AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL 2007
FESTIWAL MUZYKI AMERYKANSKIEJ 2007

Performer Bios

Beth Anderson | Bartosz Bryla | Jan Jakub Bokun | Mirian Conti | Stanislaw Firlej | Helena Furmanowicz-Kurzynska | Hubert Giziewski | Waldemar Gromolak | Lidia Grzanka-Urbaniak | Katarzyna Jagiello | Anastasia Khitruk | Katarzyna Kluczewska | Jan Krzeszowiec | Grzegorz Kurzynski | Andrzej Ladomirski | Piotr Lykowski | Bogdan Makal | Urszula Marciniec-Mazur | Michal Micker | Marcin Misiak | Jaroslaw Pietrzak | Joshua Pierce | Jaroslaw Podsiadlik | Anna Rutkowska-Schock | Justyna Skoczek | Pawel Sulej | Jan Tatarczyk | Elzbieta Wolenska | Elzbieta Zawadzka | Pawel Zawadzki | Dr. Alicia Zizzo | The Ravel Piano Duo | 4Soul Quartet

Beth Anderson is a composer of new romantic music, text-sound works, and musical theater. She has composed and has had produced an opera, an oratorio, three off-off Broadway musicals, several downtown music theater collaborations, music for orchestra, voice, chorus, tape, instrumental solos with and without electronic modulation, and a large amount of chamber music, in the USA and in Europe, on radio and in concert. Her articles have been published in "Heresies Magazine", "Paid My Dues", "The Soho Weekly News", and in "Ear Magazine", which she created/edited/published in New York City and edited/published in San Francisco.

Her most recent CD, Quilt Music, is on the Albany label and features her songs and chamber music. Her chamber music CD, Swales and Angels, was released by New World and "Pogus" released an all-Anderson text-sound/electronic music CD, Peachy Keen-O. Her orchestral compositions, Minnesota Swale and Revel are available from "Opus One". She has been commissioned by the Collegium Musicum Carinthia, the Minnesota Sinfonia, the Staten Island Symphony, the Cabrillo Music Festival, the San Francisco Conservatory, and the University of the Redlands. Ms. Anderson's publishers are "Antes/Bella Musica" in Germany, "Recital Music" in England and "E.M.I/Joshua Corporation".

Born in Kentucky, she studied primarily in California with John Cage, Terry Riley, Robert Ashley and Larry Austin, at Mills College and the University of California at Davis. She lives in Brooklyn and produces Women's Work, a concert series that will enjoy its fifth season in March 2008, for Greenwich House Arts.

Bartosz Bryla started playing the violin at the age of 7 under Prof. Adam Nowak. He started his studies at the Staatliche Hochschule fur Musik in Freiburg, in the violin class of Prof. Wolfgang Marschner, and continued at the Academy of Music in Poznan in the violin class of Prof. Jadwiga Kaliszewska. He graduated with distinction in 1983. He has taken part in music interpretation courses during which he worked under Prof. Henryk Szeryng, Prof. Nathan Milstein and Prof. Yehudi Menuhin.

In 1978 he received the 1st prize in the National Competition of Young Violinists in Lublin. In 1981 he received a distinction and the special prize for the best performance of K. Szymanowski's composition in the 8th H. Wieniawski International Violin Competition in Poznan. In 1982 he was a laureate of the 4th prize in the 2nd L. Spohr International Violin Competition in Freiburg.

Since 1986 he has been a member of Chopin-Trio, the ensemble which received a special prize for the best performance of a W.A. Mozart composition in the International Chamber Music Competition in Colmar (France, 1986).

He actively performs as a soloist and chamber musician. He has given concerts in Europe, Cuba, China, Japan, the USA, Canada, Mexico and the United Arab Emirates.

He has taught master interpretation courses at the University of Guanajuato (Mexico), the Conservatory in Beijing, Hunter College of The City University of New York, the Summer Academy of Music in Zagan, the Master Interpretation Music Course in Zell an der Pram (Austria) and the Master Course of Music Interpretation in Bilbao (Spain). He has been a jury member of competitions in Lublin, Gdansk, Warsaw, Poznan, Wroclaw, Zell an der Pram and Brescia.

He is a violin professor and the director of the Section of String Instruments at the Academy of Music in Poznan. Since 1997 he has also lead the violin class at the Academy of Music in Wroclaw.

Polish clarinetist and conductor Jan Jakub Bokun studied the clarinet at the Wroclaw Academy of Music and later with Guy Dangain at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris. In May 2001, he received a Masters degree in conducting at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He was awarded fellowships to the American Academy for Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival and the Verbier Academy, studying with David Zinman, Jorma Panula, Kurt Masur and James Levine.

He has won prizes as a soloist, chamber musician and conductor at competitions in Wroclaw, Wloszakowice (Poland), Bialystok (Poland), Enschede (Netherlands) and Mt. Pleasant (U.S.A.). Three times – in Ostend (Belgium), Stockholm and Tokyo – he was the Polish representative at the World Clarinet Congress Clarinetfest. He has been invited to give master classes at the Sofia Conservatory, Royal Conservatory in Brussels, Avila Summer School, International China Clarinet and Saxophone Music Festival. Mr. Bokun has recorded for Polish Radio and TV. He has released 8 solo albums with "Koch Classics", "JBRecords" and "Dux", all received with great critical acclaim. As a soloist, chamber musician and conductor he has appeared in most European countries, the USA, China, Japan, Chile and Argentina.

His honors include a prize from the Foundation of Polish Culture, the Jan Adolf Górecki Scholarship and grants from the Polish Ministry of Culture and the French Government.

