She was born in Stargard Szczeciński and began learning to play an instrument there, which she continued in Warsaw at the Karol Szymanowski State Music School Complex and then at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music.
She is a laureate of many music festivals and competitions, in which she has participated from an early age. She has also participated in numerous music workshops, perfecting her skills, as well as in important orchestral projects under the direction of renowned artists Jerzy Maksymiuk and Antoni Wit.
She has taken part in international festivals, including those in Edinburgh and South Korea.
For many years she cooperated with Waldemar Malicki's Filharmonia Dowcipu orchestra as a viola player and vocalist of the ensemble. She went on a concert tour to China with the ensemble.
She has taught at the Yamaha Music School and at the private music school Fabryka Muzyki in Warsaw.
Currently, since 2015, she is a musician of the Feliks Nowowiejski Philharmonic Orchestra of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn and a viola class teacher at the State Music School of the 1st and 2nd degree in this city.
Sebastian Frankiewicz is a drummer. He graduated from the Academy of Music in Katowice, where he attended the Faculty of Jazz. He has won Jazz on the Oder competition in Wrocław, Jazz Standards Festival in Siedlce, Golden Crocus in Jelenia Góra and Bielska Zadymka Jazzowa. Since 2002, he has worked with Michał Urbaniak. In previous years, he was a member of bands run by Janusz Muniak, Zbigniew Namysłowski, Artur Dutkiewicz, Mariusz Lubomski, Miki Urbaniak and Zbigniew Wegehaupt. He gives concerts with Lora Szafran, Grzegorz Karnas, Aga Zaryan, Katarzyna Cerekwicka, Urszula Dudziak, Bisquit, Grażyna Auguścik, Wojciech Karolak and Janusz Skowron. He was given a gold record for his project Pogadaj ze mną with lyrics by Wojciech Młynarski and music by Włodzimierz Nahorny. He has performed at jazz festivals in Buenos Aires, London, Vienna, Baku, Saint Petersburg, Tel Aviv, Havana, Beijing, Mexico City, Bucharest, Sibiu, Chisinau, Moscow and Copenhagen. In 2012, the Nowicki/Święs/Frankiewicz trio was nominated to the Fryderyk award for their debut album Pathfinder. Sebastian Frankiewicz received a scholarship of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage. Since 2016, he has been an assistant lecturer in the jazz percussion class at the University of Rzeszów. His artistic output includes about 40 albums. Apart from teaching and concert activities, he works as a session musician on television shows such as Twoja twarz brzmi znajomo and Taniec z gwiazdami (Dancing with the Stars).
He was born in Bucharest, at the University of which he completed advanced studies on the violin and viola.
He participated in numerous master courses and youth music festivals in Romania, Germany, France, and the former Yugoslavia.
After completing his studies, he was first violinist in the National Philharmonic Orchestra, Bucharest, and since 1986 has been viola soloist in the Symphonic Orchestra of the Basque Country at San Sebastian, Spain.
He won first prize at the Quartet Competition in Colmar, where he became a member of the Pro-Musica National Philharmonic Orchestra Quartet of Bucharest, and also won first prize in the Nicanor Zabaleta Competition as violin soloist.
Since 1986 he has collaborated with the German composer Alberto Iglesias in recording soundtracks for films by Almodóvar, Medema, and others. He has presented on several occasions this type of music in the Visual Music Festival at Lanzarote, and at the Festival of Film Music in Malaga.
He has collaborated with many symphony orchestras as guest soloist on the viola (Lille, Seville, Bucharest, Bordeaux, Pamplona, Rome).
He has also given concerts with the Amadeus Quartet and especially the Claret Piano Quartet, which he created with the outstanding Spanish musicians Gerard and Luis Claret, and Maruxa Llorente. With these ensembles he has contributed to many music festivals in Spain, France, Switzerland, Italy, and Asia.
He has also made numerous recordings for most important record companies in Europe.
Cristian Ifrim has given many performances in recitals and concerts as soloist with various orchestras, as well as master classes to young musicians.
Since September 2011 he has been Profesor of Violin at the Navarra Music Consevatory in Pamplona.
In January 2017, Polish Radio One compared the interpretations of Chopin’s works by Grzegorz Niemczuk with those by outstanding artists such as Martha Argerich, Maurizio Pollini and Adam Harasiewicz. It was undoubtedly due to the fact that for several years this young artist’s career has been developing at a rapid pace and he now belongs to the most active Polish classical pianists.
