NOSPR chamber hall


Marcel Pérès

Missa ex tempore

world premiere

Anna Szostak
Camerata Silesia
Marcel Pérès
Anna Szostak

Anna Szostakconductor and teacher, she is one of the leading choral conductors in Poland. Szostak lectures at the Institute of Music, Department of Conducting and Music Didactics at the Cieszyn branch of the University of Silesia.

She promotes the idea of performing early music on period instruments and has initiated and organised many concerts of Renaissance and Baroque vocal-instrumental music. For the purposes of her concert and recording work, she has created several early music ensembles, featuring leading musicians from Poland and abroad. She has conducted such ensembles as Il Tempo and Concerto Polacco and appeared in concert with Emma Kirkby and Barbara Schlick. She has co-conducted Witold Lutosławski’s Trois Poèmes d’Henri Michaux with Antoni Wit at the Warsaw Autumn, with Roland Hayrabédian at the Cathedral of Saint Louis des Invalides in Paris, and with Peter Hirsch at the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels.

She has recorded for the Polish Radio and taken part in television programmes. She has also made numerous recordings for disc, many of which have received nominations or awards. Her CD featuring a selection of Paweł Szymański’s works (CD Accord), including Lux aeterna for voices and instruments (1984), won Studio’s Disc of the Year 1997 and the Fryderyk 1997 in the contemporary music category, a disc of Karol Szymanowski’s Kurpian Songs (Musicon) won a Fryderyk 1997 in the solo music category. Many composers have written and dedicated their works to Szostak, Camerata Silesia, and its soloists.

Anna Szostak is a recipient of many prestigious prizes and awards for performing and phonographic achievements. She was honoured with the Prize of the Minister of Culture and the Arts for special achievements in the field of music, and in 2004 with the Jerzy Kurczewski Prize for outstanding achievements in choral music.

Camerata SilesiaThe Camerata Silesia Ensemble of Singers of the City of Katowice was founded in 1990 by Anna Szostak, who remains its director and conductor to this day. The Camerata Silesia was formed with the idea of creating a group of singers who could perform both as a chamber ensemble, and as a support for soloists in vocal, instrumental, and a cappella choral works.

Every year since 1993, the ensemble has been invited to take part in the International Warsaw Autumn Contemporary Music Festival. Its performances of Anton Webern’s Cantatas with the Sinfonia Varsovia (conducted by Ed Spanjaard in 1995), and Trois Poèmes d’Henri Michaux by Witold Lutosławski with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Anna Szostak and Antoni Wit (1996), have been heralded as the greatest events to grace this festival. Also belonging to the choir’s most important achievements is the performance of Sinfoni by Luciano Berio at the inaugural concert of Warsaw Autumn in 1999.

Camerata Silesia appeared, by special invitation thanks to Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk, in the renowned Gewandhaus (Leipzig), Opéra Comique (Paris), gave concerts in Taipei (Taiwan), Mei Lanfang Theatre (Peking Beijing), La Monnaie (Bruxelles), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), and also appeared during a cycle of concerts at the EXPO 2000 in Hannover.

The year 2006 was rich in performances of music by Krzysztof Penderecki. St Luke Passion has resounded in Münster, Cracow, and Hamburg. In 2012, the Ensemble (enlarged to 40 singers) took part in performances and recordings to a DVD edition of the stage version of Passio Domini Nostri Jesu Christi Secundum Matthaeum by Krzysztof Penderecki, stage direction by Grzegorz Jarzyna.

The choir’s discography embraces a dozen CDs, which have repeatedly been awarded. The latest CD releases have attracted special attention, namely the Requiem by Andrzej Siewiński, and Krzysztof Baculewski’s contemporary music (both nominated for the Fryderyk music award).

Marcel PérèsAfter studying organ and composition at the Nice conservatoire, Marcel Pérès pursued his musical education in Great Britain and Canada. Back in Europe in 1979, he began to specialize in medieval music and founded, in 1982, Ensemble Organum with which he undertook a methodical exploration of medieval liturgical repertoires.

In 1984, he founded the CERIMM (Centre Européen pour la Recherche sur l’Interprétation des Musiques Médiévales – the European Medieval Music Research and Performance Centre) a research centre for the performance of medieval music at the Royaumont Foundation, of which he was director until 1999. He has released forty or so records and CDs with Ensemble Organum, most of which have been awarded the highest acclaim: Diapason d’or, Classical Awards, Choc de l’année of the Monde de la Musique, and the New York Times’ essential records of the 20th century.

In 2001, at the former Abbey of Moissac, Marcel Pérès created the CIRMA (Centre Itinérant de Recherche sur les Musiques Anciennes – the Itinerant Centre for Early Music Research), designed to be a show case, via music, of man’s migration, his thinking, and his know-how during the past centuries, and to develop a mutually informative approach between living traditions and musical archaeology.

Marcel Pérès’ international action was acknowledged in 1990 when he was awarded the French Secretary of State’s international cultural relations’ Leonardo da Vinci Prize (Prix Léonard de Vinci). He received the distinction of the Knight of Arts and Letters (Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres) in 1996 from the French Ministry of Culture, and the distinction of Officer of Arts and Letters (Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres) in 2013. He is the godfather of the ‘Marcel’ bell which was built in 2012 and consecrated on February the 2nd 2013 for the celebration of the 850th anniversary of the Cathedral Notre-Dame de Paris.