Lutoslawski Quartet in Tokyo
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In March, as part of an extensive Asian tour co-organised by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, the Lutoslawski Quartet gave concert at Tokyo's Kioi Hall...
In March, as part of an extensive Asian tour co-organised by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, the Lutoslawski Quartet gave concert at Tokyo's Kioi Hall.
The tour, held in the year of the hundredth anniversary of Witold Lutoslawski's birth, also comprised concerts in Hong Kong (21st of March), Korea (23rd of March), Singapore (27th of March) and China (29th of March in Hangzhou and 30th of March in Beijing). The tour was highly successful, with well-attended concerts in each venue.
The Lutoslawski Quartet comprising of Jakub Jakowicz (first violin), Marcin Markowicz (second violin), Artur Rozmyslowicz (viola) and Maciej Mlodawski (chello) was founded in 2007. It has appeared at many festivals, including: Wratislavia Cantans, Ensemble, Musica Polonica Nova, Jazztopad, Chain, the Lutoslawski Forum at the Polish National Philharmonic, the Klara Festival in Brussels, and the Ankara Music Festival in Turkey.
The quartet has given concerts with Bruno Canino, Paul Gulda, the Silesian Quartet, the Royal String Quartet, Tomasz Strahl, Ryszard Groblewski, an English oboist Nicholas Daniel, the world-renowned pianist and Chopin Competition prize-winner - Eugen Indijc, an extraordinary clarinetist Michel Lethiec, as well as outstanding jazz players such as Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor and Uri Caine. They have also performed Bohuslav Martinu's and Arnold Schoenberg's concertos for quartet and orchestra under Maestro Jacek Kaspszyk's baton. At the invitation of the Polish Institute in Brussels in December 2010, they appeared in the Brussels Opera with a concert closing the InternationalChopin Year. In 2012 the ensemble was invited at the Contemporary Music Festival in Greece. Together with the guest musicians - Krzysztof Jakowicz and Andrzej Bauer - they have recorded world's first album featuring Witold Lutoslawski's chamber works for the CD Accord label. The CD received the 2009 Fryderyk Award nomination. In 2010 they recorded Karol Szymanowski's, Dmitri Shostakovich's and Marcin Markiewicz's quartets for Lutoslawski Quartet's debut solo album.
The Lutoslawski Quartet performs contemporary music as well as recently commissioned pieces, and focuses on popularizing Polish music, including works by Lutoslawski, Bacewicz, Szymanowski, and also compositions by one of the group members - Marcin Markowicz. An ensemble made up of versatile and open-minded artists, they blend the contemporary repertoire with classical, Romantic and jazz music. Their future plans include further recording projects that promote Polish music.
Programme of the concert in Tokyo:
- Witold Lutoslawski - String Quartet
- Karol Szymanowski - String Quartet no. 2
- Dmitri Shostakovich - String Quartet no. 8
- Marcin Markowicz - String Quartet no. 3
Programme of the Asian Tour:
- 21.03.2013 concert at Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, as part of the Hong Kong Arts Festival, Hong Kong
- 23.03.2013 concert at Tongyeong Arts Center, Small Hall, as part of the Tongyeong International Music Festival, Republic of Korea
- 25.03.2013 concert at Kioi Hall in Tokyo, Japan (concert organized by the Polish Institute in Tokyo)
- 27.03.2013 concert at Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, Concert Hall, Singapore (concert organized by CultureLink Singapore)
- 29.03.2013 concert at Hangzhou Theater, Hangzhou, China (concert organized by the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Beijing)
- 30.03.2013 concert at Forbidden City Concert Hall, Beijing, China (concert organized by the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Beijing)
Time: 25th of March, 2013
Venue: Kioi Hall, 6-5 Kioi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Organizers: Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Polish Institute in Tokyo
Partners in Japan: Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Tokyo, Japan Lutoslawski Society, The Frederick Chopin Society of Japan, Szymanowski Society of Japan, Japan Society for Contemporary Music, Chopin Magazine, Ongaku No Tomo Sha Corp.
Partners in other countries: Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Beijing, Wroclaw Philharmonic, CultureLink Singapore