Marcin Józef Żebrowski Music School Complex in Częstochowa

Mateusz Kurcab - fortepianMateusz Kurcab piano

Mateusz Kurcab began to study the piano at the age of 9 in the Primary State Music School in Częstochowa in the piano class of Marta Kwiatkowska. He continued in the piano class of Andrzej Kloś in the State General Secondary Music School.

He is currently a student in the piano class of Mariusz Sielski in the Academy of Music in Cracow.

He has twice received music scholarships from the President of the city of Częstochowa.

His most important achievements include 2nd place in the Halina & Ludwik Stefański Chopin Piano Competition in Cracow (2012), 2nd place in the chamber ensemble category at the 12th Juliusz Zarębski International Music Competition in Łomianki (2012), 2nd place (1st place was not awarded) at the 10th International Music Competition in Łomianki (2010) and a distinction at the 6th Young Instrumentalists’ Forum “with the music of Chopin” in Rybnik (2010).

In 2010, together with the Częstochowa Philharmonic Orchestra, Mateusz played Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor under the direction of Tomasz Chmiel. He played concerts in centres for the promotion of culture in Częstochowa and in Cracow, as well as in the Małopolska and Podkarpacie regions. He also performed in Germany and in Belgium.

Mateusz Kurcab refines his skills at important master classes with such renowned teachers as Bruno Canino (Venice), Gyorgy Nador (Budapest), Manfred Aust (Lübeck), Roberto Russo (Geneva), Ewa Osińska (Paris) and Monika Sikorska-Wojtacha (Katowice).

Zespół Szkół Muzycznych im. Marcina Józefa Żebrowskiego w CzęstochowieSymphony Orchestra of the Marcin Józef Żebrowski Music School Complex in Częstochowa

The history of the ensemble goes back 20 years and its formation is linked to the opening of the Music High School (currently State General Secondary Music School) in Częstochowa. Orchestra playing is a mandatory course in the school, so there is a continuous rotation of players.

The orchestra was conducted by, among others, Bolesław Ocias and Krzysztof Pośpiech. It is curently directed by Zygmunt Nitkiewicz.

The orchestra performs 5 to 8 concerts in the course of the school year, with the repertoire ranging from baroque to contemporary, from chamber works to those for full symphony orchestra. The orchestra does not pass by operatic and sacred music or vocal works, working in close cooperation with the mixed choir of the Music School Complex. They also play works for orchestra and soloist.

In 2011, the string ensemble won a special prize at the 1st National Chamber Orchestra Competition in Radom for its performance of a Concerto Grosso by A. Corelli.

The orchestra performs regularly in Częstochowa (at the Philharmonic, in the Basilica at Jasnogóra, in the Club of the University of Technology) and in the vicinity of the city.

During its tours abroad it has performed in France, Belgium and the Czech Republic.

Many students in the ensemble have acquired a wealth of experience by playing in the Polish-German Young Philharmonic, in the Orchestra of international meetings of musical youth in Neumarkt and in the Aukso Young Philharmonic.

Zygmunt Nitkiewicz - dyrygentZygmunt Nitkiewicz conductor

Zygmunt Nitkiewicz is the conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of the Marcin Józef Żebrowski Music School Complex in Częstochowa. He is also a graduate of the school in the percussion class of Stanisław Zasowski.

In 2004 he graduated from the Fryderyk Chopin academy of Music in Warsaw in the symphonic and operatic conducting class of Professor Ryszard Dudek.

He has performed a number of times with the Symphony Orchestra of the Częstochowa Philharmonic, with the Lower Silesian Philharmonic in Jelenia Góra, the Toruń Chamber Orchestra and with the orchestra and choir of the Mozart 2003 Society.

He took part in the Witold Lutosławski 3rd National and 4th International Review of Young Conductors organised by the Podlaska Philharmonic in Białystok.

He also participated in master classes led by maestro Kurt Masur and by maestro Jerzy Salwarowski.

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