His rich international solo career, which has already been going on for 17 years, led him to perform in many prestigious concert halls all over the world. So far, the pianist has given over 400 recitals and concerts, visiting 36 countries on 6 continents (Poland, the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Slovakia, Germany, Lithuania, Russia, Austria, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Switzerland, Italy, Belgium, France, Spain, the United Kingdom, Romania, Finland, Norway, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Japan, China, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, Peru, Brazil, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Colombia, the United States, Jamaica and Curacao). He often acts as the host during his own concerts, at which he unveils the intricacies of the music he performs before his listeners and mentions interesting facts from the composers’ biography. He is especially appreciated in Asia. After his spectacular solo debut in Tokio in July 2017, the prestigious Chopin magazine published an enthusiastic review of his performance, which led to further invitations to give recitals in Japan (in Tokio, Osaka, Nagoya, Sapporo, Asahikawa, Obihiro, Hakodate and Aomori) and a contract with Chopin for monthly articles about performing Chopin’s music. In December 2017 he made his debut in China, where he performed in the prestigious Beijing Concert Hall at the Polish Circles of Art Festival (the largest festival of Polish art in China). This concert reverberated in all major Chinese media outlets. Since then, he has regularly performed in China and has become an important performer at the Circles of Art Festival. He is also a favourite with Norwegian audience – so far, he has performed in over 30 different Norwegian cities, causing great enthusiasm and receiving invitations for further performances. The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic at the beginning of 2020 stopped the pianist’s concert activities, but it also opened up the possibility to be active online. In April 2020, Grzegorz Niemczuk started a project that is unprecedented and unique on a global scale. It is a series of video lectures about all the works of Frédéric Chopin, addressed mainly to music lovers who want to better understand the masterpieces of the most outstanding Polish composer. At the end of January 2022, there were 320 episodes in two language versions (Polish and English), which the pianist published on YouTube and his official Facebook page. A studio recording of all compositions by Frédéric Chopin is planned for 2023.
Grzegorz Niemczuk has a very extensive repertoire, which includes over 300 solo pieces and 28 concertos for piano and orchestra, from Baroque pieces to the music of the 20th and 21st century.
He currently lives in Bielsko-Biała. In October 2017, he was awarded a Ph.D. in music while he worked as an assistant professor at the University of Rzeszów (the Faculty of Arts). His students win national and international piano competitions. He is also invited to conduct master classes at many universities of music around the world, such as the Nanyang Academy of Art in Singapore, Norges Musikkhøgskole in Oslo, University in Agder, Kristiansand, University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica, Santa Catarina State University in Florianopolis, State University in Porto Alegre, Brazil, National University of Music in Lima, Peru, Xiamen University and Changde University in China.
Born on 5 September 1970 in Wolsztyn. He graduated from Mieczysław Karłowicz High School of Music in Poznań in the trumpet class (1989), then from the Singing School in Poznań (1992), and finally from the I.J. Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań, where he attended the singing class at the Faculty of Jazz and Popular Music (2017). Since 2000, he has been involved with the Roma Music Theatre in Warsaw and has participated in the following shows: Miss Saigon, Grease, Cats, Dance of the Vampires, Singin’ in the Rain, Ale Musicale, Mamma Mia and Piloci. He has given many solo recitals and concerts, accompanied by his own multi-instrumental combo and many Polish philharmonic orchestras. He is a session singer who records and works with artists such as Irena Santor, Ewa Bem, Maryla Rodowicz, Ryszard Rynkowski, Andrzej Zaucha, Zbigniew Wodecki, etc. He has sung in many television shows: Taniec z gwiazdami (Dancing with the Stars), Jak oni śpiewają, Tylko nas dwoje, Idol and, Zacisze gwiazd. He has often participated in the largest popular music festivals in Poland (Opole, Sopot, Top Trendy, etc.). In 2008, he performed solo parts of John Lord’s symphonic project. John Lord is an outstanding Hammond organ player and co-founder of the legendary British rock group Deep Purple.
In 2010, Jacek Kotlarski played one of the leading roles in the Swing musical staged at the Capitol Music Theatre in Wrocław. On 8 May 2011, he performed in one of the most prestigious concert halls in the world, Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto, Canada, and sang arias from Oratorium Miłosierdzie Boże by Zbigniew Małkowicz. In the spring of 2012, he released his first original solo album co-produced by Krzysztof Herdzin, a pianist, arranger and composer. The album was called Nigdy nie jest za późno and was published by Polish Radio. He was also featured on 11 albums by artists such as Krzysztof Herdzin, Filp Sojka, Michał Grott and Dawid Lubowicz. Since 2016, he has been a vocal instructor of soloists from the Roma Musical Theatre and prepared them for roles in shows such as Mamma Mia, Last Five Years, Piloci, Once and Robinson Crusoe. One year later he started to teach Musical Style at the Faculty of Singing and Acting of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw.
