Projects

  • DUO Staśkiewicz-Koziak

    Zoltán Kodály Duo op.7
    Bohuslav Martinů Duo nr.1, H.157
    Witold Lutosławski Bukoliki
    Maurice Ravel Sonata

    Anna Maria Staśkiewicz

    graduated with honors from the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań (Poland), where she pursued her Master Degree in the violin studio of Prof. Marcin Baranowski (2007). She perfected her violin skills with Prof. Wanda Wiłkomirska and Tatiana Grindenko.
    She was highly awarded on numerous violin competitions:
    -3rd Prize and Special Prize for the best performance of Mozart’s
    Violin Concerto from the Polish Radio Competition at the 13th International Henryk Wieniawski Competition in Poznań(2006),
    -the Recognition for the best performance of Mozart’s Violin Concerto at the 22nd Valsesia Musica International Competition in Italy (2006).
    - the semi-finalist from the Hannover International Violin Competition (2003),
    -the 1st Prize from the 5th International Karol Szymanowski Competition in Lódz(2001)
    -the 1st Prize at the 16th National Bach Competition in Zielona Góra (2000)
    Anna Maria Staśkiewicz has performed concerts as a soloist in Poland and abroad: Albania, Brazil, China, Estonia, Georgia, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Russia, Scotland, Slovakia, Switzerland, Sweden and Turkey.
    She was invited to cooperate with Polish Radio National Symphonic Orchestra in Katowice,
    National Symphonic Orchestra in Warsaw, Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra, “Amadeus” Polish Radio Chamber Orchestra, “Leopoldinum” Chamber Orchestra, Toruń Chamber Orchestra. Her other symphonic collaboration
    includes: Bydgoszcz, Lublin, Lódz, Zielona Góra and Poznań. She cooperated with: Sinfonietta Cracovia, Sinfonia Viva, The Presidential Symphony Orchestra in Ankara, Gottingen Symphonic Orchestra (Germany),
    Chamber Orchestra in Zurich, Sinfonica Municipal in SaoPaulo and others. As a soloist, she played under the baton of many distinguished conductors: Mirosław Jacek Błaszczyk, Łukasz Borowicz, Massimiliano Caldi,
    Agnieszka Duczmal, José Maria Florencio, Robert Kabara,Vladimir Kiradjiev, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Wojciech Michniewski, Marek Moś, MaximVengerov and others. As a soloist, she performed in many renowned concert halls; Municipal Theatre of Sao Paulo, Emperor ́s Hall, Kaisersaal in Franfurtam Main, the National Philharmonic in Warsaw, and the W. Lutoslawski S1Concert Studio of Polish Radio.
    Anna Maria Staśkiewicz is an active chamber player who has already cooperated with Jose Gallardo, Robert Kabara, Marcelo Nisinman, Olga Pasiecznik, Ewa Poblocka, Marcin Sikorski.
    Her repertoire includes virtuosic pieces and vast range of solo violin literature, as well as chamber music works.
    Since 2011 she has been working as the violin assistant at the I.J. Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań.
    She was awarded six times of the Minister’s of Culture and National Heritage Scholarship. She received a musical distinction and award from Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodship Marshall and the President of Torun. She
    was granted the Artistic Scholarship from Poznan (2002) and “Mloda Polska” (Young Poland) scholarship given by the Minister of Culture and Arts (2007).
  • CD

    Franz Schubert,
    “Arpeggione” Sonata

    Robert Schumann,
    “Märchenbilder” op.113

    (transcr. for cello and piano)

    Gregor Piatigorsky,
    “Variations on a Paganini Theme”

