The Baltic Neopolis Quartet will play a total of nine concerts in China and Japan. In Japan the quartet will be accompanied by Vasko Vassilev, the concertmaster of the Covent Garden Opera House in London, and the world-famous pianist Ingrid Fujiko Hemming.
The Baltic Neopolis Quartet was founded in 2008 by the leaders of the Baltic Neopolis Orchestra who are graduates of Berlin, London, Wrocław and Szczecin music academies. Passionate mainly about the classical repertoire of the 20th and 21st century, the musicians have the artistic vision allowing them to feel equally at home in unconventional musical projects. The Quartet participates regularly in musical experimens taking place in museums, radio studios, churches, industrial buildings and in the open air. The ensemble performed at, among others, 42nd International Festival of Contemporary Music 'Poznań Musical Spring' (2013), Witold Lutosławski Year celebrations in Prague (2013), 1st Wojciech Kilar Festival of Contemporary Music in Gorzów (2013), Gaia International Music Festival in Portugal (2015), 19th Festival Internacional Musica i Festa en Massanassa in Spain (2015), summer festivals in Rovinj and Umago Classica in Croatia and Greece (2016).
Ingrid Fujiko (aka Fuzjko) Hemming was born in Berlin in 1932. As a result of an illness, she has been struggling with hearing problems since childhood. In spite of this, she continued her musical career in Japan, and since the 1980s in Europe, however without sigificant success. In 1996 she returned to Japan and three years later she won acclaim for her debut album La Campanella. This success opened her a way to the most important stages of New York, London, Paris and Berlin, as well as to the cooperation with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra and other world-famous ensembles. In 2008 she signed a contract with Domo Records, recording several CDs over the next two years.
Vasko Vassilev was born on 14 October 1970 in Sofia. Since his debut at the age of eight he showed an extraordinary talent and quickly gained the status of a child violin prodigy. As a ten-year-old he started his education at the Moscow Conservatory, and seven years later he won his first international music competition in Paris. At the age of twenty three he became the youngest concertmaster ever of the Royal Opera House in London. In 2005 he made his debut as a conductor at the Royal Albert Hall. Currently he teaches master classes at, among others, the Royal College of Music and the Trinity College of Music in London. He is the founder and artistic director of the instrumental group Laureate made up exclusively of international prize-winning instrumentalist. He has worked with artists such as Plácido Domingo, Sting, the Rolling Stones and his former student Vanessa Mae.
The Baltic Neopolis Quartet comprises of the leaders of the Baltic Neopolis Orchestra:
Emanuel Salvador – violin
Radosław Pujanek – violin
Emilia Goch Salvador – viola
Tomasz Lisiecki – cello
Franz Schubert Death and the Maiden
Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet No. 11, Op. 95 Serioso
Mikołaj Górecki Overture for String Quartet
Philip Glass String Quartet No. 2 Company
Paweł Łukaszewski String Quartet No. 3
Ludwig van Beethoven Spring Sonata in F major, Op. 24
Johannes Brahms Hungarian Dances No. 1 and 5
Fryderyk Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1
Niccolo Paganini La Campanella from Violin Concerto No. 2