Jan Jakub Bokun is on the faculty of the Wroclaw Academy of Music where he teaches clarinet and chamber music.

Mirian Conti is an Argentine pianist, based in New York City. She enjoys a growing reputation as a musician whose performances combine technical brilliance with striking originality and artistic insight. Stylistically assured in a wide range of repertoire, Ms. Conti is considered a leading exponent of Spanish, Latin American and Contemporary American music. In recognition of her extraordinary talent, a scholarship honoring Mirian Conti has been established at The Juilliard School by the Edwin Bachman Estate. In addition, she has been selected as one of the "100 Outstanding Alumni" to celebrate The Juilliard School's Centennial in 2005-6.

Her latest CD on the Koch International label Danzas Fantasticas has been praised by "Gramophone" (June 2006), and Looking South on the "Albany Label" has attracted major classical radio stations in the U.S.A. New CDs of the music of Phillip Ramey, Ernesto Halffter and Benjamin Lees are currently in production.

Committed to promoting the classical piano literature of Latin America, Spain and the U.S.A., Mirian Conti has been organizing competitions, directing festivals and promoting careers of promising young musicians through master classes and special prizes, and has contributed as a board member of several renowned musical organizations. She is also an active adjudicator of important international piano competitions.

As of 2008, Mirian Conti will join the faculty of the Evening Division at The Juilliard School presenting a new course entitled The Spanish Piano.

Stanislaw Firlej studied at the P. Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow under Prof. Galina Kozolupowa and Natalia Gutman. Later, he graduated from the Accademia Chigiana Summer Academy of Music in Siena, in the class of Andre Navarra.

Stanislaw Firlej made his debut in St. Petersburg, where he played L. Boccherini's Cello Concerto in B-flat Major with the Conservatory Orchestra, after receiving the 1st prize for the best peformance of this piece in the competition organized by the Conservatory. Later he received the 5th prize in the Gaudeamus International Competition in Rotterdam in the duo category (with pianist Anna Wesolowska-Firlej). This duo has given concerts in Spain, France, Germany, Holland and also during many music festivals in Poland and abroad (e.g. at the George Sand Festival in Nohant, France).

Between 1976 and 1984 Stanislaw Firlej was a concertmaster and soloist of the National Philharmony Chamber Orchestra conducted by K. Teutsch. With this orchestra he has given concerts in many concerts halls all over the world, e.g. in Japan, Australia, New Zealand and North and South America, performing concerti by J. Haydn and L. Boccherini. He has made many CD recordings: Arpeggione Sonata by F. Schubert (with pianist P. Badura-Skoda), F. Chopin's chamber pieces for cello and piano (with pianist A. Wesolowska-Firlej), and all of F. Schubert's piano trios with the Rubinstein-Trio. He has also recorded chamber music with such artists as J. Olejniczak, W. Brodski, B. Nowicki and B. Bryla.

Every year he teaches cello during master-courses in Poland and abroad. Stanislaw Firlej is a founder of the chamber orchestra of Lódz, Polish Camerata, with which he has done many concert tours around Europe. The artist is a professor teaching cello classes in the Music Academies of Lódz and Wroclaw.

Helena Furmanowicz-Kurzynska is a pianist specializing in chamber music. She graduated from the K. Lipinski Academy of Music in Wroclaw, in the piano class of Prof. Grzegorz Kurzynski.

She has received many awards for best accompaniment in various music competitions and has performed in the Collegio di Musica Sacra ensemble and in the vocal-instrumental ensemble at the Radio and Television Centre in Wroclaw. She has frequently been invited as an accompanist to the International Wind Instruments Master-courses in Duszniki-Zdrój.

The artist specializes in performing contemporary music. In her repertoire there are many first performances of pieces by contemporary composers. She has taken part in concerts in Poland, Norway and Germany.

Presently she works for the Academy of Music in Wroclaw as an Assistant Professor and for the K. Szymanowski Music School of the Primary and Secondary Degree in Wroclaw. Her pupils and students have received several awards in national and international competitions.

Hubert Giziewski graduated from the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in the class of Prof. Jerzy Jurek in June of 2006. He is a laureate of accordion competitions in Stalowa Wola (1993 1st prize), Chelm (1995 2nd prize, 1999 3rd prize, 2001 2nd prize), Mlawa (2005 2nd prize), Ibla Grand Prize – Ragusa (Italy, 2005), and Castelfidardo (Italy, 2006).

He has participated in international accordion master classes in Mietne (Poland), working with such prominent artists as Wlodzimierz Lech Puchnowski, Fridrich Lips, Mika Vayrynen and Yuri Shishkin.

He has performed in renowned concert halls in Poland: the National Philharmonic in Warsaw, the Witold Lutoslawski Concert Studio in Warsaw, the Congress Hall in Warsaw, the Philharmonic in Opole and the Music Theatre in Poznan. In 2004, 2006 and 2007 he took part in a concert tour in Japan with the Alfred Hause Tango Orchestra, playing in such world-known concert halls as Suntory Hall and Orchard Hall in Tokyo, Sapporo Concert Hall, Yokohama Minato Mairai Hall and Fukuoka Symphony Hall. He has also given recitals in Singapore, Morocco, Lithuania, Italy, Bulgaria and the USA. In April 2006, as a laureate of the 2005 Ibla Grand Prize music competition, he succeeded in making his début at Carnegie Hall in New York. He plays an Italian "Pigini Super Bajan Sirius".

