I am a baroque cello and viola da gamba player. I cannot imagine my life without any of them, so I play both. I was never seduced by symphony orchestras, but always preferred chamber music, where – in my understanding – cello had more of a voice . This and falling in love with the sound of gut strings decided of choosing a path of so called historically informed performance. I studied baroque cello first in Berlin (2005-2007) and then in The Hague (2008-2011) and viola da gamba in Wroclaw (2006-2010) and The Hague (as a minor).
I was lucky enough to have been chosen for many great apprentice schemes, where I got to play under conductors such as Masaaki Suzuki, Chiara Banchini, Peter van Heyghen and Enrico Onofri; and to play on many stages all over Europe.
I also cooperated professionally with orchestras/ensembles such as Concerto Copenhagen, Le Parlement de Musique,Vox Luminis, Le Concert Lorraine, Arte dei Suonatori, Collegium Musicum Den Haag (now New Collegium), Wroclaw Baroque Orchestra. With some of those I also recorded. Some examples may be “The Seasons” by J. Haydn (SIGCD480) of Wroclaw Baroque Orchestra and Gabrieli Consort & Players and a DVD of “Four Seasons” by A.Vivaldi with Arte dei Suonatori and Kati Debretzeni.
In The Netherlands itself I took part in two big productions of Opera2Day: La troupe d’Orphée and Amadeus. Both were a great experience.
I cooperated with chamber music groups as Concordi Musici (we were, among all, in the finals of the competition of the Handel Festspiele in Gottingen) and Reicha Ensemble (performances in Czech and at Fringe concert of The Utrecht Early Music Festival). Right now I am a member of a piano trio Piu Corde, which is now expanding into a piano quartet to prepare for concerts and arecording of some pieces by Dutch composers. More about it soon.
I played solo recitals, mostly with Bach suites for unaccompanied cello, on festivals in Poland and Ukraine, and during the course where I have been teaching baroque cello for 6 years in Normandy (France).
Now I am busy with the suites again in my own project Musicalia. I am bringing those amazing pieces to the places in Rotterdam, which are not typical concert halls. I am enjoying it a lot and having many precious conversations with my audience. I hope to be able to prolong it.
One of the reasons to apply for this project was the amazing instrument I have on loan from The Dutch Musical Instruments Foundation: baroque cello made by Guust Francois in 2008.