Sunday September the 1st. 2019 5.00 p.m.
Main Town Hall (Ratusz Głównego Miasta) Długa Street 46/47
Tomasz Strahl – cello
Robert Morawski – piano
Meccore String Quartet
- Wojciech Koprowski - violin
- Aleksandra Bryła - violin
- Michał Bryła - alt
- Tomasz Daroch - cello
Concert on the 210th anniversary of the birth of Elbląg virtuoso of cello and composer
Johann Benjamin Gross (12.09.1809 Elbląg-1.09.1848 St.Petersburg)
3 Rhapsodies for cello and piano Op. 12
composées et dedièes à son Ami J.F. Kelz Membre de Chapelle Roi de Prusse par J.B. Gross
- No. 2 A-minor
- No. 3 F-major
- No. 4 A-minor
Sonate B-minore for piano and cello Op. 7
à Mademoiselle Thérèse Friedländer
- I Agitato
- II Menuetto – Trio (Thema Svezze)
- III Andantino – Presto
String Quartet F-major Op. 16 No. 2
- I Moderato – Più animato
- II Scherzo
- III Andante affettuoso
- IV Finale. Allegro con spirit
String Quartet F-minor Op. 37 No. 3
- I Allegro di molto
- II Cavatina (Andante non troppo Lento)
- III Alternativo (Scherzoso)
- IV Finale (Allegro con passione)
TOMASZ STRAHL – cello
He graduated from the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, cello class of Professor Kazimierz Michalik (1989). As a holder of the scholarship of the Austrian Government he completed a one-year postgraduate course at Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna under Tobias Kühne. He also studied chamber music under an outstanding violinist Krzysztof Jakowicz with whom he has performed for many years. He was a laureate of all-Poland (Poznań, Warsaw) and international competitions, e.g. he won the 1st award at the 5th International Nicanor Zabaleta Music Competition in San Sebastian, Spain (1991). He was also awarded with the scholarship of the Polish and Japanese Foundation JESC (1994).
Among the masters of the baton with whom he had an opportunity to collaborate are: Mirosław Jacek Błaszczyk, Andrzej Boreyko, Łukasz Borowicz, Tomasz Bugaj, Kai Bumann, Massimiliano Caldi, Henryk Czyż, Philippe Entremont, Przemysław Fiugajski, José Maria Florêncio, Czesław Grabowski, Bogdan Jarmołowicz, Michał Klauza, Jerzy Kosek, Jan Krenz, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Wojciech Michniewski, Marcin Nałęcz-Niesiołowski, Krzysztof Penderecki, Marek Pijarowski, Paweł Przytocki, Wojciech Rodek, Jacek Rogala, Zygmunt Rychert, Jerzy Salwarowski, Tadeusz Strugała, Jerzy Swoboda, Tadeusz Wojciechowski, Monika Wolińska, Sławek A. Wróblewski, Ryszard Zimak, Maciej Żółtowski, and others.
For many years he has been an active concert musician, performing with such orchestras as: Polish Chamber Orchestra, Polish Radio Orchestra and National Symphony Orchestra of the Polish Radio in Katowice, Sinfonietta Cracovia, SinfoniaVarsovia, Concerto Avenna, Sofia Philharmonic, Orquestra Sinfônica Municipal São Paulo (Brazil) and with almost all philharmonic orchestras in Poland, with the National Philharmonic Orchestra at the top of them. He collaborates with both outstanding soloists and chamber musicians, e.g. The Wilanów Quartet, Prima Vista, or The Silesian Quartet.
