The Baltic Trio Present a Concert at Technopolis 20

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The Baltic Trio Present a Concert at Technopolis 20

The Baltic Trio invite you to a concert for clarinet, cello and piano at Technopolis 20 in Paphos, on Tuesday, 10th of March 2020, at 8pm. The programme will include works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Antonin Dvorak, Fryderyk Chopin and Arno Babadjanian.

The trio was founded in 2019 and it is created by three young, talented musicians who were joined by the Academy of Music in Gdańsk, Poland, Andrzej Wojciechowski (clarinet), Maciej Kulakowski (cello), Miroslawa Sumlinska (piano).

Each of them has won many awards at national and international music competitions, both solo and chamber music. They are also multiple scholarship holders of the Minister of Culture and the Minister of Culture and National Heritage of Poland.

At the same time, an exhibition will take place for the biography of the famous Polish composer Fryderyk Chopin.

The event is under the honorary patronage of the Embassy of Poland in Cyprus.

Entrance: 10 euro

Reservations are necessary at 70002420 (calls only).

Andrzej Wojciechowski is a graduate of the Stanis³aw Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdañsk in the clarinet class of Prof. Bogdan Ocieszak (diploma with honors). He took part in numerous master classes with such personalities as: Andrew Marriner, Jean-Marc Fessard, Walter Vitek, Mieczysaw Stachura, Brenno Ambrosini, Joseph Fuster, Nicolas Baldeyrou, Florent Héau, Antonio Saiote, Alessandro Travaglini, Wolfgang Meyer. In 2002-2003 he studied in the master class of Joan Enric Lunna under the aegis of the Spanish Conservatori Superior De Musica in Castello (Spain).

His achievements include awards and distinctions obtained in: Clarinet Festival in Piotrków Trybunalski (2003 and 2005); 8th and 9th International Competition of Contemporary Chamber Music in Krakow (2005 and 2006); 13th Academic Clarinet Competition in Wloszakowice (2006); The International Chamber Music Competition in Oleoenica (2006); Kiejstut Bacewicz International Chamber Music Competition in £ódŸ (2010), where he was also awarded a special prize for the best clarinettist of the competition; Malta International Music Competition (2014).

He was a scholarship holder of the Minister of Culture and the Minister of Culture and National Heritage for outstanding musical achievements.

As a soloist he has performed in Germany, Monaco, Italy, South Africa, Lithuania, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, England, Denmark, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, USA, Canada, Russia, China, Ukraine and in many Polish cities. He performed under the baton of: Lukasz Borowicz, Wojciech Rajski, Robert Kabara, Vittorio Parisi, Georg Mais, Massimiliano Caldi, Dawid Runtz, Wiesaw Kwaoeny, Rodrigo Tomillo, Giulio Magnani, Jan Jakub Bokuna, Janusz Przybylski and Piotr Staniszewski many others. In December 2017 he obtained the title of doctor habilitated in music sciences.

He is currently employed at the Stanislaw Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdañsk. He is the first clarinetist of the Chopin Polish Baltic Philharmonic in Gdañsk, with which he participated in many world tours, among others in the United States and China. He constantly cooperates with the Polish Chamber Philharmonic Sopot, in which he regularly gives concerts with such artists as: Ivo Pogoreliæ, Piotr Becza³a, Wolfgang Meyer, Shirley Brill, Gerhard Oppitz and many others. He also repeatedly performed solo parts with this ensemble. The most important achievements include the daring performance of Krzysztof Penderecki's Concerto per clarinetto in the presence of the Master himself. Together with Slawomir Wilk (piano) he creates the Inspiro Duo formation. He is a member of the Polish Basethorn Ensemble - a unique quintet composed of lecturers from the most important music schools in Poland. He also co-creates the Gdañsk Reed Trio. He leads many artistic activities with those ensembles, giving concerts in Poland and Europe and making many recordings.

In 2014, he joined the prestigious group of Selmer Musicians - producer of worldclass musical instruments. From November 2015 he is a guest professor at Ning Xia University of Art in Yin Chuan (China).

In 2016, the first solo album of the artist 'A Tribute to Benny Goodman' was released by the renowned record label DUX, including the first Polish recording of Aaron Copland's Concerto for clarinet and strings or compositions dedicated to the artist: Clarinet Concerto by Beniamin Baczewski and ‚From the cursed forest Suite' by Artur Guza.

Maciej Kulakowski - born in 1996 in Gdansk. He began playing cello at the age of six in the cello class of Prof. Jadwiga Ewald. In 2009-2012, he was educated under the supervision of Prof. Michael Flaksman at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Mannheim. In 2019 he graduated from the Stanislaw Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdañsk, where he studied in the class of Dr. Marcin Zdunik, and where he currently works as an assistant. Simultaneously, he is studying at the Kronberg Academy with Prof. Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt.

