THE INAUGURAL CONCERT
November 10th, 2019
Paderewski Pomeranian Philharmonic Concert Hall
Paderewski Pomeranian Philharmonic Orchestra
conducted by Kai Bumann
Soloist – Nikita Mndoyants,
the 1st prize winner of the 7th International Paderewski Piano Competition (Bydgoszcz, 2007)
S. Prokofiev – Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 16
Intermezzo: Allegro moderato
Finale: Allegro tempestoso
Witold Lutosławski (1913-1994) – Koncert na orkiestrę
Mr. Krzysztof Zanussi will lead the concert
NIKITA MNDOYANTS, fortepian
Coming from a family of professional musicians, Nikita Mndoyants began to play piano and compose music a very young age. He entered to Central Music School in Moscow, where he studied piano with Tamara Koloss. He gave his first public recital at age eight, and recorded his first CD (of a live performance in Helsinki) at age ten.
Nikita Mndoyants received undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Moscow Tchaikovsky State Conservatory, where he studied composition with Professor Alexander Tchaikovsky and piano with Professor Nikolay Petrov and Professor Alexander Mndoyants. Since 2013 he has taught orchestration, also at the Moscow Tchaikovsky State Conservatory. Mr. Mndoyants won first prize at the 2016 Cleveland International Piano Competition, first prize at the 2007 Paderewsky International Piano Competition, and was a finalist at the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.
As a composer, Mr. Mndoyants received first prize at the 2014 Myaskovsky International Competition of Composers (Moscow, Russia) and 2016 Prokofiev International Competition of Composers (Sochi, Russia)
Most recently Mr. Mndoyants has performed with Saint Petersburg Philharmonic orchestra under the baton of maestro Charles Dutoit .
He also made his debut recital in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory and performed in Salle Cortot and Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, at the Bozar Centre for Fine Arts (Brussels) and Luxembourg Philharmonie, . He appeared as a guest artist with the Gangnam Symphony Orchestra at the new Lotte Concert Hall in Seoul, Korea. Mr. Mndoyants made his Carnegie Hall debut in June of 2017.
Mr. Mndoyants has toured in Asia, Europe, Russia, and the U.S. and appeared in major concert halls in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Paris, and Seoul. He has worked with renowned conductors including Charles Dutoit, Bramwell Tovey, Leonard Slatkin, Eri Klas, Ignat Solzhenitsyn, Charles Ansbacher, and Alexander Sladkovsky, and performed with the Svetlanov State Academic Symphony Orchestra, the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra and more. He has performed in major festivals, including the Klavier-Ruhr Festival (Germany), Chopin Festival in Duszniki-Zdroj (Poland), Mariinsky International Piano Festival (St. Petersburg) and International Keyboard Institute and Festival (New York). Mr. Mndoyants also has been artist in residence at the
International Music Festival in Wissembourg (France) since 2012, where he has overseen the performance of his own compositions and performed solo works, chamber music, and concerti.
Giving his first chamber performance with the Borodin Quartet in 2004, he has continued to cultivate his passion for chamber music, working with such ensembles as the Brentano, Eben, Zemlinsky, and Szymanowsky Quartets.
Among his chamber music partners are pianists Alexander Ghindin and Vyacheslav Gryaznov, violinists Andrej Bielow and Valeriy Sokolov, cellists Lev Sivkov, Evgeny Rumyantsev and clarinetist Patrick Messina.
His piano and chamber works are made available by publishing houses Composers, Muzyka, and Jurgenson, and have been performed by Alexander Vinnitsky, Alexander Rudin, Daniel Hope, Nicolas Stavy, the Szymanowski and Zemlinsky Quartets, Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, and others. Mr. Mndoyants has released solo and chamber recordings on the Classical Records, Melodiya and Praga Digitals labels. A new recording on the Steinway & Sons label, featuring works by Beethoven, Prokofiev, and Schumann, has been released in June 2017.
Born in Berlin in 1961. He graduated from the Faculty of Conducting at the Hochschule der Künste. From 1986 to 1992 he cooperated as a conductor with many opera theatres from Germany, where he supervised music premieres of such operas as Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District by Dmitri Shostakovich, Salome by R. Strauss and Lulu by A. Berg, as well as other opera pieces from W.A. Mozart to G. Verdi. For many years the conductor has been tightly linked with the Polish music scene. The award of the 2nd prize in the International Conducting Competition in Geneva in 1994 marked the beginning of his cooperation with the most renown music centers in Poland. In 1996 Kai Bauman was appointed the first visiting conductor at the Polish Baltic Philharmonic in Gdańsk (a cycle of L. van .Beethoven concerts, St. Luke Passion by K. Penderecki) and the first conductor at the Wiesbaden Staatstheater, where he presented such operas as The Magic Flute by W.A. Mozart, The Barber of Seville by G. Rossini, Tosca by G. Puccini or Aida by G. Verdi.