Waldemar Gromolak is a graduate of the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne, in the guitar class of Prof. Roberto Aussel and Prof. Huberta Käppel. He was also taught by Polish guitar teachers Marek Zielinski and Danuta Pietrzak. He is a laureate of many international competitions in Cologne, Weimar, Volos and Cracow, among others.

Waldemar Gromolak's artistic contact with excellent conductors such as Antoni Wit, Marek Pijarowski and Tadeusz Wojciechowski has lead the guitarist to the concert halls of all the philharmonies in Poland. He has also performed with NOSPR and the AUKSO orchestra.

Waldemar Gromolak's second CD (from J. Rodrigo's concerts), recorded with the A. Rubinstein Symphony Orchestra under Wojciech Czepiel, was nominated for the prestigious "Fryderyk" music award.

The artist has given recitals during festivals in Iserlohn and Cologne, Germany, Esztergom (Hungary), Mikulow (The Czech Republic), Volos (Greece), Vienna (Austria), Lancut, Tychy, Cracow and Lower Kazimierz upon Vistula, in Poland.

Waldemar Gromolak is also a well-respected teacher who has taught international music courses in many European countries. He has also given master-classes at the Music Conservatory in Beirut. He regularly teaches at the R. Bukowski High School of Music and K. Lipinski Academy of Music in Wroclaw.

Waldemar Gromolak works with the J&S Pro Bono Poloniae Foundation, which has created a scholarship programme called "Music Safety Pin" which promotes gifted secondary music school students who come from rural areas.

Lidia Grzanka-Urbaniak is a cellist from her youngest years from Wroclaw where she graduated with distinction from the Academy of Music, in the cello class of Prof. Zdzislaw Butor. During interpretation master-courses she has worked under such professors as Michael Flaksman, Kazimierz Wilkomirski and Milos Sadlo. She is a laureate of the Cello Competition in Poznan (3rd prize), the International Chamber Competition in Colmar (France) and the National Chamber Competition in Wloclawek (1st prize).

She is the co-founder of the Leopoldinum Chamber Orchestra and was its concertmaster until 1996. As the concertmaster of cellos she worked with such orchestras as the Menuhin Festival Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia and the Polish Chamber Orchestra. She is the co-founder of the Wratislavia Chamber Orchestra of Wroclaw with which she has worked since 1996. She has frequently performed as a soloist and chamber musician in the Musique et Amitie festival in Switzerland. In 1996 she performed at the Spivey Hall in Atlanta (U.S.A.) in the gala concert celebrating Poland's joining NATO. She has worked with such artists as Sir Yehudi Menuhin, James Galway, Krystian Zimerman, Pierre Amoyal, Janusz Olejniczak, Ewa Poblocka and Jan Stanienda, among others.

She gives solo and chamber concerts in Poland and abroad. She has made many first recordings of contemporary music. She has recorded for the "Kos", "Records", "Dux", "Sonoris" and "Opus" labels.

Presently she teaches cello classes at the Academy of Music in Wroclaw, where between 1993 and 2005 she also held the post of the head of the String Instrument Section. In 2002 she received the title of Professor of Music Arts from the president of Poland – Aleksander Kwasniewski. She often works as a jury member in national and international competitions. She has also taught during interpretation master-courses in Poland, Austria, the U.S.A. and Canada. She is the vice-president of the Wratislavia Foundation for the Music Culture of Wroclaw.

Katarzyna Jagiello started her artistic activity in 1999, when she was still a student of the Vocal-Acting Department at the G. & K. Bacewicz Academy of Music in Lódz. Continuing her post-graduate studies in Hochschule für Musik in Dresden she was invited to record the soprano part of The Weihnachtsoratorium with Dresdener Barockorchester and Hans Christoph Rademann for the "Raum Klang" editor.

She has always been interested in chamber music and this interest has lead to her receiving the 1st prize in the International Competition of Chamber Music in Lódz. She also won 2nd prize and special prize in the M. Schneider-Trnavsky International Vocal Competition in Trnava, Slovakia in 2006.

She has taken part as well in numerous master-classes and interpretation courses with, among others, Teresa Zylis-Gara, Gwendolyn Bradley, Gerhard Kahry, Christian Elssner and Olaf Bär.

Katarzyna Jagiello is often invited to perform in several philharmonies and opera houses, both in Poland and abroad, and vocal festivals (i.e. Viva il canto, Pomerania Nostra and the Hoffman's Festival) as a soloist in the oratorio and opera masterpieces as well as song recitals under such great conductors as Marek Pijarowski, Stanislaw Krawczynski, Igor Dohovic, René Gulikers and Hans Christoph Rademann. In her repertoire she has over 50 oratorio parts, song cycles, and opera parts. Her performances are very well received by both the critics and the audience. She is a also a vocal assistant in the Vocal Department of the K. Lipinski Academy of Music in Wroclaw, presently completing her doctorate.

New York-based Anastasia Khitruk comes from a musical and artistic family. After immigrating to the United States, Ms. Khitruk continued the violin studies she had begun at Moscow's Central Music School. Her talent was immediately recognized when she made her orchestral debut at the age of eight. Since then, she has appeared in concert and recital worldwide, including numerous performances in Boston, Los Angeles, New York, Aspen, London, Geneva, Adelaide, Sofia, Paris, and Moscow. She has been a prizewinner at numerous competitions in the U.S. and internationally, including the Paganini International Violin Competition.

Her most recent Naxos CD release is a new recording of Miklos Rozsa's Violin Concerto and Sinfonia Concertante, with cellist Andrey Tchekmazov and the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Dmitry Yablonsky.

