Roksana Wardenga, mezzo-soprano

Grzegorz Biegas, piano

Poland / Poland

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Roksana Wardenga

 

(born 1989) Roksana Wardenga – mezzo-soprano. She has graduated from prof. Jan Ballarin vocal class in The Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice. She is a laureate of many foreign and international Vocal Competitions.
She plays Orpheus in „Orpheus and Euridice”, Mercedes in „Carmen” G. Bizet, Suzuki in „Madama Butterfly” G. Puccini, Curre, Preziosille in „La forza del destino” G. Verdi, Czipra in „Zigeunerbaron” R. Strauss. She sings oratorio and cantata repertoire as for example: „Stabat Mater” by G.B. Pergolesi, „Requiem”; Cantata „Geist und Seele” by J. S. Bach; „Coronation Mass”, „Great Mass in C minor” by W. A. Mozart; „Magnificat”, „Gloria”, „Stabat Mater” by A. Vivaldi; „Messiah” by G. F. Handel; „A Mass For Peace” by K. Jenkins; „Requiem for Auschwitz” by Roger Moreno-Rathgeb, „Requiem Op.89” by A. Dvorak,
St. Moniuszko, „Msza Des- dur”, „Msza Es- dur”, Litania „ Ne memineris”, „Requiem” Józefa Kozłowskiego, „Symfonia Niepodległości” Sebastiana Perłowskiego. She trains her skill by classes hosted by Stefania Toczyska, Olga Pasiecznik, Wiesław Ochman, Ryszard Karczykowski and Iwona Hossa. She took a course at The 1st European Academy of Vocal Art in Silesian Opera.
She has collaborated with the Polish Radio Orchestra in Warsaw, the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tychy Aukso City Orchestra, the Silesian Philharmonic, the Subcarpathian Philharmonic, the Wałbrzych Philharmonic, the Zabrze Philharmonic, Janackova Philharmonic in Ostrava, Orchestra of Opera Nova in Bydgoszcz.

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Grzegorz Biegas

 

He graduated from the Karol Lipiński State Music School in Lublin (class of prof. Mieczysław Dawidowicz) and from the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice (diploma in the piano class of prof. Eugeniusz Knapik and chamber music class of prof. Maria Szwajger-Kułakowska). In 2002 he completed postgraduate studies in the piano class of prof. Józef Stompel. At present he is a professor at his Alma Mater, in the Department of Chamber Music. His artistic activities focus on chamber music, with special emphasis on vocal literature. He was a répétiteur and a tutor in numerous vocal and chamber music festivals, including Bückeburg, Vienna, Bejing, Louisville, Sigriswil, Duszniki Zdrój, Katowice, Radzyń Podlaski, Nowy Sącz, Wrocław, Gdańsk, Sosnowiec, Chełm, Chorzów, where he cooperated with outstanding teachers, conductors and directors.
As an accompanist he worked with soloists at many vocal competitions in Poland and abroad, including Bilbao, Karlove Vary, Vienna, Dublin, Oslo, Parnu, Sion, Trnawa, Vráblach, Düsseldorf, Bydgoszcz, Duszniki-Zdrój, Katowice, Łódź, Nowy Sącz, Kraków, Włoszakowice, Warszawa, Gliwice,
Ostrava, Piotrków Trybunalski and Wrocław, where on multiple occasions he was awarded for best accompaniment receiving i.a. the. J. Lefeld special prize. As a chamber musician he performed on many concerts and festivals in Poland and abroad – almost on all the continents (Europe, USA, Argentina, Chile) co-operating with many excellent singers. He made many recording – mostly of Polish music – for the Polish Radio, Polish Television as well as CD recordings.