Marcin Koziak was born in 1989 in Kraków in a family with musical traditions. When he was 10 years old, he won his first national piano competition and a year later he made his debut with the Kraków Philharmonic Orchestra. Despite his young age, he has already given concerts in 22 countries in Europe, Asia and North America; he has performed in Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, the United Kingdom, Russia, Israel, the USA, Japan, China, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Estonia, Romania, Croatia, Georgia, the Canary Islands, Ukraine and Hungary in renowned concert halls, such as Tokyo International Forum, Forbidden City Concert Hall (Beijing), National Centre for the Performing Arts (Beijing), Art Center of Kobe (Kobe, Japan), Bass Performance Hall (Fort Worth, USA), Peabody Auditorium (Daytona Beach, USA), Ferguson Center for the Arts (Newport News, USA), Detroit Music Hall, Mechanics Hall (Worcester, USA), The Palladium (Carmel, USA), C.Y., Stephens Auditorium (Ames, USA), Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall (Costa Mesa, USA), Lehman Center for the Performing Arts (New York), Cadogan Hall (London), Salle Cortot (Paris), Warsaw Philharmonic and the National Opera in Warsaw, the new concert hall of the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice, Auditorium di Milano, Grand Hall of the Conservatory of Music in Geneva, Verdi Hall in Milan, Auditorio Alfredo Kraus (Las Palmas) and Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall in Zagreb. He had the pleasure to work with Alexander Lazarev, Antoni Wit, George Tchitchinadze, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Xieyang Chen, Maximiano Valdés, Yip Wing-sie, Charles Olivieri-Munroe, Marek Pijarowski, Massimiliano Caldi, Stanisław Krawczyński, Michał Dworzyński, Bogusław Dawidow, José Maria Florêncio, Ernst van Tiel and Maciej Tworek when he performed with many famous orchestras: China National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the National Philharmonic in Warsaw, National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Sinfonietta Cracovia, Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquestra Filarmonica de Gran Canaria, Beethoven Academy Orchestra, Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra and the orchestras of the Cracow Philharmonic, Baltic Philharmonic, Poznań Philharmonic, Łódź Philharmonic and Pomeranian Philharmonic… Apart from solo recitals and symphonic concerts, Marcin Koziak has also had the pleasure to perform at chamber recitals with Aleksandra Kuls, Bartosz Koziak, Magdalena Bojanowicz and Agata Szymczewska.
He has performed at many major festivals and concert series: La Roque d’Anthéron International Piano Festival, Chopin and His Europe, Rubinstein Piano Festival, Music in Old Cracow, Emanations, La Folle Journée au Japon, La Folle Journée au Varsovie, ASEM Culture and Arts Festival, International Chopin Piano Festival in Duszniki-Zdrój, Kiev Summer Music Evenings, and many more. He has been invited to Geneva, Paris, Aix-en-Provence, Milan, Warsaw, Kraków, Łódź and Katowice… In 2016 he went on a US tour and gave 33 concerts with the Symphony Orchestra of the Baltic Philharmonic. He played concertos by Beethoven, Chopin and Tchaikowsky in New York, Detroit, Las Vegas, Costa Mesa (California), Fairfax (Virginia), Daytona Beach (Florida), and many more.
On 1 March 2010, he performed at the opening gala of the Fryderyk Chopin Museum in Warsaw on day of the 200th anniversary of the composer’s birth, and on 1 July 2011 he performed at the gala concert in the Baths of Caracalla in Rome to celebrate the inauguration of the Polish Presidency of the European Union. On 4 May 2011, he had the honour to perform for Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden and First Lady of the Republic of Poland Anna Komorowska during the queen’s official visit to Poland. His concerts have been transmitted by the Japanese radio Ottava, France Musique, Polish Radio and Polish Television. He has recorded two albums with Frederic Chopin’s music.
Her numerous achievements include winning the first prize at the Joseph Szigeti International Violin Competition in Budapest (September 2012) and two special prizes at the International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition in Poznań (2011). She also won the second prize at the Grażyna Bacewicz International Violin Competition in Łódź (December 2019), as well as the second prize and special prizes at the 6th International Tadeusz Wroński Solo Violin Competition (2020). Recently, together with pianist Marcin Koziak, she was awarded the 3rd prize at the 2nd International Stanisław Moniuszko Competition of Polish Music in the chamber ensemble category (2021).
