Katarzyna Duda, violin
Marek Bracha, piano


Manuel De Falla (1876 – 1946)
Suite Populaire Espagnole

Maurice Ravel (1875 – 1937)
Σονάτα αρ. 2 για βιολί και πιάνο
Blues. Moderato
Perpetuum mobile. Allegro

Maurice Ravel (1875 – 1937)

Henryk Wieniawski (1835 – 1880)
Legenda έργο 17
Kuyawiak σε Λα ελλάσονα

George Gershwin (1898 – 1937)
Επιλογές από το  “Porgy and Bess” μεταγραφή Jascha Heifetz

Pablo de Sarasate (1844 – 1908)
Φαντασία Κάρμεν έργο 25

Katarzyna Duda, βιολί

KATARZYNA DUDA is one of the most outstanding personalities in the Polish music world. Reviewers unanimously characterize her as a star of a new format.
They emphasize unity of her musical artistry and great scenic temper as well as virtuosity and great sensitivity of music.
A prizewinner of the Tibor Varga International Violin Competition in Sion, Switzerland, (where she also won the “Mozart Prize” for the best interpretation of a violin concerto by Mozart) and the Tadeusz Wronski International Violin Solo Competition in Warsaw. She has given recitals and concerts in Poland, most of European countries and the South and North Americas.
She has appeared in such prestigious auditoria like Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in New York, where she inaugurated the Festival “Chopin & Friends”, National Philharmonic Hall in Warsaw, Rossini Hall in Padova and twice in Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Her debut recital in Amsterdam was performed with Ewa Pobłocka, an outstanding Polish pianist. All her recitals were enthusiastically received by the audience and critics.
Katarzyna Duda has appeared as soloist with leading orchestras such as the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, NOSPR, the Orquesta Sinfonica de Veracruz, European Union Chamber Orchestra, Polish Radio Orchestra, Hradec Kralove Philharmonic, Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, Capella Sankt Petersburg, Orchestra of New Music, the Orquesta Sinfonica del Estado de Mexico, National Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra in Warsaw, Lvov Philharmonic Orchestra, Silesian Chamber Orchestra, Neue Ruhr Kammerphilharmonie, Beethoven Academy Orchestra, Wratislavia Chamber Orchestra under excellent conductors such as Dalia Atlas, Lavard Skou Larsen, Agnieszka Duczmal, Enrique Batiz, Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Józef Wiłkomirski, Jorge Mester, Łukasz Borowicz. She has appeared as a chamber player with K. A. Kulka, Piotr Pławner, Waldemar Malicki, Jakub Jakowicz, Janusz Wawrowski, Rafał Kwiatkowski, Katarzyna Budnik-Gałązka, jazz violinists: Michael Urbaniak and Krzesimir Debski.
Her performances have been broadcast by Radio Suisse Romande, Polish Radio and TV, as well as radio and TV stations in Holland, Mexico, France, Korea, Germany and Russia.
She has an extensive and diverse repertoire ranging from the Baroque period to present-day composers.
Katarzyna studied with Maestro Tibor Varga at the Ecole Supérieure de Musique in Sion, Switzerland, and with Jan Stanienda at the Academy of Music in Warsaw (diploma with distinction). She has won numerous awards at competitions for young violinists in Poland and abroad including a grant from the Interlochen Academy of Arts in the USA. Her performance at the 17th National Week of Musical Talents in Tarnow was acclaimed by the jury, and she was included in a national program for the promotion of young artists.
Her debut CD entitled “Le Streghe” featuring virtuoso pieces for violin and piano (with the pianist Waldemar Malicki, DUX label) won enthusiastic reviews in the media and received a nomination for the FRYDERYK’2000 award of the Polish recording industry as the only disc with solo violin. The success prompted the young artist to record another CD “Le Streghe 2” – with virtuoso violin hits, this time with orchestral accompaniment of the well known chamber orchestra “Wratislavia” under Jan Stanienda (also DUX label). The disc also received a nomination for the FRYDERYK’2001 award. Lately, Katarzyna Duda recorded violin music by the Polish composers Tadeusz Paciorkiewicz (with pianist Edward Wolanin, Acte Prealable label) and Andrzej Nikodemowicz (with pianist Agnieszka Schulz-Brzyska, DUX label) and music for violin and guitar (with guitarist Waldemar Gromolak) with famous jazz vocalist Anna Maria Jopek as a guest star.
In 2002 Katarzyna was nominated to a prestigious award “Polityka’s Passport” being each year granted by a Polish leading journal “Polityka” to outstanding creators in all kinds of arts.
She plays an Italian violin from the 19th century.
More information can be found on Katarzyna website: www.katarzynaduda.pl and on Facebook profile: facebook.com/KatarzynaDudaFanPage.

Marek Bracha, πιάνο

Marek Bracha

Marek Bracha was born in Warsaw, Poland and began playing the piano at the age of 7. Marek attended the prestigious Z. Brzewski Music High School for talented students, studying with Teresa Manasterska. He completed Masters degree at Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw under the tutelage of Teresa Manasterska, Alicja Paleta-Bugaj and Joanna Ławrynowicz. He is also a graduate with distinction of Masters of Music degree at the Royal College of Music in London where he studied with Kevin Kenner. He continued his studies at RCM with Vanessa Latarche on piano and Geoffrey Govier on fortepiano on Artist Diploma course.

As a versatile musician Marek lives a very active artistic life. In January this year he performed Władysław Szpilman’s Concertino with symphonic orchestra in Rzeszow, Poland. Also, on this concert he premiered newly commissioned Concertino for piano and orchestra by a Polish composer Joanna Bruzdowicz. Marek also took part in Semanas Musicales Festival in Chile in February where he gave a solo performance presenting works by Chopin, Szymanowski, Szpilman and Panufnik. He has taken part in many international music festivals such as:
La Folle Journée – Chopin Open in Warsaw, II J. Waldorff Summer Festiwal in Radziejowice, Poland, 65. International Chopin Festival in Duszniki-Zdroj, Poland, 44. Polish Piano Festival in Słupsk, Poland. In 2000, Marek was invited to perform a series of recitals in Hannover, Germany in the Polish Pavilion at the World EXPO exhibition. In 2005 he represented Poland again during another edition of the World EXPO in Aichi, Japan where he gave solo performances. In December 2010 Marek Bracha performed in National Center for Performing Arts in Beijing, China on a gala concert  – official closing celebrations of the Chopin’s Year 2010. In May 2011 he opened a series of piano recitals in Żelazowa Wola. F. Chopin’s birthplace. He also gave a special concert in Chopin’s Museum in Warsaw for the King and Queen of Sweden.

Marek Bracha received a scholarship from the Polish Children’s Fund (2004 and 2005). He is also a recipient of Polish Government scholarships from the Ministry of Art and Culture (in 1997 and 2005) as well as the Prime Minister’s scholarship (2003). In 2009 he was awarded a grant by the St Marylebone Educational Foundation in London. In 2010 he received an Award founded by PRO POLONIA FOUNDATION as well as he became a scholar of “O lepsze Jutro” Foundation in Poland. In January 2011 he received a scholarship from the Ministry of Culture in Poland as a part of “Youth Poland” programme. Marek has won some prestigious piano competitions including: Second Prize (First was not awarded) at International Chopin Competition in Marianske Lazne (2010), Czech Republic, Second Prize and special prize of “Chopin Szymanowski” Foundation at the International Chopin Piano Competition in Szafarnia (2003). Marek was one of four pianists who represented Poland in second round of International Chopin Competition in Warsaw in October 2010. This was followed by his debut recording with Chopin’s works that took place in Autumn in 2012. The CD will be issued by The Fryderyk Chopin Institute in Poland. Marek has given solo recitals throughout Europe including performances in Poland, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Austria, France, Italy, Russia, Ukraine, Libya and Albania. He also appeared on stages in USA, China, Mongolia and Japan.

In September 2011, thanks to the scholarship awarded by the Worshipful Company of Musicians in London, he became a Junior Fellow in Royal College of Music. In June 2013 Marek released his first album that includes solo works of Fryderyk Chopin. The CD was recorded for Fryderyk Chopin National Institute in Warsaw. Marek Bracha is represented and recommended by Ludwig van Beethoven Society in Poland.

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