 

 

 

Program

Franz Schubert

Atys D585

Dithyrambe D801

Johannes Brahms

An eine Äolsharfe Op.19, Nr.5

Sapphische Ode, Op.94, Nr.4

Bolko von Hochberg

Gute Nacht Op. 31, Nr.2

Arthur Lourié

Griechische Lieder nach Dichtung von Sappho.
Lament for Adonis [Плач по Адонису]
Erotic Fragment [Эротический отрывок]
Hymnic Fragment [Гимнический отрывок]

Georgios Kasassoglou

Im Schatten Hand in Hand (Στην σκιά χειροπιασμένες)

Charles Gounod

Maid of Athens

Franz Schubert

Fahrt zum Hades

An die Leier

 

Sarah-Lena Winterberg, mezzo-soprano

Christoph Schnackertz, piano

France-USA / Germany

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Sarah-Léna Winterberg

The French mezzo-soprano Sarah-Léna Winterberg (born 1992) has been studying singing at the University of Music and Dance in Cologne in the class of Professor Christoph Prégardien since the 2016/17 winter semester. She received additional lessons from Johannes Martin Kränzle, Klesie Kelly-Moog, Michael Hampe and Michael Gees. Opera roles include the shepherd and the cat in "L'Enfant et les Sortilèges" by Maurice Ravel, Elisetta in "Il Matrimonio Segreto" by Domenico Cimarosa, Denise in the "Engagement at the Lantern" by Jacques Offenbach, Miriam in "Der Golem" by Henrick Albrecht and Dorabella in “Così Fan Tutte” by Mozart. She is a scholarship holder of the Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now eV Cologne, the DAAD (2018), the Franz Schubert Institute (2019) and the Richard Wagner Verband eV Cologne. She graduated from the Université Paris-Diderot in France with a degree in literature and art. Slowed down by Corona, she will unfortunately only make her debut in 2021 instead of 2020 at the Theater in Aachen in the role of Satirino in "La Calisto" by Cavalli.

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Christoph Schnackertz

 

Born in 1984, received his first piano lessons from Clovis Alessandri. He studied piano and instrumental pedagogy in Cologne in the class of Prof. Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Prof. Jürgen Glauss (song accompaniment). Since 2005 he has also received important suggestions as a constant companion of the singing class from Prof. Christoph Prégardien.
Since October 2011 Christoph Schnackertz has been teaching song design at the Cologne University of Music and Dance.
He works with renowned singers from all vocal subjects such as Julian Prégardien, Juliane Banse, Julia Kleiter, Hanna Elisabeth Müller, Johannes Martin Kränzle, Michael Dahmen and Oskar Hillebrandt. His work is documented in numerous recordings from the major broadcasters across Europe.
The artistic collaboration with Christoph Prégardien is also becoming increasingly closer. They have given concerts together in recent years, including at Wigmore Hall
London, at the Schwetzingen Festival, the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg and in the Tonhalle Zurich.
In addition, Christoph Schnackertz makes music with the WDR radio choir, the Chorwerk Ruhr and the Collegium Vocale Gent.

Program

Franz Schubert

An die Leier

Memnon

Bolko von Hochberg

Gute Nacht Op. 31, Nr.2

Johannes Brhams

Sapphische Ode

Claude Debussy

Trois Chansons de Bilitis

i. La flûte de Pan
ii. La Chevelure

Maurice Ravel

Cinq melodies populaires grecques:

i. Chanson de la mariée

Hermann Reutter

Drei Monologe von Empedokles

i. In meiner Stille kamst du leise wandelnd

Georgios Kasassoglou

Barmherzige Mutter

Charles Gounod

A une jeune grecque

Franz Schubert

Atys

Fahrt zum Hades

 

Tae Hwan Yun, tenor

South Korea

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(Born 1990) A master's degree in song, concert and opera took him to the University of Music and Performing Arts Mannheim in the class of Professor Katharina Dau. He studied in Professor Stefanie Krahnenfeld's solo class. At the 11th Immling International Singing Competition in Bad-Endorf, he was awarded third prize and the song prize in 2019. In addition, he won the 3rd prize as well as the audience prize at the 2nd International Helmut Deutsch Lied Competition in the Schlosstheater Schönbrunn (Vienna). In addition, he took part in the Emmerich Smola Sponsorship Award (2020 SWR Young Opera Stars) as a finalist.
In the 18/19 and 19/20 seasons he was a member of the Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern Opera Studio.

