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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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DAWID RUNTZ

In year 2016 he graduated from The Frederic Chopin University of Music in Warsaw on the Symphony and Opera Conducting in the class of Maestro Antoni Wit. During that time he made debut with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra. He studied with Maestro Jorma Panula and Jacek Kaspszyk during international masterclasses. The special point in his career was participating in “Riccardo Muti Italian Opera Academy” in Ravenna, guided by prominent and world class conductor Riccardo Muti.

In 2016 Dawid Runtz won second prize at 6th Witold Lutosławski Conducting Competition in Bialystok. In 2013, he won second prize and special prize at 1st Adam Kopyciński’s National Competition for Students of Conducting in Wroclaw. In 2014 he was invited to participate in the 1st International Forum of Young Conductors in Zielona Gora, individually representing Poland.

Besides conducting achievements Dawid Runtz succeeded as a composer. In 2010 he won his first prize at Nationwide Competition for Young Composers Uczniowskie Forum Muzyki in Warsaw under the patronage of Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, for the work ‘Evolution’ for chamber orchestra. In followed year he won prize  at International Young Composers Competition “Euritmia” in Italy for the work ‘Capriccio per flauto solo’.

In 2015 he received a scholarship of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education Republic of Poland as well as scholarship of Marshal of Pomeranian Province. In years 2008 – 2015 he received a scholarship of district governor of Wejherowo. For his education achievements in years 2012-2016 he was beneficiary of a scholar of The Frederic Chopin’s University of Music Rector. Moreover twice he received President’s of Wejherowo City Award for achievements in music.

Since 2014/2015 season he has been cooperating with the Grand Theatre-National Opera in Warsaw as an assistant conductor. Since 2017, due to scholar of Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage Republic of Poland, he has become an assistant conductor to Maestro Jacek Kaspszyk in Warsaw Philharmonic. In current year he participated in prestigious masterclass in conducting led by Maestro Daniele Gatti with The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam. In July he made his conducting debut in Japan during “Pacific Music Festival” in Sapporo, due to an invitation given by Director of the Festival, Maestro Valery Giergiev.

Since 2017 Dawid Runtz has been represented by Ludwig van Beethoven Association.

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Soloists

GERMAN BRASS

one of the finest brass ensembles in the world to come out of Germany. As a pioneer among brass ensembles, German Brass has not only written music history since its founding in 1974, but continues to perform its own success story.

German Brass has succeeded in creating “diversity in unity”, i.e. to work the miracle of producing a unique, unmistakable collective sound with ten individualists and renowned soloists from outstanding first-class German orchestras. As an ensemble they play transparent chamber music but at the same time with symphonic magnificence and dynamics that only brass instrumentalists can produce.

The repertoire of German Brass includes all stylistic directions and kinds from Scheidt to Shostakovich, from Dixieland to Bossa Nova. It contains unabashedly classical and “timeless”, serious and entertaining elements. In their concerts the ensemble nurtures and surmounts the division in two kinds of musical styles with professionalism and fun: the programs contains arrangements of classical works as well as adaptations and compositions of musical evergreens which have mostly been arranged and composed specially for GERMAN BRASS and pay tribute to the typical sound and the technical brilliance of the ensemble.

Listening to one of the concerts of German Brass, presented by Klaus Wallendorf of the ensemble with inimitably witty and entertaining comments as well as to one of the many recordings on CD is quite an experience.

In the year 2013 the ensemble plays 45 concerts all over Germany and visits South-Korea, Luxemburg, Russia and Poland. Beside this German Brass recorded two more CDs. The CD “Celebrating Wagner” is a homage to the famous german composer Richard Wagner. “Fantastic Moments” combines classical music from Gioacchino Rossini and Wolgang Amadeus Mozart with music from Cole Porter and Harry James.

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ALEKSANDRA KUBAS-KRUK soprano

is one of the most outstanding young Polish sopranos. She studied at the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wroclaw under Professor Danuta Paziuk-Zipser and at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna.

