Between the East and West

Gija Kanczeli

Night Prayers for string quartet and tape

Mikołaj Medtner

Piano Quintet in C major, Op. posth.

Silesian String Quartet
Szymon Krzeszowiec
violin
Arkadiusz Kubica
violin
Piotr Janosik
cello
Łukasz Syrnicki
viola
Mateusz Borowiak
piano
Marcin Trzęsiok
leading of the music cycle

Silesian String QuartetOne of Poland’s leading chamber music ensembles. The repertoire of the Silesian Quartet encompasses over three hundred chamber music works, of which approximately two hundred date from the 20th century. The ensemble has offered approximately forty world premiere performances of string quartets by Polish and foreign composers, of which a selection were written especially for the ensemble.

During its career, the Silesian Quartet has appeared at such music festivals as the Warsaw Autumn, Poznań Musical Spring, the Festival of Polish Contemporary Music in Wrocław, the Berliner Musiktage, the Time of Music Viitasaari, the Inventionen Berlin, the Lerchenborg-Musicdage, the Musicorama-Hong Kong, the Festival de Saint-Denis in Paris, the Melos-Etos Festival of Contemporary Music in Bratislava, the Musik-Biennale Berlin, and others.

The Silesian Quartet has given over one thousand concerts on the country’s most important stages and has also appeared in concert on a number of occasions in most European countries, the United States,  Japan, Canada, China, and South Korea. The ensemble has also produced a number of significant recordings for commercial release on CD, for ECM, EMI, CDAccord, and Radio Katowice. These have included the first-ever recording of the complete quartets of Aleksander Tansman for the Dutch-American label Etcetera, the chamber works of Henryk Mikołaj Górecki for Olimpia, Krzysztof Penderecki’s chamber works for Wergo, and others.

Since 1993, the Silesian Quartet has been the organizer of chamber music festivals known as The Silesian Quartet and Its Guests. In the artistic season 2013/2014, the Quartet has been celebrating its 35th anniversary.


Mateusz BorowiakMateusz Borowiak studied piano at Cambridge University and at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, with professor Andrzej Jasiński.

He is a recipient of several piano awards including 3rd prize and Musiq’3 Audience Prize at the Queen Elisabeth Piano Competition in Brussels, Belgium (2013), Gold Medal and 1st prize, the prize for the youngest finalist and the prize for the best performer of music by Isaac Albeniz at the 57th Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona, Spain (2011), 1st prize and Audience Award at the 21st Rina Sala Gallo International Piano Competition in Monza, Italy (2010), the Contemporary Prize at the 19th Cleveland International Piano Competition (2011), 1st Prize at the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Piano Competition (2011), the Harriet Cohen Memorial Award (2010), and others.

He has appeared at numerous concert halls in Europe, Unites States and Asia, and on festivals including King’s Lynn, Lower Machen, the Northern Aldborough, Stratford on Avon, and Cambridge. He has performed with orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic, NOSPR, Orquestra Sinfónica de Madrid, London Mozart Players, Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, the European Union Chamber Orchestra, the Silesian Chamber Orchestra, and Sinfonietta Cracovia. He collaborates with renowned conductors such as Eivind Aadland, Andrey Boreyko, Salvador Brotons, Tomasz Bugaj, Alan Buribayev, Michał Klauza, Günter Neuhold, Tadeusz Strugała, Joseph Swensen, and Kenneth Woods.

Many of his concerts have been broadcast by national TV and radio stations in Slovakia, Spain, Belgium, Hungary, and Poland. His first CD of Louis Pelosi’s Thirteen Preludes and Fugues was released by KASP Records, New York, in October 2012. His second CD of 15 Keyboard Sonatas by Padre Antonio Soler is due for release by Naxos Records.