Join us for a unique artistic event
Take delight in listening to music performed by prize-winning virtuoso musicians:
cellist Zofia Łodygowska and pianist Przemysław Witek.
The concert will be held on Friday, 7th September 2018 at 19:30 in Room 4.
Do not miss this truly genuine feast for the ears!
Polish born Zofia Łodygowska is currently cellist with the internationally acclaimed Diverso String Quartet and a soloist of the Częstochowa Philharmonic. In years 2014-2016 she was a scholar of Live Music Now programme in Berlin. In April 2015 as a member of the Diverso String Quartet she was awarded Młoda Polska scholarship from the Polish Government in support of her European career. As a soloist and chamber musician, she is a prizewinner of numerous international competitions across Europe which include the Gianni Bergamo Classic Music Award, the Ludwig van Beethoven International Chamber Music Competition (Poland), Karol Szymanowski International Competition for String Quartets (Poland), A. Prochazku International Cello Competition (Slovakia), Liezen International Cello Competition (Austria), John Webster Memorial Prize (UK), Hirsh Prize (UK), and finalist of the Sir John Barbirolli Cello Prize (UK). Zofia was Leverhulme Junior Fellow at Pro Corda International Chamber Music Academy between 2012 and 2014. That was followed by an invitation to join their group of staff.
She has been invited to perform in international masterclasses with world leading cellists who include Ralph Kirshbaum, Gary Hoffman, Hannah Roberts and Reinhard Latzko. As a soloist, she has performed in Wrexham with the North East Wales Sinfonia performing Dvorak’s Cello Concerto, in Halifax with the Orchestra of Square Chapel performing Schumann’s Cello Concerto, at the Runge Concert Hall with the Karłowicz Chamber Orchestra performing Vivaldi’s Double Cello Concerto, in Austria as part of the Dachsberg Proms performing Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations and regularly performs in solo and chamber music recitals across the United Kingdom, Poland and Germany. In September 2014, as a member of the Diverso Quartet Zofia performed Spohr’s Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra with the Orchestra of Square Chapel. In 2016 together with the Diverso Quartet she was invited to perform in the Sacrum non Profanum International Music Festival (Poland), Malta International Arts Festival working closely with Arvo Pärt and Emanacje Festival organised by the Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre of Music (Poland). With a particular interest in both Baroque and Contemporary Music, Zofia performed basso continuo, working with Roger Hamilton in the RNCM’s production of Haendel’s Xerxes and has given world premieres of works by John Manduell and Adam Gorb.
Zofia attended the Mieczysław Karłowicz School of Music in Poznań, Poland where she was a prize winning scholar from the Polish Government in recognition of her outstanding educational achievements. In 2007, Zofia was awarded a scholarship to study with Karine Georgian at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. where she completed the Master of Music Degree in Solo Performance with Distinction in 2012. In February 2016 together with the Diverso Quartet she completed Masters studies in chamber music at the Universitaet der Kuenste Berlin under tutelage of the renown Artemis String Quartett. Later that same year, Diverso Quartet graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music finishing the International Artist Diploma in Chamber Music Postgraduate course, which is the pinnacle of achievement at the college for performers who are at the start of their international careers. Zofia plays cello from the 19th century made by an Italian luthier Giuseppe Baldantoni.
Pianist Przemysław Witek was born in 1985 in Wałbrzych, Poland. In 2009 he graduated with distinction at the Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań, in the piano class of Professor Alicja Kledzik. He also studied at the University of Arts in Berlin and Academy of Music and Dance in Cologne. He has been teaching at the Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań since 2009, and started his own piano class in 2015, the same year he graduated with a Doctorate. In the years 2015-2017 he was also running an artistic internship under the direction of Professor Krzysztof Jabłoński at the Fryderyk Chopin Music University in Warsaw.
Przemysław Witek has received many awards at international piano competitions, including 1st Prize, International Piano Competition in Rome (2004), two Special Prizes, “Arthur Rubinstein in Memoriam” International Piano Competition in Bydgoszcz (2004), 1st Prizes at the Val Tidone (2005) and Racconigi (2006) competitions, and Special Prize, International Chamber Music Competition in Moscow (2007). In 2008, he was awarded the 1st and Best Virtuoso Prizes at the Adilia Alieva International Piano Competition at Grand Geneve-Gaillard, as well as the 1st and Best Polish Pianist Prizes at the “Halina Czerny-Stefańska in Memoriam” International Piano Competition in Poznań. These awards enabled him to record his debut album and started his concert career in Poland and abroad.
Przemysław Witek has performed concerts with the Polish Radio Chamber Orchestra “Amadeus”, Beethoven Academy Orchestra, and symphony orchestras of Cracow Philharmonic, Koszalin Philharmonic, Sudetes Philharmonic, Lower-Silesia Philharmonic, Plock Philharmonic, Świętokrzyska Philharmonic and Szczecin Philharmonic, under the baton of such conductors as Agnieszka Duczmal, Marek Pijarowski, Paweł Przytocki, Jacek Rogala, Ruben Silva, Marko Ivanovič, Grigorij Krasko and Jakub Chrenowicz. He has played at inauguration concerts with the Montenegro National Philharmonic (season 2013/2014) and Sudetes Philharmonic (season 2010/2011), as well as the final concert of the 2009 Polish Pianism Festival in Słupsk.
Additionally, Przemysław Witek often plays in chamber concerts, working with such musicians as Benedict Klöckner, Jiři Kabat, Anna Maria Staśkiewicz, Katarzyna Budnik-Gałązka, Zofia Łodygowska, Janusz Wawrowski, Marcin Markowicz and Bartosz Woroch. He has played recitals in all the major cities of Poland, and has made solo concert tours in the USA, Japan, China, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Spain, France, Italy, Belgium, Germany Switzerland, Ukraine, and Russia.
In 2004 and 2012, Przemysław Witek made archival recordings of works by Karol Szymanowski for the Vatican Radio. In March 2011, the Polish Radio and Ponte Art Production released his debut album “Décadence”, featuring works by Szymanowski and Rachmaninov. More recently, in 2014, he gave the world premiere recording of Andrzej Nikodemowicz’s Piano Sonata (1958), Mikołaj Hertel's Concerto alla polacca and the Polish premiere recording of Mieczysław Weinberg’s piano works.