OLIVIA CAMERATA CONCERT. FOUR SEASONS: SPRING
16:00 - 17:30
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Olivia Business Centre is happy to invite you to a cycle of 4 concerts in the 2018 season under the joint title: “FOUR SEASONS” held as part of the interdisciplinary “Olivia Culture” project. The first concert titled “SPRING” will take place at 4 pm on April 14 (Saturday) in the concert hall of the Olivia Sky Club.
The unique mood of meetings with chamber music enjoyed by a large audience of Olivia Camerata concerts in previous seasons (2016 and 2017) encouraged us to continue the Saturday events that attract entire multi-generational families to Olivia. Thanks to this project we manage to unite people who love music: inhabitants of Oliwa, Gdańsk and our metropolis as well as residents of the Olivia Business Centre. The willingness to be together and spend some time in an original manner unites music lovers who appreciate participation in Olivia Camerata concerts.
Because of that, we invite you again to the spring edition of Olivia Camerata, which will allow you to spend an exceptional afternoon with a new chamber program in a unique environment. The program includes gems of the Polish music and glamorous miniatures from the international repertoire, adorned with Czardases. Renowned Gdańsk artists and their talented children will perform.
Who could remain unimpressed with the first symptoms of the spring revival of nature? Even the greatest enthusiasts of frost and winter sports soften when they can see the first flowers, delicate foliage and hear the chirping birds. Spring is a particularly beautiful season; no wonder that it made its mark in the history of music. The special program to be presented at the concert is sure to bring the spring to your hearts!
Performers at the concert:
- Magdalena Witczak – soprano
- Karolina Piątkowska-Nowicka – violin
- Piotr Nowicki – piano
Karolina Piątkowska-Nowicka – a violinist, chamber musician and teacher. She graduated from the class of professor Henryk Keszkowski at the S. Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk. In 2004-2006, she studied at Musikhochschule in Luzern (Switzerland), in the class of professor Sebastian Hamann. She participated in master music courses many times and was educated under the guidance of teachers such as, e.g.: Zakhar Bron, Edward Grach, Petru Munteanu, Wanda Wiłkomirska and Wolfgang Marschner. She is a winner of many chamber music contests in Poland and abroad, e.g. the National Chamber Ensemble Competition in Wrocław (1st place), G. Bacewicz National Chamber Ensemble Competition In Łódź (2nd place), K. Penderecki International Contemporary Music Competition in Krakow (1st place), V. Gui International Chamber Ensemble Competition in Florence (special award). She received the scholarship of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, President of the City of Sopot and Gdańsk, Marshal of the Pomorskie Voivodship and the Rotary Club. She was nominated for the “Young Creators of Culture” award twice. In 1997, she received a violin from the German violin-maker Gottfried Raabs and has been playing it to this day. She appears in solo and chamber recitals in Poland and abroad (m.in. Germany, France, Holland, Italy, Finland, Estonia, Sweden, China). She has been playing solo concerts with orchestras such as the Polish Baltic Philharmonics, State Chamber Orchestra “Sinfonia Baltica”, Hanseatic Chamber Orchestra “Hanseatica”, Gdańsk Academy of Music Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2002-2006, she performed the function of a concertmaster in the Polish Chamber Orchestra “Sinfonia Baltica” in Słupsk and has been managing the group of second violins in the Polish Baltic Philharmonics in Gdańsk since 2006. She has been working at her alma mater since 2003; as an assistant initially and as a senior lecturer doctor since 2011. Since 2006, she has been a part of the NeoQuartet string quartet specializing in contemporary music. The ensemble has recorded many albums published by DUX, Acte Prealable, Gavia Music and Soliton. The quartet was nominated for the “Fryderyk” music award twice. NeoQuartet has already performed at many prestigious festivals in Poland (Warsaw Autumn, Musica Electronika Nova, Poznań Music Spring, Nostalgia, Gdańsk Music Festival) and internationally (Contrasts-Ukraine, Other Sound-Russia, Beijing Modern – China, Randfestspiele-Germany and other). In 2012 and 2014, the musicians played the “Voices of the Mountains” project during official visits of RP President Bronisław Komorowski in Lausanne and Palermo. NeoQuartet is the organizer of the NeoArte-New Music Spectrum Festival.