    Dezyderiusz Danczowski,
    Polonaise

    Justyna Danczowska, piano

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    Stanisław Bromboszcz

    “Transformations” for cello and chamber orchestra

    “Images” for cello and electronic

    The New Music Orchestra
    Szymon Bywalec

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    Hanna Kulenty

    “Sinequan Forte B” for amplified cello and chamber orchestra

    Leopoldinum
    Ernst Kovacic

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    Grażyna Bacewicz

    2nd Cello Concerto

    Sinfonia Iuventus

  • TRIO

    Kaja Danczowska, violin

    Kaja Danczowska was born in 1949, she started taking violin lessons from Jan Stasica at the age of seven. From the age of eight, she learned from Eugenia Umińska, an outstanding interpreter of Karol Szymanowski’s works, who later also became her teacher at the State Higher School of Music in Krakow. In 1972 she graduated with honors. In the same year, she completed a two-year cycle of master classes in Moscow Conservatory with David Oistrakh; two years later, she took part in Ruggiero Ricci’s master classes organised by the Canadian government.

    Kaja Danczowska is the winner of numerous national and international competitions, including 1st prize in the National Violin Competition in Wrocław (1959); 3rd prize in the 5th International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition in Poznań (1969); 2nd prize in the Alberto Curci Violin Competition in Naples (1969); 2nd prize in the Competition for Musical Performances in Geneva (1970); 3rd prize in the International Radio Competition in Munich (1975); Silver Medal in the International Queen Elisabeth of Belgium Music Competition in Brussels (1976).

    From the age of ten, she has performed as a soloist throughout the world. She has played with Krystian Zimerman, with whom she recorded sonatas by C. Franck and W. A. Mozart as well as K. Szymanowski’s Myths. She has also worked with Heinz Holliger, Gidon Kremer, Jan Krenz, Mischa Maisky, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Ivan Monighetti, Krzysztof Penderecki, Yuri Simonov, Stanisław Skrowaczewski, Tadeusz Strugała, Witold Rowicki and Antoni Wit.

    As a versatile artist, Kaja Danczowska has performed works from all historical periods. Musical critics praise her technical accuracy, clear sound and emotional involvement in the interpretation of the musical work.

    She has recorded for well known record companies as well as the radio archives (more than 400 recordings, mostly for the Polish Radio and RIAS).

    Kaja Danczowska has served on the jury of numerous competitions in Poland and abroad, e.g. in Poznań (1986), Tokyo (1986), Munich (1992, 1998), New York (1999) and Odense (2000). Since 1972, she has taught a violin class in the Music Academy in Cracow; in 1997, she obtained the state title of full professor. As a highly regarded teacher and tutor, she has received numerous awards, including the Gold Medal “Of Merit to Culture – Gloria Artis” for the 50th anniversary of her artistic work in 2006.

    Justyna Danczowska, piano

    Justyna Danczowska was born in 1981 in Krakow. She started her musical education at the age of six.

    In 2004, after four years of study with Krystian Zimerman she obtained a degree at the Music Academy in Basle. In 2007 she graduated with distinction from the Music Academy in Zurich, where she studied for two years in the class of Konsantin Scherbakov.

    She actively participated many times in master classes conducted by Halina Czerny-Stefańska.

    In 1997 she won the Ludwig Stefański Piano Music Competition in Płock where she received also two special prizes for the best performance of Bach and Beethoven pieces. In 1998 she received the 1st award at the International Chopin Competition for Youth in Szafarnia.

    In 2000 at the Competition for Young Musicians in Krakow she was awarded with the first prize and a special prize for the best performance of a contemporary composition. As a chamber music player: As an award she received the possibility to play concert at the ‘Orpheus 2002′ Festival in Zurich, a special award of the jury at the Chamber Music Competition in Neuchatel (2002) and 3rd award at the ‘Migros Kulturprozent’ Chamber Music Competition in Zurich (2003).

    She performed with such excellent artists as Ilya Gringolts, Kaja Danczowska, Agata Szymczewska, Bartosz Koziak and Piotr Pławner. In the years 1996-1999 she received a scholarship of the Children National Fund, during the next three years she received a scholarship of the Ministry of Culture and National Haritage and in the academic year 2002/2003 she was awarded a scholarship of the Frederic Chopin National Institute. Since 2006 she is working at the Krakow Academy of Music as a chamber pianist.

