About quartet

The ensemble was founded in 2007. It has appeared at many festivals, including: Wratislavia Cantans, International Chamber Arts Festival Ensemble, Musica Polonica Nova, Jazztopad, Chain, the Lutosławski Forum at the Polish National Philharmonic, the Klara Festival in Brussels, the Ankara Music Festival in Turkey, contemporary music festivals in Greece, Gent Festival van Vlaanderen. In 2013 Lutosławski Quartet was invited to Hong Kong Arts Festival, Tongyeong International Music Festival in South Korea, Kioi Hall in okyoT, YST Conservatory in Singapore, Hangzhou Theatre in Hangzhou and Forbiden City Conert Hall in Beijing, as well as for concerts in Sofia,  Athens, Thessaloniki i Belgrade. The ensemble performs also in Konzerthaus in Berlin.

The quartet has given concerts with Andrzej Bauer, Bruno Canino, Paul Gulda, the Silesian Quartet, the Royal String Quartet, Kevin Kenner, Tomasz Strahl, Ryszard Groblewski, an English oboist Nicholas Daniel, the world-renowned pianist and Chopin Competition prize-winners – Eugen Indijc and Garrick Ohlsson, an extraordinary clarinetist Michel Lethiec, as well as outstanding jazz players such as Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor and Uri Caine. They have also performed Bohuslav Martinu’s and Arnold Shoenberg’s concertos for quartet and orchestra under Maestro Jacek Kaspszyk’s baton. At the invitation of the Polish Institute in Brussels in December 2010, they appeared in the Brussels Opera with a concert closing the International Chopin Year.

Together with the guest musicians – Krzysztof Jakowicz and Andrzej Bauer – they have recorded world’s first album featuring Witold Lutosławski’s chamber works for the CD Accord label. The CD received the 2009 Fryderyk Award nomination. In 2010 the ensemble released a debut solo album “Bridge” with Karol Szymanowski’s, Dmitri Shostakovich’s and Marcin Markowicz’s quartets. In 2012 Lutosławski Quartet recorded the complete of string quartets by Grażyna Bacewicz for the Naxos label.

The Lutosławski Quartet performs contemporary music as well as recently commissioned pieces, and focuses on popularizing Polish music, including works by Lutosławski, Bacewicz, Szymanowski, and also compositions by one of the group members – Marcin Markowicz. An ensemble made up of versatile and open-minded artists, they blend the contemporary repertoire with classical, Romantic and jazz music. Their future plans include further recording projects that promote Polish music.

The quartet works as one of the resident ensembles at the National Forum of Music.