Program

Franz Schubert

Ganymed D544

Lied eines Schiffers an die Dioskuren D360

Memnon D541

Prometheus D674

Der entsühnte Orest D699

Johannes Brahms

Sapphische Ode Op.94, Nr.4

Hugo Wolf

Anakreons Grab IHW 10, Nr.29

Georgios Kasassoglou

Barmherzige Mutter (Μητέρα μεγαλόψυχη)

Meeresstille (Γαλήνη)

Charles Gounod

Maid of Athens

Franz Schubert

An die Leier D737

Atys D585

 

Elisabeth Wrede, mezzo-soprano

Pelinnur Işıkcı, piano

Germany / Turkey

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Elisabeth Wrede

 

The young mezzo-soprano Elisabeth Wrede was born in 1998 in Cottbus. She gained her first stage experience by participating in the “Jugend Musiziert” competition several times. In this she won three prizes in the national round. By appearing with orchestra at the “Young Artists' Concert” in the Cottbus State Theater, she became
exceptional talent promoted. Likewise, by entering the junior support class at the Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy University of Music and Theater in Leipzig, where she was studying alongside her Abitur. In October 2017 she began her bachelor's degree at HMT Leipzig, where she continued to be taught by Professor Brigitte Wohlfarth. At the international singing academy in Torgau she won a sponsorship award in 2018, sponsored by the association “Junge Voices Leipzig eV”. She has already appeared in numerous operas and
Operetta galas, including at the Altenburg Castle Festival and the Arnstadt Theater. She could also be heard at some charity events and song recitals in the Leipzig area. She has also participated in various university productions such as "Giulio Cesare" and "The Beggar Student". As a soloist, she sang the alto parts in Mozart's Requiem by WA Mozart, in the C major Mass and the 9th Symphony by Ludwig van Beethoven. In a production of the children's opera Bravissimo, she sang the role of Hansel from the opera “Hansel
und Gretel ”by E. Humperdinck. She was able to successfully apply for the role of the 3rd boy in "Die Zauberflöte" by WA Mozart in the 2019/20 season at the Leipzig Opera. Unfortunately this production was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. At the age of 22 she sang the role of Cenerentola (La Centerntola), that of the 3rd wood elf (Rusalka) and that of Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus) at the castle festival in Ettlingen.

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Pelinnur Işıkcı

 

Pelinnur Işıkcı began her musical training with Asst. Burcu Aktaş Urgun at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University State Conservatory in 2007 part-time. Later, on a full-time basis, she continued her training with Prof. Esin Onay Kanberoğlu. She played various piano concerts with the school young and large orchestras. In 2018 she completed her bachelor's degree with a high honor certificate. During her training, she had the opportunity to play concerts and chamber music concerts in important halls such as Istanbul, Eskişehir, Isparta and Mardin. Pelinnur Işıkcı, a researcher from the Turkish Education Foundation (TEV) "Outstanding Achievement Art Scholarship" during her basic education, was awarded the Erasmus third-grade student exchange program at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, Poland. She worked with Prof. Jozef Stompel for a year and took part in many chamber music pieces and solo concerts. She attended the workshops of Ersin Onay, Stephane Blet, Zoe Samsarelou, Hilary Demske and Prof. Catherine Vickers, Prof. Gottlieb Wallisch and Prof. Markus Groh; the master classes of İdil Birette at the Ayvalık International Music Academy, Lauma Skride, Yannick Rafalimanana, Jerfi Aji, Rebekka Hartmann and Dorukhan Doruk at the International Cappadoccia Music Festival. In the summer courses at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, she had worked with Prof. Rolf Plagge and Prof. Claudius Tanski; and had the opportunity to play as an optional teacher in the academy concerts. She was also entitled to the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Art “The Stars of Tomorrow” and gave a chamber music concert at the Albert Long Hall in Istanbul. Pelinnur Işıkcı performed the difficult works of the repertoire in "Rice University The Shepherd School of Music" Houston, Texas (USA), where she was invited with her chamber music group "Mephisto Trio". Since 2019 she has continued her master's degree in piano chamber music at the "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy University of Music and Theater Leipzig" with Prof. Caspar Frantz.

