“It is definitely an act of courage but also proof of an open mind and a lack of rigidity. It shows a soul devoted to music, not stereotypes” says Kayah, one of the stars of previous Kwartesencja festivals. To mix styles and genres, not to follow the beaten track, combine amazing artists who would never meet on the same stage or even on the same broadcasting channel on a regular day. All of the above is the essence of what Kwartesencja is about, the only series of concerts of this kind in Poland and one that has already found its place in the cultural calendar of Poland’s capital city and also managed to gain its own special audience. And it is special because it is so diverse, just like each programme of Kwartesencja festivals.

The hosts of the festival, the musicians of The Royal String Quartet, came up with the idea for the festival and they have been organizing it since 2004, presenting the medium of the string quartet in multiple forms. Alongside classical, contemporary music plays a significant role during Kwartesencja. The interpretations of Henryk Mikołaj Górecki or George Crumb’s music presented during the festival were widely commented upon, while new compositions have also been written especially for the Quartet by Paweł Szymański, Wojciech Blecharz and Andrzej Kwieciński. 

 

 

 

 

 

The four musicians have been privileged to appear on stage during Kwartesencja concerts with the legendary Stephen Kovacevich, one of the most interesting modern pianists – Angela Hewitt, the excellent tenor Mark Padmore, and also with Kayah, Smolik, DJ Lenar or Warsaw Village Band. The stars of the most famous concert halls and stars of alternative music performing together, it can only happen during Kwartesencja! Thanks to the guests from the other side of the musical spectrum, the festival gains additional dimensions and the casual, informal character of a social gathering.

The following guests have taken part in the festival so far (in alphabetical order): Klaudiusz Baran, Andrzej Bauer, The Camerata String Quartet, Martin Fröst, Krzysztof Herdzin, Angela Hewitt, Hob-beats Duo, Kapela ze Wsi Warszawa, Kayah, Cezary Konrad, Stephen Kovacevich, Urszula Krygiel, Michał Kulenty, Kwadrofonik, DJ Lenar, Simon Lepper, Lutosławski Piano Duo, Marcin Murawski, Michał Nagy, Mark Padmore, New Generation Quartet, Smolik, Tomasz Strahl,  The Škampa Quartet, The Silesian String Quartet, Wojciech Świtała, Antoine Tamestit and Monika Wolińska.

 

 

 

 

 

“A round of applause for high standards, initiative and imagination.” – WIK

“Kwartesencja combines fire and water – an aristocratic class of Angela Hewitt and a folk performance of Warsaw Village Band.” – Gazeta Wyborcza

“The idea of four young artists for intimate meetings with great music was an amazing success.”- Gazeta Wyborcza

“Music, passion, atmosphere, but most of all – performing stars that can be envied by the biggest concert halls in the world – these are the basic elements of a composition called Kwartesencja.” – Art Radio

“The performances of the Quartet and their guests can satisfy the most fastidious music lovers.” – WIK

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