Szymon Krzeszowiec

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Szymon Krzeszowiec
OriginTychy, Katowice, Poland
Genrescontemporary, classical
Occupation(s)violinist
LabelsDUX, Sony Classical

Szymon Krzeszowiec (pronunciation: ʂɨmɔn kʐɛʂɔviɛts (born April 20, 1974) is a Polish violinist, chamber musician and pedagogue. Musician of the Silesian String Quartet and member of the Trio Aristos.[1]

Education[edit]

Szymon Krzeszowiec was born in Tychy, Poland. He started his musical education in the Complex of State Music Schools in Katowice, with Urszula Szygulska. Later, he went to the Karol Szymanowski Secondary Musical School in Katowice and studied there with prof. Paweł Puczek. As a pupil of this school, he won first prizes on all-Poland competitions and auditions. He took part in summer music academies in Łańcut and Żagań.

Between 1993 and 1997, he studied in the violin class of prof. Roman Lasocki in the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice (diploma with distinction). Later, he studied at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam with prof. Herman Krebbers. He participated in masterclasses with such artists as, among others: Glenn Dicterow, Dmitri Ferschtman, Paweł Głombik, Yair Kless, Krzysztof Węgrzyn and Tadeusz Wroński.[2]

Competitions[edit]

Szymon Krzeszowiec is a laureate of violin competitions in Poznań (Ogólnopolski Konkurs Skrzypcowy im. Z. Jahnkego), Warsaw (Konkurs na Skrzypce Solo im. T. Wrońskiego) and Brescia (Italy), of chamber music competition in Łódź (Konkurs Muzyki Kameralnej im. Kiejstuta Bacewicza).

Artistic activity[edit]

Most recently, the artistic activity of Szymon Krzeszowiec is dominated by chamber performances, but his solo career still develops.

Soloist[edit]

As a soloist, he performed with such orchestras as : National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, Silesian Philharmonic (Symphony Orchestra), AUKSO Chamber Orchestra and many others. He played under the baton of conductors: Mirosław Jacek Błaszczyk, Jacek Boniecki, Leo Brouwer, Tomasz Bugaj, Szymon Bywalec, Sławomir Chrzanowski, Michał Dworzyński, Czesław Grabowski, Jan Wincenty Hawel, Michał Klauza, Jerzy Kosek, Marek Moś, Michał Nesterowicz, Grzegorz Nowak, Charles Olivieri-Munroe, Janusz Powolny, Ahmed el Saedi, Jerzy Salwarowski, Robert Satanowski, Tadeusz Strugała, Jerzy Swoboda, Tomasz Tokarczyk, Tadeusz Wicherek, Piotr Wijatkowski, Tadeusz Wojciechowski, Christoph Wyneken and Jan Miłosz Zarzycki.

Cooperation with pianists[edit]

For many years, Szymon Krzeszowiec has played with eminent pianists : Maria Szwajger-Kułakowska and Wojciech Świtała. With the latter, Krzeszowiec recorded his first CD, containing the three Piano & Violin Sonatas by Johannes Brahms. It was published in 2001 by the Sony Classical label. This album was nominated to the « Fryderyk » award as the best chamber music recording.

In 2011, he recorded another violin & piano CD, with a leading Swedish pianist, Niklas Sivelöv. This album, named « Fratres », contains pieces inspired by baroque music, written by 20th century composers. It has been published by the DUX label.[3]

Silesian String Quartet[edit]

