25 May 2017, 19:00, Ballroom of the Lancut Castle Museum
The Wratislavia Chamber Orchestra
Jan STANIENDA – conductor
Ivan MONIGHETTI – cello
G. Ph. Telemann – Suita Don Kichot [Uwertura – Przebudzenie się Don Kichota – Jego walka z wiatrakami – Westchnienia miłosne do Księżniczki Dulcynei – Oszukany Sancho Pansa – Galop Rosynanta – Odpoczynek Don Kichota]
L. Boccherini – Koncert wiolonczelowy D-dur G.479 [Allegro – Adagio – Allegro]
A. Vivaldi – Koncert wiolonczelowy G-dur RV 413 [Allegro – Largo – Allegro]
G. Rossini – I Sonata a quattro G-dur [Moderato – Andantino – Allegro]
A. Dvořák – Serenada na smyczki E-dur op. 22 [Moderato – Tempo di Valse – Scherzo (Vivace) – Larghetto – Finale (Allegro vivace)]
Price: 60 zł
Ivan Monighetti was Mstislav Rostropovich’s last student at the Moscow Conservatory. He was a top prize-winner in many international competitions including Moscow Tchaikovsky International Competition since then he has enjoyed a career which has taken him all over Europe, to America, Japan and Korea.
As a soloist he has performed with many of the world’s great orchestras and conductors, including Kurt Masur, Charles Dutoit, Valery Gergiev , Muhai Tang, Krzysztof Penderecki, Mstislav Rostropovich, Andrei Boreyko, Dmitri Kitaenko,
His sensational appearances at major contemporary music festivals and friendships with composers such as Penderecki, Meyer, Szimanski, Tan Dun,Xenakis, Schnittke, Gubaidulina, Knaifel, Silvestrov, Ali-Zadeh, Kelterborn have brought him a wide reputation in the field of modern music. Many works written especially for him are now part of the established cello repertoire.
Following his conductor’s debut at the Haydn Festival in Great Britain, he has now a varied career as a cello soloist and a conductor of international repute. He conducted among others an English Haydn Festival Orchestra, Österreichisch-Slowakische Philharmonie, Moscow Sympnonie Orchestra, Sinfonia Juventus, Musica Viva Moscow, Georgian Chamber Orchestra, Algarve Symphonie, Viva Cello Festival Orchestra. In 2014-16 as a conductor and soloist he was an Artist-In-Residence at the Artur Rubinstein Philharmonie in Poland. In October 2016 followed his debut with Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra at the Cello Biennale in Amsterdam where he gave a world premiere of the Cello Concerto by Rob Zuidam.
He is featured on Swiss TV in Ritratto a Monighetti and Monighetti: Storie di famiglia, and has recorded for Erato, Harmonia Mundi, Orfeo, Wergo, DUX. His new releases include Works by Alexander Knaifel (ECM), Haydn`s Cello Concertos and Menuets (DUX),on both CD`s he appears as cellist and conductor and also Beethoven`s Cello Sonatas with Pavel Gililov. He is artistic director of the VIVA CELLO festival, Switzerland and professor of cello at the Basle Academy of Music and Escuela Superior Reina Sofia in Madrid. His students include such renowned soloists as Sol Gabetta, Nicolas Altstaedt, Kian Soltani,Emil Rovner and Asier Polo.
The Wratislavia Chamber Orchestra
To pursue creative musical projects, one needs two things: ambitious plans and ambitious musicians able to fulfil them. Jan Stanienda, a virtuoso violinist and prominent concertmaster, made sure he had both of these when in 1996 he decided to bring to life the new Wratislavia Chamber Orchestra.
The musicians whom he picked very carefully had already been known as winners of musical competitions, professors of musical academies, and artists welcomed in other excellent ensembles. It is enough to name some of the orchestras they played with (such as Sinfonia Helvetica and Menuhin Festival Orchestra), or some of the great names with whom they gave concerts (Grzegorz Nowak, Krystian Zimerman, James Galway, Sharon Kam), or famous concert halls in which they performed (Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Waterfront Hall in Belfast, Symphony Hall in Birmingham, Berliner Philharmonie, Beethovenhalle in Bonn, Philharmonie Gasteig in Munich). Indeed, Wratislavia has been having a huge musical potential since the very moment it was born.
The artistic team selected that way splendidly fitted Jan Stanienda’s plans. And these plans embraced interpreting and promoting chamber music in an unconstrained journey through musical époques and styles. Performing with the same ease music spanning from baroque to modern times, ranging between simpler and more elaborated musical forms, intended for smaller and larger chamber ensembles. Putting forward firm and daring competition to the best interpretations of renown musical pieces, but also making broad audiences more familiar with works of lesser popularity but well deserving promotion.
