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Musicians that have participated in the artistic part of the project

Ensembles:

Kamerata Krakowska

Horizon Ensemble

Conductor:

Matthias Hermann

Singers:

Pia Liebhäuser (mezzo-soprano)

Anna Krawczyk (soprano)

Piano:

Mirosław Herbowski

Simon Zimmermann

Przemysław Winnicki

Agnieszka Kopeć

(student of Jarosław Pelc at the Secondary School of Music of the Łańcut Music Society)

Julia Ulman (student of Żanna Parchomowska at Wojciech Kilar Music School No. 2 in Rzeszów)

Violins:

Paweł Wajrak

Maciej Czepielowski

Bogusława Ziegelheim

Bogdan Woźniak

Jerzy Mikuliszak

Anna Woźniak

Krzysztof Wojczuk

Jadwiga Czepielowska

Jan Nazimek

Paweł Stawarski

Paulina Różańska

Violas:

Beata Płoska

Edyta Korczewska-Brylińska

Cellos:

Lev Sivkov

Franciszek Pall

Magdalena Zubrzycka

Double Bass:

Michał Skiba

Flutes:

Zbigniew Witkowski

Ewa Dębska

Oboes:

Paweł Nyklewicz

Karolina Siadaczka

Clarinets:

Janusz Antonik

Michał Poniżnik

Bassoons:

Wojciech Turek

Adam Mróz

Horns:

Tadeusz Tomaszewski

Mirosław Płoski

Artur Tyński

Krzysztof Tomczyk

Trumpets:

Stanisław Majerski

Bogdan Skocz

Timpani:

Artur Ciborowski

The Kamerata Krakowska Chamber Orchestra was established in 1989 by Matthias Hermann, professor at the State University of Music and Performing Arts in Stuttgart. The members of the ensemble include musicians from the Krakow Philharmonic, Capella Cracovienis and Sinfonietta Cracovia. One of the artistic goals of Kamerata Krakowska is to present to audiences both Polish and German music, with an emphasis on 20th- and 21st-century works.

Kamerata Krakowska has performed extensively in Poland and Germany. The ensemble has been invited to participate in the European Month of Culture in Krakow, Krakow Festival of Jewish Culture, Tage für Neue Musik Stuttgart, SDR-Atelier Stuttgart, and Europäische Kirchemusik in Schwäbisch Gmünd.

The ensemble has released three albums: the first presents a classical repertoire, while the second – published jointly by Kamerata Krakowska and the Muzyka Centrum Art Society – showcases contemporary Polish and German music. The most recent 2CD album was published as part of the Łańcut Musicalia project and includes mainly works by Polish and German composers covered by the project.

From its inception to 2008, the Orchestra operated under the patronage of the German Förderverein “Kamerata Krakowska” Foundation based in Ludwigsburg. After the Ludwigsburg Foundation ceased operations in 2008, Kamerata Krakowska was taken under the wing of the Horizon Art Society, which strengthened the several-year-long cooperation between the two institutions.

Matthias Hermann was born in 1960 in Ludwigsburg. He studied theory of music, organ, German and conducting. He was a student of Helmut Lachenmann.

As a conductor, he has worked with such orchestras as the ORTVE Madrid, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI Torino, RSO Wien, RSO Stuttgart, Staatsoper Stuttgart, SWR-Sinfonieorchester Freiburg and Baden-Baden, Ensemble Modern, Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Taipeh National Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, and SWR Vokal-Ensemble, as well as ensembles from New York, Brussels, Krakow and Warsaw.

Since 1987, he has taught theory and composition at the State University of Music and Performing Arts in Stuttgart – since 1991 as Professor, and since 2007 as Vice Chancellor.

Matthias Hermann is Professor in Residence in Krakow (Jagiellonian University), Warsaw, Poznań, Łódź and Moscow, and a lecturer at several summer courses on contemporary music (in Germany, Poland and Czech Republic ). He is also a composer and an author of books on contemporary music analysis.

Lev Sivkov was born in 1990 in Novokuznetsk, Russia. He initially learnt music at home and from the age of five attended the music school in Novosibirsk, where he studied for nine years with Prof. E. Nilov. From 2005 to 2009, he studied at the Basel Academy of Music with Prof. I. Monighetti.

Sivkov is currently pursuing a BA course at the State University of Music and Performing Arts in Stuttgart in the cello class of Prof. Conradin Brotbek.

He has been recognised at numerous music competitions, including the Domnick-Cello-Preis in Stuttgart and the V.A. Gavrilin International Competition in Vologda (Russia), where he won first prizes; the L. v. Beethoven Hradec International Music Competition (Czech Republic) and the International Swedish Duo Competition in Katrineholm – second prizes; and the W. Lutosławski International Cello Competition in Warsaw – the jury prize.

Lev Sivkov has collaborated with many eminent artists, such as Mischa Maisky, Rudolf Buchbinder, Ivan Monighetti, Gérard Wyss, Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, Sofia Gubaidulina, and Roland Moser.

The Horizon Ensemble is a chamber ensemble that has existed under the auspices of the Horizon Art Society since 2006.