Anastasia also specializes in discovering and performing and recording unknown and forgotten works, several of which have been featured on her debut CD La Folia ("suoni e colori" SC 253312) and the Works of Ivan Khandoshkin ("Naxos" CD 8.570028). She also performs works of Léon de Saint-Lubin and Nicolai Affonassiev and has committed herself to performing works of living composers such as Sofia Gubaidulina, Phillipe Hersant, Pavel Karmanov and Efrem Podgaitz. She has also premiered and collaborated in the creation of a new live music score accompanying the first Oscar winning silent film Wings from 1927 and recorded the Brahms Violin Sonatas with David Korevaar ("Titanic" 260).

Katarzyna Kluczewska graduated from the K. Szymanowski High School of Music in Wroclaw, in the piano class of Asst. Prof. Helena Furmanowicz-Kurzynska, then continued her education at the K. Lipinski Academy of Music in Wroclaw, in the piano class of Prof. Grzegorz Kurzynski. In 2005 she completed Postgraduate Studies in chamber music, in the class of Asst. Prof. Helena Furmanowicz-Kurzynska.

She is a pianist, chamber musician and lecturer at the K. Lipinski Academy of Music in Wroclaw and also a teacher at the K. Szymanowski School of Music, both primary and secondary, in Wroclaw.

She has given many solo and chamber concerts in different cities in Poland and abroad. In her repertoire she has compositions of the 18th and 19th centuries and she is also interested in contemporary music. She has performed at the Radio and Television Hall, the Philharmonic and the Opera in Wroclaw. She has also performed during festivals (i.e. the Festival of Science in Wroclaw, Festival of Polish Contemporary Music and the Gitariada Festival).

She has frequently received awards for her pedagogical work. Her students achieve top prizes in national and international competitions. In 2002 she received a diploma from the Minister of Culture, Waldemar Dabrowski, for her achievements in pedagogical work.

Jan Krzeszowiec graduated with distinction from the K. Lipinski Academy of Music in Wroclaw, in the flute class of Prof. Jerzy Mrozik. He received the honorary title Primus Inter Pares given by the Chapter of Rectors for significant achievements during his studies.

He has been a laureate of many flute competitions and recipient of a scholarship awarded by the Minister of Culture and Art and the Marshall of the Silesian District. He has participated in numerous interpretation courses during which he mastered his playing under such great teachers as Patric Gallois, Andreas Adorjan, Jeanne Baxtresser, Julius Baker, Janos Balint and Miriam Nastasi.

As a soloist and chamber musician he has taken part in many festivals such as the Warsaw Autumn, Musica Polonica Nova, Musica Electronica Nova, the Festival of Pawel Szymanski, Cantus Organi, Gitara+, and the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro (U.S.A.).

Since 2001 he has been working as a flutist-soloist in the W. Lutoslawski Philharmonic Orchestra in Wroclaw. He also works with many ensembles, i.e. Sinfonia Varsovia, the Polish Chamber Philharmony, the Leopoldinum Chamber Orchestra, the Wratislavia Chamber Orchestra, the Silesian Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Beethoven Academy, the Orchestra of the New Music and the Silesian Quartet.

Grzegorz Kurzynski is a graduate of the Academy of Music in Wroclaw, under the tutelage of Prof. Wlodzimierz Obidowicz. He has also earned degrees from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels where he studied under Prof. Jean Claude Vanden-Eynden, and the prestigious Juilliard School of Music in New York, where he studied under Professor Joseph Kalichstein and Professor Abbey Simon. In 1992 he received the title of Professor of Music Arts.

He was awarded fellowships by the Belgium Ministry of Culture as well as the Barbara Piasecka-Johnson Foundation in the United States, and also received a scholarship from the outstanding American pianist Malcolm Frager. He has done concert tours in Poland, the United Kingdom, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Russia, the Ukraine, Luxemburg, the United States, the Czech Republic, Australia and Italy. He has been recorded many times on radio, television and for CDs. He has been and continues to be a juror for many national and international piano competitions.

He has been teaching piano since 1972 at the Academy of Music in Wroclaw and the Academy of Music in Poznan (Poland). Presently, he is the Head of the Piano Section and Rector of the Academy of Music in Wroclaw.

Between 2002 and 2004 he was a member of the Advisory Board in the Ministry of Culture. Since 2002 he has been the leader of the Accreditation Board of Art Schools (AKUA), and since 2005 a vice-president of the Conference of Art School Rectors (KRUA). He is a member of the board of Chain of Music and Dance, a network of European art schools.

Andrzej Ladomirski started playing piano when he was 6, but one year later changed the instrument and started playing violin at the Karol Szymanowski Primary Music School in Wroclaw. These studies continued at the High School of Music in Wroclaw. He graduated in 1999, and began studies at the Academy of Music in Wroclaw. In 2002 he graduated with honors. Since 1993 he has been a student of Prof. Krzysztof Bruczkowski and is now a doctoral student. During his musical studies he took part in many musical courses, in the classes of maestro Shlomo Mintz, Prof. Itzhak Perlman, Prof. Haim Taub, Prof. Eduard Grach, maestro Vadim Brodski, and Prof. Bartosz Bryla.

He has participated in many music competitions, in Wroclaw, Zielona Góra, Lublin, Poznan, Patras (Greece), Lisbon (Portugal) and Pyongyang (Korea). He was a prizewinner in competitions in Wroclaw, Jawor, Zielona Góra, Patras, Pyongyang, and Lisbon.

