Performers

Born as Witold Kałka in Taganrog, Russia, and repatriated to Poland in 1923, he studied violin with Artur Malawski and Stanisław Mikuszewski as well as music theory with Michał Piotrowski and Bolesław Wallek-Walewski at Kraków Conservatory. Performing at the same time in Kraków Philharmonic Orchestra. During World War II he played the viola in the Orchestra of the Philharmonic of the General Government as well as studying conducting with Rudolf Hindemith and theory and composition with Zdzisław Jachimecki.
A pianist and chamber musician, critically acclaimed as one of Poland’s most outstanding musicians of his generation. He graduated from Józef Stompel’s class at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, where he now teaches piano. He also studied with Pavel Gililov at Salzburg’s Universität Mozarteum.
This German composer, born in 1962, graduated in composition after studies with Klaus Huber, Emmanuel Nunes, and Mathias Spahlinger. He continued his education at Péter Eötvös’ courses. His output comprises chamber, vocal, orchestral, and theatre music.
He studied conducting with Artur Malawski in Krakow and in Leningrad with Yevgeny Mravinsky. He was an assistant to the latter at Leningrad Philharmonic, and later a conductor at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre. On his return to Poland, he started working at the Polish National Opera in Warsaw.
Eminent Polish singer of Greek descent, music composer and text author; an improviser using the polyphonic singing technique. One of the most original personalities in Polish music, associated with jazz and the related genres, blues, rock, and the ethnic music scene. His voice can be heard on more than 60 albums.
Born in 2001, he graduated from primary music school in Płońsk, and continued his education with Joanna Ławrynowicz-Just and Marek Bracha (piano), Beata Popis (harpsichord), Anna Misior (chamber music), and Jarosław Wróblewski (organ) in the Zenon Brzewski Music School in Warsaw.
Having graduated from a construction industry high school in Białystok and in architecture from the Warsaw University of Technology, she eventually decided to dedicate herself to a singing career. She studied voice with Magdalena Halfter in secondary school and at Warsaw’s State Higher School of Music (1955–1960). Simultaneously she performed as a soloist in the Polish Army Song and Dance Ensemble.
She took piano lessons with Maria Drzewiecka at Toruń Conservatory and later with Henryk Sztompka. In 1939 she settled in Kraków, where in 1945 she took up studies with Sztompka at the State Higher School of Music and developed her abilities for several years under Zbigniew Drzewiecki. In 1949 she won the 11th place in the 4th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw.
Smendzianka mainly focused on Polish music (Chopin, Janiewicz, Krogulski, Ogiński, Szymanowska, F. Lessel, Zarębski, and contemporary composers).
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