The very beginning had already been excellent. The Orchestra’s first concert took place in the festival Warsaw Music Encounters Early Music – New Music, 1996. And then a streak of other concerts followed. To name a few places and occasions: Warsaw (National Philharmonic, Royal Castle), Łańcut (Music Festival), Wrocław (Wratislavia Cantans and Musica Polonica Nova), Saint Petersburg and Siberia (the Polish Culture Season in Russia, 2008), China (Introduction to the Chopin’s Year in China, 2009/2010) and Mexico (Festival Internacional Cervantino and Festival de Música de Morelia Miguel Bernal Jimenez, 2010).
And as a small cherry on top of all that, Wratislavia participated in creating the musical setting of the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, as well as of the inauguration ceremony of the 46th Eucharistic Congress in Wrocław, 1997, in the gracious presence of Pope John Paul II.
The Orchestra has not been merely a follower of the plans of its creator and director. The ensemble have dreamed up and became the host of a new original cultural event, which since 1997 has become a fixed part of the musical calendar of Wrocław – the annual Chamber Music Festival Arsenal Nights. The festival which binds in a unique harmony the refined tastes and exceptional performances of world’s chamber music, with the architectural beauty of the magnificent relic of ancient city armoury in Wrocław.
The Orchestra’s broadening contacts, growing with each concert along with the brand name which Wratislavia has became, resulted not just in many new concert performances with acknowledge masters of world’s classical music, but also in several interesting recordings. Of these, three CDs gained prestigious awards or nominations: the album Haydn, Denisov – Cello Concertos with Marcin Zdunik (cello), awarded with Fryderyk 2010 (Polish top musical award). The record Polish music nominated to Fryderyk 2002. The record La Streghte 2 with Katarzyna Duda, nominated to Fryderyk 2001. The Orchestra has also given premiere concerts of many works of contemporary Polish composers, and many studio recordings in Polish national TV and Radio.
And the Orchestra still faces new plans and new challenges, plotted with a determined hand of its artistic director Jan Stanienda.
Jan Stanienda is the legendary Polish concertmaster, an eminent chamber musician, and a sparkling virtuoso. He was born in Bytom, Poland. He is a graduate of the Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, where he studied with Professor Krzysztof Jakowicz. His unbelievably rich imagination imparts to his interpretations a unique personal stamp. His masterful phrasing and use of colour and articulation leave an unforgettable impression on the audience.
Since 1975, Jan Stanienda has been a member of the Polish Chamber Orchestra under Jerzy Maksymiuk, and in 1977 he became its concertmaster and soloist. In 1976 he received a prize at the Niccolo Paganini International Violin Competition in Genoa. He performed with many distinguished musicians, such as Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Maurice Andre, Michala Petri, Wanda Wilkomirska, Krzysztof Jakowicz, Janos Starker, Barbara Hendricks, Moris Bourge, Lidia Grzanka-Urbaniak, Guy Touvrone, Andrey Gridchuk, Grzegorz Nowak, Tadeusz Wojciechowski and Krzysztof Jablonski.v He has performed both as soloist and conductor in every European country and on every continent. He gave concerts at Carnegie Hall, New York, Berliner Philharmonie, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Auditorio Nacional de Musica, Madrid, Barbican Centre and Royal Albert Hall, London (BBC Henry Wood Promenade Concerts), Santa Cecilia, Vatican and many others. From 1986 until 2000, he was concertmaster of Sinfonia Varsovia, and in the years 1993-1995 he was the artistic director of the orchestra Leopoldinum. Besides leading Sinfonia Varsovia and the Polish Chamber Orchestra, he has performed with, and directed, many chamber and symphonic orchestras in Poland and abroad. In 1991-92 he was the Premier Violon Solo of the Orchestre de Chambre National de Toulouse. With this orchestra he conducted the January 1, 1992 Concert for Peace in Dubrovnik in which Barbara Hendricks participated. In 1998 he performed in Atlanta’s Spive Hall at the gala concert on the occasion of Poland’s joining of NATO.
He has made numerous recordings on CD and for radio and television. He has recorded with such companies as Aperto, Linn Records, Pavane, Kos Warsaw Records and DUX. He is the creator and artistic director of the Wroclaw Chamber Music Festival Arsenal Nights and the laureate of the Wroclaw Music Award (2006).