Since its creation in 2004, Kwartesencja Festival has been not only the synonym of the essence of the most beautiful, intimate chamber music-making, but also the answer to the question about the sound of the modern world. It gives a splendid opportunity to recall or discover well-known and less famous, yet significant, works of the last decades, and timeless masterpieces of the chamber music literature. It offers an opportunity to look at oneself in the mirror of sounds, which the Royal String Quartet and their guests place in front of us..
The RSQ is formed by the artists who cherish novelty, change and progress. They are constantly seaking new paths and striking combinations. They willingly play both 20th-century and new works, often composed especially for them (world premieres of pieces by Paweł Szymański, Marcin Stańczyk, Andrzej Kwieciński, Wojtek Blecharz, Zygmunt Konieczny). They perform modern music, but do not forget about the history – their repertoire includes all the classical string quartet literature. The RSQ have always proved that music should not be divided according to genres or styles, but solely to good and bad. Their choice is to play the former one, and only in the finest company..
„It’s undoubtedly a courageous act, but also a proof of non-rigidity and openness, of the soul devoted to music, and not to stereotypes” – this is how Kayah describes the RSQ, with whom she has been collaborating for 10 years. To mix styles and genres, venture out into the unbeaten paths, connect superb, world-class artists, who meet neither on stage nor on same radio stations. That is the essence of the Kwartesencja – the one and only series of concerts in Poland, which has become an important event in the capital’s cultural agenda and attracted exceptional audience – as versatile as each edition of the Festival..
The artists who have performed at the Kwartesencja (in alphabetical order):
Adre’N’Alin, Adam Bałdych, Klaudiusz Baran, Andrzej Bauer, Katarzyna Budnik-Gałązka, Andrzej Ciepliński, Paweł Czarny, Camerata Quartet, Stanisława Celińska, Joanna Duda, Maciej Frąckiewicz, Martin Fröst, Krzysztof Herdzin, Angela Hewitt, Hob-beats Duo, Tomasz Januchta, Warsaw Village Band, Kayah, Cezary Konrad, Stephen Kovacevich, Mischa Kozłowski, Urszula Kryger, Michał Kulenty, Kwadrofonik, Kwartesencja Ensamble (Bartosz Jakubczak – harmonium/positive organ, Adrian Janda – clarinet, Tomasz Januchta – double bass, Marcin Kamiński – flute, Bartłomiej Zajkowski – piano, Hubert Zemler – percussion, RSQ, Monika Wolińska – conductor), DJ Lenar, Simon Lepper, Lutosławski Piano Duo, Barbara Kinga Majewska, Michał Nagy, Marcin Murawski, Mark Padmore, New Generation Qartet, Škampa Quartet, Smolik, Marcin Stańczyk, Tomasz Strahl, Silesian String Quartet, Wojciech Świtała, Antoine Tamestit, Bartek Wąsik, Ingolf Wunder, Marcin Zdunik.