Jaga Klimaszewska – violin
Mateusz Rettner – piano
Sonata for violin and piano in D minor, Op 9
1. Allegro moderato
2. Andantino tranquillo e dolce
3. Allegro molto, quasi presto
Sonata No 1 for violin and piano in A minor, Op 105
1. Mit leidenschaftlichem Ausdruck
Jaga Klimaszewska was born in Gdansk, Poland and began studying violin at the age of seven. After graduating from the F. Nowowiejski Music School in Gdansk in 2009 she moved to London to continue her musical studies. She obtained her Bachelor of Music Diploma from Guildhall School of Music & Drama in 2013 where she studied with Krzysztof Smietana. Jaga completed a Master of Performance at the Royal College of Music under the tutelage of Maciej Rakowski. For her studies she received the RCM Award and G. D. Fahrenheit Educational Scholarship awarded by the Mayor of Gdansk.
Jaga has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in Poland, France, Austria, Germany, Russia, Switzerland and the UK, and she has worked with many well-known artists including Maxim Vengerov, Leonid Kerbel, Philippe Graffin, Barnabas Kelemen, Carole Presland, Belcea Quartet and Maxim Rysanov.
Pianist and composer Mateusz Rettner enjoys a career as successful as it is diverse. In his recitals he often couples works from the standard repertoire with lesser-known pieces and includes new works, many of them written especially for him. His most recent successes include receiving the Mercers’ Arts Award given to exceptional Postgraduate students as well as 1st prize in the Brooks-van der Pump Competition in London. Mateusz Rettner’s performance career as a soloist and chamber musician has taken him to some of the most prestigious venues in the UK as well as Poland, Germany and Spain. In 2016 he made his concerto debut with the Lodz Philharmonic.
Upcoming projects include giving premieres of 12 new works written for La Tache Ensemble – a new music group which he founded – as well as a concert tour presenting the piano works of Bogusław Schaeffer, Grażyna Bacewicz and Roman Palester. Mateusz was awarded a Master’s Degree (with distinction) from the Royal College of Music, London where he studied with Professor Dina Parakhina and Professor Leon McCawley as an RCM Award Holder supported by a Jenny Marsh Chapman Memorial Award as well as a Nina Polani Award. He is currently studying for a PhD at the Academy of Music in Kraków.
Jaga and Mateusz recorded their debut CD with DUX label where they presented music by Grazyna Bacewicz – you can listen to it on spotify and other streaming platforms.
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