Aleksandra Kubas-Kruk’s many competition successes have included Special Prize at the International Vocal Competition in Toulouse, First Prize and the Award for the best coloratura soprano at the St. Moniuszko International Vocal Competition in Warsaw, First Prize and Special Prize at the Karol Szymanowski International Vocal Competition in Lodz, and in the Halina Halska-Fijałkowska Polish Vocal Competition, First Prize at the Solomiya Krushelnytska International Competition of Opera Singers in Lviv, Special Prize at the Toti dal Monte International Vocal Competition in Treviso, and the Prize for the youngest finalist and the Audience Prize at the International Vocal Competition in Malmö. She received the Jan Kiepura Award for the best female singer in Poland and the Wroclaw Music Award for excellent performances of the Wroclaw Opera House. In 2015, she also was honored with the Award of the President of Wroclaw  for the outstanding  artistic achievements in 2014.

Aleksandra Kubas-Kruk made her professional operatic début as Gilda Rigoletto at the Wroclaw Opera and her international début as Kunegonde Candide in Lucca, Ravenna, Livorno and Pisa under the baton of Maestro Elio Boncompagni. Her début at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow as Queen of Shemakha The Golden Cockerel by Rimsky-Korsakow was followed immediately by a return invitation to sing Die Königin der Nacht Die Zauberflöte. At the Bolshoi Theatre she also performs Feu, Princesse, and Le Rossignol in Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortileges. She has also sung at the Theater Bonn in the title role of Lakmé.

As a resident Principal of the Wroclaw Opera she has sung Lucia Lucia di Lammermoor, Gilda Rigoletto, Adina L’elisir d’amore, Nanetta Falstaff, Oscar Ballo in Maschera, Susanna Le nozze di Figaro, Pamina Die Zauberflöte, Hanna Straszny dwor, Olimpia Les contes d’Hoffmann, Angel Angels in America, Sophie Der Rosenkavalier, Violetta La Traviata and many others. Her operatic repertoire also includes Baronessa La vera costanza (Haydn), Rosina Il barbiere di Siviglia, Sofia Il Signor Bruschino. She also is being invited by Opera Baltycka in Gdansk, where she performs Violetta in La Traviata and Hanna Straszny dwor.

In March 2015 she made her debut at the National Opera in Warsaw as Gilda in Rigoletto and in April she returned there as Hanna in Straszny dwor.She has sung under the baton of: J.Lopez Cobos, V.Sinaisky, P.Eötvös, E.Boncompagni, J.Axelrod, S.Blunier, Ch.Moulds, J.Kaspszyk, A.Yurkevych, Ł.Borowicz, T.Kozłowski, T.Strugała, E.Michnik, P.Klinichev, M.Pijarowski, M.Klauza, J.M.Zarzycki, S.Chrzanowski.

In 2015 she recorded several opera arias with Polish Radio Orchestra in Warsaw. She also cooperates regularly with National Philharmonic in Warsaw, Poznan Philharmonic and National Forum of Music in Wroclaw.

Aleksandra Kubas-Kruk has an extensive repertoire of oratorio and concert works, Lieder and song in several European languages. She has performed in concerts and festivals in Poland, Germany, Czech Republic, and Italy.

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Cappella dell’Ospedale della Pieta

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MARIBEL GALLARDO castanets

BALLET AND REHEARSAL MASTER

(Cádiz) She began her dance studies at the age of 6, continues with the teacher Jareño and perfection lessons with Victoria Eugenia. Titled in dance, with 14 years old, with honours, studied later with María Magdalena, Ciro, Juana Taft, Pedro Azorín, Juanjo Linares, Aurora Pons, Ana Baselga, Aurora Bosh, Granero, Fernando Bujones and Rosella Higthtower, among others.

In 1975, she participated in the creation of the National Folkloric Ballet under the direction of Pilar López. Later, she dances as soloist in Goyescos Company, “Antología” ballet, under the direction of Alberto Lorca, in Siluetas ballet directed by Antonio José and Luisa Aranda and in the companies of Maria Rosa, Rafael de Córdova and Luisillo.

