Teachers

Grzegorz Wieczorek (Poland)

CLARINET

Arkadiusz Adamski (Poland) graduated from Gdansk-Wrzeszcz Secondary School of Arts in the clarinet class of prof. Andrzej Pietras. In 1996 he started to study at the Academy of Music in Gdańsk under the guidance of the same teacher, after whose death he became a student of prof. Mark Schiller. He is a laureate of many awards and honors. Most important are:
- 1st prize awarded during the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Scholarship at the Gdańsk University of Wind Instruments Department, 1997
- Special honors (in chamber ensemble category) on III. International Competition Musica de Camera, Argentina 1998
- 2nd prize (in soloists category) and 1st prize (in chamber ensemble category) at Piotrków Trybunalski 3rd clarinet festival, 1999
- Second prize, as well as Special Prize, won during XI. academic clarinet competition in Włoszakowice
He improved his skills during master classes, working under the guidance of such excellent teachers as Andrzej Janicki, Mieczysław Stachura, Philippe Cuper, Wolfgang Meyer, Jean-Marc Fessard, Antonio Saiote and David Campbell.
Grzegorz Wieczorek is the principal clarinetist of the Państwowa Opera Bałtycka, often performing concerts abroad (Germany, Netherlands, Denmark, Luxembourg, Estonia). He has performed as a soloist with the Academic Symphony Orchestra and the Poznan Chamber Orchestra. As a chamber musician he most often performs as a member of the clarinet quartet Hevelius, the Gdańsk Woodwinds Ensemble, as well as with the Mozart Bassethorn Ensemble.
Since 2001 he has been a teacher of clarinet at the Academy of Music in Gdańsk.

Gabor Varga (Hungary)

CLARINET

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)

CLARINET

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)

CLARINET

Igor Františák (Czech Republic) Between 1989 – 1995 he studied at the Conservatory in Ostrava in the clarinet class of doc. Valter Vítek, with whom he continued his studies at the art-teaching department of the University of Ostrava. In 2001 he received a government scholarship to study at the Norwegian Academy of Music, where he studied in the class of Prof. Hans Christian Braein. He performed as a soloist with the Janáček Philharmonic, the Bohdan Warchal Slovak Chamber Orchestra, the Kurpfälzisches Kammerorchester Mannheim, the Talich Chamber Orchestra, the Janáček Chamber Orchestra, the Pavel Haas, the Bennewitz, the Talich, the Škampa, the Zemlinsky, the Wihan Quartet and others. He is a founding member of the Stadler Clarinet Quartet and the Ensemble Moravia, with which he won 1st prize in 2002 at the “Marco Fiorindo”. Recently he is devoted to the study of period interpretation on chalumeau, baroque clarinets and classical clarinets (Collegium 1704, Musica Florea, Collegium Marianum, Ensemble Inégal). Since 2002, he is a co-founder and teacher at the annual international interpretation courses for clarinet a saxophone in Ostrava. Currently, in addition to his concert activities, he is working as docent, teaching clarinet and chamber music at the Faculty of Fine Arts of University of Ostrava. Igor Františák is an artist of Buffet Crampon and D’Addario Woodwinds.

Paweł Gusnar (Poland)

SAXOPHONE

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.

Philippe Portejoie (France)

SAXOPHONE

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.

Michał Knot (Poland)

SAXOPHONE

Paweł Gusnar (Poland) Michał Knot is one of the most active saxophonists of young generation. He has given over three hundred recitals and concerts in such world-renowned venues as Carnegie Hall, Berlin Konzerthaus, Musikverein Wien, Walt Disney Concert Hall Los Angeles, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Wiener Konzerthaus, Tonhalle Zürich, Hermitage Theatre Saint Petersburg, Liederhalle Stuttgart, Gasteig München, Teatro del Lago Chile and National Concert Hall Taipei to name a few. He has been invited to perform in numerous music festivals in over 40 countries, on five continents.
Vienna-based saxophonist Michał Knot was born in 1987 in Jaworzno, southern Poland. His saxophone studies have taken place under the guidance of Lars Mlekusch, Enzo Filippetti, Andrzej Rzymkowski, Tomasz Gmyrek and Jerzy Sendecki. He holds degrees from Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität Wien (MA), Conservatorio Santa Cecilia di Roma (MA) and Akademia Muzyczna Kraków (BA). As a member of Duo Aliada, Michał Knot won the Grand Prix at the 12th Fidelio Wettbewerb and is prize winner at the M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition (USA). He is also a recipient of the “Exeptional Pole” award. Michał Knot was selected to participate in prestigious support program established by Austrian Government - “New Austrian Sound Of Music 2016-2017”. In 2013 he was awarded the “Młoda Polska” scholarship, given to the most successful Polish artists by the Polish Minister of Culture and National Heritage.
Michał Knot has released two albums to date: „At the movies” released by the Austrian label Paladino and „New colours of the past” with German ARS Produktion, both highly acclaimed by international press.
He is D’Addario Woodwinds and Henri Selmer Paris performing artist.


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