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Royal String Quartet / photo Łukasz Pepol
GalleryRoyal String Quartet / photo Łukasz Pepol
  • An important element of the Nostalgia Festival Poznań is an educational series of meetings with artists, who will lead the film and music critic Jan Topolski.

    Jan Topolski will lead the meeting devoted to the works of Arvo Pärt and his techniques: tintinnabuli. Guests: Andrzej Bauer, Jakub Jakowicz, Bartek Wąsik and the Royal String Quartet.

    Cellist, pedagogue and composer. He has been awarded the first prize at the International ARD Competition in Munich and he is a laureate of the Praska Wiosna International Competition and a receiver of European Parliament and European Council prize. In 2000 he recorded an album with the complete cello suites of Johann Sebastian Bach, which was a first in the history of Polish discography. Andrzej Bauer devotes a lot of his attention to contemporary music, the fruit of which is the authorial project Cellotronicum and the creation Cellonet, which associates the best Polish cello players, and just like its founder, specialise in contemporary music.


    Pianist, arranger, and a winner of Paszport „Polityki” 2014, the Gwarancja Kultury award of  TVP Kultura and the Polak z Werwą distinction. Barłomiej Wąsik was also granted numerous prizes for his work with Lutosławski Piano Duo and the Kwadrofonik quartet, of which he is a founder and member. The Nowa Warszawa artistic project opened the way to collaborations with artists such as Katarzyna Nosowska or Muniek Staszczyk. He simultaneously began his intensive artistic friendship with Stanisława Celińska and the Royal String Quartet. The Nowa Warszwa project received the Wdecha award and the Gwarancja Kultury award of TVP Kultura.


    He learned how to play the violin from his father Krzysztof Jakowicz, under whose direction he studied at Friderick Chopin Musical Academy in Warsaw. He was also the last student of one of the creators of the Polish violin school, prof. Tadeusz Wroński. He performed at one of the most prestigious concert halls on four continents, both with world famous orchestras, as well as chamber  music groups, most prominently as a member of the Zehetmair Quartett. Jakub Jakowicz  also received Paszport „Polityki” for 2003, while in 2007 he has been awarded the Orfeusz prize on Warsaw Autumn International Festival of Contemporary Music.


    Royal String Quartet is one of the most dynamic string quartets in the world. The international carrier of the quartet was launched by the invitation to the BBC programme New Generation Artists. At the moment Royal String Quartet plays on the most prominent European stages and festivals. The quartet is collaborating with the Hyperion label, for which they recorded albums with the music of Szymanowski, Lutosławski, Penderecki, as well as an album with Górecki’s complete string quartets, which was listed by international reviewers as one of the most important interpretations of this repertoire. The quartet released their latest album in March 2015, with the compositions of Paweł Szymański and Paweł Mykietyn.