ANDJELA BRATIĆ AND NIKOLA CVETKOVIĆ (Serbia)
Andjela Bratić, flute
Nikola Cvetković, piano
John Rutter (1945)
Suite Antique for Flute and Piano
Theodor Verhey (1848–1929)
Suite, Op. 60
Maurice Ravel (1875–1937)
Pavane pour une infante défunte
Gary Schocker (1959)
Regrets and Resolutions
Ennio Morricone (1928)
Antonio Bazzini (1818–1897)
La ronde des lutins, Scherzo fantastique Op. 25
Andjela Bratić graduated at the Music Academy in Belgrade and obtained her MA degree at the University Johannes Gutenberg (Hochschule für Musik) in Mainz, in the class of prof. Dejan Gavrić. She has upgraded her skills at masterclasses with the renowned flutists and pedagogues I. Grafenauer, J. Balint, J. Arnheim and D. Flury. She is a winner of many national and international awards. As a soloist, she has performed with the Symphony Orchestra of Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), the Symphony Orchestra of Radio-Television Serbia, Montenegro Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra from Prague, Niš Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of the Faculty of Arts in Niš, the Academic Orchestra of Students, Cultural Centre (SKC) of the University of Niš, the Chamber Orchestra Imperio, under the leadership of distinguished conductors. She has participated in the prominent festivals in the country – Niš International Music Festival (NIMUS), the Mokranjac’s Days, the Yew Flower (Tisin cvet), Constantinus, as well as the Chronicle of Bar (Barski ljetopis), the Days of Music, Espressivo in Montenegro and Spectrum in Slovenia. She has performed with great success in Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), in Seoul (South Korea), Washington and Charlotte (USA), Tokyo (Japan) and many other countries in Europe. She was also the member of the Mozarteum Orchestra, the Strauss Festival Orchestra and the Balkan Orchestra. These memberships enabled her to perform on tours in Germany, Austria, Spain and Japan. She has recorded for the purposes of Radio Television Serbia, Radio Television Montenegro, Radio-Belgrade, TV stations in Niš, Swedish state radio, Television Montenegro and the German TV station SAT1. Since 2009, she has been teaching flute at the Faculty of Arts in Niš.
Nikola Cvetković (1990) attended High Music school in the class of prof. Borivoje Mladenović in Niš, during which time he performed at competitions in the country achieving remarkable results. In 2008, he enrolled at the Faculty of Arts in Niš, in the class of prof. Aleksandar Serdar, where he finished undergraduate and master studies with the highest mark. During his studies, he has participated in competitions in the field of chamber music. He was also a participant in the competition De Bach au Jazz in Paris, in 2013. He has been presented on the first and third audio edition of the Faculty of Arts in Niš, both as solo and with chamber ensembles. In addition to the classical, he is involved in jazz and modern music. He is one of the founders of the quintet Tango Gentleman’s, operating now under the new name Quintet Academix, and which has held up to now concerts in Niš, Arandjelovac, Šid, Belgrade, Ćuprija, Kraljevo, Raška. Since 2015, he has been the Artistic associate at the Department of Wind instruments at the Faculty of Arts in Niš.
DUO DEL GESÙ (France, Poland)
Arnaud Kaminski, violin
Krzysztof Tymendorf, viola
Joseph Haydn (1732–1809), Sonata for Violin and Viola in D major, Hob. VI: 4
Robert Fuchs (1847–1927), Duets for Violin and Viola, Op. 60 (selection)
Franz Schubert (1797–1828), Der Erlkönig, D. 328 (transcription C. G. Wolff)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791), Duo for Violin and Viola No. 2 in B-flat major, K. 424
Johannes Brahms (1833–1897), Hungarian Dances (selection)
Founded in 2010 by the French violinist Arnaud Kaminski and the Polish violist Krzysztof Tymendorf the group Duo del Gesù won the first prize at the 25th Young Musician International Competition »Città di Barletta«. This success in Italy sparked off the international career of the group including performances all over the world, invitations to international festivals, congresses and seminars, teaching in music workshops, and jury participation at music competitions.
The artists — laureates of numerous international competitions, scholarships and prizes — mastered their skills in Paris, Vienna, Gdańsk and Göteborg, which encompassed study with such chamber music luminaries as Eberhard Feltz, and the quartets, Apollon Musagète Quartett and Quatuor Ebène. Eclectic and ever hungry for new ideas, they have worked with, amongst others, Christoph Hartmann (Berliner Philharmoniker), Bertrand Braillard (Orchestre national d’Île-de- France), Giuseppe Nova, Janusz Wawrowski, Joanna Woś, Tytus Wojnowicz, Antoine de Grolée, Maciej Gański, Bartosz Koziak, and NeoQuartet, as well as with the icon of Polish electronic music Władysław Komendarek.
Duo del Gesù attach particular importance to undiscovered classical-period works. This period is characterized by an untapped legacy of compositions combining the violin with the viola by such composers as Franz Anton Hoffmeister, Ignaz Pleyel, Carl Philipp Stamitz, and the »Paganini of the viola« Alessandro Rolla. In addition, the group performs contemporary and the very latest music including premieres of works dedicated to it by Polish and foreign composers, most notably, Thomas Emmanuel Cornelius, Tadeusz Dixa, and Piotr Jędrzejczyk. From 2012 Duo del Gesù serve as the artistic directors of the Gdańsk Euro Chamber Music Festival, which has been awarded the prestigious 2017-2018 EFFE (Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe) label. The group also conceived the Baltic Coast String Duets Competition, a unique event in Europe for string duets whose aim is to promote young talent as well as the dissemination of duet repertoire.