In 2015, she graduated from the Krzysztof Penderecki Academy of Music in Kraków, where she attended the class of Professor Kaja Danczowska. Since 2016, she has worked as an assistant lecturer in the Violin and Viola Department at her alma mater. Aleksandra Kuls has performed as a soloist in many places not only in Poland (for example with the Symphony Orchestra of the National Philharmonic and the Cracow Philharmonic, National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra), but also in the USA, Italy, France and Spain (with the orchestra of Real Filharmonia de Galicia and Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra), Germany (with the Zielona Góra Philharmonic Orchestra), Brazil (with Orquestra Sinfonica do Paraná), Turkey (with Istanbul Devlet Senfoni Orkestrası), Hungary (with Duna Symphony Orchestra), Ukraine (with Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra) and China (with China Philharmonic Orchestra). She participated in international festivals: Chopin and His Europe (2012-2015), Polish Culture Festival in Beijing (2014), Krzysztof Penderecki Festival in Warsaw (2013), International Kaposvár Chamber Music Festival in Hungary (2013), Music in Old Cracow (2012) and International Festival of Young Laureates of Music Competitions in Katowice (2012). She has had the honour to work with conductors such as Tadeusz Strugała, Antoni Wit, Krzysztof Penderecki, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Marek Pijarowski, Michał Dworzyński, Andrés Mustonen, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Yang Yang, Stanisław Krawczyński, and many more. She participated in Maxim Vengerov’s master courses. Aleksandra Kuls received numerous scholarships and awards for her artistic activity, such as the Polityka Passport Award 2011 in the classical music category, the award and scholarship of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage (2011 and 2012), the scholarship of the Minister of Science and Higher Education (2012), the Young Poland scholarship for recording her debut album (2013), and many more. Aleksandra Kuls has carried out many recording projects: she recorded two albums for DUX (in a duet with Justyna Danczowska and with violin solos. Her solo album was nominated to the Fryderyk award); she also recorded pieces which are rarely featured in concert programmes: Violin concerto by Ignacy Waghalter (with the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra conducted by Andres Mustonen), violin pieces by Giorgy Catoire (in a duet with J. Danczowska for Sarton Records), Polish Rhapsody by Stefan Poradowski
(with the Polish Radio Orchestra in Warsaw conducted by Paweł Przytocki), Offertorium by Sofia Gubaidulina (a live DVD recording from the concert in the castle on Pieskowa Skała with the CORda Cracovia Orchestra conducted by Marek Moś), Polish Rhapsody for Violin and Orchestra by Stefan Poradowski (a recording for Polish Radio with the Polish Radio Orchestra conducted by Paweł Przytocki).
She was born in Toruń and graduated from the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz at the Faculty of Instrumental Music. She also graduated from the Post-Graduate School of Instrumental Music, majoring in accordion. Since 2002, she has taught the accordion class at the Karol Szymanowski Schools of Music in Toruń. Many students from her class received honourable mentions at regional, national and international competitions and festivals. In the years 2005-2015, she closely cooperated with the Toruń Symphony Orchestra as a host at music shows organised by the orchestra for kindergartens, primary schools and secondary schools from Kujawsko-Pomorskie Province. She has been the master of ceremonies at various concerts organised by the Toruń Symphony Orchestra. Since 2017, she has been a member of the management board of the Pomeranian Music Society in Toruń. She hosts and plays concerts organised by the Pomeranian Music Society. She runs her own concert business and performs as a soloist and chamber musician. She is passionate about Polish folklore. Since 1999, she has been a member of the Ziemia Bydgoska Song and Dance Ensemble, with which she gives concerts in Poland and abroad. In November 2018, she was awarded the decoration of honour Meritorious for Polish Culture by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage.
Esperanza Hernández Muñoz
She was born in Madrid, Spain. She completed her higher studies at the Conservatorio de Musica Joaquim Rodrigo in Valencia in 2013. She then did postgraduate studies at the Conservatorio di Musicali in Bologna, Italy.
She has taken part in many masterclasses both in Spain and Italy, as well as in Germany, perfecting her artistry under the guidance of well known, excellent performers and cello pedagogues.
She has collaborated with many Spanish orchestras such as JOCMA in Madrid, Orquesta Filarmonica of the University of Valencia, Barbieri Symphony Orchestra, in Italy: Philharmonic Orchestra of Teatro Comunale and Orchestra Senza Spine in Bologna and in Austria in Tiroler Festspiele in Erl.
