The internationally acclaimed Borowsky Musical Family visited and performed in Cuba as part of a Central American tour entitled “Music: the Best Bridge for All People.”
The family ensemble spent most of their time in Cuba in and around Havana. Their concert itinerary was aimed at helping improve relations between the U.S. and Cuba. Performances were held in churches, schools, and community centers, including the Catedral de San Cristobal, Convent and Church of Our Lady of Belen (for for over 1000 senior citizens), and Instituto Superior de Arte. People of all walks of life filled the halls to maximum capacity and rewarded the American Virtuosi with standing ovations and long-lasting applause.
Pablo, a 20-year-old student from the ISA concluded, "Indeed, music is the best bridge for all people...what a masterful performance.” Clara, the owner of a small private restaurant added, “I hope that they will return soon!”
The Borowskys performed music by European, American, and Cuban composers as well as their own compositions. When performing their own medley, "Music from Around the World” the audience joined them, singing and clapping enthusiastically. Emmanuel Borowsky performed the first movement of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto leaving the audience dumbfounded by the musical fireworks.
At each performance Dr. Charles Borowsky proclaimed: "We hope and pray that our performances for the people of Cuba have been not only an aesthetic experience but also an inspiration that all of us share one world, one dream and one family.”
In addition to concert performances, each member of the Borowsky ensemble gave a masterclass for their respective instrument. Their serious dedication to music was apparent by the high level of play each student presented.
Recent years have seen an increase in cultural exchanges between the United States and Cuba, partially due to the Obama administration's encouragement of "people-to-people" contact between the two countries.
Annapolis, Maryland - (December 6, 2011) - Classical pianist, Brian Ganz and the musical Borowsky family are presenting a concert "Music for an Autumn Evening: Chamber Music with Brian Ganz, the Borowsky Family, and Friends." The Saturday, December 17th concert, featuring compositions of Johannes Brahms and Erno Dohnanyi, begins at 7:30 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis, 333 Dubois Road. Tickets are $15 (available at the door) and the proceeds will benefit the programs and ministry of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis. Call 410-266-8044 for more information.
“The two major works we will perform are the luscious Trio in B Major, Op. 8 by Johannes Brahms, for piano, violin and cello, and the majestic Piano Quintet in C minor, Op. 1 by Erno Dohnanyi, for piano and string quartet.” said Ganz. "I will also perform three movements of Ma mere l'oye - a work I truly adore."
The Brahms composition will be performed by Blanka Bednarz, violin Cecylia Barczyk, cello and Brian Ganz, piano. The music of Dohnanyi will be played by Blanka Bednarz, violin I, Emmanuel Borowsky, violin II, Sharon Eng, viola, Frances Grace Borowsky, cello and Brian Ganz, piano. The Ravel will be performed with pianist Elizabeth Borowsky.
Ganz continued, “I have worked with the Borowsky family for years at the International Music Institute and Festival (IMIF) at Mt. St. Mary's University. Charles Borowsky created and runs the festival with his daughter, the marvelous pianist Elizabeth Borowsky. Charles' wife Cecylia Barczyk and their three children are all superb performers. This is an extraordinary family of gifted musicians and lovely people, deeply committed to educating youth in creative and passionate ways. The other concert musicians are faculty from IMIF as well.”
Annapolis based Brian Ganz is widely regarded as one of the leading pianists of his generation. He began his quest to perform all of Frédéric Chopin’s works in January 2010 at the Music Center at Strathmore. The soldout recital marked the start of Ganz’s ambitious endeavor to perform the approximately 250 works of Chopin over the next decade. The next concert in the series will take place at Strathmore on February 11.
Since his January 2011 Chopin recital, Ganz has performed the Grieg piano concerto with the National Philharmonic under the direction of Music Director and Conductor Piotr Gajewski and Beethoven’s first concerto with the National Symphony of Costa Rica under the baton of Mykola Diadiura. He has toured northern California with the Palomarin Chamber Music Foundation and played in Italy with the Alba Music Festival. In January, he will make his first appearances in South America as he takes part in the Cartagena Music Festival in Colombia.
Ganz has shared First Grand Prize in the Marguerite Long Jacques Thibaud International Piano Competition in Paris and won a silver medal (third prize) in the Queen Elisabeth of Belgium International Piano Competition. He has performed as a soloist with such orchestras as the St. Louis Symphony, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the City of London Sinfonia and Paris’s L’Orchestre Lamoureux and under the direction of conductors such as Leonard Slatkin and Mstislav Rostropovich. He is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Leon Fleisher. Ganz is a member of the piano faculty of Peabody and St. Mary’s College of Maryland.
Violinist Emmanuel Borowsky, 25, has been lauded as an engaging and communicative performer. He has performed recitals and concerts throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East and has frequently been featured on television and radio programs. His recordings for ICRecords have been enthusiastically received by the public as well as music critics. At the age of seventeen he received the Erick Friedman Prize for Outstanding Young Musicians and performed his New York Debut at Carnegie Hall. Emmanuel has frequently performed together with his sisters Elizabeth (piano) and Frances (cello). Together they are called The Young American Virtuosi.
Frances Grace Borowsky is a young, gifted cellist. She drew the attention of great cello masters as a highly gifted and expressive young musician at the age of seven. She has performed throughout the USA as well as around the world. Frances has performed as a soloist with orchestras including the Tianjin Symphony Orchestra, Young German Symphony Orchestra, and Towson University Orchestra with conductors such as Klaus Arp, Brenda Leach, and Juan-zi Yi.
