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Artists

Conductors

WOJCIECH RAJSKI

Conductor, founder and artistic director of the Polish Chamber Philharmonic Sopot.

Born in Warsaw in 1948, Wojciech Rajski is a graduate of the Music Academy in Warsaw where he studied conducting with Bogusław Madey, gaining a diploma with distinction. He then studied at the Musikhochschule in Cologne, Germany, on a DAAD scholarship. In Vienna, he participated in Master Classes with Witold Rowicki.

He made his professional debut in 1971 at the Grand Opera Theatre in Warsaw conducting the ballet Giselle. From 1974-78, he served as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor for the State Philharmonic Orchestra in Poznań and also conduced the Betovenhalleorchester during 1978-80. In 1982 he founded the Polish Chamber Philharmonic Sopot.

From 1993 to 2006 Wojciech Rajski served as Artistic Director of the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Warsaw, regularly performing some of the best European concert halls in France, Switzerland, Sweden, Austria, Spain and Italy.

In addition to concert performances, he realised many recordings for Polish Radio.

Beside the regular work with Polish orchestras, Wojciech Rajski has appeared as a guest conductor with numerous orchestras in Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Mexico, England, Sweden, Greece, Spain and Germany. He has worked closely with several orchestras, including the Orchestre de la Suisse Romaine, NDR Hannover and Bayerische Rundfunk. He has performed with many soloists of world renown including Mstislav Rostropovich, Henryk Szeryng, Sabine Meyer, Ivo Pogorelich and Krystian Zimerman, who toured Germany together with Wojciech Rajski and the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie.

Wojciech Rajski has taken part in numerous international festivals including the Prague Spring, the Festival of Flanders, Festival Gran Canaria, Festspiele Europäische Wochen Passau, the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Festivals at Evian and Montpellier, La Chaise Dieu and the Festival in Copenhagen. His discography includes over 50 albums for labels such as EMI, Chant du Monde, Claves, Thorofon, Tacet, Midas, Bis Wifon, KOCH, and many others. He has also records for radio and television in Poland and Germany  for SAT 1, 3 SAT and ARD.

In 1993 Wojciech Rajski began teaching, accepting a position at the Hochschule für Musik in Karlsruhe where he was awarded the title of Professor. Since 1998 he has been a Professor of Conducting at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt am Main, and has also taught conducting classes at the Music Academy in Gdańsk since 2008. In 2010, he received the title of Professor from the President of Poland.

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LETICIA MORENO violin

Letitia Moreno is a Spanish violinist. She started her music education at the early age of 3 in both violin and piano with the Suzuki Method offering her first recitals at the age of 5. In 1996 she studied six years with Zakhar Bron at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía and in Germany at Köln Musikhochschule.

By now Leticia Moreno plays on a Pietro Guarneri (1679) property of the Stradivari Society of Chicago and has programmed concerts all around the world: Austria, England, St Peterssburg, Moscow with Spivakov, Italy, Poland, South America, Mexico and Spain conducting Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Vienna Symphony Orchestra to cite some examples.

The Spanish Composer Francisco Lara has dedicated one composition to her: Capriccio for Leticia (2005).

Awards:

  • Spanish Interpreters Association, 1996, 1999 and 2000
  • Juventudes Musicales of Spain, 1997, 1998 and 2001
  • Henryk Szeryng Competition, 2000
  • Concertino Praga 2000
  • Novosibirsk, 2001
  • Pablo Sarasate, 2001
  • Emily Anderson, 2005

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MICHAEL MARTIN KOFLER flute

Michael Martin Kofler was born in 1966 in Villach and finished his studies with highest marks at the Academy of Music in Vienna with Prof. Wolfgang Schulz and Prof. Werner Tripp and at the Music Academy Basel with Peter-Lukas Graf. During this time he also attended masterclasses with Aurele Nicolet and Andre Jaunet.

In 1987 Michael Martin Kofler became principal flutist of the Gustav-Mahler-Youth Orchestra under the leadership of Claudio Abbado, in December 1987 Maestro Sergiu Celibidache engaged him as 1. principal flutist of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, where he is now still playing under the leadership of James Levine and – since 2004 – Christian Thielemann.

Already since his early youth Michael Martin Kofler won several prizes at international competitions, such as Prague, Brussels, Bari, Uelzen and the ARD-competition Munich. He was awarded the price of the Austrian Ministry of Art and Science.