She has performed as soloist in many international projects both in Spain and Italy and in numerous chamber ensembles: Ensemble Palau, An die Musik Trio and in the Avista quartet.
She has carried out teaching activities at the Asocacion Acacias - Picayo in Valencia and in Music School in Dywity in Poland.
Currently, since 2016, she works at the Warmia and Mazury Philharmonic Orchestra in Olsztyn and she is a member of string quartet Warmińsko-Mazurski Kwartet Smyczkowy and baroque ensemble Alna Consort.
In January 2017, Polish Radio One compared the interpretations of Chopin’s works by Grzegorz Niemczuk with those by outstanding artists such as Martha Argerich, Maurizio Pollini and Adam Harasiewicz. It was undoubtedly due to the fact that for several years this young artist’s career has been developing at a rapid pace and he now belongs to the most active Polish classical pianists. His rich international solo career, which has already been going on for 17 years, led him to perform in many prestigious concert halls all over the world. So far, the pianist has given over 400 recitals and concerts, visiting 36 countries on 6 continents (Poland, the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Slovakia, Germany, Lithuania, Russia, Austria, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Switzerland, Italy, Belgium, France, Spain, the United Kingdom, Romania, Finland, Norway, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Japan, China, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, Peru, Brazil, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Colombia, the United States, Jamaica and Curacao). He often acts as the host during his own concerts, at which he unveils the intricacies of the music he performs before his listeners and mentions interesting facts from the composers’ biography. He is especially appreciated in Asia. After his spectacular solo debut in Tokio in July 2017, the prestigious Chopin magazine published an enthusiastic review of his performance, which led to further invitations to give recitals in Japan (in Tokio, Osaka, Nagoya, Sapporo, Asahikawa, Obihiro, Hakodate and Aomori) and a contract with Chopin for monthly articles about performing Chopin’s music. In December 2017 he made his debut in China, where he performed in the prestigious Beijing Concert Hall at the Polish Circles of Art Festival (the largest festival of Polish art in China). This concert reverberated in all major Chinese media outlets. Since then, he has regularly performed in China and has become an important performer at the Circles of Art Festival. He is also a favourite with Norwegian audience – so far, he has performed in over 30 different Norwegian cities, causing great enthusiasm and receiving invitations for further performances. The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic at the beginning of 2020 stopped the pianist’s concert activities, but it also opened up the possibility to be active online. In April 2020, Grzegorz Niemczuk started a project that is unprecedented and unique on a global scale. It is a series of video lectures about all the works of Frédéric Chopin, addressed mainly to music lovers who want to better understand the masterpieces of the most outstanding Polish composer. At the end of January 2022, there were 320 episodes in two language versions (Polish and English), which the pianist published on YouTube and his official Facebook page. A studio recording of all compositions by Frédéric Chopin is planned for 2023. Grzegorz Niemczuk has a very extensive repertoire, which includes over 300 solo pieces and 28 concertos for piano and orchestra, from Baroque pieces to the music of the 20th and 21st century. He currently lives in Bielsko-Biała. In October 2017, he was awarded a Ph.D. in music while he worked as an assistant professor at the University of Rzeszów (the Faculty of Arts). His students win national and international piano competitions. He is also invited to conduct master classes at many universities of music around the world, such as the Nanyang Academy of Art in Singapore, Norges Musikkhøgskole in Oslo, University in Agder, Kristiansand, University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica, Santa Catarina State University in Florianopolis, State University in Porto Alegre, Brazil, National University of Music in Lima, Peru, Xiamen University and Changde University in China.