The ensemble has its origins in a series of chamber music concerts combining strings, winds and piano – a tradition initiated years ago by the Amar Corde String Quartet, wind section instrumentalists of the Karol Szymanowski Philharmonic in Krakow and the then director of the institution Joanna Wnuk-Nazarowa. Since the ensemble’s inception, the Krakow audience has had numerous opportunities to become acquainted with rarely performed chamber music masterpieces by Schubert, Hummel, Brahms, Berwald, Martinů, Janaček, Nielsen, Prokofiev, Roussel, Milhaud, Françaix, Britten, Stravinsky, Bacewicz, Arnold, Kancheli; some of these works were performed in Krakow, and even in Poland, for the first time.

The eminent artists that have cooperated with the ensemble include Waldemar Malicki, Rafał Łuszczewski and Mirosław Herbowski.

Musicians performing Benoît Tuttowitsch’s String Quartet:
Paweł Wajrak, Paweł Stawarski, Beata Płoska, Franciszek Pall

Pia Liebhäuser comes from Augsburg and lives in Stuttgart. Between 1989 and 1997, she studied under Wilma Lipp and Martha Sharp at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg. While still a student, she made her début in the role of Cherubino in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro at the Festival in Friedrichshafen. She was also Dorabella in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Nicklausse in Jacques Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann, and Marcellina in The Marriage of Figaro. Liebhäuser participated in numerous masterclasses conducted by teacher-artists whose number included Robert Holl, Thomas Hampson, Mitsuko Shirai (soprano), and Hartmut Höll (piano). Besides this, she continued her education under the guidance of Edith Menzel, Anna Reynolds, and Dunja Vejzović.

Her artistic repertoire includes numerous solo parts, performed during both recitals and concerts with the accompaniment of recognised orchestras, including Süddeutsche Philharmonie in Konstanz, Erzgebirgisches Sinfonieorchester in Aue and the Kamerata Krakowska Chamber Orchestra.

Since 2000, Liebhäuser has been a member of the Staatsoper Choir in Stuttgart. On the stage of her hometown opera, she has been seen as Mother (Franz Schreker’s Die Gezeichneten), Blumenmädchen (Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro), Countess of Aremberg (Verdi’s Don Carlos), and – in the 2009/2010 season – as Alisa in the new staging of Gaetano Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor.

Anna Krawczyk – soprano. A graduate of the Secondary Musical School in Tarnów, where she specialised in the double bass. Subsequently, she graduated in singing from the class of Izabella Jasińska-Buszewicz at the Academy of Music in Krakow. In 2004–2005, she held a scholarship from the Minister of Culture and National Heritage.

Her repertoire covers mostly early and contemporary music. As a soloist of Krakow Chamber Opera, she performed on the stages of Krakow Opera and Operetta, in the philharmonic halls of Krakow and Częstochowa, and at the Wratislavia Cantans and Days of Krakow Composers festivals.

Krawczyk works with the Gabrieli Consort, Collegium Cracoviense, Ensemble Entrada, and Estravaganza ensembles, performing numerous concerts in Poland and abroad. She has released many studio recordings.

Mirosław Herbowski – piano. Graduated with honours from the Academy of Music in Krakow (1982) in the piano class of Prof. Irena Sijałowa-Vogel (student of H. Neuhaus). He honed his skills during master classes by R. Buchbinder, I. Klánský, F. Rauch, P. Rosen, and P. Salzman. He is a finalist and winner of music competitions in Warsaw, Rotterdam and Rome.

Since 1982, Herbowski has performed regularly in Poland, almost the whole of Europe, Japan and the USA. He has taken part in music festivals in Warsaw, Poznań, Wrocław, Katowice, Kraków as well as in Jakobstad, Helsinki, Copenhagen and Salzburg, and made several television and radio recordings in Poland, Finland and Sweden. His records include works by Brahms, Franck, Schubert, Hindemith and Stravinsky. He has also served as a jury member of musical competitions, as well as holding piano classes in Krakow, Helsinki, Jakobstad and New York.

In the years 1981–89 Mirosław Herbowski was assistant and lecturer at the Academy of Music in Krakow, in 1989–97 lecturer and head of the piano section at the Jakobstad Conservatory (Finland), and until 2000 associate professor at the Royal Academy of Music in Copenhagen, where he led the piano class. In 2001, he recommenced teaching at the Academy of Music in Kraków – since 2003, with a post-doctoral degree.

Simon Zimmermann studied piano and music pedagogy at the State University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart (with Andrzej Ratusiński and André Marchand). Having completed his degree, he worked as an assistant of the director and a producer at the Staatsoper in Stuttgart, and since 2007 he has held the post of assistant of the choir director and piano répétiteur. As of the 2011/2012 season, he will become choir director of the opera house in Chemnitz.

Przemysław Winnicki completed a BA degree in piano with Prof. Andrzej Pikul at the Academy of Music in Kraków in 2006, and is currently pursuing an MA at the same institution.

In 2007, Winnicki won a scholarship at the Professor T. Żmudziński Piano Competition in Kraków, and in 2010, he qualified for the semifinals of the Los Angeles International Paderewski Piano Competition. He has attended master classes in Poland and abroad, and has performed in Poland, Germany, France and Austria.

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