Program

Franz Schubert

Lied eines Schiffers an die Dioskuren D.360

Gruppe aus dem Tartarus D.583

Johannes Brahms

Sapphische ode Op.94, Nr.4

Maurice Ravel

Cinq melodies populaires grecques:

i. Chanson de la mariée
ii. Lá-bas, vers l´église
iii. Quel galant m´est comparable
iv. Chanson des cueilleuses de lentisques
v. Tout gai!

Georgios Kasassoglou

Archäische Miniatur

Charles Gounod

A une jeune grecque CG 324

 

Franz Schubert

Prometheus D.674

Der zürnenden Diana D.707

 

Eva Zalenga, soprano

Doriana Tchakarova, piano

Germany / Germany-Bulgaria

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Eva Zalenga

Eva Zalenga (born 1994) was a member of the Theater St. Gallen (Switzerland) ensemble in the 19/20 season and is a prizewinner of the 49th Federal Singing Competition in Berlin 2020 and the international singing competition of the Rheinsberg Castle Chamber Opera in 2020. As a soloist she was already committed to the Dresden State Operetta, the State Theaters of Saxony, the Nordhausen Theater, the Dessau Theater and the Leipzig Opera. In addition she was already a soloist in the Kulturpalast in concerts Dresden and Kaliningrad (Russia) can be heard together with the Dresden Philharmonic and will be performed in 2021 in Franck's "Panis angelicus" in Dornbirn (Austria). The soprano was born in Biberach (Ba-Wü), first studied in Dresden at the Musikhochschule and successfully completed her vocal studies in 2019 at the Leipzig Musikhochschule. She is a scholarship holder of several funding programs such as the Germany Scholarship, the Hermann Haake Foundation and the Lotte Lehmann Academy 2020.

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Doriana Tchakarova

Doriana Tchakarova


Doriana Tchakarova completed her bachelor's and master's degree in piano with Prof. Fernande Kaeser and Prof. Friedemann Rieger at the Stuttgart University of Music and studied in the lied class of Prof. Konrad Richter. She has been teaching at the Stuttgart University of Music since 2003. In April 1993 she won the second prize at the international piano competition "Dimitar Nenov" in Razgrad. In the same year she played Sergei Rachmaninoff's second piano concerto with the Varna Philharmonic.
In July 2001 she and the cellist Krassimira Krasteva won a prize in the chamber music category of the 15th international "Franz Schubert" competition. The international prizewinner is active as a lied pianist at international concerts. Recitals with her singing partner Konstantin Krimmel take her to major international concert stages. Together with Konstantin Krimmel, she won 1st prize in the song duo category at the “Rising stars Grand Prix international music competition” in Berlin in May 2018. Their highly acclaimed CD recordings led to an echo nomination in 2017. In 2019 she and Konstantin Krimmel released a CD with ballads by Schubert, Loewe, Schumann and Jensen on the renowned Alpha Classics label.

Program

Franz Schubert

Atys D.585

Hippolits Lied D.890

Bolko von Hochberg

Gute Nacht Op. 31, Nr.2

Maurice Ravel

Cinq melodies populaires grecques:

i. Chanson de la mariée

ii. Lá-bas vrs l´église

v. Tout gai!

Jean Coulthard

Three ancient memories of Greece

iii. Long ago

Arthur Lourié

Griechische Lieder nach Dichtung von Sappho, 1 Band
xii. Erotic fragment

Georgios Kasassoglou

April mit dem Eros (Ο απρίλης με τον έρωτα)

Charles Gounod

A une jeune grecque CG.324

Franz Schubert

Atys D.585

Gruppe aus dem Tartarus D.583

 

Gerry Zimmermann, baritone

Maximilian Otto, piano

Germany / Germany

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Gery Zimmermann

 

The baritone Gerry Zimmermann was born in 1997 in Berlin. As a boy he was given the opportunity to gain experience as a soloist in the Staats- und Domchor Berlin, under the direction of Prof. Kai Uwe Jirka. These brought him to the stages of the Berlin Philharmonic, the Konzerthaus and the Berlin State Opera. As a young student at the “Julius Stern Institute” of the UdK Berlin, with Prof. Jochen Großmann, he continued to develop his voice.

