First performance of the ‘Symphony on the 100th anniversary of Pomerania and Kuyavia rejoining the Motherland’ by Nikola Kołodziejczyk for orchestra and soloists will take place on the 20th of January 2022 at 7 p.m. in the Pomeranian Philharmonic in Bydgoszcz. The piece was commissioned by Piotr Całbecki the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship Marshal.
Pianist, composer and conductor Nikola Kołodziejczyk won numerous prizes, among others two Fryderyk awards. His works were commissioned and performed by Metropole Orkest, Festiwal Jazztopad, Jazz Orchester Regensburg, Nigel Kennedy Orchestra of Life Strings, Amine et Hamza and Concept Art Orchestra.
In his new Symphony the composer used not only symphonic orchestra instruments but also historical knee fiddles. This very popular in sixteenth century Poland string instrument was almost completely forgotten. Thanks to a prominent instrumentalist and researcher Maria Pomianowska knee fiddles have become of interest again.
Apart from five fiddle players at the concert we will also be able to hear Iwona Kmiecik (soprano), Agnieszka Kiepuszewska (alto), Łukasz Lipski (tenor) and Kacper Malisz (violin). Symphony consists of six movements: Kujawy, Haller, Morze, Kaszuby, Kopernik, Paderewski.