The Karol Szymanowski State Music School Complex No. 4 in Warsaw
Children’s Choir of the Karol Szymanowski State Music School Complex No. 4 in Warsaw Szymanowski String Ensemble
Maciej Przestrzelski conductor
Maciej Przestrzelski graduated from the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in the violin class of Professor M. Słubicka-Podejko. After graduation he joined the orchestra of Teatr Wielki – the National Opera, where he is a long-term concert master and deputy leader of the 2nd violins. Przestrzelski was invloved in many opera and concert productions with, among others, K. Penderecki, J. Kaspszyk, G. Chmura, G. Nowak, P. Domingo, J. Cura, M. Minkowski, M. Treliński, J. Bell, V. Gergiev, K. Pastor, C. Montanaro and P. Fournillier. He worked together with many orchestras, including the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Sinfonia Varsovia. He is the founder and 1st violinist of the Fobos string quartet, made up of members of the orchestra of the National Opera. He is also a member of the Amabile Piano Trio, with which he creates performances combining poetry and music. Przestrzelski collaborates with composers of the young generation, including M. Zieliński and P. Mykietyn, undertaking contemporary and film music projects. In 1992 Maciej Przestrzelski took over a teaching position in the Karol Szymanowski State Music School Complex No. 4 in Warsaw, teaching the violin class, and more recently, the string orchestra in the school.
Anna Perzanowska-Tarasiuk conductor
Anna Perzanowska-Tarasiuk is a graduate of the Karol Szymanowski State Music School Complex No. 4 in Warsaw in the piano class of M. Niemira, and of the Music Education Department of the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music, where she studied with Professor Antoni Szaliński and Sławek Andrzej Wróblewski. Immediately upon graduation she started work in the school, where she teaches choir at various levels. In 2000, together with Fr. R. Indrzejczyk she founded the Laudate Dominum girls’ choir made up of theschool’s students and graduates. In 2003 she completed a post-graduate choral conducting course and commenced work as assistant in the class of Professor A. Banasiewicz. In 2010 she obtained a doctoral degree of the music arts in conducting. Anna Perzanowska-Tarasiuk won numerous awards and distinctions, both individual and for the ensemble shedirects.
Major achievements in the early years of her teaching career include Grand Prix at the Primary and Secondary Music School Choir Festival in 2003, 2004 and 2010 and prizes for best conductor (2000, 2003, 2008, 2009, 2010), 2nd prize in the International Choral Competition in Arezzo (Italy) in 2001 and in 2002 – 1st prize in the International Children’s Choir Competition in Moscow and 1st prize in the International Festival of Sacred Music in Rumia. In 2003: 3rd place in the “Let the peoples sing” competition organised in London by the BBC. Subsequent years brought more successful endeavours, including 1st place and prize for best conductor in the Rybnicka Choral Autumn International Festival in 2010 and Grand Prix and prize for best conductor in the 20th Christmas Carols Festival in Myślenice (2011). In 2013 she won 3rd prize in the 7th Witold Lutosławski Competition for Children and Youth in Warsaw Grand Prix in the Warsaw Choral Spring and 1st place in the “Cantio Lodziensis” Choral Festival in Łódź. More recently, choirs led by Anna Perzanowska-Tarasiuk won 1st place in the 9th National Festival in Ostrów Wielkopolski (2015) and 1st place in the 19th “Cantio Lodziensis” Choral Festival in Łódź (2016).
Symphony Orchestra of the Karol Szymanowski State Music School Complex No. 4 in Warsaw
Wojciech Pławner conductor
Wojciech Pławner is a violinist and conductor. He graduated from the Academy of Music in Łódź in the violin class of Professor Iwona Wojciechowska. He also studied at the Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg (Austria) and at the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna. In 2016 he graduated from the Department of syphonic & choral conducting of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in the class of Professor Marek Pijarowski and in 2018 he completed a choral conducting course in the class of Professor Bogdan Gola. He is a laureate of many domestic and international violin competitions. Major achievements include 6th place in the 13th Henryk Wieniawski International Violin Competition in Poznań, 1st place in the Stefanie Holl-Violinwettbewerb Competition in Vienna, Grand Prix and the Apollo’s Chariot award in Olsztyn and 2nd prize in the Louis Spohr International Competition in Weimar (Germany). He has been awarded multiple grants by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage and is a laureate of the Young Poland scholarship programme.