In 1997 Kai Bauman took the position of artistic director at the Cracow Opera, also becoming its first conductor. With his opera team, the artist prepared the premieres of The Magic Flute and Don Giovanni by Mozart, Un Ballo in Maschera by Verdi and The Black Mask by Penderecki. The same year he took the position of the main director of the Swiss Youth Symphony Orchestra. In 1998-2003 he visited regularly the Berlin Deutsche Oper. From the beginning of 2004 till May 2013 he was the leading conductor of the Warsaw Chamber Opera. He launched the cooperation with this opera staging the premiere of Falstaff by Verdi (2003). He took numerous trips with this ensemble, namely to France, Spain and twice Japan (2004, 2006). In February 2007 he debuted in the National Opera in the Grand Theatre conducting Mozart’s Don Giovanni. From September 2008 till June 2012 he was the artistic director of the Fryderyk Chopin Polish Baltic Philharmonic in Gdańsk. In 2013–2015 Kai Bumann was appointed the first visiting conductor at the Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic in Łódź. Since 2010 Kai Bauman has been also tutoring a conducting class at the Music Academy in Gdańsk. Since September 2015 he has been appointed artistic director at the Pomeranian Philharmonic.
THE IGNACY JAN PADEREWSKI POMERANIAN SYMPHONIC ORCHESTRA IN BYDGOSZCZ
The orchestra was established in 1946 and from 1991 to 2015 Eleonora Harendarska was appointed its artistic director. The orchestra was conducted by Robert Satanowski, Zbigniew Chwedczuk, Witold Krzemieński, Antoni Wit, Tomasz Bugaj, Mieczysław Nowakowski, Jerzy Salwarowski, Michael Zilm, Roman Kofman, Marek Pijarowski and Tadeusz Wojciechowski. Since September 2015 Kai Bumann has taken up the post of its artistic director.
The orchestra has attained wide recognition and performed with such renown conductors as E. Ansermet, R. Benzi, B. Britten, A. Chaczaturian, R. Chailly, J. Domarkas, J. Katlewicz, K. Kord, J. Krenz, W. Lutosławski, J. Maksymiuk, K. Penderecki, K. Redel, W. Rowicki, J. Semkow, S. Skrowaczewski, S. Sondeckis, L. Stokowski, T. Strugała and C. Zecchi.
Its concerts in Italy, Denmark, France, Germany, Spain Scotland, Switzerland, Russia, South Korea and Cyprus have won recognition from critics and audience alike. On numerous occasions it performed during domestic and international music festivals, including the Wratislavia Cantans, Warsaw Autumn Festival, Berliner Festwochen, International Summer Festival in Ljubljana, Schweriner Musiktage and Frankfurter Festtage der Musik.
The ensemble has released numerous recordings including: Symphony by Isang Yuna (Bild-Kunst, Bonn), Chain II by Lutosławski (CD awarded Diapason d’Or, Thorofon), Szymanowski’s compositions (DUX) and recorded for such labels as Polskie Nagrania, Veriton, CPO Osnabrück and Naxos. In 2009 the orchestra performer in Perth during the Polish Spring – Scottish Tides Festival. In 2010 in Budapest it inaugurated the Chopin Year in Hungary. The performance was broadcast live by DUNA TV and radio MR3 Bartók.
The Orchestra has been cooperating on a regular basis with choirs: the Berliner Cappella and Singakademie from Frankfurt an der Oder. In 2011 it put in appearances during the Musikfesttage an der Oder in Frankfurt as well as in Berlin (Konzerthaus) and in Brussels on the occasion of the Polish Presidency in the EU. In 2013 for the first time the orchestra delivered a performance in the world-famous the Wiener Musikverein. In 2013 on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Pomeranian Philharmonic it recorded a jubilee CD under the baton of Jerzy Maksymiuk featuring Symphony in B minor “Polonia” by Paderewski (full version, DUX).
In 2014 the symphonic orchestra appeared in the Berlin Philharmonic accompanied by the Berliner Cappella and Studio Choir as well as world famous vocalists (Dvořák – Stabat Mater). In 2015 on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the cooperation of the Pomeranian Philharmonic and the Berliner Cappella Choir, the orchestra participated in a gala concert staged in the Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Kerstin Behnke (Szymanowski – Stabat Mater, Brahms – Ein deutsches Requiem).
On June 29, 2018, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Poland’s regaining independence the Symphonic Orchestra of the Philharmonic, leading Polish vocalists and the Choir of the Poznań Music Academy staged a concert – Requiem by Mozart in memory of Ignacy Jan Paderewski on the 77th anniversary of his death. It was held in the Cathedral Basilica of the Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist in Warsaw, the place where the patron of the Bydgoszcz Philharmonic and the Poznań Academy was buried. Kai Bumann was a conductor during the event. On August 31, 2019 in Potsdam (St. Nikolaikirche), on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II, the Symphonic Orchestra from Bydgoszcz accompanied by Singakademie Choir (Frankfurtu an der Oder) and other renown Polish soloist under Rudolf Tiersch performed Missa pro pace by Kilar.
In 1958 the Symphonic Orchestra of the Bydgoszcz Philharmonic received its own premises. The year 2018 marked the 60th anniversary of the Philharmonic building which is famous for its superb acoustics.
Międzynarodowy Konkurs Pianistyczny im. I. J. Paderewskiego jest organizowany w ramach projektu pt. "Kujawsko-Pomorskie Menu Kulturalne 2013-2014" współfinansowanego ze środków Europejskiego Funduszu Rozwoju Regionalnego w ramach Regionalnego Programu Operacyjnego Województwa Kujawsko-Pomorskiego na lata 2007-2013 oraz ze środków budżetu Województwa Kujawsko-Pomorskiego.