Sinfonia Varsovia is in the middle of a two week concert tour of East Asia. Conducted by Maestro Krzysztof Penderecki, the Orchestra performs in renowned concert halls in South Korea and China.
The promotion of Polish music is the guiding concept of this tour, during which the ensemble will deliver several performances of, among others, Krzysztof Penderecki’s Sinfonietta per archi and Fryderyk Chopin’s Piano Concerto in E minor. The soloist in Chopin’s Concerto is Jan Lisiecki, with whom Sinfonia Varsovia has already played many times, with the soloist and orchestra having recorded the “Chopin Piano Concertos” album together. Other works presented during the Asian tour include compositions by Dvořák and Beethoven. Of particular note is a concerto for marimba and orchestra written by a student of Penderecki, South Korean composer Jeajoon Ryu.
The tour began in late October in South Korea, where the musicians played in the Busan Cultural Center, twice in the famous Seoul Arts Center Concert Hall for an audience of about two thousand and finally in the Daegu Concert House. The Orchestra then travels to China to play four concerts – starting with the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, the Qintai Concert Hall in Wuhan, the Changsha Poly Concert Hall and finally in the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center.
This does not wrap up Polish musical accents in Asia, however. During their sojourn to South Korea, musicians of Sinfonia Varsovia: Jakub Haufa (violin), Katarzyna Budnik-Gałązka (viola) and Piotr Mazurek (cello) have performed at the University of Ulsan which hosted the ceremony of awarding a Honoris Causa doctoral degree to Krzysztof Penderecki. During the ceremony the artists played the honoured Maestro’s String Trio.
The two-week concert tour is possible thanks to the support of Culture.pl which promotes Polish culture in East Asia as part of the Asia Project.