Stanisław Moniuszko Music School Complex in Łódź

Małgorzata Madalińska - skrzypceMałgorzata Madalińska violin

This year’s graduate of the Stanisław Moniuszko Music School Complex in Łódź in the violin class of Elżbieta Puchalska (since 2010). In October this year she will continue her education in the Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź.

She has taken part in many master classes, including the Zenon Brzewski International Master Classes in Łańcut in the class of Professor Monika Urbaniak-Lisik, in the European Music Workshops in Kołobrzeg and in Janowieckie Music Interpretations in the class of Professor Jan Stanienda.

Małgorzata was the concert master of the Symphony Orchestra of the Stanisław Moniuszko Music School Complex in Łódź for four years.



Zespół Szkół Muzycznych im. Stanisława Moniuszki w Łodzi Symphony Orchestra of the Stanisław Moniuszko Music School Complex in Łódź
The first phase of the school’s activity was a time of strong ties with the Higher School of Music in Łódź. Both institutions occupied the same antique palace at 32 Gdańska Street, also sharing, to a large extent, the same teaching staff and ensembles, such as the choir and orchestra.

The years 1950-55 were a time of shaping the school’s organisational structure and developing its programme. It was then, under the direction of Władysław Raczkowski, that the school successfully staged, among others, fragments of Puccini’s Madame Butterfly Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann, Moniuszko’s The Haunted Manor and such renowned works as Mozart’s Requiem and Szymanowski’s Stabat Mater.

That first phase established the school’s artistic direction for many years to come, oriented towards concert performances of great symphonic, vocal and scenic works. Among works performed were A. Malawski’s Wierchy, D. Shostakovich’s The Song of the Forests, A. Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances, H. Purcell’s Dido and Eneas, Moniuszko’s Milda and Crimean Sonnets, Vivaldi’s Magnificat, Gloria and Stabat Mater, M. Zwierzchowski’s Requiem, W. A. Mozart’s Coronation Mass, H. M. Górecki’s Ad Matrem, W. Kilar’s Krzesany, Siwa Mgła and Exodus, concertos with solo instruments by J. S. Bach, W. A. Mozart, C. Saint-Saëns, K. Kurpiński, A. Piazzolla and many others.

In their belief that the experience of playing in ensembles has a significant impact on young musicians’ technical skills, the orchestra’s conductors: Zygmunt Gzella, Zdzisław Sołtyszewski, Barbara Sobolczyk, Marta Kosielska and Grzegorz Wierus have combined teaching with the process of introducing young artists into the world of professional concert life. The Symphony Orchestra of the Stanisław Moniuszko Music School Complex in Łódź plays concerts at least three times in each school year, playing works ranging from the baroque to the 21st century. The concerts take place on the stage of the Łódź Opera, the Music Theatre and the Nowy Theatre in Łódź and regularly on the stage of the Artur Rubinstein Philharmonic in Łódź. The orchestra has also played on foreign concert tours in Germany (1999 , Stuttgart) and in 2005 (the Eurotreff festival). It has also played first performances of works by contemporary Łódź composers: Bronisław Kazimierz Przybylski, Krzysztof Grzeszczak and Artur Zagajewski.

The Orchestra’s most recent success was a joint performance with soloists (singers), choir, ballet and a big band of Roman Czubaty’s musical The Blue Castle (the Kazimierz Dejmek Nowy Theatre in Łódź in the 2012/2013 season). The performances were a success for actors playing the main roles, and for the vocal and dance ensembles, with an enormous amount of work contributed by the Symphony Orchestra of the Stanisław Moniuszko Music School Complex in Łódź under the direction of Grzegorz Wierus. 

Grzegorz WierusGrzegorz Wierus conductor

Grzegorz Wierus graduated with honours from the Academy of Music in Cracow in the conducting class of Tomasz Bugaj. He also obtained a degree in architecture from the Cracow University of Technology. He refined his skills in the class of Wojciech Rajski at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt am Main and at master classes led by conductors such as Gabriel Chmura, Howard Williams, Lucas Vis and Helmuth Rilling. In 2012 Grzegorz Wierus has established ties with the Stanisław Moniuszko Grand Theatre in Poznań, where he conducted, among others, ballet performances of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. He has cooperated with the Symphony Orchestra of the Łódź Philharmonic since 2010 (in 2010-2012 as assistant conductor, leading a cycle of family concerts entitled: The Philharmonic – What Is This Noise About!?. He has also conducted other ensembles, including the Orchestra of the Cracow Philharmonic, the Symphony and Chamber Orchestras and the Choir of the Academy of Music in Cracow, the Orchestra of the Beethoven Academy, the Polish Chamber Philharmonic in Sopot and the Orchestra of the Sudecka Philharmonic in Wałbrzych.

He cooperates on a regular basis with the Kiev-based Ensemble Nostri Temporis – the leading Ukrainian ensemble specialising in contemporary music. With the ensemble, he conducted a large number of first performances of works by young composers, including Transit I, Transit II audio-video projects (Kiev, Lviv, Warsaw 2010-2011) and aXes. Triduum of New Music (Cracow 2010-2011). He is also one of the founders of the InAntis vocal and instrumental group and the conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of the Stanisław Moniuszko Music School Complex in Łódź. A significant share of his activity is devoted to projects connected with contemporary and alternative music, and to music and theatre activities, such as K. Nepelski’s Solaris Electronic Opera (Malta Festival, Poznań, 2007), Haendel/NepelskiGiulio Cesare project with InAntis (Iubilaei Cantus festival, Nowy Sącz, 2009), Oratorium Dance Project in cooperation with the Chorea Theatre in Łódź (the performance was honoured with the Theatrical Golden Mask 2011/2012 award and the Energy of Culture 2011 award). The conductor willingly engages in community work and in projects bringing together professional and amateur musicians (jointly with poet and amateur musician Łukasz Jarosz, they created projects Fogheads and Breathless Poppy-seed Cake Kidnappers).

Wierus leads numerous music workshops and concerts intended to popularise music in cooperation with the ABC XXI Foundation Everyone in Poland Reads to Their Children, with the Little Warsaw Autumn Festival and with the Adam Mickiewicz Institute.

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