Bachianas poeticas – LiLa, cello – Jerzy Chwastyk, guitar

24.11.2023, 17:00, Wrocław, Oratorium Marianum

The theme of this lyrical concert will focus on the music of Bach and its influence on the work of Latin American composers, including Heitor Villa-Lobos and Astor Piazzolla, among others. Additional poetic depth will be enhanced by pieces by Fauré or Granados in the forms of an Italian Sicilienne or a dreamy lullaby, evoking memories of Oriental music.

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Born in 2002, LiLa began playing the cello at the age of seven. She studied with Professor Min Cao at the Music Middle School affiliated to the Shanghai Conservatory of Music at the age of nine. In 2016 she began to study in the Juilliard School Precollege division with Professor Richard Aaron and Sieun Lin. Since October 2018, LiLa has been studying at Kronberg Academy with Professor Frans Helmerson. She plays a 1690s Giovanni Grancino cello kindly loaned to her through the Beare’s International Violin Society.

In the 13th Osaka International Music Competition in 2012, LiLa won the first prize, the Best String Performance Award and the Kobe Mayor Award. In the 9th “Antonio Janigro” International Cello Competition in Croatia in 2012, LiLa participated in senior group and won the first prize. In the following year on the 24th Flame International Music Competition in Paris, she again won the first grand prize with full score given by all jurors. In 2014 LiLa reported in the 8th Tchaikovsky International competition for Young Musicians in Moscow, she won the first prize and became the youngest championship of this competition. She also won the 2nd prize in the 43rd Stulberg International String Competition in 2018.

LiLa has given concerts on many international stages such as the Verbier Festival, Schloss Elmau, Tsinandali Festival, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Moscow Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, Tokyo Suntory Hall. She has worked with the orchestras such as: Orchestra Roma Sinfonietta, Moscow Virtuosi, the State Symphony Orchestra “New Russia”, National Centre of the Performing Arts Orchestra, Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra. And conductor such as: Christoph Eschenbach, Vladimir Spivakov, Yury Tkachenko, Norichika Iimori. As a chamber musician, she shared the stage with Steven Isserlis, Antje Weithaas, Gidon Kremer, David Geringas, Tabea Zimmermann and Antoine Tamestit.

‘A Master of breathing and vocal line on the guitar’ – this is how the playing of the Polish musician Jerzy Chwastyk was described by the Pizzicato magazine.
Jerzy Chwastyk’s extensive repertoire ranges from traditional and classical guitar music to innovative projects and unusual duets with other artists. These include collaborations with the Neuköllner Oper, the actor Hanns Zischler, the bandoneonist Omar Massa and the cellists Susanne Szambelan and Maciej Kułakowski.
This versatility is also evidenced by his two highly acclaimed solo CDs: La Joia (2017) and Iberian Soundscapes (2020), “dichter.liebe” (Prospero Classical) with Hanns Zischler and Susanne Szambelan and the CD Romance – Canciones y danzas (2019), which he recorded with the violinist Tjaša Kastelic.

On the album “dichter.liebe” recorded in 2022 with Susanne Szambelan and Hanns Zischler, he also appeared as an arranger of songs by Robert Schumann – the first transcription of the well-known cycle was praised by critics as an “absolutely monumental and poignant” work. (Radio France)

Prize winner of many renowned competitions (Concurso Sigall/ Chile, Concurso Fernando Sor/Madrid und Concurso Segovia in Linares and in La Herradura) studied in Weimar, where he attended a master course taught by Prof. Monika Rost and Prof. Tomasz Zawierucha, and in Berlin, where he took up master studies under the supervision of Thomas Müller-Pering. He also participated in numerous international master courses run, among others, by Zoran Dukic or Roberto Aussel. Apart from obtaining a diploma and a Master’s degree he also passed a concert exam in 2015. Jerzy Chwastyk gives concerts as a soloist and chamber musician in the whole Europe.


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