Since 2001, Szymon Krzeszowiec has been the first violinist of the Silesian String Quartet. Rehearsals, recordings and performances as a member of this ensemble have become his most important activities. As a chamber musician, Krzeszowiec played with such artists as, among others : Max Artved, Detlef Bensman, Bruno Canino, Dmitri Ferschtman, Maciej Grzybowski, Paul Gulda, Krzysztof Jabłoński, Krzysztof Jakowicz, Andrzej Jasiński, Jadwiga Kotnowska, Ralph Kirshbaum, Mats Lidstroem, Waldemar Malicki, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Tomasz Miczka, Bartłomiej Nizioł, Janusz Olejniczak, Bruno Pasquier, Piotr Pławner, Ewa Pobłocka, Dominik Połoński, Niklas Sivelöv, Jan Stanienda, Tomasz Strahl, Piotr Szymyślik, Marek Toporowski. He performed or/and recorded with such ensembles as Dominant, Lutosławski, Royal, Stamic, Vanbrugh and Wieniawski string quartets.
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On the 15 CDs recorded by the Silesian String Quartet with Krzeszowiec as the first violinist, there are mainly pieces by Polish composers of the last 30 years. Chamber music of this period of Polish music is often performed by the Silesian String Quartet, as promoting contemporary music is one of the aims of the ensemble.[5] In 2002, the Silesian String Quartet won the prestigious « Orfeusz » Award, given by the Association of Polish Musicians, for having premiered Witold Szalonek’s Symphony of rituals on the « Warsaw Autumn » Festival.
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Aristos Trio[edit]

While studying in such a cultural centre as Amsterdam, Szymon Krzeszowiec met Danish musicians Jakob Kullberg (cello) and Alexander Øllgaard (viola). Since 2004, they have performed as the Trio Aristos. In 2006, this ensemble won prestigious chamber music competitions in Copenhagen (Denmark) and Sondershausen (Germany). In Denmark, the Trio Aristos was contacted by the composer Per Nørgård, who asked the musicians to premiere some of his works.[7]

Teaching[edit]

Since 1998, Szymon Krzeszowiec is a pedagogue of the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice. He teaches at the Karol Szymanowski Secondary Musical School as well. Annually since 2004, he has given chamber music master classes at the International Princess Daisy Chamber Arts Festival Ensemble. Often, Krzeszowiec gives violin master classes and works in juries of musical competitions.

Discography[edit]

Year Album details Recorded works Label
2011 FRATRES

Szymon Krzeszowiec - violin
Niklas Sivelöv - piano


Igor Stravinski - Suite d’après les thèmes, fragments et morceaux de Giambattista Pergolesi
Luigi Dallapiccola - Tartiniana Seconda
Max Reger - Suite im alten Stil, op. 93
Arvo Pärt - Fratres
Alfred Schnittke - Suite im alten Stil, op. 80

DUX 0840
2010 ALEKSANDER TANSMAN

TOMBEAU DE CHOPIN
from trio to octet vol.2
Joanna Liberadzka - harp
Elżbieta Mrożek-Loska - viola
Krzysztof Firlus - double bass
Adam Krzeszowiec - cello
Jan Krzeszowiec - flute
Roman Widaszek - clarinet
Silesian String Quartet

Aleksander Tansman:

Sextuor à cordes for 2 violins, 2 violas and 2 cellos
Sonatina da camera for flute, violin, viola, cello and harp
Tombeau de Chopin for string quintet
Trois pieces for clarinet, harp and string quartet

Stowarzyszenie Promocji Kultury im. Aleksandra Tansmana

www.tansman.lodz.pl

2010 STANISŁAW KRUPOWICZ - “TYLKO BEATRYCZE”

String quartets and computer
Silesian String Quartet

Stanisław Krupowicz:

Goodbye variations on a theme by Mozart
Tylko Beatrycze (Only Beatrice)
Prolongement

Musica Pro Bono Foundation

FMPB CD004

2010 RAFAŁ AUGUSTYN

DO UT DES MUSIC FOR AND WITH QUARTET
Agata Zubel - soprano
Jan Krzeszowiec - flute
Silesian String Quartet

Rafał Augustyn:

String Quartet No.1
String Quartet No.2 with flute
Dedication for soprano & string quartet
Do ut des for string quartet
Grand jeté. Quartet No.2½ with electronics

www.cdaccord.com.pl

www.universalmusic.pl
ACD 165-2

2009 KALEIDOSCOPE

Polish contemporary music
for violin solo
Szymon Krzeszowiec - violin


K. Meyer - Sonata op. 36
S. Moryto - Aria e Chorale
P. Szymański - Kaleidoscope for M.C.E
K. Penderecki - Cadenza
T. Wielecki - Przędzie się nić...II
E. Knapik - Filo d’Arianna
W. Szalonek - Chaconne-Fantaisie

