On June 23, 2012, the Academy of Music in Katowice took place
Small Horn Player Academy
and had the formula of a festival
- Department of Wind Instruments and Percussion at the Academy of Music in Katowice
- Internet portal waltornia.pl
- presentation of the artistic achievements of horn players aged up to 13
- presentation of modern methods of teaching basic horn playing
- consultations of teachers, students and parents as well as exchange of methodological experiences related to school pedagogy
- popularizing the French horn and monitoring the development of young talents
- presentation of the specifics of the instrument
- integration of the horn community in Poland
38 participants in three age categories declared their participation. Everyone, even from cities as far away from Katowice as Koszalin, Zgorzelec, Białystok, Łódź, Płock and Gostynin, did well. For this, we would like to thank the parents, guardians, teachers and, of course, the participants themselves. In the unanimous opinion of the listeners, all performances were good and very good.
Solo presentations of participants took place in three age groups:
- 1st Group – for those born in 2003 and later
- 2nd Group – for those born in 2001-2002
- 3rd Group – for those born in 1999-2000
- 1st Group – miniatures solo or with piano accompaniment, the total duration of which may not exceed 3 minutes
- 2nd Group – miniatures solo or with piano accompaniment, the total duration of which may not exceed 5 minutes
- 3rd Group – miniatures solo or with piano accompaniment, the total duration of which may not exceed 7 minutes
After the auditions, the little artists were invited for a meal in the form of a drink and a sandwich, as well as a delicious cake, which was served to them by the Król cake shop from Katowice. Then there was a tour of the Academy, which, due to the limited time, allowed to present only a few of its places. So there was the Museum of Organs, guided by prof. Julian Gembalski, a library whose nooks and collections were presented by the director, mgr Iwona Bias, Senior Qualified Custodian. At the end of the tour around the Academy, little horn players, their parents, guardians and teachers admired the new Concert Hall, built in 2007.
At 3:00 p.m., the concert began with the participation of:
- Silesian Horn Quartet composed of: Leszek Salwa, Jerzy Ślęzak, Waldemar Matera and Grzegorz Grzegorzek
- The Little French Horn Quartet composed of: Michał Mocek, Szymon Ślęczka, Krystian Parada and Oliver Pelc
- French Horn Quartet of the PSM in Strzelce Opolskie composed of: Adam Goczoł, Jan Malcherczyk, Franciszek Czech and Szymon Krupa
- Edyta Chmielewska from POSM in Bielsko Biała
- Michał Kanawka from the Academy of Music in Katowice.
Special applause was received by the Horn Choir of Small Horn Players, who in their concert conducted by Jerzy Ślęzak, MA, performed, among others, the popular Kazaczok on 41 French horns – the strength of the little ones was strengthened by three slightly older friends.
According to the pedagogues, such good performances, apart from the talent and skills of the Participants, were helped by the adopted formula of the festival, the aim of which was primarily to present the abilities of young instrumentalists and not their assessment, classification, etc. Thus, the little horn players showed their best, playing freely, loosely, without the pressure. We are very happy that the event met the expectations of the people participating in it.
The list of participants
|n°||first and last name||vintage||school|
|5.||Krystian Parada||2004||Dąbrowa Górnicza|
|6.||Oliwier Pelc||2005||Dąbrowa Górnicza|
|7.||Jakub Polowczyk||2003||Tarnowskie Góry|
|8.||Mateusz Skrzypiec||2004||Tarnowskie Góry|
|13.||Wiktoria Debabowa||2002||Dąbrowa Górnicza|
|15.||Olaf Janukowicz||2001||Dąbrowa Górnicza|
|17.||Fabian Piechulek||2001||Kędzierzyn – Koźle|
|23.||Franciszek Czech||1999||Strzelce Opolskie|
|26.||Adam Goczoł||1999||Strzelce Opolskie|
|28||Marek Könighaus||2000||Strzelce opolskie|
|31.||Bartosz Maciążek||1999||Dąbrowa Górnicza|
|33.||Szymon Pelc||2000||Dąbrowa Górnicza|
|35.||Jan Sikora||1999||Dąbrowa Górnicza|
|38.||Piotr Wacowski||1999||Dąbrowa Górnicza|
Silesian Horn Quartet
The Silesian Horn Quartet, existing since 1993, owes its outstanding achievements in instrumental craftsmanship to its many-sided musical qualifications combined with artistic sensitivity. The nobility of the sound and the developed playing technique arouses admiration. The band started its activity with the following members: Antoni Słota – long-time horn player of the Silesian Philharmonic, Stefan Grzegorzek – long-time horn player of the Silesian Philharmonic, Joachim Nowak – currently the first horn player of the Silesian Philharmonic and creator of many arrangements for the Silesian Horn Quartet, and Jerzy Ślęzak.
The current line-up of the ensemble consists of four artists of the Silesian Philharmonic, graduates of the Academy of Music in Katowice:
- Leszek Salwa
- Jerzy Ślęzak
- Waldemar Matera
- Gregory Grzegorzek
Members of the quartet also cooperate with other orchestras such as: Polish Chamber Philharmonic, Silesian Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonietta Cracovia, Polish Radio Orchestra, Bielsko Festival Orchestra, Silesian Opera, Rybnik Philharmonic and many others.
The band has played dozens of concerts across the country. He gave concerts, among others, at the Summer Festival From Bach to the Beatles , the Music Festival of Blossoming Azaleas in Moszna. Recently, the Silesian Horn Quartet also gave concerts at the 1st National Competition for Brass Instruments in Katowice (June 2006), the 1st National Competition for French Horn Players prof. E. Golnik in Łódź (November 2006) and at the 9th Festival of Chamber Music of Wind Instruments organized by the Academy of Music in Katowice (December 2008). Currently, the band is working on recording an album with works by Polish composers. The band has also made archival recordings for TVP and Polish Radio. From the beginning of its activity, the quartet has met with great interest of listeners due to its unique line-up and the presented repertoire.
The Silesian Horn Quartet has in its repertoire classical and contemporary music, as well as arrangements of pieces of a lighter nature.
band’s website: kwartet.waltornia.pl
She was born on March 26, 1993 in Bielsko-Biała. She started learning to play the French horn at the age of 10 in the class of Tadeusz Tomaszewski, MA, at POSM. them. st. Moniuszko in Bielsko-Biała. In the years 2006-2012 she continued her education in this school in the class of Waldemar Matera, MA. Currently she is a student of the Academy of Music in Katowice in the French horn class ad. Dr. Damian Walentek.
He graduated from the State Music School in Bytom in the class of Henryk Frankowski. Currently he is a student of the Academy of Music in Katowice in the French horn class ad. Dr. Damian Walentek.