She joined the Ballet Nacional de España in 1981, directed by Antonio, which managed to be prima ballerina in 1985, under the direction of Maria Avila. Throughout her career in this company acts as protagonist in the following works: Doña Francisquita and Ritmos from Alberto Lorca, Homenaje from Felipe Sánchez, Castilla, El sombrero de tres picos, Laberinto, Martinete and Don Juan from José Antonio, Sonatas del Padre Soler, Allegro de Concierto and “El sombrero de Tres Picos” from Antonio, Sonatas para la Reina de España from Ángel Pericet, “A ritmo y a compass” from Currillo, “Bolero de Ravel” and “Leyenda” from José Granero, and in “Danza y Tronío” de Mariemma. She interprets “Bodas de Sangre” with Antonio Gades on the X anniversary of the creation of the BNE.

She premiered choreographies created exclusively for her, as Chacona, in Athens, and Goyescas in the Teatro de la Zarzuela of Madrid, both from Victoria Eugenia. Premieres in Moscow with the role of  “Taranta” of “Los Tarantos” from Felipe Sánchez, at the Teatro Albéniz Madrid Medea, from José Granero and Manolo Sanlúcar, and at Teatro Real of Madrid the role of “La Celestina” at the homonymous work of Ramón Oller, with the direction of stage by Adolfo Marsillach.

She was guest artist of Adrian Gaul Company in her production “En clave flamenca”, invited by Miguel Narros to participate in the tribute to Margarita Xirgu in the Spanish Theatre of Madrid, and at the Festival of Cante y Baile  de las  Minas (La Unión). In 2003, interprets “El Sur” with his composer, Dorantes, in the Tokyo Opera and the role of Medea in the XXV anniversary of the BNE. That same year receives the APDE Prize for her artistic career, with Antonio Gades, Manolete and Matilde Coral.

In 2005, she interprets as protagonist the work with Israel Galván and Currillo, Lysistrata with music by Dorantes and screenplay by Miguel Narros. Throughout 2006, she teaches courses for teachers of ACADE, participates in the “Galadel International Day of Dance in Madrid and as guest artist at the Bienal of Seville in tribute to Granero Master directed by Antonio José.

She  presides over the Jury of the IX Choreographic Contest of Spanish Dance and Flamenco in Madrid (2000) and she is a member of the Artistic Commission of the Andalusian Flamenco Ballet. IN 2011 was awarded National Prize of Culture “Cultura Viva” .The Professional Conservatory of Cadiz calls Maribel Gallardo in 2007. Recently, choreography with Currilllo and Antonio Canales, the show “Los Flamencos bailan Opera”, premiered at the Tokyo Opera Theater (2013). Currently in the BNE, he interprets the character of Medea as a special collaboration

Nowadays, she is Repetiteur Mistress of the Ballet Nacional de España.

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COMPAÑÍA DANZA MEDITERRANEO

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RODRIGO TOMILLO piano

Since the 2008/2009 concert season, Rodrigo Tomillo has been the second conductor at the Pfalztheater in Kaiserslautern, Germany. Since then he has been regularly performing with many orchestras both in Germany, and abroad, including Südwestfallen Philharmonie, Galizien Kammerorchester, and Sinfonieorchester Mainz, in Münster, and Osnabrück. Rodrigo Tomillo studied orchestral conducting, piano, and accompaniment at the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts, graduating from his conducting studies with an honours degree. Rodrigo considers his cooperation with Lothar Zagrosek, Paolo Carignani, and Markus Stenz as his particularly significant experience. After his first performances in operas in Giessen and Mainz, and in Staatstheater in Darmstadt, in 2008 Rodrigo Tomillo was engaged as the second conductor in Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern, where he conducted works by Mozart, Verdi, Puccini, Janacek, Strauss, and Wagner. Apart from Moniuszko’s Halka, and Verdi’s Rigoletto at the Pfalztheater, the highlights of his next concert season will include Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4 at the Teatro Maestranza de Sevilla, Spain, Sacre du Printemps with Tiroler Sinfonieorchester from Innsbruck, and his debut as the conductor of Cilea’s opera Adriana Lecouvreur at the Tiroler Landestheater in Innsbruck.