DUX 0688
2009 STRING QUARTETS / POLAND ABROAD

Silesian String Quartet

Joachim Mendelson (1897-1943):

String Quartet no.1
Roman Padlewski (1915-1944):
String Quartet no.2
Simon Laks (1901-1983):
String Quartet no.5

www.eda-records.com

EDA 34

2009 GET STRING

Danish contemporary string quartets
Silesian String Quartet


Jens Voigt-Lund: Circuitous, Mountains (1999)
Morten Riis: getString (2009)
Christian Winther Christensen: String Quartet (2002–03)
Morten Riis: fromString (2009)
Jexper Holmen: Intend/Ascend (2000/02)
Morten Riis: useString (2009)
Simon Steen-Andersen: String Quartet (1999)
Morten Riis: toString (2009)
Simon Christensen: Towards Nothingness (2008)
Morten Riis: quitString (2009)

dacapo

CD 8.226530

2008 ANDRZEJ DZIADEK - chosen works

Silesian String Quartet

A. Dziadek:

String quartet no. 2

Polskie Radio Katowice

PRK CD086

2008 HELENA TULVE - LIJNEN

Silesian String Quartet
various artists

H. Tulve:

nec ros, nec pluvia... for string quartet

ECM New Series

ECM 1955 476 6389
"Bestenliste der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik" 03/2008

2008 HENRYK MIKOŁAJ GÓRECKI - STRING QUARTETS

Silesian String Quartet

H. M. Górecki:

Already It Is Dusk, music for string quartet (String quartet no. 1) op. 62
Quasi una Fantasia (String quartet no. 2) op. 64
...songs are sung (String quartet no. 3) op.67

EMI Music Poland

EMI 50999 2 36313 2 8

2008 ANDRZEJ KRZANOWSKI IN MEMORIAM

Silesian String Quartet
Agata Zubel - soprano


A. Krzanowski - Audition no. 6 for soprano and string quartet
W. Widłak - ”Sotto voce”, Five songs for mezzosoprano and string quartet
R. Augustyn - Dedication for soprano and string quartet
A. Krzanowski - String quartet no. 1, version B
A. Lasoń - Relief for Andrzej

Musica Pro Bono Foundation

FMPB CD003

2008 ALEKSANDER TANSMAN - OD TRIA DO OKTETU

VOL. 1
Chamber works
Silesian String Quartet
Beata Bilińska - piano
Piotr Szymyślik - clarinet

A. Tansman:

Suite divertissement for piano quartet
Musica a cinque for piano and string quartet
Musique a six for clarinet, piano and strine quartet
Musique for clarinet and string quartet

Stowarzyszenie Promocji Kultury im. A. Tansmana

CD257

2007 ALEKSANDER LASOŃ

Silesian String Quartet

A. Lasoń:

String quartet no. 1
String quartet no. 3
String quartet no. 7

Musica Pro Bono Foundation

FMPB CD001

2006 PAWEŁ SZYMAŃSKI

CHAMBER WORKS
Silesian String Quartet
Krzysztof Jaguszewski - vibraphone
Roman Widaszek - clarinet

P. Szymański:

Five pieces for string quartet
Compartment 2, Car 7 for string trio and vibraphone
Two pieces for string quartet
Recalling a Serenade for clarinet and string quartet
A Photo from the Birthday Party (The Silesian String Quartet with a Shadow of Bartók)

EMI Music Poland

EMI 0946 3 84393 2 5

2006 ALEKSANDER LASOŃ

Silesian String Quartet

Aleksander Lasoń:

String quartet no. 5 Five and a half of a string quartet
String quartet no. 6
20 for 4