Tomasz Strahl has performed in (among others): Schauspielhaus (Berlin), Brucknersaal (Linz), St. John’s Smith Square (London), Art Center (Tel Aviv), Toppan Hall (Tokyo), Auditori (Barcelona), Glinka Hall in Sankt Petersburg, Moniuszko Hall at the Great Theatre in Warsaw, and the National Philharmonic. He had numerous tours around Japan, Canada and Spain (with Silesian Philharmonic). Together with Krzysztof Jabłoński with whom he creates the Chopin Duo he participated in the performance of Fortepianissimo presented at the Great Theatre in Warsaw. He was a guest artist of such festivals as: Warsaw Autumn , Warsaw Music Meetings, Music in the Old Cracow, Bravo Maestro in Kąśna Dolna, Festival in Łańcut, Chopin à Paris, and festivals in Guadix (Spain), Caracas, Busko Zdrój, Duszniki Zdrój, Antonin, Słupsk, Kamień Pomorski and Bydgoszcz. An important event for him was the performance of Witold Lutosławski’s Cello Concerto in the presence of the composer, under the baton of Mirosław Jacek Błaszczyk (1993). In 2005 Tomasz Strahl presented the Polish premiere of Cello Concerto no.2 by Piotr Moss at the festival called Premieres (2005) with the National Symphony Orchestra of the Polish Radio with which in 2006 he recorded the found Concerto by Zygmunt Stojowski. In 2007, together with Krzysztof Jabłoński and Konstanty Andrzej Kulka he recorded the complete chamber pieces by Fryderyk Chopin for the company BeArTon, and in 2012 he participated in the European promotion of The National Edition of Works by Fryderyk Chopin; on this occasion he performed concerts in Vienna, Rome and Geneva. The artist is also a devoted promoter of Cello Concerto by Stanisław Moryto. He has made numerous archive recordings for the Polish Radio and the Polish Television, as well as the CBC Radio in Canada. His discography covers the recordings for Pony Canyon, CD Accord, Pavane Records, Gema Stereo, Polmusic, Acte Préalable and Sony Classics. He was three times nominated for the ‘Fryderyk’ award, which he won in 2003.
He teaches at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw (in 2001 he obtained the title of Professor from President of the Republic of Poland). During the term of office 2012–2016 he held the function of Dean of the University’s Department of Instrumental Studies. During the election in 2016, he was re- elected for the same function for 2016–2020. He also teaches at master courses in Poland, Holland, Finland, Germany, Japan and South America (in 2005 he delivered a cycle of lectures and performed a few concerts during the prestigious ‘Wien, Prag, Budapest’ International Summer Academy). Tomasz Strahl has been honoured with a number of state decorations: in 2002 he was awarded with The Golden Cross of Merit; in 2009 he received the 1st degree award of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage for his artistic and teaching achievements, and in 2010 he was awarded with the Silver Medal ‘For Merits to Culture’ Gloria Artis and the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Rebirth of Poland. As part of the celebrations of the Chopin Year jubilee the artist gave concerts in Sankt Petersburg, during the Nafplion Festival in Greece and in Konzertverein in Ingoldstadt, and with Krzysztof Jabłoński he performed a recital before Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark.
In 2010 he was chosen to join the Council of the Phonographic Award of ‘Fryderyk’.
The artist plays the instrument by Leopold Widhalm, Norymberg 1778.
Since 2012 he has taken part in the promotion of The National Edition of Chamber Works by Fryderyk Chopin edited by Professor Jan Ekier.
ROBERT MORAWSKI - piano
Polish chamber pianist and university lecturer. Student of Bronisława Kawalla and Jerzy Marchwiński.
He performed in the National Philharmony as a 7 year-old child. Given concerts both in Poland and abroad, among others in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Switzerland, Canada and US. Robert Morawski performs with renown musicians such as Wanda Bargiełowska-Bargeyłło, Urszula Kryger, Alaksandra Kurzak, Iwona Hossa, Anna Kutkowska-Kass, Alison Pearce, Iwona Socha, Katarzyna Trylnik, Aga Wińska, Agnieszka Wolska, Joanna Woś, Małgorzata Walewska, Vadim Brodski, Marcin Bronikowski, Christian Danowicz, Andrzej Dobber, Robert Gierlach, Romuald Gołębiowski, Krzysztof Jakowicz, Stefan Kamasa, Sylwester Kostecki, Rafał Kwiatkowski, Konstanty Andrzej Kulka, Piotr Pławner, Kazimierz Pustelak, Artur Ruciński, Tomasz Strahl, Dima Tkaczenko, Sławomir Tomasik, Janusz wawrowski, Adam Zdunikowski, Marcin Zdunik, Michał Klauza, Sławomir Chrzanowski, Marek Moś. Cooperates with chamber ensembles Camerata Quartett and Camerata Vistula. Together with Daniel Olbrychski and Krzysztof Jakowicz gives recitals of Polish poetry and music. He is the laureate of numerous prestigious rewards. Two times the winner of Fryderyk. Received many awards for the best pianist in vocal competitions. Was granted second prize in the Krzysztof Penderecki Chamber Competition in Cracow. Runs chamber piano class at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. Leeds master classes in Poland and abroad.
