The Bokun & Kościuszko Clarinet and Guitar Duo aims at rediscovering the greatest masterpieces of chamber music from Schubert (Sonata Arpeggione, the most well-known chamber music masterpiece of the Romantic composer in a remarkably unique adaptation for clarinet and guitar), through 20th-century French composers (Debussy, Ravel, Dyens), to a contemporary chamber and solo music repertoire (Szewczyk, Smutny,Yom).
The creation of this exceptional duo was sparked by its members’ passion for chamber music. While placing great emphasis on the quality of their artistic expression, which reaches a broad spectrum of audience, the young ensemble finds inspiration for interpretative ideas in the many years of chamber music performance in cooperation with other instrumentalists
Perfection, excellent, amazing, sensitive virtuoso – these all terms come from the music critics` articles concerning Jakub Kościuszko.
Jakub Kościuszko has performed concerts in Poland, Austria, Italy, , France, The Netherlands and Germany, being invited to festivals in Warsaw, Szczecin, Wroclaw, Kielce, Lodz, Zielona Gora, to mention but a few. He has played as a soloist with the philharmonic orchestras of Szczecin, Zielona Gora, Kielce, Talents of Szczecin Orchestra, Baltic Neopolis and Camerata Nova orchestra. In 2010 he has recorded a CD with works of Marek Pasieczny, i.a. with the Threnody of the Victims of Bełżec, dedicated to Kościuszko. The debut album was highly acclaimed by the critics in Europe and USA. In 2012 he released Guitar Recital with works by Bach, Tansman, Piazzolla, Jarrett and Metheny. The newest album, Guitar sounds jazzy, contains music inspired by jazz and world music.He performs chamber music in ensembles with Jakub Bokun (clarinet), Rita D’Arcangelo (flute), Urszula Stawicka (harpsichord) and Jakub Rabizo (violin).
Jakub Kościuszko started to learn to play the guitar at the age of 8. In the age of 16 his biography was placed in the Lexicon of Polish Guitarists. In 2004 he graduated with honors from the Music School in Szczecin, where he was a pupil of Piotr Pałac. In 2009 he graduated with honors from the classes of Piotr Zaleski at the “Karol Lipinski” Academy of Music in Wroclaw and maestro Zoran Dukić at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. In 2010 he received a ‘Diploma di Merito’ and a scholarship from maestro Oscar Ghiglia during Accademia Chigiana in Siena.
Jakub Kościuszko shares his knowledge with students of the Academy of Art in Szczecin and the Nowowiejski Music High School in Szczecin. He regularly teaches guitar at music courses and master classes.
He is a laureate of several international guitar competitions. He participated in master classes of such great guitarists as: Abel Carlevaro, Oscar Ghiglia, Roberto Aussel, Pavel Steidl, Scott Tennant.
Clarideon – formed in 2001, The duo of clarinettist Jan Jakub Bokun and accordionist-composer Michał Moc has been delighting audiences with their natural sense of style, musical wit, and energy. Their performance at the World Clarinet Congres ClarinetFest in Tokio, Japan has been enthusiastically received and their ease with the french and latin american repertoire has won them great critical acclaim. Offering music that is at the same time sophisticated and accessible, they are performing French music by Richard Galliano, Gabriel Pierné, Eugène Bozza, contemporary jazz influenced works arranged by themselves, as well as Polish music by Bogdan Precz, Wojciech Kilar and Michał Moc.
…To be noted most particulary is Bokun’s incredible musical sensitivity and improvisational skills in Oblivion.I found myself forgetting about clarinet music altogether and listening to gorgeous melodies. Bokun is accompanied by virtuoso accordion artist Michał Moc, who simply knocked the wind out of me with his awesome virtuosity. Moc also shines in both pieces by Richard Galliano: French Touch and Tango pour Claude. French Touch is reason enough to hurry and acquire this CD. All tracks with Moc as a duo partner are my favorites on the CD…
Polish composer and accordionist Michał Moc at the Wroclaw Academy of Music, where he also received his Ph.D.
During 1999-2002, as a recipient of Ministry of Culture and National Heritage as well as the ‘Socrates-Erasmus’ scholarship Michał studied in the Netherlands under R. Dowland.
He has performed as accordionist – solo and with orchestra – at concert venues in numerous Polish cities as well as during the ‘Warsaw Autumn’ festival, ‘Poznań Spring’ festival and the ‘Musica Polonica Nova’ festival.
He has won several Polish accordion competitions in Chełm, Zgierz and Mława. He was also a prize-winner at the 4th Contemporary Music Competition for Young Performers (Warsaw/Radziejowice 2001). He has won success at several composers’ competitions including the ‘Gaude Mater’ Competition in Czestochowa in 1999 (Second Prize), Andrzej Panufnik National Composers’ Competition in Cracow in 2000 (First Prize) and the Franz Josef Reinl Foundation International Competition in Vienna/Munich in 2001 (Third Prize). As a performer and composer he has numerous CD and radio recordings to his credit.