He has performed with Wroclaw's Symphonic Philharmonic Orchestra, Pomeranian's Symphonic Philharmonic Orchestra, the Pyongyang National Philharmonia of DPR Korea, the Lisbon Chamber Orchestra, the Israel Chamber Orchestra in Tel Aviv, Rzeszów's Symphonic Philharmonic Orchestra, the Symphonic Orchestra of Szczecin, the Symphonic Orchestra of Zielona Góra, the Symphonic Orchestra of Kalisz, the Symphonic Orchestra of Lower Silesia, Wroclaw's Chamber Orchestra Leopoldinum, the Torun Chamber Orchestra and the orchestra of the International Festival of Vienna Music.

In 1999 he recorded a CD with DUX Recording Producers.

In April 2003 he won the gold prize in the 21st April Art Festival in Pyongyang in Korea.

Piotr Lykowski (countertenor) graduated with distinction from the Academy of Music in Wroclaw, in the vocal class of Prof. Eugeniusz Sasiadek. Between 1970 and 1988 he was a member of the "Poznan Nightingales" choir directed by Stefan Stuligrosz. In 1988 he received the 1st prize and 3 special awards (for virtuosity, among others) in the 3rd Ada Sari Vocal Competition in Nowy Sacz. He has been a participant of many master-courses in Poland and abroad. In his repertoire he has over 100 oratorio and opera parts. He has worked with many soloists, early music ensembles, philharmonies, chamber orchestras and opera theatres.

He has taken part in the Polish opening nights of Monteverdi's operas Orpheus, The Return of Ulysses, The Coronation of Poppea, and also in the Polish stage opening nights of Paradise Lost by Penderecki, Echnaton by Glass, The Flood by Stravinski and Ivone, The Princess of Burgundy by Krauze. Jerzy Grzegorzewski has created special theatre roles for Piotr Lykowski in his plays.

He has made many radio, TV and CD recordings (e.g. Messiah by Haendel, Vocal Concerts by Mielczewski, Completorium by Gorczycki, Passion by Elsner, Euridice by Peri, Dichterliebe by Schumann). He was first to perform Preisner's De Aegypto and Requiem For My Friend. He has given concerts throughout Europe and Canada.

Piotr Lykowski also works as a teacher – for almost 20 years he has taught vocal classes at the Academy of Music in Wroclaw, and since 1994, also at the High School of Music in Wroclaw. For many years he has presented lectures and taught classes during master-courses. He is often invited to adjudicate competitions.

Between 2000 and 2002 he was the Head of the Vocal Section, and since 2002 has been the Dean of the Vocal Department of the Academy of Music in Wroclaw. In 2004 he received the title of Professor of Music Arts from the President of Poland.

Bogdan Makal graduated with distinction from the Academy of Music in Wroclaw, in the voice class of Prof. K. Myrlak. He is a laureate of the 2nd prize and special prize for his interpretation of a S. Moniuszko song in Warsaw (1989), 3rd prize in the Interacademic Competition of Interpretation of Polish Artistic Songs in Warsaw (1991), 2nd prize and special prize for the interpretation of Polish pieces in the 2nd Interacademic International Vocal Competition in Duszniki-Zdrój (1992), 2nd and special prize from the Rector of the Academy of Music in Gdansk for the best interpretation of an E. Grieg song in the National Grieg Competition in Gdansk (1993), and a prize as a soloist in the International Festival of Orthodox Music in Hajnówka.

He has performed baritone and bass parts in over 70 oratorio pieces, taken part in many festivals in Poland and abroad and has worked for opera and drama theatres. He has taken part in many radio and television recordings in Poland, The Czech Republic, France and the U.S.A. Among these recordings are CDs which have received the Grand Prix du Disque de l`Academie Charles Gros oraz Diapason d`Or awards.

Bogdan Makal is an assistant professor and vice-dean of the Vocal Department of the Academy of Music in Wroclaw and the head of the Vocal Department of the High School of Music in Wroclaw. His class of laureates of national and international competitions performed and was commended by director Slawomir Pietras in the 39th Moniuszko Festival in Kudowa, Poland.

He has received many awards and recognition diplomas for his pedagogical work from the director of CEA, the rector of the Academy of Music in Wroclaw and PSPS. He is a recipient of the National Education Medal. He is also a lecturer and director of the Winter Vocal Course in Duszniki-Zdrój.

Urszula Marciniec-Mazur graduated from the K. Lipinski Academy of Music in Wroclaw, in the cello class of Asst. Professor Zdzislaw Butor.

She has mastered her skills during several mastercourses, working under Prof. S. Palma, Prof. M. Czajkowska, Prof. B. Reszke, Prof. I. Minigetti and Prof. A. Orkisz.

After completing her studies in 1989 she was employed as an assistant at the Academy of Music in Wroclaw, where she is still working. She has been the Vicedean of the Instrumental Department of the Academy of Music in Wroclaw since 2002.

Urszula Marciniec-Mazur has worked for the Leopoldinum Chamber Orchestra of Wroclaw, the Wratislavia Chamber Orchestra of Wroclaw, Ricordanza Chamber Orchestra and the Menuhin Festival Orchestra, with which she has taken part in many national and international tours around Germany, France, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Holland and Japan.

She has made many CD, radio and television recordings.

Michal Micker graduated with disctinction from the High School of Music in Poznan in 1996, in the violin class of Prof. Bartosz Bryla. He has been a laureate of many violin and chamber competitions in Wroclaw and Klodzko, among others. He has taken part in many master-courses in Poland and abroad, mastering his skills under Prof. T. Tomaszewski, K. Wegrzyn, M. Grabarczyk, C. Lelong, H. Kloss, W. Ohsenhofer and T. Lea.

