June 03 , 2021 /Thursday/
18.30 hours Hall “M-Ro G.Atanasov”
Conductor: Piotr Sulkowski /Poland/
Soloist: Emil Olejnik – Сello /Poland/
L. van Beethoven – Overture “Coriolan”, op.62
J. Haydn – Cello Concerto in D Major, Op.101
W.A. Mozart – Symphony №41 “Jupiter”, K 551
Piotr Sulkowski since 2011 the General and Artistic Director of the Warmia and Masuria Philharmonic.
He holds an extensive opera experience gained during his service as a Conductor (1995 – 2007) and later as the Artistic Director of the Cracow Opera (2006-07) and the Music Director of the Wildwood Opera Festival in Little Rock, Arkansas (USA). He prepared a number of opera premieres, including several world premieres. For example, in 2007, during the Polish Music Festival, being part of the Szymanowski Year, he gave the world premiere of yet unknown K. Szymanowski’s The Lottery for Husbands operetta and recorded it in co-operation with the Polish Music Publishing House (PWM). The Rape of Lucretia, by B. Britten, produced by Sulkowski in 2004, was recognized as the best performance of the year at the Bydgoszcz Opera Festival. Sulkowski co-founded the Cracow Chamber Opera and staged several productions there. In 2008-09, he worked as the Deputy Director of the Polish Radio Choir. Since 2009 to 2011 he was Artistic Director of the Torun Symphonic Orchestra. Since 2008 to 2014 the First Guest Conductor of the Signature Symphony Orchestra in Tulsa, Oklahoma (USA).
Sulkowski has been co-operating with many orchestras and teaching as well at Music Academy in Cracow and of conducting at the Bydgoszcz Academy of Music. Since 1993, he has conducted the Orchestra of the F. Chopin State Secondary School of Music in Cracow with which he travels to France to run educational programmes for the French youth. In 2008, he conducted the Jubilee Concert on the Cracow’s Market Square, with the internationally renowned artist, G. Zamfir. In 2010, he conducted a concert in the church of Saint Peter and Paul in Krakow, which inaugurated its Foundation National Pantheon. Sulkowski also produced the soundtrack with B. Chajdecki’s music for The Time of Honour historical film series.
In 2010, in Pamplona (Spain) he prepared the premiere of Bizet’s Carmen with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Navarra and the Asociación Amigos de la Gayarre Ópera with very good critics. In 2010 he also prepared the production of Beethoven’s Fidelio – Memory of the Holocaust project, which took place in main polish cities. In 2011, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Warmia and Masuria travelled to Spain, where in Bilbao and Pamplona under his leadership was prepared performances of Puccini’s Tosca. In 2012, with the same orchestra and soloist Eduard Kunz began at the National Philharmonic in Warsaw series Great Piano Concertos. In 2011 he received his Ph.D. in 2015 habilitated doctor and in 2017 the associate professor of musical arts. In 2016 he led many concerts with the winners of the International Violin Competition. H. Wieniawski in Poland and at the International Violin Festival in St. Petersburg also with Maxim Vengerov. He undertakes many activities promoting Feliks Nowowiejski’s work. As part of the celebration of the Year of Feliks Nowowiejski 2016 he performed concerts with the oratorio “Quo Vadis” with the Orchestra of the Warmia and Masuria Philharmonic, Górecki Chamber Choir in Cracow, Barczewo, and in Warsaw. At the National Philharmonic there were outstanding Metropolitan Opera soloists: Aleksandra Kurzak, Artur Ruciński and Rafał Siwek with whom the recording was made.
Member of the Program Council of Radio Olsztyn (2012 – 2016). Sulkowski received award from the President of Olsztyn Statuette of St. James in the field of culture for the year 2012. In 2013, Warmia and Masuria Business Club, for the arts and popularizing classical music among the inhabitants of the their region, said Sulkowski title and a statue of Personality of Warmia and Masuria in the category of culture. Vice president of the board Polish Philharmonic Association. By 2014, conducted by P. Sulkowski Philharmonic Warmia – Masuria received a statuette Laurel “Best of the Best” for achievements and successes of the scale nationwide and internationally for the promotion of Warmia and Masuria in 2013. In 2014 he was awarded the medal Gloria Artis by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage. In 2015, for “creative achievements in the field of culture Warmia and Masuria” he was awarded the Governor of Warmia – Masuria statue of Pegasus. Honored with the Silver Cross of Merit (2016).
