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Goska Isphording

Born in 1973, harpsichordist, one of the most exciting performers in her field. Specializing in contemporary music on historical instruments, she is not only active as a soloist chamber and musician, but also presents the contemporary harpsichord to audiences and composers around the world through close collaborations, lectures and masterclasses.

Goska has performed at most prestigious festivals and concert halls. Her solo appearances include Gaudeamus Music Week or November Music, and more recently Warsaw Autumn Festival, Gaida Festival, ISCM World Music Days and Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. Pan-European appearances have brought Goska to the attention of a variety of composers, and her inimitable approach to the harpsichord has earned numerous dedications and commissions. Goska has premiered over a hundred solo and chamber music compositions and is an addressee of harpsichord concerti by Hanna Kulenty, Roderik de Man or Andrzej Kwiecinski. A passion for the careful interplay of apparently disparate forms has led Goska to co-found The Roentgen Connection. She is also a member of The Riot Ensemble in London and has collaborated with ensembles like Asko|Schönberg, Insomnio Ensemble, MusikFabrik or Sinfonia Varsovia.

She currently teaches contemporary harpsichord techniques at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.

Trio Layers

The trio plays composed as well as improvised contemporary music. Ensemble was founded in 2014 by students of Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz: Zofia Ilnicka – flute, Jakub Wosik – violin and Ryszard Lubieniecki – accordion, composition.

They won the third prize in VII edition of Dolina Kreatywna competition organized by Polish TV station TVP Kultura for recording of the performance of Ryszard Lubieniecki’s composition Layers for flute, violin, accordion and magnetic tapes, which title has became name of the ensemble. Trio Layers played at festivals and concerts in Poland and abroad including Festival Musica Privata IV in Łódź, Contemporary Music Festival „Nowa Muzyka” in Bydgoszcz, concert cycle Audioskopia in Toruń, concert in Koncertkirken (Copenhagen).

Layers perform mostly new pieces written especially for them by young composers, including Josue W. Amador, Alannah Marie Halay and Ryszard Lubieniecki.

Platypus Ensemble

It is a young and energetic formation in the field of contemporary music. Its roots lie in the older association of the same name, which started originally as an initiative by young composers. Thus, it represents a natural development of ideas and idealism already propelling the work of the first duckbill.

These include the highest artistic and musical standards as well as a serious advocacy for aesthetic and programmatic pluralism, an effort towards accessibility and a general low-threshold policy in all concerts and projects. In this respect, it also is the groups’ resolve to realise projects which transcend and question conventions present in music today. Furthermore, the group places an emphasis on young and little-known composers, of which a large number of commissioned pieces and world-premieres bears testimony. The equal representation and equal judgement of women and men, be it in decision-making, concert programmes or other artistic ventures, is another primary guideline of its work.

From this fertile soil grew a large number of cooperations and concerts with partners like Wien modern, Wiener Konzerthaus, Klangspuren Schwaz, Forum Neue Musik Wallis, Bienal do Música Hoje in Curitiba/Brasil, IGNM/ISCM, ÖGZM (Austrian Society for Contemporary Music), sirene operntheater and the Label col legno. In addition, the ensemble realises concert series and exchange projects of their own accord (Mexico 2009, Germany/Czech Republic/Great Britain 2011, Brasil 2011/2013, Argentina 2013, Japan 2014, Mexico 2015) and ties close connections with composers such as Bernhard Lang, Peter Ablinger, Georg Nussbaumer, Manuela Kerer, Tamara Friebel, Maria Getättner.

Rafal Łuc

He studied classical accordion at the Royal Academy of Music and made his London debut in the Purcell Room in 2009 as a PLG Artist. Since then he has performed at venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Barbican, King’s Place, Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall (Manchester), Symphony Hall (Birmingham) and the Carnegie Hall, New York. He has worked with ensembles including BBC SO, Royal Opera House, Aurora Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Chroma, Rambert Dance Company, Riot Ensemble and with many contemporary composers creating new repertoire for classical accordion. In 2015 he released his debut solo CD with the pieces for accordion and electronics. He is also a prizewinner of competitions in Poland, Lithuania, Switzerland, Slovakia, Italy, and the UK.

Rafal is a keen chamber musician, and in 2011 he recorded a CD with works by Bach and Piazzolla with cellist Hau-Eun Kim for Universal Music Korea. His accordion&viola ensemble Duo van Vliet is about to release a debut CD with music of Dowland, Britten, Hosokawa, and Gavin Higgins on Orchid Records.

Rafal has taken part in masterclasses with leading musicians including: Friedrich Lips, Matti Rantanen, Mika Vayrynen, Claudio Jacomucci, Vojin Vasovic. He worked with such conductors as a soloist and orchestral musician: Valery Gergiev, Pierre-Andre Valade, Baldur Brönnimann, Michael Boder, Nicholas Collon, Christopher Austin, Ernst Kovacić, Szymon Bywalec. His performances were broadcasted on BBC Radio 3 and Polish Radio 2. For his achievements Rafal was awarded scholarships from Minister of Culture in Poland, Crescendum-Est Polonia Foundation, Solti Foundation, Craxton Foundation.