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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 

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Janusz Wawrowski

Recognized as one of the most outstanding and experienced violinists of his generation, Janusz Wawrowski̕s solo career brings him to perform in a number of the world’s most important concert halls, including: Musikverein in Vienna, Wigmore Hall in London, Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Beethoven-Saal in Stuttgart, Seoul Arts Center, Lithuanian National Philharmonic Society in Vilnius, De Doelen in Rotterdam, Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, Teatro Teresa Carreño in Caracas, Warsaw Philharmonic, NFM in Wrocław, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra (NOSPR) in Katowice and Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic in Szczecin.

He has been associated with the Warner Classics label for many years, for which he has released six solo albums and a number of singles. His recordings brought him excellent critics’ reviews and many notable awards. His most recent album, Phoenix, received nominations for International Classical Music Awards 2022, Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik, Opus Klassik 2021 and Fryderyk 2022, and was chosen album of the month on the UK’s “Presto Classical” and album of the week on London’s Classic FM, Norddeutscher Rundfunk and Polish Radio Channel 2.

He is also the winner of the 2017 and 2019 Fryderyk awards, the most prestigious phonographic distinction in Poland. The artist gave many premieres of violin concertos. Tomasz J. Opałka, Marcin Markowicz, Norbert Palej, Dariusz Przybylski and Albena Petrovic have written works dedicated to him. A unique reconstruction of Ludomir Różycki̕s Violin Concerto, which disappeared in ruins of Warsaw after the nazi bombing that followed Warsaw Uprising, was created on his initiative. For his outstanding artistic and social activities, he was awarded the Medal for Merit to Polish Culture from the the Minister of Culture and National Heritage. He has been nominated for the Coryphaeus of Polish Music Award in the “Personality of the Year” category 2018 and for the Cyprian Kamil Norwid Award 2019.

 

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