2022 Grand Concert is a continuation of our musical tradition that has started in year 2008. On Sunday, June 12, 2022, we met at Warsaw’s Szustra Palace for the festive Annual Concert of our School. Finally, we are able to give an account of the long-awaited concert. Students and teachers have put a lot of effort into making this event a reality and everyone is excited about the performances. We attended the concert of our institution in a charming historic palace and former home of a Warsaw artist. Leading Polish musicians have been performing here for years. Szustr Palace is the heart of Warsaw’s prestigious musical traditions. The beauty of the concert was undeniable. Whether it was the impeccable acoustics or the talented charges, there is something about a live performance that can’t be beat. Watching the performances of our charges playing their earned melodies on stage is an experience like no other, and there is nothing better than being in the audience seeing the results of their work after a whole year of learning.
From Zofia Zwolinska’s violin class we heard:
- The concert began with little violinist Chu chu from Zofia Zwolinska’s class, who played a Polka from the violin pedagogy repertoire.
- Stasia Przydacz performed a miniature from the violin pedagogy entitled “Under the Hill.”
- Jadzia Wichary performed the miniature “Cockerel” from the repertoire of violin pedagogy
- Tosia Lupinska played “Quail” from the repertoire of violin pedagogy
- Lang Hanyu was heard in the third movement of Oscar Rieding’s Concerto in D Major
- Emily Chandler performed the Largo and Allegro of Georg Friedrich Handel,
- Afterwards, Emily Chandler played the first movement of Antonio Vivaldi’s Concerto in A minor for two violins with Maria Kwach (a student of Peter Nermer).
From Hanna Malashka’s piano class, the following performed:
- Jakub Grzyb, who performed Georg Friedrich Handel’s Sarabande,
- Emil Koziel was heard in the first movement of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Sonatina in G Major and David Bruce’s “Soccer Blues.”
From Julia Leviuk’s piano class performed:
- Zosia Pobereszko in Waltz by Agnieszka Lach
- Freddy Yu performed Karl Czerny’s Etude in C major,
- Jeremy Filar was heard in Moderato by Leon Schytte
- Eliza Angevin played the March of Johann Sebastian Bach.
- In Helenka’s performance, we heard Georg Benda’s Sonatina in A minor,
- Maja Myczynska performed an Etude by Alexander Goedicke,
- Basia Sobka performed Friedrich Kuhlau’s Sonatina in C Major.
- Karolina Kowalska played Georg Neved’s piece “Old House.”
- Giorgio Gallerani performed Scott Joplin’s “Entertainer.”
Peter Nermer’s violin class was represented by Maria Kwach, in whose performance we heard Fritz Kreisler’s “Prelude and Allegro in the Puniani style.”
Maria Kosacka’s cello class was represented by Sam Chandler, who performed the Prelude from Johann Sebastian Bach’s Suite No. 1 in G Major.
From Artur Chmara’s piano class performed:
- Kan Kan, who played Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Allegro and Robert Schumann’s “Merry Villager.”
- Leonard Stelmach performed Robert Schumann’s “Merry Villager.”
- Ania Pietrzak’s performance of Scott Joplin’s “Entertainer” was heard,
- Noora Hyttinen performed Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Etude Tableau in Gis minor
- Jan Piwonski played “Fly to the moon” by Ben Howard
- Szymon Szysz played “Giorgia my mind” by Hoagy Carmichael.
At the end of the concert, two violinists from Joanna Okoń’s (former Zofia Zwolińska stuident) class performed as guests:
- Ella Bai, who studied in Zofia Zwolinska’s class and transferred to the Secondary Music School to the class of Joanna Okoń – also a former student of Zofia Zwolinska – and Anna Ciszewska.
- Ella Bai’s performance included Georg Friedrich Telemann’s Fantasia No. 7.
- Anna Ciszewska performed Georg Friedrich Telemann’s Fantasia No. 2.
Acknowledgements and closing
The concert was announced by Liza Maria Pietraga. Photo documentation was done by Piotr Nermer. At the end of the concert, School Principal Zofia Zwolinska handed out diplomas of distinction to the soloists, thanked the educators for their work with the students and congratulated all the performers for such successful performances at the Annual Concert, which is a summary of the achievements of the work of the entire school year.
Zofia Zwolinska also thanked Parents and Grandparents for their committed contribution to the development of their Children.
A successful concert is a combination of many elements. First, the concert participants must either be able to perform the pieces efficiently, or have performed well at previous concerts. The audience must also be immersed in the music while the concert is being performed, and the concert must last long enough to signify the hard work of the production students involved. Finally, the concert must showcase all the hard work the students put into it.