CRACOW DUO (Poland)
Jan Kalinowski, violoncello
Marek Szlezer, piano
Frédéric Chopin (1810–1849), Introduction and Polonaise brillante, Op. 3
Frédéric Chopin, Cello Sonata, Op. 65
Robert Schumann (1810–1856), Adagio and Allegro in A-flat major, Op. 70
Johannes Brahms (1833–1897), Cello Sonata No. 1, Op. 38
Magazine »The Strad« wrote about the Cracow Duo: »Kalinowski and Szlezer, friends since childhood, have a wonderfully natural rapport and there is an arresting quality to their playing that gives life to the music«. They studied together in Cracow and Paris and began to perform together as Cracow Duo over fifteen years ago. Since that time their concerts and recordings received the highest critical acclaim in Poland and abroad with reviews in such media outlets as Polish National Radio, Slovenski Rozhlas, Radio Suddeutsche Rundfunk and important magazines and websites such as ClassiqueInfo, Classical Music Review, Res Musica, American Record Guide, Ruch Muzyczny, Twoja Muza, The Strad and Gramophone.
Musicians performed on the most prestigious stages, including: Seoul Arts Center in Seoul, Alfred Newman Hall in Los Angeles, Carnegie Hall in New York, Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico, Salle Cortot in Paris, St.Martin-in-the-Fields in London and Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. They made a few-weeks-long tours promoting Polish music in such countries and regions, as: Middle East (2006); Caucasus (2013); Georgia (2014); USA and South Korea (2015); Mexico (2015; 2016); Brazil and Argentina (2016; 2017); USA (2017); China (2018). In 2010, they represented their hometown at Krakow Days in Nanjing (China).
Cellist Jan Kalinowski and pianist Marek Szlezer share a special commitment and fascination with music written by rarely performed Polish composers. They tirelessly perform their works. Among their many programs, the Cracow Duo frequently presented compositions for cello and piano by Fryderyk Chopin, Aleksander Tansman, Karol Szymanowski, Zygmunt Stojowski, Szymon Laks, Ludomir Rożycki and Tadeusz Majerski, as well as works by contemporary Polish and foreign composers written specially for them. Since 2009, Cracow Duo regularly records and releases CDs. Their albums have received numerous awards and distinctions. On the occasion of 15 years of joint artistic activity the book Spod Estrady was published, a Mateusz Borkowski’s interview with artists, as well as the album Memories (DUX, 2016). Recordings of musicians, in addition to favorable reviews have received numerous nominations for the Fryderyk Award (Polish Phonographic Industry Award).
A similar understanding of music and common artistic vision coupled with a virtuosity and a concert experience have produced interpretations that are emotional, sincere and spontaneous.
Jan Kalinowski (born 1982) Studied at the Music Academy in Cracow, 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 recorded for radio and television, including the cello concertos by Witold Lutosławski (Lebanese National Orchestra, Azerbaijan State Philharmonic) and Marek Stachowski (Beethoven Academy Orchestra). 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, Jurek Dybał, Michał Dworzyński, Jacek Kaspszyk, Adam Klocek, Paweł Kotla, Paweł Przytocki, Daniel Rajskin, Jacek Rogala, Maciej Tworek, Alan Urbanek and Antoni Wit. He holds his own cello class at the Music Academy in Cracow. In 2014 DUX published an album with his artistic project Polish Cello Music containing works by polish composers for cello ensembles from one to eight instruments. Jan Kalinowski also recorded the Vth Suite by Johann Sebastian Bach for the Bach Society and took part in recording the album: Krzysztof Penderecki – chamber music vol. II Violoncello Totale (DUX, 2017). From 2012 he plays the instrument by Wojciech Topa.
Marek Szlezer (born 1981) Is one of the most sought-after Polish pianists. His career started with the Grand Prix at the International Piano Competition in Rome at the age of 12. He has studied at the École Normale de Musique in Paris, the Music Academy in Cracow and the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth in Belgium with Ewa Bukojemska, Abdel Rahman El Bacha, Dmitri Bashkirov and Marcella Crudeli. He has held grants from Polish and foreign foundations, as well as the City of Cracow and the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. He is a prizewinner of many prestigious competitions in Poland and abroad. His consummate performances of Frederic Chopin’s music have won him numerous prizes: 1st Prize at the National Chopin Competition in Warsaw and the special prize of the Chopin National Edition. 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. Marek Szlezer has performed in such prestigious concert halls as Carnegie Hall, Palais des Beaux Arts, Salle Cortot, Wigmore Hall, St.Martin-in-the-Fields, Alfred Newman Hall and NCPA. He has performed with leading orchestras, including the English Chamber Orchestra and the National Polish Radio Symphonic Orchestra. He discovered the piano music of Jadwiga Sarnecka and recorded a selection of her compositions for DUX. He is the author of numerous research papers about piano works of Polish composers, published by Polish Music Publishers and Euphonium, as well as book publications and articles about Polish music. He has recorded several albums (DUX, EMI, Amadeus and Moderato Classics among others), receiving an enthusiastic critical acclaim in prestigious musical magazines (Gramophone, Kulturspiegel, The Strad, Pizzicato, Fanfare, American Record’s Guide among others). He holds his own piano class at the Music Academy in Cracow, where he received his PhD in 2009 and postdoctoral qualifications in music in 2015.
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