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Our Tuesday concert (30th April 2024, 7 p.m.) in the AD ASTRA cycle at the Lentz Villa features works composed by eminent Italian Baroque and Classical composers: Arcangelo Corelli, Niccolo Paganini, Alessandro Rolla, Giuseppe Tartini, and Antonio Vivaldi. The performers are Italian violinist Maurizio Sciarretta, Czech violist Jitka Hosprová, and Polish pianist Adam Tomaszewski.
The concert programme:

1. Giuseppe Tartini (1692-1770)

Sonata in G Minor ‘Didone abbandonata’, Op. 1 No. 10 for violin and piano

2. Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713)

Sonata ‘La Follia’, Op. 5 No. 12 for viola and piano

3. Niccolò Paganini (1782-1840)

Cantabile in D Major, Op. 17 for violin and piano

4. Niccolò Paganini (1782-1840), arr. Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962)

‘La Campanella’, Op. 7 for violin and piano

5. Alessandro Rolla (1757-1841)

Gran Duo in E-Flat Major, Op. 5 No. 1 for violin and viola

6. Niccolò Paganini (1782-1840)

Sonata per la gran viola

7. Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)

Trio Sonata in C Minor, RV 83

THE PERFORMERS

MAURIZIO SCIARETTA (violin)

Graduate of Bologna’s Conservatorio Giovanni Battista Martini (class of Luigi Rovighi), he developed his violin technique with Renato Zanettovich at the Tuscan Scuola di Musica di Fiesole and with such famous tutors as Thomas Brandis, Franco Gulli, Enzo Porta, Cristiano Rossi, Viktor Tretiakov, and Pavel Vernikov. He was also a pupil of Maestro Zakhar Bron of the famous Russian school of David and Igor Oistrakh. The violin virtuoso polished his skills with Salvatore Accardo at Cremona’s Scuola di Alto Perfezionamento ‘Walter Stauffer’ and with the eminent Romanian violinist Eugene Sârbu.

Sciaretta has played with philharmonic orchestras from Craiova (‘Oltenia’) and Bacau (‘Jora’) as well as the Orchestra da Camera di Bologna. He took part in the inaugural concert of the Les Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad international festival featuring such stars as Anne-Sophie Mutter, Lynna Harrella, Grigory Sokolov, Cecilia Bartoli, and Vadim Repin.

Winner of awards in many international festivals and competitions, he has performed with Parma’s Orchestra Filarmonica ‘Arturo Toscanini’ under the baton of such famous masters as Charles Dutoit, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Georges Prêtre, Mstislav Rostropovich, and Yuri Temirkanov.

Sciarretta is a violin teacher at the Imola International Academy Foundation ‘Incontri con il Maestro’ and Zakhar Bron’s assistant at masterclasses in Switzerland, Germany, and Italy.

At the Lentz Villa, he will perform on an 1850 violin built by Parisian violin-maker Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume.

JITKA HOSPROVÁ (viola)

Graduate of Pilsen Conservatory and Prague’s Academy of Performing Arts, she has appeared at such prestigious festivals as Présence, Rheingau Sommer, Kulturtage Dresden, the Prague Spring, Festival in Český Krumlov, Smetana’s Litomyšl, Dvořák Prague International Music Festival, March Music Days in Ruse, and Festival Internacional de Santander. She has been applauded as a soloist throughout Europe as well as in Brazil, Chile, Hong Kong, and the United States. She has recorded several dozen concerts for the Czech and French radio, as well as compact discs under the Arco Diva, Multisonic, Neos, and Supraphon labels. She has been honoured with works specially dedicated to her by highly regarded composers such as Guillaume Connesson, Ladislav Kubík, Zdeněk Lukáš, Zbyněk Matějů, Michal Müller, Adam Skoumal, Tomaž Svete, Josef Vejvoda, and Emil Viklický, all of which she premiered.

Hosprová has performed with leading Czech and international orchestras, including ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre National de Lorrain, Orchestre de Pau, Orchestre de chambre de Paris, Orchestre Anthanor in Rome, FOK Prague Symphony, Slovak Philharmonic, Brussels Philharmonic, Filharmonie Brno, and Janáček Philharmonic in Ostrava, sharing the stage with such artists as Luigi Albert Bianchi, Lubomír Brabec, Mario Hossen, Václav Hudeček, Štefan Margita, Éric Le Sage, Adam Skoumal, and Ivan Ženatý, as well as outstanding conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Bertrand de Billy, Elli Jaffe, Ondřej Kukal, Massimiliano Matesic, Jacques Mercier, Rastislav Štúr, Leoš Svárovský, and Gian Luigi Zampieri.

At the Lentz Villa, the artist will perform on a viola built by famous Czech instrument maker Petr Zdražil in 2012.

ADAM TOMASZEWSKI (piano)

He studied with Prof. Fabio Bidini, first at the Julius-Stern-Institut of the Universität der Künste Berlin, later – at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler. He also studied with Janusz Olejniczak at the Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. He has taken part in masterclasses conducted by Andrzej Jasiński, Pavel Gavrilov, Aleksander Malter, Eugen Indjic, Christian Beldi, Alicja Paleta-Bugaj, and Karl-Heinz Kämmerling.

Tomaszewski has won prizes in many piano competitions, incl. the finals of the 2nd International Festival for Young Pianists in Głubczyce (2003), the all-German Jugend Musiziert (many solo and chamber music prizes from 2002), the 1st prize in Berlin and 2nd prize in the national competition in Erlangen (2005), a special award for the best performance of a contemporary piece in Erlangen (Witold Lutosławski’s Subito, 2007), the 1st prize and the Eduard-Söring-Preis of Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben as well as Erlangen City Special Award in the Federal Bundeswettbewerb Jugend Musiziert (2009). That latter success led to a spectacular debut at the Young Euro Classic in Berlin’s Konzerthaus as well as appearances at the prestigious Kissinger Sommer and Berlin’s Tag Der Talente. 2010 saw Tomaszewski’s debut as a soloist at the Philharmonie Berlin (with the symphony orchestra of Prof. Victor Hohenfels in Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A Minor). The performance was enthusiastically received and followed by Sergei Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the same orchestra in the following year. In 2017, Tomaszewski inaugurated the Silesian Ludwig van Beethoven Festival in Głogówek with Leopoldinum Chamber Orchestra.

The pianist’s busy concert schedule as a soloist and chamber musician has taken him to venues in Germany, Poland, Spain, France, and Belgium. He has received scholarships from the Deutscher Musikrat, the City of Berlin, the European Polish Music Forum, and the International Beethoven Society in Berlin. With Simon Zhu he won the Grand Prix of the 6th Chamber Music Tournament in Bydgoszcz, with a joint album as an award. The two musicians also performed at Copenhagen’s Summer Classic. In 2021, Tomaszewski inaugurated (with Krzysztof Polonek) the Silesian Music Festival in Opole. In 2022 he appeared at the Silesian Ludwig van Beethoven Festival and the 8th Kraków Music Days.

Since 2023 Adam Tomaszewski has been a répétiteur at the Bach Gymnasium (commission of the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler).
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