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ŁUKASZ KUROPACZEWSKI guitar

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NANCY FABIOLA HERRERA mezzosoprano

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JAKUB JÓZEF ORLIŃSKI countertenor

Polish countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński, Grand Finals winner of the 2016 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and winner of the 2015 Marcella Sembrich International Vocal Competition, is quickly gaining a reputation as a singer of striking vocal beauty and daring stage craft.

The 2016-17 season includes performances of Handel’s Messiah at Carnegie Hall with both Musica Sacra and Oratorio Society of New York, and for his debut with the Houston Symphony. He will join the Karlsruhe Handel Festival to sing Vivaldi’s Nisi Dominus and excerpts from Handel’s Dixit Dominus. He will debut with the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence in Cavalli’s opera Erismena, and makes his Oper Frankfurt debut.

While in Poland, Mr. Orliński performed the roles of Cupid in Venus & Adonis by Blow and Narciso in Agrippina by Handel. While in Germany, he performed the role of Ruggiero in Handel’s Alcina in Aachen and Cottbus, performed select Purcell songs with ballet at the Leipzig Opera House, and Philippus in Telemann’s Der Misslungene Braut-Wechsel oder Richardus I (based on Handel’s Riccardo Primo, Re d’Inghilterra) in Gießen.

Mr. Orliński has triumphed in several vocal competitions: the 1st Place Winner at the Oratorio Society of New York’s 2016 Lyndon Woodside Oratorio-Solo Competition, the 1st and 2nd annual International Early Music Vocal Competitions in Poland, where he received “Special Mention” and “Special Prize,” respectively, first prize at Rudolf Petrák’s Singing Competition in Slovakia, 3rd place at the Debut Competition in Igersheim, Germany, Special Mention at the 8th Annual Mazovian Golden Voices Competition in Poland, and 3rd place at Le Grand Prix de l’Opera in Bucharest, Romania.

While working toward his Master’s degree in vocal performance at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, he participated in the prestigious young artist programs at both Teatr Wielki and Opera Narodowa. He is currently working toward his Graduate Diploma at The Juilliard School, studying with Edith Wiens.

In his spare time, Mr. Orliński enjoys breakdancing, in addition to other styles of dance. His achievements in this arena include prizes in many dance competitions: 4th place at the Red Bull BC One Poland Cypher competition, 2nd place on the Stylish Strike – Top Rock Contest and 2nd place at The Style Control competition, among others. He has also been featured in a commercial for the street wear company CROPP, as well as featured as a dancer, model and acrobat in campaigns for Levi’s, Nike, Turbokolor, Samsung, Mercedes-Benz, MAC Cosmetics, Danon and Algida.

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ANDRZEJ WOJCIECHOWSKI clarinet

Andrzej Wojciechowski graduated Music Academy in Gdańsk with Distinction, under the tuition of prof. Bogdan Ocieszak. He has taken part in numerous mastery courses conducted by such names as Andrew Marriner, Jean-Marc Fessard, Walter Vitek, Wojciech Mrozek, Brenno Ambrosini, Joseph Fuster, Nicolas Baldeyrou, Antonio Saiote, Alessando Travaglini, Florent Héau and Joan Enric Lluna.

He has won prizes and honours at: Clarinet Festival in Piotrkow Trybunalski (2003 and 2005), VIII and IX International Competition of Contemporary Chamber Music in Cracow (2005 and 2006),The International Chamber Competition in Olesnica (2006), The International Chamber Competition of K. Bacewicz in Lodz (2010), where he was moreover honoured with a Special Award for the Best Clarinetist.