Between 1999 and 2001 he was a member of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester under Claudio Abbado. Between 2000 and 2002 he was a member of the Deutsche Oper Berlin orchestra and scholarship recipient of the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin. As a member of the orchestra, he was honored to work with such conductors as Kent Nagano, Pierre Boulez, Claudio Abbado and Vladimir Ashkenazy.

In 2001 he graduated with distinction from the K. Lipinski Academy of Music in Wroclaw, in the viola class of Prof. Z. Czarnota. In 2002 he graduated with distinction from the Hochschule der Kunste in Berlin, in the class of Prof. H. Rodhe. In 2004 he completed his Doctorate of Music Arts and started working as an assistant professor at the K. Lipinski Academy of Music in Wroclaw, where he presently teaches the viola class.

Marcin Misiak started playing the cello at the age of 6. He studied in the Elementary Music School in Przemysl and in the cello class of Prof. Stanislaw Firlej in the H. Wieniawski High School of Music in Lódz. During his secondary education he significantly broadened his solo and chamber repertoire. After graduating from high school he was accepted to the K. Lipinski Academy of Music in Wroclaw, working under Prof. Stanislaw Firlej and Asst. Prof. Urszula Marciniec-Mazur.

Marcin Misiak has performed in many orchestras throughout Europe and the United States. He received the 2nd prize in the M. Spisak National Music Competition and the 2nd prize in the Little Instrumental Form competition at the K. Lipinski Academy of Music in Wroclaw. He was honored to work with such artists as John Williams, Lynn Harrell, Menahem Pressler, Stefan Popov and Kazimierz Michalik. He received a scholarship for the cello class of Prof. Eleonore Schoenfeld at the Thornton School of Music – University of Southern California. He has participated in many prestigious courses and festivals, e.g. Z. Brzewski's International Music Course in Lancut, the Musica Moderna Festival of Contemporary Music in Lódz, and the VIII Lower Silesian Festival of Science in Wroclaw inauguration concert.

He is the co-founder of the Artis string trio at the Academy of Music in Wroclaw. He actively performs as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Poland with different ensembles. Presently he works for the Leopoldinum Chamber Orchestra in Wroclaw, leading the cello section. He also works for the K. Lipinski Academy of Music as a lecturer and doctoral student.

Jaroslaw Pietrzak graduated with distinction from the H. Wieniawski High School of Music in Lódz. He continued his music education at the F. Chopin Academy of Music, in the violin class of Prof. Zenon Brzewski, graduating in 1986. He is a laureate of the Festival of Young Violinists in Lublin in 1980 and the K. Szymanowski Chamber Music Competition in Lódz in 1986. He has frequently taken part in master-courses, during which he has worked under such professors as Jean Fournier, Irena Dubiska, Wolfgang Marschner, Oleg Krysa, Renato de Barbieri and Zachar Bron.

In 1988 he became a member of the Sinfonia Varsovia orchestra and the Polish Chamber Orchestra. As a member of these ensembles, he has taken part in many CD and television recordings and given concerts in Europe, Argentina, Brazil, Japan and the U.S.A. He has also taken part in the world tournée Menuhin Festival Orchestra under Sir Yehudi Menuhin.

Since 1996 he has been the first violinist and one of the co-founders of the Wratislavia Wroclaw Chamber Orchestra. He also gives many solo and chamber concerts. He has performed in such concert halls as Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires and Spivey Hall in Atlanta. He has frequently given concerts during the "Musique et Amitie" festival in Switzerland. He has drawn particular interest to performing modern music. He has often performed in the Musica Polonica Nova and Musica Electronica Nova festivals.

Along with violinist Bartlomiej Niziol, he recorded a CD called Polish Violin Duos which contains pieces by contemporary Polish composers. Since 1993 he has taught violin classes at the K. Lipinski Academy of Music in Wroclaw.

Grammy nominated pianist Joshua Pierce has performed in prestigious music centers throughout the world as a soloist and with an extraordinary array of orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic, London Philharmonia, Symphony Orchestra of Russia, Moscow State Philharmonic, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra.

His 25-year collaboration with the pianist Dorothy Jonas, as part of the two-piano team, Pierce & Jonas, has resulted in numerous acclaimed recordings and performances, including a command performance with the Royal Philharmonic for England's Royal Family.

He has recorded nearly 200 works including numerous world premieres as a soloist and with orchestra for "EMI Classics", "Carlton Classics", "Helicon", "Koch International Classics", "MMC", "MSR Classics", "Pro Arts", "Sony Classics", "Vox" and other labels.

His landmark series of recordings of John Cage's music on the "Wergo" label has earned him tremendous acclaim worldwide. Joshua Pierce says of Cage, "John Cage teaches us to embrace the entire spectrum of all world-sound and to listen with an even greater sense of openness, awareness and freedom - to always expect the unexpected and to remain open to a whole gamut of 'sound' possibilities." The "New York Times" has written: "These works of Cage, as performed by Joshua Pierce, are fascinating to consider; fascinating to listen to... " and American Record Guide" said; "Pierce brings to these pieces the authority of having performed and recorded more Cage than anyone else in the world."

Jaroslaw Podsiadlik is a clarinetist born in Czestochowa where he graduated from the High School of Music (in the clarinet class of Prof. Wojciech Pyda) and made his debut as a soloist with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Czestochowa.

