Krzyżowa-Music is a new chamber music festival in Poland under the artistic directorship of Viviane Hagner; it took place for the first time in Krzyżowa in Silesia, formerly known as Kreisau, in 2015. Based on the model of Marlboro Music in Vermont, USA, it brings together experienced and world-renowned musician-personalities with promising young musicians. In 2016, they meet once again in the heart of Europe to make music at eye-level.
In German history, Krzyżowa/Kreisau stands for resistance against the Nazi reign of terror; today it serves as an international place of encounter for young people, as a memorial and European Academy. Three days after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the historical “Mass of Reconciliation” attended by Tadeusz Mazowiecki and Helmut Kohl took place there, marking the beginning of the reconciliation process between the Polish and the Germans.
Thus, Krzyżowa/Kreisau is a natural place for a music festival which is also concerned with the role of musicians in society and with exile music, and which brings together musicians from all over Europe and beyond – an ideal place to transfer the tradition of Marlboro to Europe. Multiple historical lines of connection can be drawn between the founders of Marlboro and Kreisau during the time of resistance.
Viviane Hagner, the artistic director of Krzyżowa-Music, is among the most high-profile musicians of her generation. Since her debut with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under Zubin Mehta at the age of 13, she has made guest appearances with the world’s greatest orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. She appears regularly at the Marlboro Music Festival and has been “artist in residence” at the Berlin Konzerthaus and “prize-winner in residence” at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival. From 2009 onwards she was appointed professor of violin at Berlin’s University of the Arts; since 2013 she has held the same position at the Mannheim Music Academy.
The young Spanish clarinettist Pablo Barragán won not only the Prix Credit Suisse Jeunes Solistes in 2013, but also international awards such as the ARD Music Competition in 2012. Since 2007 Pablo Barragán has been a member of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, working with Maestro Daniel Barenboim. Pablo Barragán studied with Antonio Salguero at the Conservatorio Superior de Música Manuel Castillo in Seville, and with Matthias Glander via the Barenboim-Said Foundation. Today he holds a scholarship from the Caja Madrid Foundation and studies with François Benda at the Music Academy in Basel.
The Swedish cellist Torleif Thedéen has performed as a soloist with almost all the world’s major orchestras over the course of the past 25 years; as a passionate chamber musician, he has also graced the stages of the most important concert halls and appeared at such renowned festivals as the ones in Schleswig-Holstein, Salzburg, Utrecht, Dubrovnik, Helsinki, Kuhmo, Bath, Bordeaux, the Prague Spring Festival and the Verbier Festival. He has recorded the complete cello works by Schnittke, Britten’s three Solo Suites as well as the cello concertos by Dvořák, Lalo, Schumann, Elgar, Saint-Saëns, Kabalevsky, Bloch, Kokkonen, Shostakovich, Lutosławski and Penderecki for various labels. His recording of the Solo Suites by Johann Sebastian Bach has been acclaimed worldwide (e.g. BBC “Editor’s Choice”).
The 21-year-old Polish violinist Ania Filochowska is currently a student at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, where Aaron Rosand and Pamela Frank are her teachers. She gave her solo debut at the early age of 10 with the Rybnik Symphony Orchestra in Poland, and ever since she has made guest appearances with many orchestras worldwide. At the age of 15 Ania Filochowska played for Zubin Mehta at Avery Fisher Hall in New York. As a chamber musician, she has worked together with Men-Chieh Liu, Paul Katz and Ralph Kirschbaum; she also enjoys making music with her brother Piotr, who is also a student at the Curtis Institute of Music.
The outstanding young pianist Adam Golka has Polish-American roots. He has performed with numerous orchestras and given solo recitals at renowned concert halls such as New York’s Lincoln Center and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. He first studied the piano with his mother Anna Golka and Dariusz Pawlas. He later studied with José Feghali, one of his most influential teachers, as Golka himself points out. At the Peabody Conservatory Adam studied with Leon Fleischer. Today he is artist-in-residence at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Originally from Vancouver, the young violist Eleanor Kendra James began playing the violin at age four and switched to the viola when she was 14. She studied with Paul Coletti at the renowned Colburn School in Los Angeles and later with Ettore Causa at Yale University. After winning the first prize at the “Shean String Competition” in Edmonton, she appeared as a soloist with numerous American symphony orchestras. A passionate chamber musician, she has performed with such outstanding partners as Ani Kavafian and Paul Neubauer and was coached by Michael Tree, Pinchas Zukerman and Alfred Brendel. She has participated in many major summer festivals in America, Europe and China, for example the Zermatt Festival, the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad, the Sarasota Music Festival, Music@Menlo and Krzyżowa-Music. She is currently completing her studies with Nils Mönkemeyer in Munich.
Originally from Berlin, Nadja Reich studied in the junior division of Berlin’s University of the Arts from 2003 to 2012, where her teachers were Matias de Oliveira Pinto and Jens Peter Maintz. Since September 2013 she has been as student of Thomas Grossenbacher at the Zurich Academy of the Arts. Nadja Reich has been invited to festivals such as the Kyoto International Students’ Festival, the Musical Summer in East Friesland, the Norsjø Kammermusikkfest, the Valdres Sommersymfoni and the Young Prague Festival. Since 2012 Nadja Reich has held a scholarship from the Liechtenstein Music Academy; since 2014 the Lyra Foundation has supported her.
“Ouverture on Hebrew Themes“ Op. 34 (1919)
Quartet for Clarinet, Violin, Viola and Cello (1993)
Suite for Clarinet, Violin and Piano from “L’Histoire du soldat” (1917/1919)
Piano Quintet in F-Minor, Op. 34 (1865)
The Festival Krzyżowa-Music in Krzyżowa (formerly Kreisau) in Silesia stands for international understanding – and the programme of today’s concert is the best example for this! Different musical lines of tradition from East and West come together here: the Russian Sergey Prokofiev created his Overture on Hebrew Themes in New York in 1919, writing for a sextet of Jewish musicians he had studied with in St. Petersburg. During the same year, the brilliant Suite from Stravinsky’s play L’Histoire du soldat was first performed in Lausanne. The two other compositions, featuring the wonderful violinist Viviane Hagner and her international colleagues, also offer chamber music at its finest: in his Clarinet Quartet of 1993, the Polish composer Penderecki plays with classical form in a virtuoso manner, while Brahms, the German who chose Vienna as his home, managed to combine orchestral richness of sound and elegiac simplicity in his famous Piano Quintet.