in Warsaw, The Witold Lutoslawski Festival in Cracow, International Piano Duet Festival “Duettissimo”, "Emanacje" Music Festival, and Estivales en Puisaye in France. In 2019 he was an editor of the piano works of Witold Maliszewski in the “Eufonium” publishing company. He developed his soloist and chamber skills during a scholarship program in the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich. He also participated in master classes conducted by experienced pianists, such as Paul Badura-Skoda, Konstanze Eickhorst, Bruno Canino, Győrgy Nádor, Jonathan Aner, Manfred Aust, Roberto Russo.

dr hab. Piotr Lato - clairnet

Piotr Lato graduated from the Academy of Music in Krakow, the clarinet class under the tuition of Professor Andrzej Godek, and was awarded the grade excellent. He has received a lot of awards and distinctions in music competitions, among others, he is the winner of the first prize in the Polish National Auditions of the Secondary Schools of Music for woodwind classes in Olsztyn (1996), the third prize in the 11th K. Kurpiński Academic Clarinet Competition in Włoszakowice (2000) and the third prize in the 4th Johannes Brahms International Competition of Chamber Music in Gdańsk (2006). In 2002, he reached the semi-final during the International Clarinet Competition “Prague Spring” in Prague and in 2003 and he qualified for and took part in the ARD International Clarinet Competition in Munich. For his achievements he was twice awarded a scholarship of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage (2000–2002) and the Creativity Scholarship of the City of Krakow (2003). He took part in many international and national festivals: the Eurosilesia International Music Festival, the International Festival of Music in Old Krakow, the International Festival of Contemporary Music Borderland, Easter Festival of Ludwig van Beethoven, the Young Euro Classic Festival, the International Festival of Contemporary Music –12 days of Music Composers in Krakow, the Festival of Polish Contemporary Music – Musica Polonica Nova, the “Muzyka na Szczytach” International Festival of Chamber Music and so on. He has participated in many clarinet courses, for example the interpretation and composition course taught by K. Stockhausen. He has made a lot of CD, television and radio recordings for national and international studios: DUX, Centaur Reccord, Le Foxx Music, Universal Music and others. He teaches in the Władysław Żeleński Secondary State School of Music in Krakow. Since 2006 he has been an assistant lecturer in the clarinet class of Professor Andrzej Godek at the Academy of Music in Krakow. In 2011, he received the PhD degree of Musical Arts in the discipline of instrumental art and he was employed as a lecturer. Since 2004 he has co-operated with the Beethoven Academy Orchestra as the first clarinet player. He makes guest appearances with many orchestras and bands as well as performs in solo and chamber concerts. In 2016 he obtained the degree of habilitated doctor of musical arts.

dr hab. Oriana Masternak - violin

started her musical education at the age of 7. She graduated from the Academy of Music in Cracow, Royal Conservatorium in Brussels, European Chamber Music Academy, Yale School of Music and the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. Her musical masters include renowned artists such as Johannes Meissl, Roman Reiner, Katalin Sebestyen, Małgorzata Skorupa, Magdalena Szczepanowska and Tokyo Quartet. She participated in numerous master classes. In 2015 Oriana Masternak achieved a title of Doctor of Arts after completing her doctoral dissertation about the music of French composer, Lucien Durosoir. Currently she works as an assistant professor (habilitated doctor) at the Department of Violin and Viola at the Academy of Music in Cracow. She is the prizewinner of many international competitions: 2nd and “Schostakovich Prize” in Plovdiv (Bulgaria, 2015), 2nd in New York (2015), 3rd in Italy (2013), “Soloist.eu” Prize in Austria (2012), Josef Windisch Prize in Austria (2011), 3rd Prize in Italy (2011), 2nd Prize and Baerenreiter Urtext Prize in Holland (2011), 3rd prize in Kraków (2007), Prize for the best performance G. Bacewicz’s composition in Łódź (2003). Her excellent music skills where quickly recognized and resulted in many scholarships, among others from Polish Minister of Culture (twice), European Chamber Music Academy, Pacific Music Festival (Japan), Louise Willson Scholarship (Yale University, USA), Thomastik Infeld Vienna, Adam Mickiewicz’s Institute. Oriana Masternak recorded for Polish Radio, DUX, Acte Prealable, SOLITON and many more. She performs solo and as a chamber musician in Asia, both Americas and majority of European countries. She took part in many festivals, such as Norfolk Chamber Music Festival (USA), Festival Pablo Casals (Prades), Mozartiade (Augsburg), Kalkalpen Festival (Grossraming), Pacific Music Festival (Sapporo), 21. Frühling Wiener Festival (Konzerthaus, Wien), Polish Music Days (Moscow). She performed in Musikveren in Vienna (2012), Pushkin Museum in Moscow (2014) and Carnegie Hall in New York (2015). In November 2019 Oriana was invited to perform 13 recitals in most important concert halls in China (with Justyna Danczowska on piano). Since 2014 Oriana has been a founding member of Messages Quartet – an ensamble specializing in Polish music performance. She is a member of jury in international competition. Oriana is also invited to lead masterclasses in Poland and abroad (Brazil, Spain). Oriana Masternak plays on Sebastian Lang violin of 1738.

