Arkadiusz Adamski (Poland)


Arkadiusz Adamski (Poland) Arkadiusz Adamski received his master degree from the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, in the clarinet class run by Professor A. Janicki. He has attended international master classes in Germany, France and Poland and continued to improve his skills with Professor J. Schou in Denmark thanks to a Polish government grant. In 1985 he began to collaborate with the Silesian Philharmonic Orchestra, two years later becoming a Principal of the Polish Chamber Philharmonic. He is now a Principal Clarinet in the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice (since 1993) as well as in Sinfonietta Cracovia (since 2000). He has performed as a soloist and chamber musician with numerous orchestras and ensembles including the National Polish Radio SO, The Hilliard Ensemble, the Polish Chamber Philharmonic, the Warsaw Chamber Opera, the Byelorussia National Philharmonic Orchestra and Sinfonietta Cracovia. He is also a member of The New Art Ensemble He has made many recordings for Polish Radio, Polish Television and the BBC. His CD record with Penderecki Clarinet Quartet was awarded by the musical journal “Pizzicato” with the prize Excellentia & Supersonic Awards in October 2011 and shortly after that – nominated to International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) continuation of the prize Midem Classical Awards in the category “chamber music”. In 2007 he was invited as a recitalist to the World Clarinetfest Symposium in Vancouver. At the Clarinetfest in Porto 2009 he performed as a soloist and gave masterclasses. He has also given master classes in Ostrava and Madrit. He has been in charge of the clarinet class at the Music Academy in Katowice since 2001. Since 2010 he has been a member of the board of the European Clarinet Association.

Gabor Varga (Hungary)


Gabor Varga (Hungary) Gabor Varga was born in 1974, Hungary. He has received his diploma from the Liszt Academy of Music of Budapest in 1998. Since 1997 he is serving as a principal clarinet in the Hungarian Radio Symphony. He also performed as a guest solo artist in Finland, Slovaki, Romania, Austria ( Musikverein ), Germany ( Gewandhaus ), France, Spain, China and Taiwan.
He is the winner of several international competitions: the Dohnanyi Prize in 2000, the XI. International Clarinet Competition in Seville – Spain as wellas the Niveau Prize from the Hungarian Radio in 2001. Between 2005-2007 he was engaged with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. He has won several national and international prizes and performed recitals and concerts worldwide in such concert halls like Musikverein and Gewandhause.
He has performed chamber music with notable musicians such as Marta Gulyas, Peter Nagy, Tamas Vasary, Jeno Jando, Miklos Perenyi, Gustav Rivinius. During his career, he has performed several world premieres, including Kovacs’s Dream Dances, Fekete’s Csardas, Durko’s Double Concerto and Szentpali’s Concerto that were all dedicated to him. He has recorded for Hungarian Radio and published CDs in Germany and Taiwan.
He is giving master classes regularly in Europe, Asia, North America, South America and taking part of various music festivals. Since 2014 he is Professor of Clarinet at Varga Tibor Faculty of Musical Arts, Győr and Professor of Clarinet at the University of Debrecen.

Karel Dohnal (Czech Republic)


Karel Dohnal (Czech Republic) He is laureate of many international competitions. Studied in Prague, London, Berlin, Hilversum and St.Petersburg. Giving concerts through Europe, North, South America and Asia., performing wide variety of repertoire from classical period music to world premiere concertos. Karel also regularly engages in chamber music, cooperating with Tokyo, Haas, Talich String Quartets or famous soprano Edita Gruber. He is a member of PhilHarmonia Octet, Trio Amadeus and Prague State Opera Orchestra. Last but not least, he intensively studies and performs contemporary music. His performaces of Stockhausenś Harlekin, or Hillborg Clarinet concerto, containing also dancing and pantomime, has been higly acclaimed. Regularly gives masterclases both in Czech and abroad. He has numerous recordings in Czech Radio and on CD’s. His new CD contains Concertos by Francaix, Kubin and Kabelac with Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra and Moravian Philharmonic Olomouc. Karel is profesor at The Ostrava University and member of Prague State Opera Orchestra. This season includes solo concerts with Essener Philharmoniker, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Györ Philharmonic and recitals and concerts in Holland, Portugal, Poland, Latvia and Cyprus. Karel is sponzored by Selmer and D´Addario Woodwins and plays on Selmer Recital clarinets and D´Addario Woodwinds Reserve classic reeds.

