20:00 W. Lutosławski Concert Studio
Marcin Zdunik, Paweł Czarny, Royal String Quartet

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - String Quartet in D minor K 421
Dmitri Shostakovich- String Quartet No. 8
Erwin Schulhoff - String Sextet Op. 45

They were beginning from the Viennese school composers. While coming into maturity as a string quartet they got fascinated by the profound truth of Shostakovich’s music, and now are discovering the forgotten repertoire. Mozart’s Quartet in D minor (1783) is the composer’s nod to the founder of the modern quartet – Joseph Haydn. Serious tone of the work, quite uncommon for Mozart, used to be indicated as a point of reference for the Romantic spirit of Schubert’s Death and the Maiden. Shostakovich was to say that his String Quartet No. 8 in C minor (1960), officially a dedication to victims of fascism and the II World War, was in fact dedicated to himself. In the piece he quotes his other compositions, whereas the main theme carries the composer’s ‘signature’: the motif consisting of the notes D, E flat, C, B natural. The work was composed in Dresden, at that time rising from the rubble of war. 40 years prior to that Erwin Schulhoff was creating the first bars of his Sextet (1920-24). The piece is one of the most important works of the bold innovator who died in 1942 in a Bavarian concentration camp of Wülzburg.

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MARCIN ZDUNIK

Cellist whose repertoire ranges from the Renaissance to modern music. Improviser, arranger and composer, cello teacher at the Music Academy in Gdańsk. Winner of the First Prize and the Grand Prix at the 6th Witold Lutosławski International Cello Competition in Warsaw, 2007, in the subsequent year awarded The New Talent at the International Rostrum for Young Performers held in Bratislava.  In 2009 he won The Guarantee of Culture Award granted by TVP Kultura. He is invited to prestigious music festivals including BBC Proms in London, Progetto Martha Argerich in Lugano and Chopin and his Europe in Warsaw. He has performed at such venues as: Carnegie Hall in New York, Cadogan Hall in London and Rudolfinum in Prague. In the artistic season 2016/17 he was artist-in-residence at the Warsaw Philharmonic. He has recorded a number of albums, and his recent 2CD release Bach Stories (Warner Classics) is a fruit of collaboration with pianist Aleksander Dębicz.

PAWEŁ CZARNY

Studied the viola under Piotr Reichert and Katarzyna Budnik-Gałązka at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. Winner of numerous awards at competitions in Dąbrowa Górnicza, Wrocław and Radom. He leads the viola section in the chamber orchestra Chain Ensemble directed by Andrzej Bauer and the Warsaw String Players chamber orchestra founded by Janusz Wawrowski. He cooperates with the Accademia Gustav Mahler in Bolzano. As a member of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra he performed in New York’s Carnegie Hall. Along with Antonina Styczeń and Zuzanna Federowicz he has recorded Mieczysław Wajnberg’s Trio for Flute, Viola and Harpsichord, published by TACET Records – the album was nominated for the International Classical Music Awards 2018. Czarny is holder of Minister of Culture and National Heritage and the Polish Children’s Fund scholarships.