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Chamber Orchestra of the City of Tychy

Chamber Orchestra of the City of Tychy

Aukso is one of the best chamber orchestras in Europe. It was established in February 1998 as a result of join initiative of one of the most outstanding Polish chamber musicians - Marek Moś and gifted students of the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice. The ensemble consists of the graduates of the Instrumental Department - the enthusiasts for chamber music. The repertoire of the orchestra comprises a wide range of classical, Romantic and contemporary works, with an emphasis on Polish music. The inaugural concert took place during the 10th Days of Music by Cracow Composers with the participation of Andrzej Bauer and Janusz Olejniczak. The program included the first performance of a newly-discovered Suite by Ignacy Jan Paderewski and the Piano Concerto 'Valse boston' by Giya Kancheli with Janusz Olejniczak which was granted the festival's annual critics' award. Major successes at home include the concert in The Witold Lutosławski Polish Radio Concert Studio in Warsaw (May 1999) and the performance during a prestigious series of concerts The Great Chamber Music of the 20th Century at the Polish National Opera in Warsaw. In June 2000 the Aukso orchestra was invited by Rudolf Barshay to give joint performances in Switzerland and its concert under Leo Brouwer in Tychy in October the same year was hailed as a major artistic event. In 2000 the orchestra launched the Aukso Summer Philharmonic annual festival held in Wigry, north-eastern Poland. The event has attracted such prominent musicians as Kaja Danczowska, Jadwiga Kotnowska, Urszula Kryger, Olga Pasiecznik, Jadwiga Rappe, Daniele Alberti, Andrzej Bauer, Konstanty Andrzej Kulka, Leszek Możdżer, Janusz Olejniczak, Tomasz Stańko, Grzegorz Turnau, Michał Urbaniak. In September 2001 the Aukso orchestra under Marek Moś took part in an original project - the concert marathon (Continuum II) during the 44th International Festival of Contemporary Music ‘Warsaw Autumn' where it performed the world premiere of A Little Book for Clarinet and Strings by Aleksander Lasoń, with the famous Swedish clarinetist Hakan Rosengren. The successes of the ensemble include also the performances on the Baleares, in Belgium, and in Brazil within the Festival of Polish Culture in April 2002. During the concert which was  attended by the Polish president and diplomats from the two countries, the orchestra was joined by Leszek Możdżer and Tomasz Stańko in an original program combining jazz and classical music. In 2003 the ensemble released its first album Contemporarily (Box Music) with the pieces by Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Grażyna Bacewicz, Witold Lutosławski, Wojciech Kilar, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki. In November 2004 the Aukso orchestra released the next album with Leszek Możdżer.

The orchestra has been developing very dynamically and it continuously broadens its repertoire. Its foreign performances are an important element of promotion of Polish culture. In this context, it is worth mentioning the concerts in March 2004 in Ukraine within the Polish Year  in Ukraine (Donieck, Kiev, Odessa), the inaugural concert of the Polish-German Year (Berlin) in April 2005 and the Days of Polish Culture in China in May 2005 (Beijing). Thanks to its high artistic level and the audience acclaim, the Aukso orchestra has become the highlight of such events as The International Festival of Contemporary Music ‘Warsaw Autumn,' the Festival of Dialogue of Four Cultures in Łódź or the Festival of Stars in Międzyzdroje. In September 2005 the orchestra recorded music to Samson and Delilah by Camille Saint-Saens for Stichting Spanga het Verona van Westsellingwerf in Holland.

In December 2005 the ensemble released a new album with Wojciech Kilar's works.


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