He was granted a double scholarship of the Ministry of Culture. Together with Slawomir Wilk (piano) he is a co-member of the Inspiro Duo. He is also a member of the unique Mozart Basethorn Band, Gdansk Reed Trio and the Zagan Acoustic quartet.He is the clarinet concertmaster of the Polish Baltic Philharmony. Moreover, he works at the Musical Academy in Gdańsk, where he has succesfully obtained his PhD degree.

 

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Compere

POLISH CHAMBER PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA SOPOT

POLISH CHAMBER PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA SOPOT

In February 1982, Wojciech Rajski brought together a group of talented Polish string players to set up an orchestra which he called “Polish Chamber Philharmonic”. After meticulous rehearsals, the string orchestra made its début at the Musical Theatre Gdynia and abroad at the opening of Schliessheimer Summer in Munich and 37th Summer Music Days Hitzacker. The young ensemble has delighted the public and critics which gave rise to numerous invitations to all German festivals and to the most important concert venues like Berlin Philharmonic, Gasteig in Munich, Gewandthaus in Leipzig, Musikhalle in Hamburg, Pleyel House in Paris, Musikverein in Wien and Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Since 1984 the orchestra has performed also in an extended formation as a classical full orchestra and it has carried the name of Polish Chamber Philharmonic Sopot since then.

At the end of the 80s the orchestra gave about one hundred concerts every year especially in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Austria, Switzerland, the USA, China, Japan, Belgium, Denmark, Luxemburg, Great Britain and other countries. In 1987 the orchestra gave 33 concerts in the United States playing among others in J. F. Kennedy Centre in Washington and Metropolitan Museum in New York. It visited the US for the second time in 1999. The ensemble was also in Asia. (China – 1990 and Japan – 1997). The philharmonic has cooperated with the worldwide famous soloists such as Mscislaw Roztropowicz, Borys Pergamentschikow, Natalia Gutman, Irene Grafenauer, Sabine i Wolfgang Meyer, Guy Touvron, Misha Maisky, Raphael Oleg, Gil Shaham, David Geringas, Gary Karr and Ivo Pogorelić. The best Polish soloists cooperate continually with the orchestra in Poland and abroad.

The ensemble takes part in the most prestigious European festivals including Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Rheingau Festival, Prague Spring, Weilburger Schlosskonzerte, Festival van Vlaanderen, La Chaise-Dieu and many others. Over 10 times the orchestra has attended the Musical Festival in Łańcut and at National Philharmonic in Warsaw for many times. In November 2010 the PCP gave 4 concerts during Chopin Festival in Geneva.

The Polish Chamber Philharmonic has recorded more than 60 CDs since the beginning. The first analogue long plays were recorded in 1983 for Wifon and Thorofon and since 1986 Philharmonic has recorded also for EMI, Midas, Claves, Sonomaster, Opus, Mediaphon, DUX and many others.

The recording of Piano Concerto in E minor of this CD is the first one recorded in versions for piano and strings orchestra.

After 15 years of waiting thanks to Sopot’s authorities’ and Baltic Artistic Agency BART’s efforts the Polish Chamber Philharmonic has lived to see its own seat located at the area of the Forest Opera in Sopot. The Polish Chamber Philharmonic is a cultural institution of The Pomeranian Voivodeship’s Local Government.

In 2012 the Polish Chamber Philharmonic Sopot celebrated its 30th anniversary.

Playeres of Polish Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Sopot

I violin:
Paweł Kapica – constermaster
Anna Wieczerzak – sub-leader
Bożena Budzich
Anna Biadasz-Dolińska
Mirosław Kellner
Anna Strojek

II violin:
Jacek Koprowski – leader of the group
Adriana Zgajewska
Grażyna Kasprzyk-Głaszcz
Arkadiusz Połetek
Marta Wojtan

Violas:
Karol Jurewicz – leader of the group
Aneta Szybowicz
Marta Szyryńska-Krot
Bogusław Fuks

Cellos:
Alicja Leoniuk-Kit – leader of the group
Magdalena Miotke-Bajerska
Grażyna Michalec

Doublebass:
Sebastian Wyszyński

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