Description

16, 23 and 30 June 2017

Music often imitates sounds we know from our surroundings: from singing birds, through heavy storms to the sound of a cannon shot. In such cases, the composer searches for musical means to show the audience a very direct and detailed musical “photography”. But how to transform into sounds the nature of shining stars, sea waves or traces of the sun on the water? The music of impressionists tried to answer this question. Their compositions weren’t supposed to imitate but rather capture these elusive impressions. Sometimes they hid them in the form of the waltz or sonatina, other times they gave the compositions suggestive titles. During the Starry Night Concert, Katarzyna Mróz will performs pieces of Maurice Ravel. Will we see reflections of Sad birds or Boat on the Ocean in parts of his Mirrors? Will we hear the Morning Song of the Jester? Come, listen and find out.

Programme:

Maurice Ravel

Sonatine
1. Modéré
2. Mouvement de menuet
3. Animé

Valses nobles et sentimentales:
1. Modéré – très franc
2. Assez lent – avec une expression intense
3. Modéré
4. Assez animé
5. Presque lent – dans un sentiment intime
6. Assez vif
7. Moins vif
8. Epilogue: lent

Miroirs (Zwierciadła):
cz. II Oiseaux tristes (Smutne ptaki)
cz. III Une barque sur l'océan (Łódź na oceanie)
cz. IV Alborada del gracioso (Pieśń poranna)

Katarzyna Mróz was born in 1990 in Wrocław. She began her education in the Primary and Secondary State Music School in Opole, then continued in the Karol Szymanowski Secondary State Music School in Katowice in classes conducted by professor Anna Górecka and professor Lubow Nawrocka. She graduated from the Frederic Chopin University of Music in Warsaw in piano class of professor Alicja Paleta-Bugaj, Agnieszka Przemyk-Bryła, Ph.D., and Konrad Skolarski, Ph.D., as well as a class of piano chamber music of professor Katarzyna Jankowska-Borzykowska, and Postgraduate Inter-Faculty Vocal Studies at the Frederic Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. Laureate of the following piano competitions: Johan Sebastian Bach International Piano Competition in Gorzów Wielkopolski (III award, 2006), Young Instrumentalists Forum in Rybnik (III award, 2006), Nałęczów Piano Competition, which took place as part of the International Piano Festival and Course in w Nałęczów (III award, 2011). Finalist of the International Piano Competition in Huesca, Spain (2015). In 2006, she received the artistic scholarship from the President of Opole. In 2007, she performed, together with the Opole Philharmonic Orchestra, the first part of Frederic Chopin’s Piano Concert in F minor op. 21. She performed recitals in Warsaw Music Society, Chopin’s Manor in Duszniki Zdrój, Myślewicki Palace and Palace on the Water in Łazienki Park in Warsaw. She participated in the “Longest Chopin’s Birthday” Warsaw festival and “Chopin on the Bug River” open-air concerts in Mielnik. Since 2013, she regularly plays in the Chopin’s Salon in Warsaw as a soloist and in duets. In summer 2016, she organised piano recitals and music workshops for kids as part of the „Otwarta Ząbkowska” festival. She gave concerts in Germany, Czech Republic, Spain, Italy and Switzerland. She keeps improving her piano skills under the supervision of outstanding pedagogues such including A. Jasiński, A. Paleta-Bugaj, W. Świtała, K. Popowa-Zydroń, E. Pobłocka, Z. Raubo, A. Nosè, K. Kenner, M. Herbowski, G. Kurzyński, J. Banowetz, A. Wodnicki, A. Stefański, G. Maiorca, K. Brzozowski, T. Mack, L. Tamulevich, E. Levitan, M.Ülkü and A. Siirala.