He is a laureate of the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels and winner of the 1st prize and special prize at the 10th Witold Lutos³awski Cello Competition in Warsaw. In 2014 at the Cello Festival in Kronberg he won the prestigious prize Landgraf von Hessen Preis for the best promising cellist and Grand Prix at the International Competition of Music Interpretation of the 20th and 21st Century in Radziejowice. In 2010, 2012 and 2013 he received a scholarship from the Minister of Culture and National Heritage and became a laureate of the National Center for Culture - Young Poland competition.

He has performed in many countries of Europe and the world as a chamber musician and soloist under the baton of such conductors as Frank Brailey, Eivind Gullberg Jensen, Stéphane Denève, Marek Pijarowski and Marek Mooe. On October 1, 2011, Maciej had the honor of appearing at the opening concert of the European Center for Music in Luslawice under the baton of Maestro Krzysztof Penderecki. He took part in many music courses, where he studied, among others, under the direction of such teachers as Frans Helmerson, Mischa Maisky, Gidon Kremer, Truls Mørk, Gary Hoffman, Philippe Müller, Jens Peter Maintz and Ivan Monighetti.

In July 2010, 2011 and 2014, he participated in a great international venture - the Morningside Music Bridge in Calgary, where he worked under the direction of eminent pedagogues. In 2011, as part of this course, he performed with the Calgary Symphony Orchestra, performing the Cello Concerto in B minor by A. Dvorak and winning the second prize at the soloists' competition. He also won the first prize in the Chamber Music Competition with young artists from China.

Maciej is also actively involved in chamber music. He had the pleasure to work and perform as a chamber musician with such artists as: Alfred Brendel, Arnold Steinhardt and Charles Neidich. In 2015, together with Clarinet Trio from Gdansk, he won the first prize at the 7th Johannes Brahms International Chamber Music Competition in Gdañsk and since 2016 he is a member of the Wilkomirski Trio with whom he recorded a CD with the works of Anton Arensky for the DUX label.

He plays Charles Gaillard's cello from 1867, loaned by the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben.

Miroslawa Sumliñska graduated with honours from the Academy of Music in Gdañsk in the piano class of Prof. Katarzyna Popowa-Zydroñ and in the chamber music class of Prof. Anna Prabucka-Firlej. In 2017 she graduated from Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien in Hannover, where she studied in the piano duo class Prof. Aglika Genova and Prof. Liuben Dimitrov. Since October 2006 she works in the Chamber Music Faculty of the Academy of Music Gdañsk; in 2015 she did a doctorate in musical arts.

She won a lot of prizes in solo piano competitions, among others: the 2nd prize (the 1st prize not awarded) in the National Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw (2007). Chamber music is an essential part of her professional activity. She has played in many chamber music ensembles and won a lot of prizes in both national and international chamber music competitions, among others:

  • 3rd prize in the 4th International Piano Duets Competition in Valberg, France (2009)

  • the 3rd prize and the audience prize in the 10th International Grieg Piano Competition in Oslo in the category of Piano Four Hands Duo (2009)

  • Grand Prix in the 9th International Competition - Festival Music without limits in Druskininkai, Lithuania (2009)

  • the 3rd prize and the special prize for the best performance of Variations on the theme by Paganini by Witold Lutoslawski in the 16th International Piano Duets Competition in Jesenik, Czech Republic (2009)

  • three special prizes in the 4th International Piano Duos Competition in Bialystok, Poland (2008), one of which was the special prize of the Rector of the University of Music in Warsaw for the best Polish piano duo, - 2nd prize in the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition in New York /in the category of piano duos/ (2007)

  • 3rd prize in the 2nd International Chamber Music Competition and Festival in Oleoenica, Poland (2006) /clarinet trio - with Andrzej Wojciechowski/

  • 1st prize in the 14th Schubert International Piano Duets Competition in Jesenik (2005).

Miroslawa Sumliñska has given many concerts, presenting both solo and chamber music repertoire. She also performed with orchestra. She played together with Amber String Quartet as well as with the string quartet of the Polish Chamber Philharmonic Sopot. She gave concerts both nationwide and abroad (Switzerland, Israel, Belarus, Germany, Bulgaria, Ukraine; in April 2008 she was invited by The Chopin Foundation of the United States to perform a cycle of concerts in the USA).

She was twice awarded the scholarship of the Minister of Culture of Poland, the scholarship of Hans and Eugenia Jütting Foundation in Stendal (Germany), the cultural scholarship of the City of Gdañsk, the scholarship The Polish Culture in the World program and she was a laureate of a prestigious scholarship program of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage Young Poland 2010. In 2017 she was awarded the Meritorious for Polish Culture badge of honor.

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