The Silesian Quartet
The Silesian Quartet was founded in 1978 by a group of students from the Karol Szymanowski
Academy of Music in Katowice. It developed its skills at master courses
conducted by the members of such quartets as LaSalle, Amadeus, Juilliard,
Smetana and Berg. The Quartet's repertoire includes over 250 pieces of
chamber literature, of which almost two hundred are by 20th-century composers.
The Silesian Quartet has premiered around 40 works by Polish and foreign
composers, many of which have been dedicated to the Quartet. It has performed
at the 'Warsaw Autumn', 'Poznań Music Spring', the Polish Contemporary
Music Festival in Wrocław, the Penderecki Festival in Lusławice (Poland)
and Cracow, the Szymanowski's Music Days at Zakopane (Poland), the Berliner
Musiktage, 'Time of Music' in Viitasaari (Finland), 'Inventionen' in Berlin,
Lerchenborg Musikdage (Denmark), 'Musicorama' in Hong Kong, Festival de
Saint-Denis in Paris, the Contemporary Music Festival 'Melos-Ethos' in
Bratislava, 'Wien Modern', 'Romaeuropa', Musikhost in Odense (Denmark),
Musikbiennale in Berlin.
The Silesian Quartet has given over one thousand concerts in Poland
and has also performed in many European countries, as well as the United
States, Canada, Mexico, Israel and Hong Kong.
Its discography includes complete string quartets by Aleksander Tansman
(on Etcaetera label), Karol Szymanowski and Igor Stravinsky (Partridge),
works by Henryk M. Górecki (Olympia, the 1995 'Fryderyk' Award), Krzysztof
Penderecki (Wergo) and Zygmunt Krauze (Thesis). The ensemble's recent recordings
include the String Quartet by Stefan Wolpe (for cpo), the chamber version
of Chopin's Concerto in E minor Op. 11 (for the Belgian label Recital,
with Kornelia Ogórek), the piano quintets by Johannes Brahms and Juliusz
Zarębski (for Polskie Nagrania, with Paweł Kowalski), a selection of Mozart
quartets, 'Miniatures' and 'The Magic of the Fugue' (for Polish Radio Katowice).
The recording of string quartets by Szymanowski and Lutosławski for cd
Accord won two prestigious awards in 1998: the 'Record of the Year' in
a poll of the 'Studio' magazine and the 'Fryderyk' Award.
In 1992 the Silesian Quartet launched an annual chamber music festival
in Rybna (near Tarnowskie Góry, Silesia, Poland), held under the motto
'The Silesian Quartet and its Guests'.
The ensemble has won awards at the International Composers' Rostrum
in Paris for the recording of quartets by Eugeniusz Knapik (1984) and Aleksander
Lasoń (1988). It was also the recipient of the Polish Composers' Union
Prize (1994), the Artistic Prize of the Katowice Province Governor (1988)
and the City Mayor (1992). In 1999 the ensemble was awarded the Gold Cross
Since the beginning of 2001 Anna Rechlewicz has been the Silesian Quartet's
Sunday September 23, 7.30 pm