Violinist Mariusz Patyra and Pianist Krzysztof Herdzin
Violinist Mariusz Patyra and pianist Krzysztof Herdzin perform Wieniawski's Polonaise de Concert in D Major, op. 4; Brahms's Sonata no. 3 in D Minor, op. 108; Kreisler's Caprice Viennois; Chopin's Nocturne in C Sharp Minor (arr. Milstein); and Paganini's iPalpiti.
Violinist Mariusz Patyra won the Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition and was a finalist at the International Stradivari Competition in Cremona (1998). He won the fourth prize at the Carl Nielsen International Competitions as well as the extra prize of the Odense Symphony Orchestra. Patyra was the first Polish to win the Premio N. Paganini, for which he was awarded best interpretation of the Paganini Caprices and received a copy of the violin “Il Cannone,” which had belonged to the big virtuoso. He has performed with the Royal Chamber Orchestra Tokyo, Orchestra Fondazione Arturo Toscanini, Orchestra di Roma, Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana, Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Polish Radio Chamber Orchestra “Amadeus,” National Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Jalisco Philharmonic, and Sinfonia Varsovia.
Krzysztof Herdzin is a graduate of the Secondary Music School and the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz. He was awarded the Key to the Career at the Pomeranian Jazz Autumn/Pomorska Jesien Jazzowa in 1989 with the band Ostatni Dzwonek and again in 1993 with the band KBG. In 1990, playing with the band West, he won first prize at the prestigious Jazz Juniors festival. As an active pianist, he has recorded for Bayerische Rundfunk in Munich, as well as playing concerts with a number of other musicians including clarinetist Wojtek Mrozek, flautist Jadwiga Kotnowska, and violinist Vadim Brodski. Herdzin has also collaborated with Yehudi Menuhin’s Live Music Now foundation and has worked as a church organist. He has served as a teacher and accompanist at many music workshops and has acted as music director for a number of prestigious music series such as Castle Meetings “Let’s Sing Poetry” in Olsztyn (Poland), Fama 2000 (Świnoujście, Poland), and the Offset Festival of Performing Arts, to name a few.
This concert is sponsored by the Polish Consulate in Los Angeles.