Sunday September 12th, 7 p.m.
Oblackie Centrum Edukacji i Kultury
Elżbietańska 9/10 Street, Gdańsk
Johann Sebastian Bach
ARIA mit 30 Veränderungen (Goldberg Variations) arr. for two pianos by Joseph Rheinberger, rev. by Max Reger
Ewa Pobłocka (Poland) & Tobias Koch (Germany)
Ewa Pobłocka is a prize-winner of the 10th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw (1980), where she also won the Polish Radio prize for the best performance of mazurkas. She studied at Gdańsk Music Academy under Zbigniew Śliwiński and Jerzy Sulikowski, graduating with honours in 1981. She completed post- graduate studies with Conrad Hansen in Hamburg (1982) and benefited from consultation with Jadwiga Sukiennicka, Rudolf Kerer, Tatiana Nikolaieva and Martha Argerich. She won First Prize in the International Viotti Music Competition in Vercelli (1977) and the gold medal in the International Festival of Young Laureates in Bordeaux (1979).
Ewa Pobłocka has performed throughout Europe and the Americas, as well as in China, Indonesia, the RSA, Singapore, South Korea, Japan and Australia, in such venues as the Herkules-Saal in Munich, Musikhalle in Hamburg, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Hall, Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris, Kyoi Hall in Tokyo, Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, Barbican Centre and Wigmore Hall in London, Musikverein in Vienna, Lincoln Center in New York, Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto and Sala Cecília Meireles in Rio De Janeiro, among others. She has played as a soloist with the London Symphony Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Bayerischers Rundfunkorchester, Sinfonia Varsovia and Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra and has repeatedly toured as a Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra soloist under the baton of Kazimierz Kord and Antoni Wit. She is an accomplished chamber musician and has performed with the Silesian Quartet as well as with many singers from Poland and abroad. She has a passion for performing on period instruments from the Romantic Era. She frequently records, performs and gives master classes on the pianos such as Erard and Pleyel.
She has given numerous first performances and made world premiere recordings of works by Polish contemporary composers, including Andrzej Panufnik, Witold Lutosławski (first Polish recording of the Piano Concerto with the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra under the composer’s baton), Paweł Szymański and Paweł Mykietyn. She has worked with European radio stations and recorded more than 50 discs (for Deutsche Grammophon, Polskie Nagrania, CD Accord and Bearton, among others). Many of her recordings have won prizes and critical acclaim, just to mention two Fryderyk statuettes (both in 1998), two Record of the Year titles awarded by the ‘Studio’ Magazine (in 1996 and 1998), the John Field Medal for the recording of his complete Nocturnes. Her last album with the 1st book of Das Wohltemperierte Klavier by Johann Sebastian Bach (NIFC, 2018) has been awarded as recording of the month by ‘Gramophone’ Magazine and received special commendation in ‘The Record Geijutsu’.
As a distinguished pedagogue, she is the head of the Piano Department at the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz. She has given numerous master classes in Canada, The United States, Vietnam, Japan, Mongolia, Korea, China, Ireland, Norway, Poland and Belgium, among others. She has been a jury member of many international piano competitions, as the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw (on modern and period instruments), Artur Rubinstein International Master Piano Competition in Tel-Aviv, International Piano Competition in Hamamatsu, Piano Competition in Pretoria, the Esther Honens International Piano Competition in Calgary or Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition.
Ewa Pobłocka also willingly devotes herself to literary activities – she has published her essays in Zeszyty Literackie, the Wyspa Artistic Quarterly and the Bliza Literary Quarterly, among others. Her first book, Forte-piano, will be released by the publishing house Słowo/obraz terytoria in 2021. Since 2020, he has been running the programme Start with Bach in Program Two of Polish Radio.
Tobias Koch’s performing career has taken him as soloist, devoted chamber musician and Lieder accompanist all over Europe. He appears as a guest artist at leading festivals including the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele, Verbier Festival, Chopin Festival Warsaw, Rheingau Music Festival, the Beethoven Festival Bonn, Schumannfestivals in Düsseldorf, Zwickau, Leipzig, Bonn, and the Leipzig Mendelssohn Festival. In 2013 he made his debut in Warsaw at the Chopin and His Europe festival, where he gave a recital of Polish 19th-century music. Soon after, the organizer of the festival, the Fryderyk Chopin Institute in Warsaw (NIFC), released his album Pożegnanie Ojczyzny (Farewell to Homeland). Apart from being a regular guest of the festival, Mr Koch has also been invited to perform at special events organized by NIFC, such as the Chopin Birthday Concert relayed live from Chopin’s birthplace, Żelazowa Wola, or concerts at the Polish National Opera.
Important musical partners include Andreas Staier, Gottfried von der Goltz, Joshua Bell, Steven Isserlis, Markus Schäfer, Concerto Köln, and Hofkapelle Stuttgart with Frieder Bernius. He collaborates closely with instrument makers and restoration specialists, as well as with renowned collections and major musical instruments museums. He is on the faculty of the Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf, academies in Verbier and Montepulciano, and has been featured in over 200 productions for radio and television. In addition to more than 20 CD recordings of works by Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Burgmüller, Schumann, Chopin, Liszt, Hiller, Wagner, and Brahms, a wide range of publications round out his work in the field of music. Drawn as if by magic to the irresistible sound of period keyboard instruments, Tobias Koch devotes himself to performing exclusively on authentic period instruments.
In September 2018, Mr Koch was a member of the jury of the first edition of the International Chopin on Period Instruments held by the Fryderyk Chopin Institute in Warsaw.
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
Variatio 3. Canone all’Unisono.
Variatio 6. Canone alla Seconda.
Variatio 7. al tempo di Giga.
Variatio 9. Canone alla Terza.
Variatio 10. Fughetta.
Variatio 12. Canone alla Quarta.
Variatio 15. Canone alla Quinta.
Variatio 16. Ouverture.
Variatio 18. Canone alla Sexta.
Variatio 21. Canone alla Settima.
Variatio 24. Canone all’Ottava.
Variatio 27. Canone alla Nona.
Variatio 30. Quodlibet.