Szymanowski concerts were held in Beijing's Central Conservatory of Music as well as five other Chinese and Japanese cities...
Szymanowski Quartet, photo. Marco Borggreve
Karol Szymanowski's works were played at Beijing's CCoM / Central Conservatory of Music, performed by the Szymanowski Quartet. The concert was combined with a symposium dedicated to Karol Szymanowski and Polish music of the twentieth century with participation of both Chinese and Polish researchers
Taking part were experts from Poland – Dr. Marcin Gmys, a musicologist and music critic who collaborates with the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan as well as Dr. Agnieszka Chwiłek from the Musicology Institute at the University of Warsaw.
The Szymanowski Quartet was founded in 1995 in Warsaw and quickly became one of the most recognized international quartets of its generation. The group’s musicians regularly perform at prestigious festivals world-wide and give concerts at concert halls across Europe, the US, Asia, Australia and South America. The group’s high musical standard is reflected in their many awards and distinctions, including being awarded first place at the Premio Vittorio Gui competition in Florence and at the In Memoriam Dimitri Schostakowitsch in Hanover. They were also prize-winners at the International Chamber Music competition in Osaka as well as the International Chamber Music Competition in Melbourne. In 2005 they were the only string quartet to be awarded the Karol Szymanowski Foundation in Warsaw award 'for their particular craft in interpreting the music of Karol Szymanowski and their fantastic achievements on stages across the world'.
In addition to Beijing, the group’s series of Asia concerts also include Taiwan (5-6th of October), Hong Kong (8-9th of October) and Tokyo (18th of October).
Founded in 1950, The Central Conservatory of Music is the leading national music school in Beijing. It currently houses a student body of approx. 2,000 international (pan-Asian, American and European), undergraduate and graduate students
Date: 15th-16th of October, 2011
Organised by: CCOM, Adam Mickiewicz Institute
Karol Szymanowski is a Flagship Project of the Cultural Programme of the Polish Presidency. For more information on the project, see: Karol Szymanowski
Source: Adam Mickiewicz Institute
For more on Szymanowski, see: www.karolszymanowski.pl