BIOGRAPHY

Michał Buczkowski is a laureate of prestigious scholarships from the Belgian Government and the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.

This talented violinist has performed as a soloist in many European countries as well as on stages in Australia and South Africa. He first studied violin at the Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk, Poland, under the tutelage of Professor Mirosława Pawlak, graduating in 2005. He then continued his musical education at the Conservatorium Maastricht, The Netherlands, under Professor Rober Szreder. In 2007, as a scholar of the Socrates-Erasmus program, he studied in the masterclass of Professor Kati Sebestyen at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels, Belgium. In 2011, Michal graduated with honors from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels, Belgium, in the masterclass of Professor Zygmunt Marek Kowalski.

Michał has performed at the famous Queen Elisabeth Hall in Brussels, as well as in Canberra, Australia, where he played for the Leader of the House of the Australian parliament. He has done many recordings for both radio and television in Australia, The Netherlands, and Poland. Making his debut in 2013 as concertmaster for the Belgian Symphonia Assai orchestra, he has also performed with the top Belgian chamber orchestras, including the Brussels Chamber Orchestra and the BruSolistes. Michał has participated in violin masterclasses in Australia, Poland and Switzerland, where he worked with world-famous musicians including Frank-Peter Zimmermann, Michał Grabarczyk and Krzysztof Węgrzyn. Among these, he considers his cooperation with the legendary Polish violinist Wanda Wiłkomirska to have been especially pivotal.


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Opus1

Michał Buczkowski,
Aleksander Wilgos

Opus1: the result of shared musical interests and the cooperation of two excellent young soloists, violinist Michał Buczkowski and guitarist Aleksander Wilgos. This album is the fruit of their shared passion for music and the joy of discovering new sounds and colours which sound so extraordinary in the interaction of the violin and the guitar.

“Andaluza” and “Oriental” come from Enrique Granados’ Twelve Spanish Dances, originally composed for the piano. Inspired by traditional Spanish music, these are not true authentic dances, but stylized dances.

Granados used elements of folklore as the canvas on which he created distinctive and stylistically independent songs.

In a similar manner, most of the pieces represented on Opus1 were inspired by the folk music native to the homelands of the composers: Karol Szymanowski’s “Kurpian Song” from Polish folk traditions, Bela Bartok’s “Duos” from Hungarian, and Maximo Diego Pujol’s “Suite” from Argentinian.

Among these compositions, Arvo Pärt’s “Spiegel im Spiegel” stands out stylistically unique insofar as it belongs to a current of minimalism and was created using only a very limited quantity of musical material and compositional tools.

The majority of the tracks on this album are compositions which were not originally written for violin and guitar. Some of them, like Szymanowski’s “Kurpian Song” and Bartok’s “Duos” are appearing for the first time in such an arrangement and thus represent a world premiere.



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