dr Maria Shetty - viola / orchestra studies

Graduated with honors from the Academy of Music in Krakow in the class of Prof. Janusz Pisarski (2008). She did her postgraduate studies at Universtität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien under Prof. Wolfgang Klos and as. Ulrich Schönauer (2009), as well as at the prestigious European Chamber Music Academy (2011). She has been developing her skills at various master classes working under the guidance of musicians such as: S. Kamasa, A. Darzins, H. Beyerle, J. Meissl, P. Buck, A. Kouyoumdjian, Apollon Musagete Quartett, Tokyo String Quartet In 2015 she was awarded the title of Doctor of Arts. Since 2011 she has been a violist of the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice. As well she cooperates with other polish orchestras: Sinfonietta Cracovia, Capella Cracoviensis and Beethoven Academy Orchestra. She has won national and international competitions, among others, Second Prize and special prize for interpretation of Shostakovich’s music at the International Chamber Music Competition in Plovdiv (2015 ), Second Prize and Special Prize Baerenreiter Urtext Preis at the Charles Hennen Concours in Holland (2011), Third Prize at the International Competition of Contemporary Chamber Music in Krakow (2007).She has received numerous scholarship e.g. Programme “Young Poland”, Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage Republic of Poland, Scientific Scholarship of City of Krakow, the European Chamber Music Academy, Pacific Music Festival in Japan and the Adam Mickiewicz Institute. Maria Shetty as a chamber musician regularly performs in the various formations, systematically taking part in NOSPR Chamber Series. She has performed at such festivals as: Festival Pablo Casals (Prades), Mozartiade (Augsburg), Kalkalpen Festival (Grossraming), Pacific Music Festival (Sapporo), the Internationales Musikfest Goslar-Harz, Music Autumn in Przemysl. In March 2009, she gave concerts (with Vistula Quartet ) in USA, as well as the Kravis Centre in Palm Beach, receiving great reviews. Since 2014 she co-creates Messages Quartet – an ensemble specializing in the performance of Polish chamber music. The quartet has performed many times in Poland and abroad. In 2016 she started teaching as an assistant in the viola class of professor Pisarski in Musiac Academy in Krakow. She also gives summer masterclasses during Malopolska Academy of Talents.

dr Wioletta Strączek - flute

She studied at the Academy of Music in Cracow in Barbara Świątek-Żelazna flute class. In 2009 she did the „Erasmus-Socrates Program” – student exchange in Hochschule fuer Musik Detmold with Janos Balint. In 2010 she had started master studies there in Janos Balint flute class. She completed her Artistic Diploma with excellent results, and will finish the Konzertexamen. In 2018 she got PhD degree in Academy of Music in Cracow – as a specialist of 20th century flute literature, especially works of Takemitsu, Berio, Crumb, Szalonek and Stockhausen. Wioletta Strączek took part in many flute masterclasses, like Miriam Nastasi, János Bálint, Karimi Furugh Diafar – Zadech, Hans Zill, Zoltan Gyongyossy, Jerzy Mrozik, Elżbieta Gajewska – Gadzina, Elżbieta Dasych – Szwarc, Barbara Świątek – Żelazna, Antoni Wierzbiński, Urszula Janik. She won many national competitions and was finalist of many international competitions. She did many CDs recording – as a member of the orchestras and in chamber music, especially with the works of modern Cracow composers. Wioletta Strączek works as a flutist in Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra in Varsaw and as a flute teacher in Music School in Łącko and Music School in Nowy Sącz.