After graduating from high school, he has been studying baritone with Jörg Hempel at the Carl Maria von Weber Academy of Music in Dresden since September 2016. He received further valuable impulses in the lied class of KS Prof. Olaf Bär as well as in numerous master classes, among others from Prof. Charlotte Lehmann, Prof. Alexander Schmalcz and Prof. KS Roland Schubert.

In autumn 2018 he took part in the final of the National Singing Competition in the Junior category. He gained his first stage experience in the university production “Gianni Schicchi” in the role of “Notary” and in which he was hired as “Papageno” by the state theaters of Saxony at the festival of lights.

Another great passion of the baritone is the concert subject. He has already been heard several times as a soloist in numerous oratorios and cantatas, for example in Carl Heinrich Graun's “The Death of Jesus” or as Christ in the St. John Passion by JS Bach. In addition, he was able to gain further experience of baroque performance practice in the Dresden concert series “Cantatas in the Palais”, under the direction of Hans-Christoph Rademann. He also continues his connection to choral singing as a member of the "Dresdner Kammerchor" ensemble. A highlight of his career so far was a recital in the Semperoper, where he interpreted songs by Udo Zimmermann and Rainer Kunad.

Maximilian Otto

 

Maximilian Otto was born in Chemnitz in 1998. He was a student at the Saxon State High School for Music Carl Maria von Weber Dresden in the main subjects piano and double bass as well as in the minor subjects composition and conducting. Since October 2018 he has been studying orchestral conducting at the Carl Maria von Weber University of Music in Dresden with Prof. Ekkehard Klemm. He has also been a scholarship holder of the German National Academic Foundation since 2019.

In 2011 Otto was honored for his string quartet No. 1 at the 6th student composition competition of the Berliner Philharmoniker. He received an Andreas Werckmeister Prize in 2013 as part of the Halberstadt orchestra workshop. In addition, from 2011 onwards, he took part in the national competition “Young Composed” every year and has so far won ten national prizes. In 2018 he received the Bialas Award from the GEMA Foundation in connection with the premiere of his commissioned work. Otto also conducted many of his premieres, including in the chamber music hall of the Paris Philharmonic. At the beginning of 2019 he stepped in as a conductor three days before the start of the first anniversary concert of the Sinfonietta Dresden and successfully mastered a very extensive and ambitious contemporary program.

At the piano he received several first prizes at Jugend Musiziert at state and federal level. In 2014 he won first prize at the Görlitz / Zgorcelec International Piano Competition as well as the special prize for the best interpretation of a modern work. At the same competition he also received first prizes and special prizes in the chamber music category, including for his own work. In the summer of 2016 he and his duo partner were invited to the International Spivakov Festival in Moscow to take part in concerts in the Bolshoi Theater, among others. Otto has already played several (piano) concerts as a soloist, including Beethoven's Triple Concerto, Prokofiev's 1st Piano Concerto and Mozart's C minor Concerto. In 2017 he performed with the Lviv Philharmonic in Ukraine with the first movement from Rachmaninoff's 2nd Piano Concerto. In the same year he made his debut with his own piano concerto at the HfM Dresden, which he performed six more times in 2019 with him on the piano and the Elblandphilharmonie Sachsen.

Program

Franz Schubert

An die Leier

Memnon

Fahrt zum Hades

Der zürnenden Diana

Hugo Wolf

Anakreons Grab IHW 10, Nr.29

Bolko von Hochberg

Gute Nacht Op. 31, Nr.2

Arthur Lourié

Griechische Lieder nach Dichtung von Sappho
Hymnisches Fragment

Plea to Aphrodite

Georgios Kasassoglou

Archäische Miniatur (Αρχαϊκή μινιατούρα)

Charles Gounod

A une jeune grecque CG.324

Franz Schubert

Atys D.585

Gruppe aus dem Tartarus D.583

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Sylwia Ziółkowska, soprano

Grzegorz Biegas, piano

Poland / Poland

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Sylwia Ziółkowska

 