Dainius Pavilionis was born on 7 September 1977 in Marijampolė, Lithuania, he began studying choral conducting at the Juozas Gruodis College of Music in Kaunas in 1992. Upon graduation in 1996, he enrolled in the Lithuanian Academy of Music (LMA), where he studied choral conducting under Professor Povilas Gylys. In 2002, he began his postgraduate studies at the Faculty of Opera and Symphony Conducting of LMA in the class of Professor Juozas Domarkas, and graduated in 2006. Soon thereafter, he started work as a lecturer at his alma mater's Faculty of Conducting. In 2006, he was appointed the second bandmaster of the Lithuanian Armed Forces Headquarters Band. The music community quickly recognised Dainius Pavilionis as a talented conductor and invited him to conduct concerts with the participation of two major symphony orchestras in Vilnius: the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra and the State Symphony Orchestra, and to work with orchestras from Poland, Portugal, Italy and Belarus. In 2010–2015 he was the principal conductor of the Klaipėda State Music Theatre, where he prepared and conducted, among others, the following operas: ‘Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor’ by O. Nicolai, ‘Suor Angelica’ by G. Puccini, ‘Grafin Mariza’ by I. Kalmann, ‘Queen of Spades’ by P. Tchaikovsky and I. Morozov's ballet ‘Doctor Aibolit’. Since 2017, Dainius Pavilionis has been the head of the Department of Symphonic Conducting at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Dance in Vilnius. Among his many awards are 3rd Prize at the 4th Witold Lutosławski International Competition of Young Conductors in Białystok (2006) and 6th prize at the 8th Grzegorz Fitelberg International Competition for Conductors in Katowice (2007). Dainius Pavilionis conducts symphony orchestras not only in Lithuania and Poland. He is invited to conduct concerts all over Europe. From September 1, 2020 he is the deputy artistic director of the Toruń Symphony Orchestra.
Pohjantie Junior Big Band
Pohjantie Junior Big Band (PJBB) from the city of Kuopio is made up of about twenty young musicians aged from 13 to 19 years old. The majority of band members are now 15-18 years old. The orchestra started holding regular rehearsals and set off on the big band path set by Krzysztof in the autumn of 2016, after the orchestras from the school in Pohjantie (Kalevala) had turned 40 in spring. The orchestra is led by Krzysztof Dobosiewicz.
Pohjantie Junior Big Band is under the patronage of the Nuorisomusiikki ry Youth Music Association in Kuopio. The aim of the association is to promote music activities of young people and support them financially. The association stands behind the activities of a choir, orchestra and band formed by students attending music classes at the school in Kalevala.
Anna Radomska Gardyjas
She started her musical education at the age of six years at the School of Music, Lublin, under K. Lipinski in class, and then with Professors Teresa and Oskar Staniak Ruppel.
She continued her studies at the Academy of Music in Wroclaw with Professor.S. Czermak, and then the F. Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw with Professor M. M. Rezlan Slubicka, there obtaining her BA in Art and Music.
While still being a student she has participated in several professional development courses and performances with outstanding European teachers (Z. Bron, O. Krysa, T. Wronski, Z: Zienkowski).
She has also performed regularly on stages in major music festivals in Poland and in the rest of Europe (Olsztyn, Torun, Bydgoszcz, Bayreuth, Zurich, Schruns, San Sebastián, Peralada. Rentería, Toledo, Capbreton, and so on).
Anna played for the early music group of the Warsaw Chamber Opera, and since 1989 has been second solo violin in the Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra, Pamplona, where she now lives.
In addition to symphonic music, she has played much chamber music as a member of various ensembles (Pamplona Classic Quintet, Tafelmusic, Reyno de Navarra Chamber Orchestra, Europe Musicalae Opera Orchestra), as well as conducting music in Pamplona Cathedral.
With these groups she has toured Europe and has recently been presented at major concert halls in China. She has made many recordings for RTE 2, TVP 3 Poland, and cooperated with leading Spanish composers.
Anna Radomska also works to revive and rediscover forgotten works of Basque and Navarre composers, and actively collaborates with the most important centres of musical education in Navarra.
He started his music journey when he was 8 years old. He completed M.A. studies at the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz, where he attended the accordion class of Professor Jerzy Kaszuba and Stanisław Miłek, Ph.D. This was not the end of his education and he started studying Chamber Music at the above-mentioned university. He is the winner of many competitions, for example in Słupca, Solec-Zdrój and Mława. He works at the First-level State Music School in Mława, where he teaches the accordion class. However, he does not stop at playing the accordion. Every day, he explores the secrets of playing the trumpet and percussion instruments by performing with Ziemia Bydgoska Song and Dance Ensemble, with which he gives concerts in Poland and abroad. He is interested in folk music and urban folklore. He is an accordionist in the Ferajna Bydgoska band.
Joanna Natalia Ślusarczyk
Polish conductor, winner of many awards at the International Conducting Competitions: Second Prize at “La Maestra Competition 2022” in Paris, France; Second Prize in the International Conducting Competition “Jeunesses Musicales Bucharest” in Romania (2018), Third Prize at the “First European Union International Conducting Competition” in Sofia, Bulgaria (2018), First Prize at the “London Classical Soloists Conducting Competition” in London, Great Britain.