dr hab. Marek Szlezer, prof. AMKP - piano

He started to play the piano at the age of five under the tutorship of his mother. From 1994 to 2000 he studied at the “Ecole Normale de Musique ‘A.Cortot’” in Paris,in the piano class ofprofessor Marcella Crudeli, andwas one of the youngest graduates to obtain “Diplome Superieure de Concertiste.” He graduated “summa cum laude” from the Academy of Music in Kraków, where he studied with distinguished professor Ewa Bukojemska. In 2004, the Academy offered him the post of a piano teacher at the Piano Faculty. He received a royal scholarship of the Queen Elisabeth’s Music Foundation in Belgium for the academic year 2004/2005 to study at the renowned Chapelle Musicale with A.Rahman El Bacha. In June 2005, he received the “Master after Master” diploma, awarded “a l’unanimite.” His pianistic career started when as a twelve-year old he received Grand Prix at the 4th International Piano Competition in Rome. Since then the pianist has actively performed in Poland and abroad, participating in many important and prestigious music events. He was granted a scholarship of the Ministry of Culture five times, as well as scholarships from Roussel and Amical foundations in Paris and the YAMAHA Foundation Europe. He has participated in master classes conducted by Dmitri Bashkirov, Aldo Ciccolini, Menahem Pressler, Evgeni Mogilevski, Dominique Merlet and Jean Claude Vanden-Eyden. Marek Szlezer is an active performer of modern music – he has been selected to participate in Krzysztof Penderecki’s music interpretation class, run by the composer himself. He has also premiered numerous modern compositions written especially for him. His consummate performances of Frederic Chopin’s music have won him numerous prizes: 1st Prize at the National Chopin Competition in Warsaw, 3rd Prize at the Chopin International Piano Competition in Marienbad, a special prize of the Chopin National Edition, and the Polish Radio award at the International Piano Competition “A.Rubinstein in memoriam.” He had the honor to play a concert on Chopin’s original piano at the Jagiellonian University on the night Poland entered the European Union. In occasion of composers 205th Birth Anniversary he has performed a concert at Carnegie Hall in New York. Marek Szlezer has performed in such prestigious concert halls as Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Palais des Beaux-Arts, St.Martin-in-the-fields, Salle Cortot, Seoul Arts Center, NCPA and Palacio de Bellas Artes. In October 2005, during the opening gala concert for the Queen Elisabeth’s Foundation in Belgium, he performed a Mozart’s concerto accompanied by the English Chamber Orchestra. He has recorded for many TV and Radio stations all over Europe and the Middle East. In year 2009 he has received a doctor’s degree, presenting a thesis about an unknown polish composer Jadwiga Sarnecka, which piano works he has discovered and edited for Polish Musical Editions PWM. He has been also involved in an editing process of Alexandre Tansman Piano concerto for the left hand which he premiered in Poland in a year 2010. Since 2013 he works as an editor for Eufonium, publishing important piano works of polish composers dating from 19th and 20th century. He has gave public lectures and performed at such prestigious universities as: Cambridge University, Indiana University Bloomington, University of Chicago, University of Southern California, UNAM, UNICAMP, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Royal Conservatory in Brussels. He has recorded several albums for the recording companies Dux, EMI, Amadeus and Moderato Classics receiving an enthusiastic critical acclaim in prestigious musical magazines (among others Gramophone, Kulturspiegel, The Strad, Fanfare, American Record’s Guide). For the CD’s with music of Chopin, Tansman and Penderecki he has received twice the French music critics awards La Clef de ResMusica as well as Gramophone Editor’s Choice and various nominations for other phonographic prizes (i.e. Polish Phonographic Awards FRYDERYK). In 2017 his CD has been selected by H-fi magazine as one of the best recordings of the year.

dr Małgorzata Wasiucionek - violin

She graduated from the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, in prof. Roman Lasocki’s class. Now she studies in Mozarteum in Salzburg, prof. Pierre Amoyala’s class. She started her music education in Jelenia Góra under the direction of Ludmiła Sołowiewicz. As a soloist she gave concerts with many orchestras in Poland and abroad e.g. The Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic, Silesian Philharmonic Symphony, Baltic Philharmonics, Zielona Góra Philharmonic, Dolnośląska Philharmonic, Neue Lausitzer Philharmonie in Gӧrlitz, Loh-Orchestra of the City of Cottbus, and also the Orchestra of the City of Calgary. She is a laureate of many Polish and international competitions. Her latest achievements are: Stage II at the 14th International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition, 1st prize at the 4th Michał Spisak International Music Competition (2010) in Dąbrowa Górnicza, 1st prize and 4 special awards at the 7th Violin Competition Young Paganini (2009) in Legnica, special award at the 3rd J. Heifetz international Violin Competition (2009) in Vilnius, finalist of Competition of Concerts during workshops Morningside Music Bridge (2008) in Calgary. During courses both soloist and chamber ones she had lessons with remarkable violinists such as Maxim Vengerov, Ivry Gitlis, Roman Totenberg, Wolfgang Marschner, Konstanty Andrzej Kulka, Wanda Wiłkomirska. She is a laureate of the 7th scholarship programme Młoda Polska and other scholarships granted by the Minister of Culture, z Dolny Ślązak Programme.


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