Igor Františák (Czech Republic)


Igor Františák (Czech Republic) Igor Františák studied at the Conservatory in Ostrava in the clarinet class of Dr. Valter Vítek from 1989–1995 and continued his studies at the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music of the University of Ostrava. In 2001 he received a government scholarship to study at the Norwegian Academy of Music with Prof. Hans Christian Braein. He has also performed as a soloist with the Janáček Philharmonic (conductors: Jakub Hrůša, Vladimír Válek, Valentin Uryupin, Heiko Mathias Förster), the Bohdan Warchal Slovak Chamber Orchestra, the the Talich Chamber Orchestra and the Pavel Haas Quartet, Bennewitz Quartet, Zemlinsky Quartet, Talich Quartet, among others. Recently he has been studying period interpretation on chalumeau, baroque clarinets and classical clarinets (he is a member of the Lotz Trio – historical basset horns, Collegium 1704, Musica Florea, Collegium Marianum, Ensemble Inégal, Oh! Orkiestra Historyczna or Terra Nova Collective). In 2002 he co-founded the successful annual International Interpretation Courses for Clarinet and Saxophone in Ostrava and has taught on this popular course ever since. He is also artistic director of the St. Wenceslas Music Festival. In addition to his concert activities, he teaches clarinet and chamber music as a Lecturer at the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music of University of Ostrava. Františák is an artist of Buffet Crampon, D’Addario Woodwinds and Gleichweit mouthpiece.

Philippe Portejoie (France)


Philippe Portejoie (France) Philippe Portejoie studied the saxophone at the Conservatoire of Nantes with Jean-Pierre Magnac, before becoming a student of Daniel Deffayet at the National Academy of Music of Paris. He won many prices as soloist and chamber music player (Leopold Bellan, International Competition of UFAM, International Competition of Chamber music of Paris, International Competition of Aix Les Bains...). He played and recorded with numerous French Symphonic Orchestras as well as from abroad: Orchestra of Paris, National orchestra of France, Philharmonic orchestra of Radio-France, Orchestre Colonne, Orchestre of Ile-de-France, Paris Opera Orchestra, Orchestre of Toulouse, Orchestre Paysde-Loire, Philharmonie Slovak, Orquesta Sinfonica of Bogota...). Since 1986, he has shared his musical activities between the Duet saxophone-piano with Frederique Lagarde on the piano (9 recordings and more than 250 concerts) and the Claude Bolling Jazz Big Band where he is the lead saxophone (more than 500 concerts and 10 recordings). Philippe Portejoie indeed shares his musical activities between classical music, jazz as well as studio and movie/TV artist. He has played all over the world with a lot of key jazzmen such as Phil Woods, Clark Terry, Dizzie Gillespie, Stephan Grapelli, Didier Lockwood, John Faddis, John Hendryx, Benny Bailey, and Roger Guerin, Martial Solal, Gerard Badini, Claude Tissendier, Marcel Azzola and Sylvain Kassap... Philippe Portejoie is Professor of saxophone at the CRR de Paris and Conservatory Paul Dukas in Paris. He often gives master classes in France and abroad (Academy of Nice, Stage of Labaroche, Musical Rencontres of Lorraine, Conservatorio of Puerto Rico, Universities Javeriana and Nacional of Bogota and Antioquia of Medellin, Conservatoire Janacek d’ Ostrava, University of Ostrava, Warsaw Music Academy, Royal Conservatoire of Oslo, University of Seoul, University of Taipei...). Philippe Portejoie is artist of Buffet Crampon, D’Addario Woodwinds and BG France.

Paweł Gusnar (Poland)


Paweł Gusnar (Poland) Paweł Gusnar is a graduate of the Fryderyk Chopin Music Academy in Warsaw. He developed his skills at masterclasses given by Christian Wirth (Paris), Ed Bogaard (Brussels), Lawrence Gwozdz (USA) and Johanes Ernst (Berlin). He belongs to a select group of saxophonists who successfully combine classical music with jazz and popular music. He gives several dozen concerts a year in Poland and abroad, as a soloist and in chamber ensembles. Paweł Gusnar is a founder and leader of the ‘Akademia’ Saxophone Quartet. He has taken part in the recording of many programmes for radio and television (TVP, TVN, Polsat). He has also developed a career as a soloist, appearing with the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra of Polish Radio, Concerto Avenna, Capella Bydgostiensis, Sinfonietta Cracovia, Sinfonia Baltica, Orchestra of the Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester) atc. As a session musician, he has taken part in the recording for such labels as BMG, ARMSmusic, Pomaton EMI, DUX and Polish Radio. In 2007 Musica Sacra published his first solo CD, entitled ‘New Polish Music for saxophone and organ’ (nomination to the Fryderyk 2008 award). In 2010, Pawel Gusnar and Tomasz Filipczak (piano) recorded a new album „Jazz Sonatas” JB Records, for saxophone and piano. His latest album (2010) Komeda-Inspiration, was recorded for ARMSMusic. In more recent years, he has been invited to judge a number of highly regarded Saxophone competitions. He is invited also as a lecturer to the international courses of music interpretation. Paweł Gusnar teaches saxophone at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw and at the Lodz Academy of Music. Pawel Gusnar is an artist of Yamaha and D’Addario Woodwinds.

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