Founded on Jarosław Bester’s initiative in 1997 as The Cracow Klezmer Band, it consists of four eminent instrumentalists with classical and jazz education, playing a stylistically highly varied repertoire which assimilates elements of classical, jazz, avant-garde, and contemporary chamber music. Improvisation plays a major role in their work as a form-building element and the band’s musical axis.
He studied organ with Józef Serafin at the Academy of Music in Kraków and with Zsigmond Száthmary at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg, as well as solo performance with Daniel Roth at the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst Frankfurt (the Konzertexamen-Orgel diploma), receiving scholarships from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) and the Alfred Toepfer Stiftung. He also took part in master classes on historically informed performance practice.
A soprano; graduate of the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice (class of Jan Ballarin) and the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna (class of Helena Łazarska). She has won prizes in many nationwide and international vocal competitions.
Having graduated from the Kiev Polytechnic Institute, he studied in Leipzig (music theory with Stephan Krehl, composition with Max Reger and conducting with Arthur Nikisch). He made his debut in Dresden, in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin (1906).
Dutch trumpet player; since 1993 – a member of Cologne’s Musikfabrik ensemble. He has also embarked on an international solo career. His repertoire includes works dedicated to him as their first performer by such eminent composers as Wolfgang Rihm, Georg Friedrich Haas, Péter Eötvös, John Zorn, Agata Zubel, and Hanna Kulenty.
He studied at the Fryderyk Chopin Academy (now University) of Music in Warsaw (with Professor Bogusław Madey), where he also obtained a doctoral degree in conducting under the supervision of Antoni Wit. Between 2007 and 2015 he was the artistic director of the Polish Radio Orchestra in Warsaw.
Igor Pudło (artistic pseudonim: Igor Boxx) is a Polish DJ, music producer and sound engineer, known for his hybrid composition technique, based on combining samples from old records with the sound of electronic instruments, which endows his music with an intriguing retro-futuristic flavour.
She graduated from The Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, where she studied violin with Mirosław Ławrynowicz, Andrzej Gębski and Janusz Wawrowski, as well as viola with Piotr Reichert. Hold- er of scholarships from the ‘Young Poland’ programme and the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.
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