As a violinist, Wojciech Pławner had the opportunity to perform in several countries in Europe, as well as in Japan. He refined his skills in conducting courses led by J. Kaspszyk, R. J. Delekta, J. Brett and M. Żółtowski. He received honourable mentions in the 1st A. Kopyciński National Conducting Students’ Competition in Wrocław and in the 6th Witold Lutosławski National Young Conductors’ Competition in Białystok. He has appeared with philharmonic orchestras in Łódź, Katowice, Kielce and Zielona Góra, and with the Chamber Orchestra of the Academy of Music in Łódź. In 2016 he undertook collaboration with the “Sinfonietta” Youth Orchestra of the Łódź Region and in September 2017 he took on the position of teacher and conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of the Karol Szymanowski State Music School Complex No. 4 in Warsaw.
The Karol Szymanowski Music School
In 2017 the school celebrated its 70th anniversary. Its history is embellished with the names of outstanding graduates. These include pianists Piotr Anderszewski, Marek Drewnowski, Janusz Olejniczak, Andrzej Ratusiński, Elżbieta Tarnawska, organists Andrzej Chorosiński, Stanisław Moryto (later both rectors of the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music), harpsichordists Elżbieta Chojnacka, Marek Toporowski, Władysław Kłosiewicz, flautists Elżbieta Gajewska, Agata Igras, oboist Tytus Wojnowicz, percussionist Stanisław Skoczyński, violinists Piotr Janowski, Magdalena Rezler, Mirosław Ławrynowicz, conductors Łukasz Borowicz, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Wojciech Rajski, Tadeusz Wojciechowski, composers Joanna Bruzdowicz, Marta Ptaszyńska, Paweł Szymański, singers Jacek Janiszewski, Anna Malewicz-Madey, Jolanta Radek, jazz and pop musicians Anna Maria Jopek, Andrzej Jagodziński, Dorota Miśkiewicz & Michał Tokaj. Outstanding graduates of the younger generation include pianists Stanisław Drzewiecki, Tomasz Ritter, Aleksandra Świgut, flautist Marianna Żołnacz and percussionist Marianna Bednarska.
Recent achievements include numerous awards for students in national and international competitions and annual grants from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage for the best students in the school. More than 90% of the school’s graduates continue their education in some of the best schools in Poland and around the world. The school is also proud of its high standard of general education, as confirmed in Warsaw and nationwide listings. The school has been awarded the title of “Bronze School 2017” in the prestigious “Perspektywy” listing. The school traditionally holds charity concerts for the Polish Multiple Sclerosis Society, as well as other charity events. Our volunteers work on behalf of preschool children, seniors and social care recipients, especially in the district of Żoliborz. The school organises prestigious competitions under the auspices of the Centre for Artistic Education, specialising in piano and piano duet. Other important projects include the Marian Sawa National Organ Competition, the “Violin Miniature” National Competition, National Saxophone Workshops, the “Brass Miniature” Festival and the “Only Music” Regional Competition, in which auditions are held behind a curtain.
In 2007 the school started to hold national piano competitions promoting the music of Karol Szymanowski. Previously called Szymanowski in Memoriam, the competition is now called From Bach to Szymanowski. Important initiatives initiated by the Parents’ Council include the Resonate My Passion School Festival which promotes its students’ broad interests. The school undertakes extensive international cooperation under various European Union programmes – Leonardo da Vinci in 2002-2009, Comenius in 2011-2013, Erasmus+ in 2014-2015 and currently the POWER programme, scheduled for 2016-2018. Under the programmes we have visited conservatories and music schools in many countries in Europe, including Germany, the Czech Republic, Spain, Portugal, Great Britain, Finland, Estonia and Iceland. Students and teachers from these countries have also visited Poland, working in our school. The high teaching standard in our school and excellent management of guest teaching positions is widely appreciated, with many institutions in Europe seeking to collaborate with us.