Polskie Radio Katowice

PRK CD076

2005 REPUBLIQUE

Silesian String Quartet


CD of the Year 2005 - Award of the "Hi-fi Muzyka" Magazine
CD nominated for the Fryderyk Award

songs composed by Grzegorz Ciechowski,

arranged by Stefan Sendecki

EMI Music Poland

EMI 0946 3 46038 2 9

2005 WITOLD LUTOSŁAWSKI / WITOLD SZALONEK

Silesian String Quartet
Michał Górczyński - bass clarinet

W. Lutosławski:

String quartet
W. Szalonek:
Inside? - Outside? for bass clarinet and string quartet
Chaconne-Fantaisie for violin solo

Polskie Radio Katowice

PRK CD069

2004 ERNEST CHAUSSON

Bruno Canino - piano
Piotr Pławner - violin
Silesian String Quartet

E. Chausson:

Concerto in D major op. 21 for piano, violin and string quartet
String quartet in c minor op. 35

Polskie Radio Katowice

PRK CD062

2004 ANDRZEJ KRZANOWSKI / ANDRZEJ PANUFNIK

Silesian String Quartet
Dominik Połoński - cello
Elżbieta Mrożek - viola

A. Krzanowski:

Relief no. 5 for cello solo
Reminiscenza for string quartet, version B
String quartet
A. Panufnik:
Trans Of Thought for string sextet
Song To The Virgin Mary for string sextet

Polskie Radio Katowice

PRK CD065

2003 ANDRZEJ PANUFNIK / ANDRZEJ KRZANOWSKI

Silesian String Quartet

CD nominated for the Fryderyk Award

A. Panufnik:

String quartet no. 1
String quartet no. 2
String quartet no. 3
A. Krzanowski:
Relief IX ”Scottish” for string quartet and tape

Polskie Radio Katowice

PRK CD056

2003 WITOLD SZALONEK

Silesian String Quartet

Witold Szalonek:

1+1+1+1 per 1-4 strumenti ad arco
/version for violin and cello/
Symphony of rituals for string quartet
1+1+1+1 per 1-4 strumenti ad arco
/version for string quartet/

Polskie Radio Katowice

PRK CD058

2003 MAX E. KELLER

Silesian String Quartet

Max E. Keller:

2 String Quartet (1995)

Musiques Suisses/Grammont Portrait

MGB CTS-M 84

2003 DANCES ...AND AFTER DANCES

Silesian String Quartet

CD nominated for the Fryderyk Award

Dances:

Joseph Haydn - String Quartet in D - minor Op. 103
Alexander Glasunow - Valse from "Novelettes" op.15
Anatoly Liadov - Mazurka
Alexander Glazunov - Courante
Anton Webern - Rondo
Dmitri Shostakovich - Polka: Allegretto (1931)
John Cage - Quodlibet
Igor Stravinsky - Dance from "Trois Pieces"
Astor Piazzolla - Four, for Tango
...and after dances:
Giacomo Puccini - Chrysanthemen
Ludwig van Beethoven - Prelude and Fugue in C Major
Nikolai Rimski-Korsakov - Fugue "Im Kloster"
Hugo Wolf - Italian Serenade in G Major WW XV/3
Anatoly Liadov - Fugue
Franz Schubert - Quartet Movement in C Minor
Krzysztof Penderecki - String Quartet No.2

C&P POLSKIE RADIO KATOWICE S.A

PRK CD 054

2003 SALON BIELAJEWA

Silesian String Quartet


A. Glazunov - Waltz from "Novelettes" op.15
A. Glazunov - Preludio e Fuga
N. Arcybushev - Serenade
J. Wihtol - Menuet
M. d'Osten-Sacken - Berceuse
A. Liadov - Mazurka
N. Sokolov - Scherzo
A. Liadov - Sarabande
A. Borodin - Scherzo
A. Glazunov - Courante
A. Liadov - Fugue
N. Sokołow, A. Głazunow, A. Liadov - Polka

Polskie Radio Katowice

PRK CD048

2001 JOHANNES BRAHMS:

PIANO & VIOLIN SONATAS
Szymon Krzeszowiec - violin
Wojciech Świtała - piano

Johannes Brahms:

Sonata in G major op. 78
Sonata in A major op. 100
Sonata in d minor op. 108

Sony Music Poland

SK 87712

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