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Mari Fukumoto, photo: Sonja Werner; Janusz Wawrowski, photo: Bartek Barczyk

Krzysztof Meyer’s 80th Birthday

A versatile composer, perfectly au fait with the styles of music old and new. His remarkable erudition, intuition and curiosity helped him to master the features of musical language from different epochs. Hence we find in the oeuvre of Krzysztof Meyer both works based on twelve-note technique and symphonies in the style of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, deceptively similar to works by the Austrian genius. He began composing as a child, then honed his skills under the guidance of Krzysztof Penderecki, Nadia Boulanger and Witold Lutosławski. His special relationship with Dmitry Shostakovich led Meyer to write a monograph, translated into a dozen or so languages, and to finish one of the Russian composer’s operas.

During this concert to mark Krzysztof Meyer’s eightieth birthday, we will hear his Musica festiva for organ and orchestra. This composition was commissioned by Łodź Philharmonic for the orchestra’s centenary, and its first performance came in 2015. The original score required the participation of two organs, which makes it impossible to perform in most of the world’s concert halls. Fortunately, foreseeing that difficulty, the composer also prepared a version with ‘only’ one organ, which will be performed in the concert in Warsaw.

Bartłomiej Gembicki 


Mari Fukumoto

Mari Fukumoto is one of the most sought-after organists of our time. Born in Tokyo in 1987, today she has a busy concert schedule playing on the most eminent organs, and she is a regular guest at numerous international concert halls. She performs with outstanding orchestras such as the City of Kyoto Symphony Orchestra, the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Wrocław Baroque Ensemble. In the 2020/2021 season, she was an Artist in Residence at the National Forum of Music in Wrocław (NFM, Poland), where she performed several times in the 2022/2023 season as well.

Mari Fukumoto studied at the Tokyo University of the Arts and continued her studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg with Wolfgang Zerer. She won numerous prestigious competitions, among them first prizes at the 4th Daniel Herz International Organ Competition in Brixen/Bressanone (Italy) and at the 3rd Agati Tronci International Organ Competition in Pistoia (Italy), both in 2014. In the same year, her debut album with works by Nikolaus Bruhns, Dieterich Buxtehude, Johann Sebastian Bach, Nicolas de Grigny, Olivier Messiaen and Michael Radulescu was released. Her latest CD recording with the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic Orchestra was released in the fall of 2022.

Since the summer term of 2019, Mari Fukumoto has been teaching church music at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar. She teaches the subjects of artistic organ playing, organ improvisation and basso continuo. Currently she is also the principal deputy for the vacant organist position at the Frauenkirche Dresden.