The I, CULTURE Orchestra, composed of 116 young musicians from Armenia, Azerbejdzan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldavia, Ukraine and Poland, arrived in Gdańsk in early July for a month-long residency in the Polish city. Their residency culminates with a concert at the Solidarity of Arts Festival in late September.
I, CULTURE Orchestra Auditions, Tbilisi
The I, CULTURE Orchestra, composed of 117 young musicians from Armenia, Azerbejdzan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldavia, Ukraine and Poland, arrived in Gdańsk in early July for a month-long residency in the Polish city. Their residency culminates with a concert at the Solidarity of Arts Festival in late August
The selection of artists from a group of 600 hopefuls has formed an international group of orchestral specialists, chaired by conductor Paweł Kotla. During the three-week long residency the musicians take part in workshops led by the most accomplished lecturers from leading European orchestral groups, such as: the London Symphony Orchestra, Opera de Lyon, Philharmonia Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Metropolitan Opera. During this time the group will collaborate with Sir Neville Marriner, the legendary founder of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields orchestra, by whom they will be conducted in November in Berlin, London and Madrid.
Łukasz Strusiński, classical music specialist at the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, says: "I'm very happy that the orchestra's inaugural concert will happen at a festival that stresses freedom in the arts." In the same interview for Poland's Gazeta Wyborcza Strusiński also enthused about the group's upcoming Royal Festival Hall appearance, stressing that: "since 1999, when Krystian Zimmerman performed there with his Polish Festival Orchestra, there has not been a single orchestral group [at the Royal Festival Hall] from Poland". The I, Culture Orchestra project, of which Poles comprise around 50% of the members, is set to change this.
I, CULTURE Orchestra will debut on the 24th of August at the Solidarity of Arts festival at the Baltic Philharmonic.The programme includes Shostakovich's V Symphony d-moll, Op. 47, Prokofiev's Scythian Suite, Op.20 and Szymanowski's Concert Symphony, Op.60 the piano solo of which will be performed by pianist Peter Jabłoński. The orchestra will be conducted by Paweł Kotla.
A press conference dedicated to I, Culture Orchestra will be held on the 18th of August, with Paweł Adamowicz (President of the City of Gdańsk), Basil Kerski (European Director of the Solidarity Centre), Sir Neville Marriner (Guest Conductor of I, Culture Orchestra) and Paweł Potoroczyn (Director of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute) all taking part.
The I, CULTURE Orchestra tour:
Gdańsk, Baltic Philharmonic, 24th of August,
Kraków, Krakow Philharmonic, 27th of August,
Stockholm, Berwaldhallen, 4th of September,
Lublin, Lublin Philharmonic, 22nd of October,
Kiev, Kiev Opera, 27th of October,
Berlin,Berlin Philharmonic, 2nd of November,
Brussells, Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles, Bozar, 4th of November,
London, Royal Festival Hall (Southbank Centre), 6th of November,
Madrid, Teatro Real, 8th of November,
Warsaw, National Philharmonic, 11th of November