Since 1983 Michael Martin Kofler is giving solo concerts, recitals, chambermusic evenings in whole Europe and Japan and has been engaged for CD- and radio recordins as well as TV performances. He is a regular popular guest with more than 80 renowned orchestras in Europe and elsewhere.

He is constantly working together as soloist with famous conductors like James Levine, Sir Neville Marriner, Dimitri Kitajenko, Fabio Luisi, Herbert Blomstedt, Frans Brüggen, Hans Graf, Pavel Kogan, Etc.

As chambermusician he plays together with many prestigious artist.

In addition since 1989 Michael Martin Kofler is professor at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts Mozarteum Salzburg with very big success and holds masterclasses in Europe, America, Korea, Japan and takes part as panel of judges at important competitions such as ARD-Munich, Cremona, Etc.

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IRINA ZHYTYNSKA mezzo-soprano

Born in Ivano-Frankovsk (Ukraina).

In year 1998 entering in Music College on violin facultet.
In 2002 entering in the National Tchaikovsky Academy of Music on vocal facultet in class of prof. V.M. Kurin and finished the study in class O.M. Dyachenko. Actual vocal teacher is Jolanta Zmurko.

Competitions:
– In year 2003 took part in the National Competition “The new names of Ukraine” and became a laureate.
– In year 2004 became a laureate in thee International Competition “Art of the XXI Century”
(3rd Prize, Ukraine).
– In year 2006 became a laureate in the International Competition of Young Singer by A. Solovyanenko
(2nd Prize, Ukraine).
– In year 2007 took part and was the finalist in an International auditions in Opera Bastille
(Paris, France).

Debut with the Ukrainian National Opera in Kiev in 2007 was as Olga in “Evgeniy Oniegin”.
In December 2007 debut in Wroclaw Opera as Maddalena in “Rigoletto” and currently is a soloist of
this opera.
In December 2008 debut in Teatro Real in Madrid as Zefka from “Zapisnik zmizeleho” by Leos Janacek.
In October 2009 debut in Opera Narodowa in Warsaw as Hostess in “ Borys Godunov” by M. Musorgsky.
In april 2010 debut in Teatr Wielki in Poznan as Charlotte from “Werther” by J. Massenet.
In april 2011 sang in Teatro ABAO-OLBE, Bilbao.

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PRZEMYSLAW BORYS tenor

He graduated from the Vocal Faculty of Karol Lipinski Music Academy in Wrocław, under prof. Bogdan Makale. He is also the graduate of Masterstudium  Mozarteum University in Salzburg in the class of prof. Elizabeth Wilke. Being granted the Erasmus Scholarship at the Hochschule für Music in Dresden he  won the Grand Prix in the Third International Competition for Young Singers in Kovnie (Lithuania), won the second prize in National Vocal Competition for the 2nd Summer Academy of Singing in Sopot, won the Special Prize for the vocal of John Edward and Josephine Reszków in Czestochowa vocal contest of the Grand Theatre in Poznan. He is the finalist of the International  Martinelli Pertile Montagnana Vocal Competition in Padova (Italy), also the finalist of the International L’Orfeo di Claudio Monteverdi Vocal Competition in Verona (Italy) and the winner of awards in the International Vocal Competition in Karpacz.
He has worked with such conductors as Jerzy Salwarowski, Marek Tracz, Wojciech Rajski, Jan Ślęk, Stanislaw Gałoński, Przemysław Stanisławski, Alan Urbanek, Jan Tomasz Adamus, Piotr Deptuch, Marek Toporowski, Wojciech Rodek, Ruben Silva, Benjamin Bayle, Jozef Wallnig, Eraldo Salmieri, Milos Krejci, Ernst Kovacic, Krijn Koetsveld,JensLorenz,Francesco Bottigliero.
He is the participant of Wrocław Tenors’ Tournament (2008), XIV Polish Tenors’ Tournament in Poznan (2009) and the XI Tenors’ Opera at the Castle Grand Tournament  in Szczecin (2009). He has also taken part in numerous vocal courses in  Duszniki, Wroclaw, Karpacz, Hedensee as well as in master classes led by Teresa Żylis-Gara, Elizabeth Wilke, Janusz Monarch, Ingrid Kremling, Oleg Melnikov, Eugeniusz Sąsiadek, Christian Elssner. He has performed in Lithuania, Germany, Austria, Netherlands, Italy, Romania and China.

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