Emil Olejnik, born in 1999, received his first cello lesson at age of 6 as a student of F.Chopin State Music School in Olsztyn, Poland, where he studied under mgr.Magdalena Niedzwiedz. In 2013 he successfully auditioned to Z.Brzewski Music High School in Warsaw, where he continued to study under prof.Tomasz Strahl and mgr.Mateusz Szmyt until 2018. During his education in Warsaw, Emil has been a laureate of 15 national and international competitions. In 2016 he received a I prize on the National Cello Competition, organized by Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. In 2018 he was awarded Grand Prix on the ARS Lithuanica Summer Fest in Vilnius, what resulted in his participation in „Lithuania Concert Tour 2018”. During that event, Emil had an opportunity to perform, as a soloist, on a stage of Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall. Emil was also a recipient of numerous scholarships for his artistic achievements from Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, The Polish Children’s Fund, Marshal of the Warminsko-Mazurkie Voivodship, President of the City of Olsztyn, Mount Royal Conservatory of Music in Calgary, Canada, and a First Lady of Poland Agata Kornhauser-Duda. Since 2008 Emil has been an active participant of national and international masterclasses around the world. He had an honor of learning from well-renowned cellists such as Stanisław Firlej, Marcin Zdunik, Claudio Bohorquez, Yu Wei, Na Mula, Paul Kadz, Laurence Lesser, Reinhard Latzko, Kiril Rodin, Andres Diaz, Jakob Spahn, Johannes Moser and Arto Noras. In 2018 Emil successfully auditioned to University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, where he continues to study under prof. Reinhard Latzko.
June 24 , 2021 /Thursday/
18.30 hours Hall “M-Ro G.Atanasov”
Conductor: GIANCARLO DE LORENZO /Italy/
Soloist: Ines Simeonova – piano
W.A. Mozart – Symphony №1, K 16
W.A. Mozart – Piano Concerto №21, in C major, K.467
Richard Wagner – “Siegfried Idyll”
GIANCARLO DE LORENZO
He studied at the School of Music of Brescia and graduated in Organ and Organ Composition with high marks under M° F. Castelli. At the same time he got the Diploma of “Maturitа Classica” and then went to
university, attending the courses of the D.A.M.S. Music section at the faculty of “Lettere e Filosofia” in Bologna. Besides, he studied composition and orchestra conductorship with M° G. Cataldo, widening his knowledge and experience.
Founder and Conductor of the “Orchestra Vox Aurae” of Brescia since 1992, he dedicates himself to the rediscovery and deepening of little known authors of the baroque music such as F. Durante, F. L. Gassmann, J. Myslyvecek. With the “Vox Aurae” he did record the complete series of Symphonies for Strings by F. Durante, the first volume of the 20th century Italian authors who wrote in Baroque style, the Symphonies for Strings by J. Myslivecek, the integral of the Symphonies for strings of FL Gassman, and a CD dedicated to the piano and orchestra concerts of W.A. Mozart. All recordings have been edited by Agorа recording company in Milan.
In 2003 he becomes the Artistic Director and 1st Conductor of the “Orchestra del Teatro Olimpico” of Vicenza, a position he held until December 2011. In October 2005 he conducted the Orchestra of the
Teatro Olimpico of Vicenza at the Barge Music of New York where he returned in March 2006 to conduct in the prestigious Carnegie Hall.
He has also collaborated with great soloists such as L.G. Uriol, M. Fornaciari, A Bacchetti, S.Krylov, F.Manara, A.Persichilli, P. Hommage, E. Klein, G. Costa, U. Clerici, B. Engerer, P. Entremont, M. Rudy, E Virsaladze, S. Mintz, U. Ughi, P. Amoyal, P. Galliano, Hiromi Uehara, Uri Caine, Ramin Bahrami, Mischa Maisky, Olga Kern and many others.
Ines Simeonova was born in Dobrich, Bulgaria. He studied at the National Music School “Lyubomir Pipkov” in Sofia in the piano class of Mariana Shikova, then graduated with a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the National Academy of Music “Prof. Pancho Vladigerov” in the class of Prof. Dr. Borislava Taneva. During his years of study he participated in various national and international festivals, including: “ICon Arts” Transylvania, Romania; Summer Academy of Arts, Sozopol, “Music of Europe”, “Sofia Music Weeks”, “ppIANISSIMO” and others.
He is a winner of awards from national and international piano competitions,