Magdalena Witczak – a lyric coloratura soprano. She graduated from the H. Wieniawski Secondary School of Music in Łódź where she was studying in the class of violin. After that, she was studying in the class of solo singing at the St. Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk and graduated receiving a diploma with a distinction. She is the winner of many vocal competitions. In 2006, she received the degree of a doctor of music arts in the artistic discipline of singing; in 2012, she became a chartered teacher and, in 2015, an associated professor. She performs operatic music (ca. 100 performances), operetta (ca. 110 concerts), oratorio-cantata music (ca. 150 concerts), Polish and foreign songs (ca. 50 concerts), musicals (29 performances) and entertainment songs. Most important stage roles: Rosina in “The Barber of Seville” by G. Rossini, Susanna in “The Marriage of Figaro” by W.A.Mozart, Norina in “Don Pasquale” by G. Donizetti, Fasquita in “Carmen” by G. Bizet, Oskar in “A Masked Ball” by G. Verdi, Hanna in “The Haunted Manor” by St. Moniuszko, Lucia in “The Rape of Lucretia” by B. Britten, Stasi in “The Gipsy Princess” by E. Kalman and the Mother Abbess in “The Sound of Music” by R. Rodgers, O. Hammerstain. The permanent cooperation (since 2000) with a Gdańsk ensemble Cappella Gedanensis resulted in the recording of world premieres of cantatas by J. T. Roemhildt in 2005 and in the recording of a solo motet “In Furore” by A. Vivaldi in 2008. She performs the works by contemporary Polish composers. She performs in Poland and abroad. Her achievements include radio recordings, albums and TV performances. In 2015, she received the Award of the Director of the Primary and Secondary School of Music in Słupsk for achievements in the didactic and educational work and particular contribution to school development in the schoolyear 2014/2015. In 2016, she received an order of merit “In the service of Polish culture” from the Minister of Culture and National Heritage. In 2017, she received the Award of the President of the City of Gdańsk on the occasion of the Jubilee of the 20 years of artistic work.
Piotr Nowicki – piano. He graduated from the Instrumental Faculty at the S. Moniuszko Academy of Music where he studied in the piano class of professor Włodzimierz Wiesztordt. Music of the 20th and 21st century that he performs as a soloist and chamber player is at the centre of his interests. He has to his credit a few dozen first performances of works by contemporary composers, both Polish and foreign. He has appeared at many prestigious festivals, e.g. Warsaw Autumn, Musica Polonica Nova in Wrocław, Festival of First Performances in Katowice, Unsound in Krakow and New York, Ensemble Europa in Köln, C3 in Berlin, Open Form Festival in Copenhagen, Loop Festival in Brussels, Musische Nuove Festival in Palermo, Contrasts in Lvov, aXes in Krakow, Festival of Traditional and Avant-garde Music “Kody” in Lublin, Musica Moderna in Lodz, Audio-Art Festival in Krakow, Festival of Improvised Music Ad Libitum in Warsaw, New Music Days and Avant Days Festival in Gdańsk, Dialogue of Four Cultures Festival in Lodz and the Komeda Jazz Festival in Słupsk. Since 2002, he has been a part of the Kwartludium ensemble specializing in the performances of new music. In 2003-2013, Piotr Nowicki was also a member of the Polish-German European Workshop for Contemporary Music ensemble established by the International Festival of Contemporary Music “Warsaw Autumn” and the German Music Council. The ensemble under the guidance of a renowned German conductor Rudiger Bohn performed at many prestigious festivals of contemporary music in Poland, Germany and Ukraine, presenting works listed among the classics of the 20th century avant-garde and also the latest works composed especially for the ensemble. He has numerous recorded albums to his credit (Dux, Requiem Records, Bôłt Records, Denovali Records, Touch), recordings on the radio (Program 2 of the Polish Radio, WDR3, Deutschlandfunk) and TV (TVP Kultura). An album he recorded with a violinist, Karolina Piątkowska-Nowicka for the DUX record company was published in 2017. The album contains chamber music by composers such as Claude Debussy, Sergei Prokofiev and Witold Lutosławski. He toured in the United States, Australia, Britain, Italy, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Russia, Turkey and South Korea. He is a scholar of the Marshal of the Pomorskie Voivodship, President of the City of Gdańsk and the Minister of Culture and National Heritage. He has been a part of his alma mater since 1995, working as an adjunct at the Vocal-Acting and Instrumental Faculty. Since 2012, he has been the manager of the Interdepartmental Institute for Contemporary Music. He received the title of an associate professor granted by the Council of the Instrumental Department at the Academy of Music in Gdańsk in 2015. Piotr Nowicki is also the sponsor and President of the Kwartludium New Music Foundation.
Program of the concert at 4 pm, on 14.04.2018
- Kálman: Silva’s Czardas– “THE GIPSY PRINCESS”
- Lehar: When the violin plays – Ilona’s czardas from the “GYPSY LOVE” operetta; On my lips – Giuditta’s song from the “GIUDITTA” operetta
- Loewe: I could have danced all night– MY FAIR LADY
- Chopin: “A Wish”, “Spring”
- Wieniawski: Obertas op.19 No. 1; Kujawiak op.3 No. 2, Romance from the 2nd d-moll violin concerto
- Monti: Czardas
- Kreisler: Liebeslied
Students of the OSM and SM (first level music schools) in Gdańsk will perform to promote new talents
- Debussy:Girl with the flaxen hair (Zosia Nowicka)
- Wieniawski:The Polish Song(Marysia Nowicka)
- Bach:Menuet(Kajetan Macalak)