He graduated with distinction from the K. Lipinski Academy of Music in Wroclaw, in the clarinet class of Prof. Mieczyslaw Stachura, and the Music Conservatory in Vienna, in the class of Prof. Roger Salander. In 2006 he started doctoral studies and was employed as a lecturer at the Academy of Music in Wroclaw.He has participated in master classes where he worked under e.g. Prof. Guy Dangain, Guy Deplus, Stanley Drucker, Yehuda Gillad, Sharon Kam, Bela Kovacs and Brad Terry. He is a laureate of many competitions in Olsztyn, Wloszakowice, Piotrków Trybunalski, Jawor, Wroclaw and Pörtschach (Austria), among others.

He has performed in many music festivals e.g. in St. Petersburg, Clarimania in Wroclaw, The Stars Are Promoting in Jelenia Góra, the Guitar Festival in Swidnica and the Idyllwild Arts Festival in Los Angeles, U.S.A.

He taught the clarinet class during the 24th Interpretation Course in Duszniki-Zdrój and 7th International Music Workshops in Szczecinek. Jaroslaw Podsiadlik has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in Poland, Russia, Switzerland, Austria and the U.S.A.

Anna Rutkowska-Schock started her piano education under Prof. Helena Furmanowicz. In 2001, she graduated with a Master of Arts degree with honors from the K. Lipinski Academy of Music in Wroclaw, studying under Prof. Grzegorz Kurzynski.

In 1996 she received the title of Laureate of the Stage of Young Pianists at the Piano Festival in Slupsk, and in 1997 she was awarded a scholarship to attend Boise State University (Idaho, USA) by Dr. Madeleine Forte. In 1998 she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Piano Performance.

In 2003 she was awarded the Best Accompanist award in the IBLA Grand Prize International Music Competition in Italy. As one of the winners, she took part in an international concert tour in 2004 which was crowned by performances at Carnegie Hall and New York University. Since 2004, she has been invited to return as the staff accompanist for the IBLA Grand Prize Competition every year and in the same capacity for international competitions in Rome (2004), Peru (2005), and Slovakia (2006).

In 2006 she received a full scholarship to take part in the 2-month summer music course and festival Summer Academy of Music in Santa Barbara (California, USA). During this course she mastered her collaborative piano skills under Prof. Anne Epperson and Jonathan Feldman.

Anna Rutkowska-Schock completed her Doctorate of Musical Arts in 2006. She works for the K. Lipinski Academy of Music and R. Bukowski High School of Music in Wroclaw. She gives solo and chamber concerts in Poland and abroad.

Justyna Skoczek graduated from the K. Lipinski Academy of Music in the piano class of Prof. Wlodzimierz Obidowicz. As a soloist and chamber pianist, she has worked under Wiktor Mierzanow, Halina Czerny-Stefanska, Aleksiej Orlowiecki, Madeleine Forte, Dariusz Paradowski, Christo Iliev, Zygmunt Krauze and Aleksander Tamir, among others.

She received the 1st prize in the G. and K. Bacewicz International Competition of Contemporary Chamber Music in Lódz (2001). She was a finalist of the Wolfgang Jacobi Wettbewerb fuer Kammermusik der Moderne in Munich (2002) and the 8th CHAIN Concours Modern of Music and Dance in Riga (2003). In 2004 she received the 3rd prize (with flutist Malgorzata Swieton) in the duo category in the 8th International Competition of Contemporary Chamber Music in Cracow.

Presently she is a vocal coach at the Lower Silesian Opera in Wroclaw.

Hailed by England's Musical Times for his "dazzlingly prodigious technique", Haskell Small first came to public attention as a pianist after winning the Pittsburgh Concert Society auditions at the age of 21. In recent seasons, Mr. Small has made several tours of Japan and performed recitals in New York, Paris and London.

Following in the tradition of 18th and 19th century pianist/composers, Haskell Small is also an accomplished composer. A native of Washington, D.C., he has received commissions from such organizations as the Phillips Collection, Washington Performing Arts Society, Three Rivers Piano Competition, Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic, Georgetown Symphony and Paul Hill Chorale, and he was the winner of the 1999 Marin Ballet Dance Score Competition. His music has been recorded for "Museum Music", "Orion", "Northeastern", "Ongaku", "Centaur", "4Tay", "Albany" and "Klavier".

Following Small's premiere performance of his Symphony for Solo Piano, Tim Page of "The Washington Post" lauded the work as "a serious and substantial composition that deserves a permanent place in the keyboard repertory". The World Premiere performance of his Lullaby of War was given by pianist Soheil Nasseri with narrator this past September at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and was repeated in Berlin this Fall.

Pawel Sulej graduated from the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in the class of Prof. Jerzy Jurek in June of 2006. He has been a prize-winner of numerous national and international accordion competitions in such cities as: Chelm (1995) – 1st prize, Sanok (1995) – 2nd prize, Sanok (1996) – 3rd prize, Chelm (1997) – 2nd prize, Chelm (1999) – 1st prize, Mlawa (2005) – 3rd prize, Castelfidardo (Italy, 2005), and Ibla Grand Prize – Ragusa Ibla (Italy, 2005).

He participated in the International Master Courses in Mietne (1995-2003), The Accordion Festival in Przemysl (1997 and 1998) and the Third Accordion Meetings in Sanok (1998). He received a scholarship from the Polish Ministry of Culture in 1997, the Polish Prime Minister in 1997 and 1998 and the president of the city of Siedlce in 1998.

Together with accordionist Hubert Giziewski he gives recitals throughout Europe, the USA and Asia. Since October 2005, Pawel Sulej is a visiting Professor in music schools in Luków and Siedlce. He plays on an Italian "Pigini".