Sylwia Ziółkowska – soprano, was born in Cracow on 5th April 1995.
She is a graduate of the Cracow Music Academy in the bachelor's opera singing class,
in dr Jolanta Pawlikowska.
She continues her master’s degree at the Karol Szymanowski Music Academy in Katowice, Poland - department Opera Singing (singing class of prof. dr hab. Ewa Biegas).
She perfected her singing technique during master classes with important singers and teachers such as: Piotr Beczała, Iwona Sobotka, Mariusz Kwiecień, Markus Schäfer and W. Stephen Smith.
In 2017 Sylwia performed as a solist in France with Choir Polyphonia du Conservatoire 
de Musique de Vannes and Chamber Orchestra of the Cracow Music Academy conducted by Stanisław Krawczyński. Sylwia also has sung as a concert soloist in Russia, Slovakia and Uzbekistan.
In November 2019, she made her debut on the stage of the Silesian Opera in Bytom (Poland) as Zuzia in S. Moniuszko's opera "Verbum nobile".
Until now, she is the winner of following prizes: 1st prize at the XIX International Imrich Godin Vocal Competition IUVENTUS CANTI Vrable, Slovakia (2017), 3rd prize at the IV International Sacred Vocal Competition Ars et Gloria in Katowice (2021), Poland; 3rd prize at the V Polish National Vocal Competition Krystyna Jamroz in Busko-Zdrój (2019), Poland; and the laureate of 5th International Anna German Song Festival in Warsaw and in Moscow (2018), Poland/Russia.
In addition to her vocal studies, she also studied finance and accounting at the Economics University in Katowice.
  

Program

Franz Schubert

Ganymed D544

Die Götter Griechenlands D.677

Mathilde Kralik von Mayerswalden

Lied der Sappho

i. Ich kann nicht süsse Mutter

ii. Der Mond ist schon hinunter

iii. Ach die gliederlösende böse Liebe

iv. Lieblicher Abendstern

v. Komm, o Cypris

vi. Erstorben wirst du liegen

Felix Nowowiejski

Róże dla Safo

ii. Faon

Georgios Kasassoglou

Der Maitag (Του Μαγιού ροδοφαίνεται η μέρα)

Charles Gounod

A une jeune grecque CG.324

Franz Schubert

Atys D.585

Gruppe aus dem Tartarus D.583

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Grzegorz Biegas

 

He graduated from the Karol Lipiński State Music School in Lublin (class of prof. Mieczysław Dawidowicz) and from the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice (diploma in the piano class of prof. Eugeniusz Knapik and chamber music class of prof. Maria Szwajger-Kułakowska). In 2002 he completed postgraduate studies in the piano class of prof. Józef Stompel. At present he is a professor at his Alma Mater, in the Department of Chamber Music. His artistic activities focus on chamber music, with special emphasis on vocal literature. He was a répétiteur and a tutor in numerous vocal and chamber music festivals, including Bückeburg, Vienna, Bejing, Louisville, Sigriswil, Duszniki Zdrój, Katowice, Radzyń Podlaski, Nowy Sącz, Wrocław, Gdańsk, Sosnowiec, Chełm, Chorzów, where he cooperated with outstanding teachers, conductors and directors.
As an accompanist he worked with soloists at many vocal competitions in Poland and abroad, including Bilbao, Karlove Vary, Vienna, Dublin, Oslo, Parnu, Sion, Trnawa, Vráblach, Düsseldorf, Bydgoszcz, Duszniki-Zdrój, Katowice, Łódź, Nowy Sącz, Kraków, Włoszakowice, Warszawa, Gliwice,
Ostrava, Piotrków Trybunalski and Wrocław, where on multiple occasions he was awarded for best accompaniment receiving i.a. the. J. Lefeld special prize. As a chamber musician he performed on many concerts and festivals in Poland and abroad – almost on all the continents (Europe, USA, Argentina, Chile) co-operating with many excellent singers. He made many recording – mostly of Polish music – for the Polish Radio, Polish Television as well as CD recordings.