  • SIMPLE

    Krzysztof Penderecki “Capriccio per Siegfried Palm”
    Isan Yun “Glissées”
    Roman Berger “Convergences III”
    Iannis Xenakis “Kottos”
    Heinz Holliger “Chaconne”
    Laszlo Sary “… for cello”
    Peter Sculthorpe “Requiem”

    The cello is not a well-known solo instrument. The so-called wide public knows only Bach’s suites and perhaps Kodaly’s Sonate. Its traditional perception as a “romantic” instrument in the context of Brahms’, Chopin’s and Rachmaninov’s Sonates and Dvorak’s Concerto  makes it difficult to see it as an independent instrument. Whereas the cello, due to its unlimited technical potential, tremendous sound and colour scales and an exceptional power of expression, is a truly extraordinary instrument and performs very well in all kinds of the 20th century works. Mstislav Rostropovich’s and Siegfried Palm’s extraordinary activity mobilized the greatest composers of the 20th century to write solo compositions for the cello.  Numerous works, including solo masterpieces and such famous compositions as Shostakovich’s  Concertos and Britten’s Suites, were composed for Rostropovich. Now they constitute the core of the instrument’s contemporary literature.

    As regards the solo repertoire, it was obviously the 70th anniversary of Paul Sacher’s birth which was of particular significance. On that occasion Rostropovich ordered twelve short compositions from twelve different composers. Most of them were then included in the repertoire. On the other hand, we owe to Palm compositions which after all those years are still looked upon as “modern”. These are, for example, “Nomos” by Xenakis or the short “Capriccio” by Penderecki, which continue to impress with their courage and innovatory character regarding sonoric potential.

    Naturally, there are also other works which were not composed for Rostropovich or Palm. As a result, they are not so well-known. Still, writing music without the burden which is related to addressing it to some brilliant performer and  the technical potential of the given instrument sometimes results in illustrious compositions. Berger’s   “Convergences III” from cycle for three solo instruments are best examples.

    In SIMPLE I try to combine works which were created under very different circumstances and for different performers but are similar in the classical manner the instrument’s use. The programme is prepared with the minimum of non-cello means. The instrument is neither acoustically or electronically supported. I wish to make the audience focus its attention on the cello as a solo instrument rather than a chamber one, and on its purest and simplest form by consistent rejection of any compromising and distracting composer’s achievements of the last 50 years, such as the use of voice, tape, amplifying, etc.  The result is the clash of two ideas – the idea of the “beautiful” and “perfect” cello through the context of Bach’s Suites with music which consciously changes the definition of esthetics and expression, for which there are no performing, sonoric, formal or any other restrictions.  I am convinced that in this context and in such a combination of compositions, the cello gains a new and original meaning.

  • CELLONET

    The Warsaw CELLONET Group was founded in in 2007. Outstanding young Polish cellists have joined their skills with the goal of creative performing. Soloists of international recognition, appearing at festivals, laureates of international competitions combine their experiences in an ensemble where art and virtuosity are inextricably linked. The CELLONET Group cooperates with outstanding musicians of the young generation, particularly prizewinners of the Witold Lutoslawski International Cello Competition held in Warsaw biannually since 1997. The Warsaw CELLONET Group performs works from the past but is active in promoting new music, inspiring composers to write new works and cooperate with them in the process of preparing the first performances. The group has also been doing projects with artists from the jazz scene singer Anna Maria Jopek and pianist Leszek Możdżer. The first performances of the Warsaw CELLONET Group were held in Autumn 2007 at the Frederc Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, at the 17th Young Lauretes of Music Competitions in Katowice and at the Lutosławski Hall of the Polish Radio in Warsaw. In 2008 the group was invited to perform at the 51st Warsaw Autumn International Contemporary Music Festival in Warsaw and at Krzysztof Penderecki..s 75th birthday anniversary concert at the National Philharmonic in Warsaw. In 2009 a concert of CELLONET has inaugurated the 7th edition of Witold Lutoslawski International Cello Competition at Kings Castle in Warsaw.