Jan Tatarczyk graduated with distinction from the Higher School of Music in Wroclaw in 1980, in the clarinet class of Michal Nikonow. As a student he was a laureate of competitions in Wroclaw, Wloclawek and Wloszakowice. For almost 30 years he has been a soloist and first clarinetist of the W. Lutoslawski Philharmony in Wroclaw. He has played in the following orchestras: Leopoldinum, Wratislavia, Menuhin Festival Orchestra and Sinfonia Varsovia, among others. As the first clarinetist of the above mentioned orchestras he performed with many outstanding soloists and conductors in the most prestigious concert halls in Europe, the U.S.A. and Canada. He has also taken part in CD, radio and television recordings.

He has frequently performed as a soloist in symphonic concerts. He also performs chamber music. Since 1981 he has taught a clarinet studio at the K. Lipinski Academy of Music in Wroclaw. Over the years he has educated many clarinetists who play in Polish and foreign symphonic orchestras. Among them there are laureates of competitions and music festivals.

In 2000 he received the title of Professor of Music Arts.

Elzbieta Wolenska is an artist who embraces both traditional and contemporary classical music. She has won numerous prizes at national and international competitions, including competitions in Olsztyn (Poland), Warsaw and the 2002 International Flute Competition in Cracow. She was also a finalist at the CHAIN International Competition of Modern Music. She has received scholarships from the Polish and Austrian Governments.

An avid performer, Elzbieta Wolenska frequently performs as a soloist and in chamber music groups. Her repertoire includes compositions written for bass, alto, and piccolo flutes. She is interested in performing jazz and contemporary music (including compositions with electronic music), where she often collaborates with composers. She is currently preparing her first CD, which will include Claude Bolling's Suite #1.

Born and raised in Bytom, Poland, she received her master's degree (2003) and doctorate (2006) from the Karol Lipinski Academy of Music in Wroclaw, where she studied with Prof. Jerzy Mrozik. She is currently a lecturer at the Karol Lipinski Academy of Music and she also gives master-classes throughout Poland. She has been vice president of the Polish Flute Association since 2007.

Elzbieta Zawadzka completed her piano studies under Prof. Grzegorz Kurzynski. She has received many scholarships and awards for her artistic achievements. She is a laureate of international piano and chamber competitions. She has given concerts in western European countries and the USA. Presently she works in the Piano Section at the K. Lipinski Academy of Music in Wroclaw.

Pawel Zawadzki is a pianist and teacher at the K. Lipinski Academy of Music in Wroclaw. He completed his piano studies under Prof. Grzegorz Kurzynski. He is a laureate of many national and international piano competitions. He has given concerts in many European countries. He has made several CD recordings – solo and with orchestra.

Dr. Alicia Zizzo's musicological scholarship has been focused primarily on the research and restoration of the classical piano literature of George Gershwin. Working with the Library of Congress, Warner Bros. Publications, the Gershwin estate and late Gershwin scholar Edward Jablonski, she has researched, transcribed and reconstructed the composer's lost or forgotten classical solo piano manuscripts notated in his own hand. She approaches Gershwin's manuscripts not with the objective of making yet another arrangement of his melodies, but rather to literally reconstruct from fragments, sketches and partially completed scores Gershwin's own long neglected material.

Warner Bros. Publications has made Dr. Zizzo's reconstructions of Lullaby, Blue Monday, The Complete Seven Preludes, the Annotated Rhapsody in Blue, a piano suite from Shall We Dance, The I Got Rhythm Variations for piano solo, Gershwin Miniatures and other unpublished manuscripts for solo-piano the first new authentic editions of Gershwin classical material to be published in more than half a century.

Her latest CD project on the "Musicians Showcase Recordings" label, features reissues of her critically acclaimed performances of Rhapsody in Blue, The Complete Seven Preludes, Seven Unpublished Songs and Blue Monday – all for solo piano. Piano Dreams has also recently been issued on "MSR" and was used in the soundtrack of a new film produced in Canada. Dr. Zizzo has also recorded these discoveries and reconstructions for "MSR" Piano Disc.

The Ravel Piano Duo (Agnieszka Kozlo & Katarzyna Ewa Sokolowska) was established in 1996 and worked under Prof. M. Nosowska at the F. Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw. Between 2001 and 2005 the duo mastered its skills during postrgraduate and concert studies (Konzertexam) in the class of famous piano duo H.-P. Stenzl & V. Stenzl at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Rostock in Germany. Since then, they have given concerts throughout Europe, receiving the acclaim of the public and awards in many international chamber competitions.

The artists' particular interest in French music has lead to the recording of a CD with pieces by Fauré, Debussy, Ravel and Poulenc. In 2006 the Polish Phonographic Academy "Fryderyk" gave its award to a CD entitled Brahms. Mendelssohn, in which the duo participated in the recording. Recently the duo has turned its attention to contemporary music.

Both pianists are lecturers of the F. Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw and International Music Courses in Glucholazy.

4Soul Quartet is a string quartet which consists of: Malgorzata Kogut, Olga Kwiatek, Magdalena Olearczyk and Monika Lapka.

This quartet has existed for only a very short time under their new name, however their musical cooperation has lasted a few years now. This unique project originated during their university studies at the Academy of Music in Wroclaw. They have succeeded in collaborating with a wide variety of artists from Lower Silesia, including Gitana (salsa and Latin music at the Wroclaw Filharmony during the Wroclaw Nonstop 2006 Festival) and recording sessions such as theater scores for the Wroclaw Puppet Theater production of Beauty and the Beast (composed by Marcin Mirowski), T.V. commercials, and recordings with Poland's most treasured jazz artists such as Piotr Dziubek and Artur Lesicki.