Jan Jakub Bokun -klarnet (Polska)
Petr Nouzovský -wiolonczela (Czechy)
Filip Štrauch – fortepian (Słowacja)
Czech cellist Petr Nouzovský has gone from strength to strength, having embarked upon an impressive career while still a student. As the winner of New Master on Tour (2007), of the Europäische Förderpreis für Musik (2007) and as laureate of the Val Tidone Competition (2011) or Johannes Brahms Competition (2013), he performed in important festivals in Italy, Austria, Japan, Slovakia, Germany, Algeria, Russia, Spain and USA.
Mr. Nouzovský made his debut in Amsterdam’s famed Concertgebouw hall in 2008. Other important venues include the Pablo Casals Festival (2010), Moritzburg Festival (2010), Santander Festival (2011) and Kasseler Musiktage in (2011). He has had the singular honor of being a regular guest at the Prague Spring Festival since 2005, and has also appeared in major venues in Moscow, St Petersburg, Kyoto, Alger, The Hague, and Buenos Aires.
He regularly performs with leading Czech and foreign orchestras (SWF Philharmonie, Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Prague Radio Orchestra and 15 others) and conductors (Ronald Zollman, Jan Schultsz, Jose Miguel Rodilla, Gerd Schaller, Misha Kats, Mischa Rachlevsky, Fan Tao, Paweł Kotla, Artur Sędzielarz, Ondrej Lenárd, Charles Olivieri ‐ Munroe, Koji Kawamoto, Leoš Svárovský, Petr Vronský, Rastislav Štúr, Peter Feranec, and many more) and is a sought‐ after chamber musician (Talich Quartet, Vlach Quartet, Ilian Garnetz, Gerard Wyss, Daishin Kashimoto).
Petr Nouzovský was one of only ten cellists, selected from hundreds of applicants worldwide, to attend the legendary Piatigorsky Seminars in Los Angeles, and even more exceptionally, he was invited to return a second time. Having attended master classes all over the world with legends such as Mstislav Rostropovich, Boris Pergamenscikov, Franz Helmerson and David Geringas, Petr Nouzovský now conducts his own annual series of master classes in Trebon in South Bohemia. He has given workshops and classes in Peru, Bogota, Ekaterinburg, Atlanta and Wroclaw and has sat on international competition juries (Concertino Praga, Prague Spring Competition 2012).
Petr Nouzovský has appeared on 20 CDs, as soloist or chamber musician, on the CUBE Bohemia, Radioservis, Parma, Albany, Supraphon and Navona labels, and has recorded over 25 hours of music for Czech Radio.
Petr Nouzovský graduated from the Prague Conservatory and received an MM degree from the Prague Academy of Music. He studied further at Dresden’s Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber and the Royal Conservatory. In Madrid. His busy concert schedule includes some 150 solo or chamber music concerts in a year.
He plays “Stefano Renzi 1997” Cello.
Filip Štrauch Filip Strauch belongs among the most talented Slovak pianists of his generation. After the graduation from the Bratislava Academy of Music in 2012 he was admitted to the The Royal Academy of Music in Copenhagen. Simultaneously with his Danish studies, Filip won a scholarship for a special training course at The Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in Saint Petersburg, Russia where has been studying with well- known Russian pianists and teachers Vladimir Shakin and Sergey Maltsev. Filip began playing the piano at a very early age, under the guidance of his pianist father. During his studies at the Conservatory in Žilina, Filip became a laureate of the Slovak Conservatories Competition and simultaneously won a contest. In 2004 he was admitted to the Conservatory in Bratislava to be tutored by renowned teacher Peter Pazicky. In 2005 he started his studies at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava with Ivan Gajan, and later Marian Lapšanský. Filip worked with several renowned teachers – Ferenc Rados, Josef Kluson, András Keller, Avedis Kouyoumdjian, Dmitri Bashkirov, Christian Zacharias, Robert Levin, Catherine Brown, Juhani Lagerspetz, Steven Mayer, Liisa Pohjola, Jens Elvekjær, Boris Berman. As a prize winner of the Yamaha competition in Bratislava in 2009, Filip got an opportunity to perform with the Slovak Radio Orchestra, which was recorded live and broadcast on Radio Devin. Filip won in june 2014 1st price in Piano Competition of Royal Danish Academy of Music. He has frequently cooperated with Slovak Television and the Slovak Radio. Since 2005 he has been actively involved in educational activities, giving master-classes in the whole Europe. From 2009 to 2011 he taught at the Bratislava Conservatory. Filip is currently working on the release of his debut solo album and on the release of his first electronic music album.