The Polish String Quartet Berlin was founded in 2002 and is made up of Polish members of the orchestra of the Deutsche Oper in Berlin: concertmaster Tomasz Tomaszewski (first violin). Piotr Prysiaznik (second violin), Sebastian Sokol (viola), and Maryjka Pstrokonska-Nawratil (cello). After its successful debut at the festival Koblenzer Musiktage, the ensemble has performed in Germany, Italy, Poland, and Norway, and gained an excellent reputation for the performance of contemporary Polish music. The quartet initiated a well-received concert cycle organized by the University of the Arts in Berlin, presenting works of Franz Schreker’s Polish students, which led to renewed interest in the music of Jerzy Fitelberg, Karol Rathaus, and Ignace Strasfogel. The ensemble’s interest in Polish music led to the creation in 2012 of the European Forum for Polish Music in Berlin, whose honorary president is Krzysztof Penderecki. One of the projects realized through the EFPM was a concert cycle entitled “Poland Abroad”, which is dedicated to the presentation of unjustly neglected Polish composers, such as Alexandre Tansmann, Simon Laks, Andrzej Panufnik, André Tchaikowsky, Piotr Moss, and Witold Szalonek, who lived and worked in exile.
Photo: (c) Marlena Troch
Komponist: Józef Koffler