Made the first public performance of contemporary pieces of: W. Lutosławski, A, Kościów, A. Jastrzębska, P. Zych, S. Yamauchi, S. Krajewski, M. Jachim. His repertoire ranges from the old to contemporary music. He was a contract pianist of the Stanisław Moniszko International Vocal Competition in Warsaw and the pianist team supervisior. He made recordings for the Polish Television, The Polish Radio, Hungarian Television, and CDs for the Acte Prealable, Dux, WW open sources, Cd Accord and Sarton.
MECCORE STRING QUARTET
Established in 2007, the Meccore String Quartet is one of Europe’s most compelling ensembles. Since many years they have been a treat for music lovers and have performed in many prestigious concert halls such as the National Philharmonic Hall in Warsaw, Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Beethoven-Haus in Bonn, Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid, Wigmore Hall in London, Bozar in Brussels, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Musikverein in Vienna, Pollack Hall in Montreal, Frick Collection in New York. During their tours, the musicians appear at the most important music festivals such as Rheingau Musik Festival, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, L. van Beethoven Easter Festival, Budapest Spring Festival, Heidelberg Frühling Musikfestival, Kissinger Sommer Musikfestival, Festival Radio France Montpellier, Bregenzer Festspiele. The ensemble had the honour to perform, as the first ever Polish String Quartet, during the ceremony on Holocaust Remembrance Day in the German Bundestag.
The quartet has received numerous awards during prestigious chamber music competitions. In 2012 Meccore won a 2nd prize, as well as awards for the best performance of classical string quartets, and for the best performance of Brett Dean’s obligatory composition at the Wigmore Hall String Quartet Competition in London. A year earlier they obtained the finalist award and the special award for the best performance of the obligatory composition by Giya Kancheli at the International String Quartet Competition “Premio Paolo Borciani” in Reggio Emilia. In 2010 the quartet won the 1st prize at the International Chamber Music Competition in Weiden (2nd and 3rd prizes were not awarded) as well as the 1st prize of the Max Reger International Chamber Music Competition in Sondershausen. A number of international distinctions brought the Meccore String Quartet nomination for the “Paszport Polityki” award in the classical music category for their “innovative approach to the music and for breaking the musical stereotypes”.
With the support of the Irene Steels – Wilsing Stiftung the quartet released their debut CD album as well as their second disc, which was granted the “Supersonic Award” by the classical music magazine “Pizzicato” and received two nominations for the Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry music award “Fryderyk 2016”. Their third album with string quartets by Edvard Grieg received many distinctions along with nominations for the “Fryderyk 2018” award and “Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik”. The latest CD with String Quartets and Sextet “Souvenir de Florence” by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, featuring Isabel Charisius and Valentin Erben of the legendary Alban Berg Quartet, has been praised by reviewers and received the “Pizzicato Supersonic Award”.
The musicians have accomplished numerous TV and radio recordings for Bayerischer Rundfunk, BBC Radio 3, Rai3, Radio Clásica RTVE, Radio Clara, Radio Stephansdom, Radio Merkury, NDR Kultur, ZDF, Phoenix and WQXR among others. Their performance of Franz Schubert’s „Death and the Maiden” for Polish TV Kultura was nominated to the 2011 edition of “Gwarancje Kultury” award.
The quartet was at first tutored by the members of the Camerata Quartet. They then studied with the Artemis Quartet at the Universität der Künste in Berlin and Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Brussels. Meccore String Quartet further developed their skills with Günter Pichler (Alban Berg Quartet) at Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía in Madrid. An important event in the artistic life of the quartet was their participation in the course on interpretation of Ludwig van Beethoven’s music held by Alfred Brendel.
Since 2010 Meccore String Quartet has been hosting in Poznań the International Chamber Music Festival „Quarto Mondi”, featuring top quartets from all over the world.
The members of Meccore are also active in the pedagogical field, leading chamber music and individual instrumental classes at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw.