Ania Karpowicz
Ania Karpowicz
flutist

Flutsit. Curator. Activist.

Graduate of flute solo studies at the Hochschule für Musik Detmold with Janos Balint (2011) and at the Bacewicz Musical Academy in Łódź in with Antoni Wierzbiński (2009). Prizewinner of national and international music competitions in Poland and Germany (1999-2015). Awarded with the scholarship of „Alumni Verein” Detmold and three-time receiver of the individual artistic scholarship funded by the city of Warsaw.

2006-2008 flutist at the European Union Youth Orchestra. While at the EUYO, performed at the Royal Albert Hall (the PROMS), Berliner Konzerthaus, Concertgebouw, Zurich Tonhalle and many other concert halls in Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Denmark, Latvia, and Kazachstan, performing with such prominent figures as Sir James Galway, Janine Jansen, Andrey Boreyko and Vladimir Ashkenazy.

Specializes in micro-projects in city spaces realized with local communities. In the years 2010-2012 created a unique project „Lokal na Poważnie” which aimed at popularizing contemporary music and performing it in an urban setting. The project included 26 concerts and 21 premieres interpreting the phenomenon of New Warsaw. In 2014 performed with Mariusz Kłubczuk and Barbara Kinga Majewska in a series of concerts „WawaParis1914” introducing classical music into the tenement houses' backyards. In 2015 curated „Dźwiękolory” musical workshops in the courtyards in Warsaw’s city center performing classical and contemporary music for local communities. The project „Dźwiękolory” at Stacja Falenica won the price „Złote Słoneczniki” for the best musical education project in Warsaw.

Since 2003 Ania Karpowicz actively cooperates with composers and has among her achievements multiple premieres and dozens of dedicated pieces.

In 2013 she established the Hashtag Ensemble cooperative and leads its works, performing concerts of 20th- and 21st-century music, as well as engaging in improvisational and educational initiatives. Hashtag Ensemble performs at new music festivals but also plays with pedestrians in the streets and improvises in an old water tank. The group has published improvisational („Visegrad Songs” 2015, #WITKACY 2018) and repertoire albums (#NetworkMusic 2018, „Trash Music” 2018) with Requiem Records Opus Series as well as the WPR of Lucille Dlugoszewski chamber music for Bołt Records ("Openings fo the (eye)"). Hashtag Ensemble performs at new music festivals in Poland and abroad at: Tallin Afekt Festival, POLIN Music Festival, Sacrum Profanum (Cracow), Warsaw Autumn, Poznan Music Spring, Warsaw Musical Encounters, Musical Gardens, and others.

As a soloist, Ania Karpowicz has performed at the Musica Electronica Nova Festival (2015 in Michaela Beil’s piece), at the Artur Rubinstein Philharmony in Łódź (2016 in Adam Porębski’s piece), in Oskar Kolberg Świętokrzyska Philharmony (2019 in Mikołaj Majkusiak’s piece), as well as at the concert halls of the Israeli Opera in Tel-Aviv, Music Academy in Wrocław, Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, Hochschule für Musik Dresden, Folkwang Universitat der Künste Essen, Concert Studio of the Polish Radio, Riga Birza Muzejs and many others.

www.ania-karpowicz.com

Marek Bracha
Marek Bracha
pianist

 

Marek Bracha performs piano repertoire both on modern and historical instruments. Bracha is also no stranger to modern music. He cooperates with polish contemporary composers enlarging his repertoire with pieces for piano, chamber music as well as these with an orchestra. He has successfully world premiered new music by I. Zalewski, D. Przybylski, and J. Bruzdowicz. He often uses historical pianos on stage as well as gives lectures on historical performance practice (e.g. Academy of Historical Pianos in Lusławice in 2017). 

Marek Bracha has appeared at many music festivals and projects worldwide, including three appearances at the prestigious EXPO exhibitions (Hannover 2000, Aichi 2005 and Milan 2015). In 2010, Bracha gave the closing concert during the Chopin Year celebrations at the NCPA in Beijing. In 2013, the National Chopin Institute in Poland (NIFC) released his debut solo album featuring pieces by Chopin. His work promoting Polish music abroad included appearances at the Chopin au Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris (2013) and Semanas Musicales, an international music festival in Frutillar, Chile (January 2014), where he played music by Chopin, Szymanowski, Szpilman and Panufnik. An excellent interpreter of Chopin, Bracha is often invited to appear at Polish music festivals including, among others, the 65th International Chopin Piano Festival at Duszniki Zdrój, the 44th Festival of Piano Music in Słupsk, and La Folle Journée – Chopin Open in Warsaw. 

Marek has collaborated on a regular basis with conductors including Alun Francis, José Maria Florêncio, Jerzy Maksymiuk, and Jacek Kaspszyk. His artistic collaborations as a chamber musician include joint projects with Tobias Koch, Marcin Masecki, Agata Szymczewska, Maciej Frąckiewicz, the Atom String Quartet, the Royal String Quartet, and the Meccore String Quartet. In February 2018 Marek gave his debut performance at Carnegie Hall in New York playing works of F. Chopin. Later this year he appeared in Warsaw Philharmonic Hall during the 22nd Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival in Warsaw. He also visited Singapore, Japan, Norway, France, and Latvia with his piano recital series performing unique program consisting of Polish national dance stylizations: Mazurkas, Polonaises, and Krakowiaks.

Marek Bracha is a graduate of the Chopin Music University in Warsaw (2012), where he studied with Alicja Paleta-Bugaj. He completed a Master of the Music program at the Royal College of Music in London (2011) in the class of Kevin Kenner (awarded with distinction), and an Artist Diploma Programme(2012) with Vanessa Latarche (piano) and Geoffrey Govier (period instruments). The National Chopin Institute in Poland (NIFC) released his debut solo album featuring pieces by Chopin and some of his latest notable achievements include the release of Modern Soul, an album he recorded with the eminent violinist Agata Szymczewska and promoted with a concert at the National Polish Radio Symphonic Orchestra concert hall (NOSPR) in October 2016. Modern Soul went on to win the prestigious Supersonic Prize awarded by the Pizzicato magazine.

www.marekbracha.pl