She is the winner of two Special Prizes of La Maestra Competition: “French Concert Halls and Orchestras Commitee Prize” and “European Concert Hall Organization - Echo Prize”. She was also awarded a Special Mention at ”The BMW International Conducting Masterclass and
Competition” in Portugal (2018). In April 2019, after the international audition, Joanna Natalia Slusarczyk was selected to the Mentoring Program with Peter Eötvös for 2020/2021 organised by Peter Eötvös Contemporary Music Foundation in Budapest, Hungary.
In July and August 2019 she participated at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana Festival in Siena, Italy, where after the Final Concert she was chosen by maestro Daniele Gatti to receive the Main Prize of Rotary Club Siena.
In 2022, she was selected to participate in the “Taki Alsop Conducting Fellowship Mentoring Program” and in the “La Maestra Academy 2022-2024”.
In the 2018-2019 season Joanna was a Conductor-in-Residence at the Silesian Philharmonic in Katowice, Poland. In April 2019 she got the Main Prize of the Krakow county for outstanding artistic achievements.
Majoring in Symphonic and Opera Conducting in the class of maestro Mirosław Jacek Błaszczyk, graduated with honors from the Academy of Music in Katowice. She also graduated with honors from the Academy of Music in Krakow.
Joanna Natalia Slusarczyk has conducted in both Poland and in the United States, Israel, Norway, Iceland, Portugal, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Hungary, Bulgaria, Russia, Romania and Ukraine. She worked with such orchestras as: Orchestre de Paris, the Pannon Philharmonic, the Paris Mozart Orchestra, the Bucharest Philharmonic Orchestra, the Moldova Philharmonic Iasi, the London Classical Soloists Orchestra, the Danubia Orchestra Óbuda, the Chorakademie and Orchesterakademie des WDR Köln, the Pazardzik Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra Giovanile Italiana, the Orquestra Clássica do Sul, the Orquestra da Costa Atlantica, the Krakow Philharmonic, the Silesian Philharmonic, the Polish Baltic Philharmonic, the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic, the Swietokrzyska Philharmonic, the Zielona Góra Philharmonic.
She is the founder and conductor of the Małopolska Chamber Orchestra and the Cracow Youth Chamber Orchestra, with whom she did several international tournées and recorded the album ”Seeking Inspiration – Polish Music. Chopin – Lutosławski – Górecki – Kilar”. Joanna Natalia Slusarczyk is a finalist of International Conducting Masterclasses, led by maestro Tadeusz Strugała (2012), Gabriel Chmura (2013) and Jacek Kaspszyk (2013). She was also selected to participate in the International Conducting Masterclasses led by maestro Daniele Gatti in Italy, maestro Colin Metters in London, Achim Holub in London, and Luis Clemente in Portugal.
For her artistic achievements she received scholarships from the Minister of Culture and
National Heritage, the Royal Capital City of Krakow, and the Malopolska Scholarship Foundation
A pianist, composer and arranger. He graduated from the Academy of Music in Katowice, where he studied at the Faculty of Jazz and attended the class of Professor Wojciech Niedziela. He is a representative of the younger generation of jazz musicians. He has won jazz festivals and competitions such as Jazz Juniors, Jazz on the Oder and the Jazz Improvisation Competition. He also plays keyboard instruments. He participates in many diverse jazz projects. He is a universal pianist who can easily navigate different styles of jazz music. He is also active on the gospel, soul and pop music scene. He works with artists such as Edyta Górniak, Ewa Uryga, Kasia Cerekwicka, Tatiana Okupnik, Zbigniew Namysłowski, Krzesimir Dębski, Wojtek Mrozek, Zbigniew Lewandowski, Janusz Szrom, Ryszard Rynkowski and Krzysztof Zawadzki. He also plays in big bands and popular orchestras, such as Kukla Band, Alex Band and Tomek Szymuś Orchestra. He has given concerts in many European countries and in the United States. He has performed with artists such as Rick Margitza, Dean Brown, Mike Russell and Melanie Goerlitz. In recent years, he became engaged in teaching activities. He teaches jazz piano classes at the University of Lublin and at the Second-level Music School at ul. Bednarska in Warsaw. For many years, he has participated in International Jazz Workshop in Chodzież, where he has led the rhythm section that accompanies jazz singers from the class of Janusz Szrom.
A musician, instrumentalist, composer and arranger. He plays the double bass and bass guitars.
