2 September 2020 / Wednesday / 18:00
proMODERN – vocal sextet of contemporary music
Marta CZARKOWSKA – soprano
Ewa PUCHALSKA – mezzosoprano
Ewelina RZEZIŃSKA – mezzosoprano
Aleksander REWIŃSKI – tenor
Krzysztof CHALIMONIUK – baritone
Piotr PIERON – bass
Jerzy Semkow Polish Sinfonia Iuventus OrchestraMarek WRONISZEWSKI – conductor
Zygmunt Krauze – Copernicus – Our Planet / 2020 / Commissioned by CODES Festival and ARTE Fundacja Kultury i Edukacji // PREMIERE
ProMODERN CONTEMPORARY MUSIC VOCAL SEXTET
proMODERN specializes in interpreting works of contemporary music. They have presented the world premieres of 38 pieces, mainly by Polish composers. The group was founded in 2012. Since then they have performed at many Polish and international festivals, at all of Poland’s philharmonic halls.
proMODERN has won five Polish music industry Fryderyk Awards: in 2015 for their debut album Where Are You? Pieces from Warsaw, and in 2018 for their second album, “proMODERN shakespired”, which was released in December 2017. In 2020 they won Fryderyk Award in the “Contemporary Music Album of the Year” for their new album “Comfort zone”.
In 2018 proMODERN was nominated for a Coryphée of Polish Music Award in the “Discovery of the Year” category for their interpretation of K. Stockhausen’s Stimmung at CODES Festival in Lublin.
JERZY SEMKOW POLISH SINFONIA IUVENTUS ORCHESTRA
The Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra was founded on the initiative of Jerzy Semkow, one of the most prominent Polish conductors. Established by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage with a decree of 1 October 2007, it is a state artistic institution, the guiding principle of which is to give young musicians an opportunity for an artistic orchestral debut and prepare them to work in similar professional ensembles. The Orchestra is composed of the most talented graduates and students of art music academies under 30 years of age.
Sinfonia Iuventus began its artistic activity in June 2008. It has worked with many renowned conductors, including Krzysztof Penderecki, Gabriel Chmura, Antoni Wit, John Axelrod, Charles Dutoit, Nicolae Moldoveanu, Juozas Domarkas, Michaił Jurowski, Tadeusz Kozłowski. In 2018, the Orchestra celebrated its tenth anniversary of artistic activity, and during a concert at the National Philharmonic in Warsaw on October 8th, it officially adopted the name of Jerzy Semkow.
Deputy Director of the Jerzy Semkow Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra He has been associated with this institution since October 2017, initially as the assistant conductor and then as the orchestra manager.
He assisted many outstanding conductors including Michail Jurowski, Gabriel Chmura, Mirosław Jacek Błaszczyk, Tadeusz Kozłowski, Andrzej Boreyko, Piotr Gajewski. He also works with many soloists including Zakhar Bron, Vadim Repin, Piotr Plawner, Kevin Kenner, Krzysztof Meisinger, Klaudiusz Baran and Joanna Marcinkowska.
He collaborates with the Silesian Philharmonic, the National Symphonic Orchestra of the Polish Radio, the Philharmonic of Kraków, the Philharmonic of Lublin, the Świętokrzyska Philharmonic, the Symphonic Orchestra of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, the Symphonic Orchestra of Zamość, the Polish Sinfonia Baltica Philharmonic, the Symphonic Orchestra of Toruń.
In 2017 he was honoured with the Medal of the Association of Polish Music Artists for “contribution to Polish music”.
Composer and pianist. He divides his work into four categories: the first is unistic (unitary) music inspired by the paintings of Władysław Strzemiński; the second – spatial compositions performed in specially constructed interiors; the third – “music about music”, characterized by the presence of allusions and quotes; the fourth is subjective, deeply expressive “music of returning to the roots”.
He is the author of 7 operas and over 100 orchestral, chamber and solo compositions. As a concert pianist, he performs on the most important stages in Europe, the Americas and Asia. He gives master classes and lectures at universities in Japan, South Korea, China, USA and many European countries.
He was awarded, among others, the French National Order of the Legion of Honor (2007) and the title Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (1984), and in Poland the Knight’s Cross – The Order of Polonia Restituta (2014) and the Gold Medal for Merit to Culture – Gloria Artis (2010). He is an honorary member of the Polish Composers’ Union, the Witold Lutosławski Society, Polish and International Society for Contemporary Music.