Piano Duo Lecture Recital: Polish Women Composers

Piano Duo Lecture Recital: Polish Women Composers

The UW School of Music presents The Zarębski Piano Duo – Grzegorz Mania and Piotr Różański – in a free lecture-recital of music by contemporary Polish women composers.

The idea behind the lecture-recital program is to popularize piano duets for four hands, written by contemporary Polish women composers. This type of chamber ensemble has an important representation in the works of many Polish women authors, including Hanna Kulenty, Anna Rocławska-Musiałczyk, Katarzyna Kwiecień-Długosz, Anna Ignatowicz-Glińska, and Joanna Bruzdowicz. The lecture-recital will showcase niche, rarely presented pieces which are a compilation of styles, musical forms, and heterogeneous artistic experiences of individual women composers. The audience will have the opportunity to listen and discuss the following compositions: VAN… by Hanna Kulenty (b. 1961), Minimal Prelude by Anna Rocławska-Musiałczyk (b. 1987), Dance No. 1 from the cycle 3 Dances in Balkan Rhythms – Tribute to Béla Bartók by Anna Ignatowicz-Glińska (b. 1968), Cinderella: 7 Aphorisms and Sonatina by Katarzyna Kwiecień-Długosz (b. 1978), Esitanza by Joanna Bruzdowicz (1943-2021). The message of this performance is perfectly in line with the trend of restoring women composers to their rightful place in the history of Polish music, as well as emphasizing the importance of their work in the ongoing development of the domestic piano literature for four hands.

Piotr Różański, who teaches as an Assistant Professor in the Piano Department at the Academy of Music in Krakow after graduating with Distinction from the same institution, has won many awards for his talents, including taking 1st prize at the 38th Chopin National Piano Competition. Grzegorz Mania, who also graduated with Distinction from the Academy of Music in Krakow, is an accomplished soloist and duettist as well as president of the Polish Chamber Musicians’ Association. Come enjoy this opportunity to listen to these pianists make magic with their collaborative brilliance.

The program is as follows: 

  • VAN… : Hanna Kulenty (b. 1961)
  • Minimal Prelude :  Anna Rocławska-Musiałczyk (b. 1987)
  • “Dance No. 1” from 3 Dances in Balkan Rhythms – Tribute to Béla Bartók: Anna Ignatowicz-Glińska (b. 1968)
  • Cinderella: 7 Aphorisms: Katarzyna Kwiecień-Długosz (b. 1978)
  • Sonatina: Katarzyna Kwiecień-Długosz
  • Esitanza : Joanna Bruzdowicz (1943-2021).

The venue is Brechemin Auditorium at the University of Washington School of Music.

More: School of Music event page

You can visit Piotr Różański’s website here and listen to his music here. You can visit Grzegorz Mania’s website here and listen to his music here.

by RK