He graduated from the Academy of Music in Poznań, where he attended the double bass class of Professor Piotr Czerwiński. For many years, he has been one of the leading jazz musicians in Poland. He has played in bands such as String Connection, Grupa Warsztat (the winner of Jazz on the Oder festivals), Walk Away, Zbigniew Namysłowski’s Air Condition, Vintage Band Spirituals and Gospel Singers, Classic Jazz Quartet, and many more. He also works with musicians such as Jan Ptaszyn Wróblewski, Krzesimir Dębski, Henryk Miśkiewicz, Jarek Śmietana, Tomasz Szukalski, Jan Jarczyk, Artur Dutkiewicz, Adam Wendt, Piotr Baron, Grzegorz Nagórski, Maciej Sikała, Wiesław Prządka, Wojtek Mrozek, Janusz Strobel and Maciej Strzelczyk, as well as singers: Hanna Banaszak, Halina Zimmermann, Justyna Szafran and Janusz Szrom. He has also participated in many jazz festivals and international jazz projects with artists such as Melanie Goerlitz, Keith Dunn, Eb Davies and Jean-Paul Bourelly. On other musical fronts, he has worked with various artistic groups, for example the orchestras of Zbigniew Górny and Wiesław Pieregorólka, Alex Band and Kukla Band. He has also played in the legendary band Marek & Vacek. Zbigniew Wrombel is a universal bassist who plays various bass instruments, from the acoustic double bass to fretted and fretless bass guitars. His varied music interests allow him to freely and willingly navigate diverse styles. He prefers modern acoustic and electronic jazz with a hint of rhythm and blues, funk and Latin American music. He leads his own jazz bands, usually trios and quartets. He also likes to work at recording studios, where he is often invited, not only by jazz musicians.
As a studio musician, he has participated in many sessions with various artists. The list of artists he has worked with is long and includes pop singers, such as Zbigniew Wodecki, Andrzej Zaucha, Ryszard Rynkowski, Vox, Eleni, Krystyna Prońko, Grażyna Łobaszewska, Piotr Schulz, Gabriel Fleszar and Andrzej Cierniewski.
Apart from his concert and studio activities, Zbigniew Wrombel often engages in teaching by conducting classes during music and jazz workshops, for example those organised in Chodzież, Puławy and Pułtusk.
Julianna Vinci i Bartłomiej Fraś
Julianna Vinci and Bartłomiej Fraś have regularly performed together in various chamber ensembles since 2018. They both study at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice. Julianna Vinci attends the cello class of Natalia Kurzac-Kotula, Ph.D., whereas Bartłomiej Fraś attends the violin class of Professor Szymon Krzeszowiec. They started working as a duet in 2020. They have an extensive repertoire, from Baroque pieces to modern music. They have won the most important awards at many competitions in Poland and abroad, for example in London, Salzburg and Athens. They have honed their skills related to solo parts and chamber music under the supervision of outstanding teachers, such as Zakhar Bron, Pinchas Zukerman, Gidon Kremer, Amanda Forsyth, Alexander Gebert, Danjulo Ishizaka, Maria Szwajger-Kułakowska, Marek Moś, Paweł Głombik, Konstanty Andrzej Kulka and Martyna Pastuszka. Bartłomiej Fraś has received two scholarships awarded by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage (in 2016 and 2020) and a scholarship in the Young Poland programme. Julianna Vinci has received a scholarship of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage in 2021..
INFECTED is a group of musicians who have worked together since the beginning of 2013. Their cooperation started from friendship and a shared vision of future artistic projects. The band does not limit itself in any way when it comes to its music activities and interpretations. This musical mix combined with the virtuosity of band members creates a unique and unforgettable atmosphere at concerts. The band opts for a clear sound and an honest message. Their decisive sound is complemented by a number of new and original arrangements by Marcel Maniewski, the band’s leader. The musicians have mastered a really extensive repertoire, which includes not only their original music, but also funk, dance, jazz and pop songs, as well as the greatest and most beautiful hits of all time. From 2013 to 2018 the band was called Infected Blues. However, since the group had used the shortened version of its name for a long time, in September 2018 the musicians finally changed their name to succinct INFECTED. The band has received many awards, for example won the 3rd prize at the Bydgoszcz Derby in 2014 and the 3rd prize at the Rock Piotrcovia Festival in 2014. In 2019, they made their debut with the song Anioł in Polish Radio Three. The musicians have worked with many Polish singers. They have performed at outdoor, theme and family concerts (for example at the wedding of Magda Gessler’s daughter Lara, where the band was appreciated by the top figures in show business in Poland).
At the end of 2017, Marcel Maniewski became the lead singer in the band. He is a pianist and the main composer. At the beginning of 2018, his songs (Anioł, Take more love and Hipnoza) were recorded at MG Studio.