Cecylia Barczyk, cellist, has achieved international recognition as a complete artist, successful teacher, and humanitarian. She is also the mother of Emmanuel, Frances Grace and Elizabeth Borowsky. She has given concerts, recitals, and master classes throughout Europe, Asia, North and South America and has appeared as a soloist with prominent orchestras including those of Amman, Baltimore, Beijing, Berlin, Boston, Berlin, Bucharest, Budapest, Jakarta, Leipzig, London, Moscow, New York, Prague, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Seoul, Shanghai, Sofia, St. Petersburg, Taiwan, Tel Aviv, Tianjin, Tokyo, and Warsaw. She has frequently performed on radio and television and has recorded much of the standard and new cello literature – as well as works composed especially for her – on the Muza, ICRecords, Melodya, and CRS labels.
Dr. Sharon Eng, viola, is a seasoned international strings educator, clinician, chamber recitalist and conductor. She has performed world premieres of solo viola works and has appeared as guest soloist, chamber musician and master class clinician in 11 countries on six continents. She completed her Bachelor and Master degrees in viola performance at the Juilliard School. She has performed with the New York City Opera, Kennedy Center Orchestra and Washington 20th Century Consort. She has performed solo viola and with orchestras at the Athens Opera House; New York Lincoln Center; and Washington D.C.’s National Cathedral.
Blanka Bednarz, violin, enjoys a versatile career as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, concertmaster and teacher. She has concertized in the USA, United Kingdom, Poland, Germany, Sweden, Finland, the Netherlands and Lithuania. She has performed at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York. As a soloist Bednarz has appeared with the Connecticut Virtuosi, the Georgia Southern Symphony, the Great Poland Symphony, Sinfonietta Polonia, the Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra and the New England Conservatory Honors Symphony and Chamber Orchestra.
The American Tribute to Chopin Consortium is pleased to announce special events in honor of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederic Chopin (1810-1849). Planned events will focus on the importance of classical music in individual and social life and highlight Frederic Chopin's contributions to music and civilization. Conferences, workshops, concerts, recitals, and master classes will take place throughout 2010.
The Tribute is organized by a consortium of private and public cultural and social organizations and coordinated by Intermuse Performing Artists Bureau. The Board of Directors consists of representatives of important cultural, social, educational, and economic organizations and prominent individuals. Events will take place in Washington D.C. (Embassies of France and Poland), New York (Kosciuszko Foundation), Baltimore (Towson University), Bloomington (Indiana University), Philadelphia (German Society of Pennsylvania) and in many other venues around the USA. The central events – organized under the auspices of Senator Barbara Mikulski, the ambassadors of France and Poland to the USA, and other public officials – are scheduled for Spring and Fall 2010.
Internationally acclaimed artists and scholars, including Edward Auer, Cecylia Barczyk,Charles Borowsky, Brian Ganz, Teresa Kubiak, Reynaldo Reyes, Gerald Phillips, The American Virtuosi/Borowsky Family, and The Chopin Orchestra will be among principals in major events.
For more information, please visit www.americantributetochopin.org or call 410-426-6062.
The internationally acclaimed Borowsky Family, known as the “American Virtuosi,” have been invited to perform pre-Olympic concerts in China as soloists with the Tianjin Symphony Orchestra. The concerts, titled “Great Harmony: One World, One Dream, One Family,” will be held in major Chinese cities including Beijing and Tianjin from April 1-15, 2008. The main objective of these concerts is to promote the Olympic theme of peace and harmony. Hailed by the international press as “American Virtuosi,” the Borowsky family has been praised world-wide for their outstanding musicianship. The members of this extraordinary family have won their way into the hearts of millions of people through their concerts in Americas, Asia, Middle East, and Europe; radio and television performances; and CD recordings. Prestigious musical, social, and cultural organizations in the USA and abroad have honored them with awards and distinctions. Audiences and musical experts have enthusiastically applauded them not only for their musical achievements but also for exemplifying the effectiveness of afamily working together in harmony. “Like the Family Von Trapp, the Borowsky family entertains audiences around the world with their classical music performances.” [Style Magazine, 12/07]. The program features classical music from around the world, including the Triple Concerto by Beethoven, Hungarian Rhapsody by Popper, Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise Brillante by Chopin, Introduction and Rondo Capricciosso by Saint-Saens, and a special work written by the Borowskys, “Great Harmony: One World, One Dream, One Family.” The family consists of Prof. Charles H. Borowsky (harmonica and commentary), Prof. Cecylia Barczyk-Borowsky (cello), and their three children: Elizabeth (piano), Emmanuel (violin), and Frances Grace (cello).
The Young German Symphony Orchestra – the foremost young orchestra of Germany – will perform concerts this October in celebration of the 325thanniversary of the arrival of German settlers from Palatinate to America and in honor of German contributions to America. Concerts will be held at the German Society of Pennsylvania Hall in Philadelphia (October 4 and 5), Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg (October 7), Majestic Theatre of Gettysburg (October 8 and 10), Oak Crest Hall in Baltimore (October 12), Towson University (October 12 and 15), Kennedy Hall of Washington D.C (October 14,and at the 92nd Street Hall in New York City (October 18).The renowned American musical family,
acclaimed Barczyk-Borowsky and Frances Grace Borowsky, cellists; Emmanuel Borowsky, violinist; and Elizabeth Borowsky, pianist) was invited by the YGSO to be the soloists.
The programs will feature music by Ludwig van Beethoven (Triple Concerto) and Samuel Barber (Cello Concerto), as well as Symphonies by George Frederich Handel and Felix Mendelssohn.
The Young German Symphony known also as Rheinland-Pfalz Jugenorcheser has successfully performed in Europe, Asia, America, and in the Middle East. The orchestra recorded CDs of music by Beethoven, Mendelsohn, Wagner, and other famous composers.
The American Virtuosi
Charles, Cecylia, Elizabeth, Emmanuel, Frances Borowsky