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Kraków | Cracow Duo celebrates its 20th anniversary

CracowDuoThe Polish Composers' Union – Krakow Branch and the Krzysztof Penderecki Academy of Music in Krakow invite you to a concert to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Cracow: Kalinowski & Szlezer which will take place on 4 December 2021 at 7.00 p.m. in the Aula "Florianka" Hall.

The cellist Jan Kalinowski and pianist Marek Szlezer studied together in Cracow and Paris and began to perform together as Cracow Duo twenty years ago. Since that time their concerts and recordings received the highest critical acclaim in Poland and abroad. They share a special commitment and fascination with music written by rarely performed Polish composers. Among their many programs, the Cracow Duo frequently presented compositions for cello and piano by Fryderyk Chopin, Aleksander Tansman, Karol Szymanowski, Zygmunt Stojowski, Szymon Laks, Ludomir Rożycki and Tadeusz Majerski, as well as works by contemporary Polish and foreign composers written specially for them. Since 2009, Cracow Duo regularly records and releases CDs. In 2019 they were recognized with Global Music Awards Outstanding Achievement for the best duo performance in Classical Music.

During the upcoming concert, the ensemble will perform two world premieres. We will hear the first performance of the piece The Gates of Light – Quasi una fantasia (2021) by Marta Ptaszyńska, which was created as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme implemented by the National Institute of Music and Dance, and Three dreams and the lullaby (2020) by Maciej Zieliński. There will also be a Polish premiere of Michał Dobrzyński's Quasi una partita (omaggio a Tansman). In addition, the programme will include works for cello and piano by Zbigniew Bujarski, Anna Zawadzka-Gołosz, Tomasz Jakub Opałka, Marcel Chyrzyński and Wojciech Widłek.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.