The Award Gala of the International Competition "MUZYCZNE ORŁY" - Concert Hall of the Artur Rubinstein Philharmonic
In 2021, we became laureates of the International Competition "MUZYCZNE ORŁY" in three categories:
The latest album by the Art Chamber Ensemble, published by DUX, is dedicated to Polish composers of Jewish origin - victims of the Holocaust. The album was inspired by a concert held on 4 June 1998 at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., in memory of outstanding, tragically deceased musicians and composers. Its programme featured works by Alexander Tansman, among others, and culminated in a performance of Benjamin Lees' Silent Voices Piano Trio, commissioned especially for the occasion. The author himself described this poignant piece as a small gesture of remembrance for those whose voices have forever silenced the pogroms and genocides of the past.
The album opens with Joseph Achron's Hebrew Melody, a piece based on an authentic melody heard in one of Warsaw's synagogues by the composer born in the Suwałki region. The album also includes works by Joachim Mendelson, professor of theory and harmony at the Stanisław Moniuszko Institute of Music in Warsaw, who was murdered in the Warsaw Ghetto in 1943; Szymon Laks, composer and conductor, prisoner of Auschwitz-Birkenau; and Józef Koffler, the first Polish dodecaphonist, who died in 1944 after the liquidation of the Wieliczka Ghetto.
The Art Chamber Ensemble was formed on the initiative of lecturers at the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław, the founders of the Art Chamber Duo ensemble - pianist Julita Przybylska - Nowak and violinist Jarosław Pietrzak. The Art Chamber Ensemble made its debut in 2013 at the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw at a concert commemorating the activities of the Jewish Symphonic Orchestra in the Warsaw Ghetto. The ensemble has also presented music by Polish composers of Jewish origin at the Singer's Warsaw Festival, the Feliks Mendelssohn Festival in Kraków, the Silesian Philharmonic in Katowice and the National Philharmonic in Warsaw.
The Museum of the History of Polish Jews POLIN in Warsaw has assumed honorary patronage of the publication and the partners of the Polonia Music Art Foundation, co-publisher of the album, are: Jewish Community Center in Warsaw, the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław and the sponsor, the Union of Artists and Performers STOART.
Co-financed with funds from the Minister of Culture and National Heritage from the Fund for the Promotion of Culture under the programme “Musical Trace” implemented by the National Institute of Music and Dance
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Joseph ACHRON (1886–1943)
HEBREW MELODY for violin and piano Op. 33
Joachim MENDELSON (1897–1943)
SONATA for violin and piano
Szymon LAKS (1901–1983)
SONATA for cello and piano
Józef KOFFLER (1896–1944)
CAPRICCIO for violin and piano Op. 18
Benjamin LEES (1924–2010)
PIANO TRIO No. 2 “SILENT VOICES”
Art Chamber Ensemble
Julita Przybylska – Nowak – piano
Agnieszka Kołodziej – cello
Jarosław Pietrzak – violin