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    About Class Jam-Quartet and Musicians
    Wanda Pazdan 22 Jul 2007

    Class Jam-Quartet merges the beauty of classical music with jazz. Its goal from its conception was to combine everlasting achievements of the past with modern times. Chopin once said: “Bach resembles an astronomer to me – some people seem to notice nothing more but complex algorithms in him, but others, who can feel and understand him, are led by Bach to his huge telescope through which he allows them to admire the stars of his masterpieces. If any generation turns it back on Bach, it will give a sad witness of its shallowness, foolishness and bad taste.”

    They start each concert with Bach. Jazz adaptations of classical works are written for the group by Michał Wróblewski.

    Members of the quartet:

    Weronika Kadłubkiewicz – violin,

    Michał Wróblewski – violin,

    Adam Wróblewski – cello,

    Juliette Ciesla – piano.

    Their first concert was in May 2008, in Paris, and it received an enthusiastic reception.

    Juliette Ciesla A French pianist, Juliette Ciesla, born in 1971 graduated from Conservatoire National de Region de Lyon in 1990 with a gold medal. In that same year she was accepted at Conservatoire Superieur de Musique (CNSM) in Paris, to the Dominique Merlet’s class. She is a CNSM prize winner in piano (Georges Pludermacher’s class), chamber music (Christian Ivaldi’s and Alain Planes’ class), as well as in accompanying the singing, which she later perfected under such Lieder masters as Hartmut Holl, Mitsuko Shirai, Gerard Souzay, and Kurt Moll. She worked on the piano repertoire in Clive Britton’s class, a former student of Claudio Arrau and continues her education under the supervision of Marie-Francoise Bucquet and Jorge Chamine in Paris and in Italy. As a soloist, Juliette Ciesla regularly gives concerts in Paris (“les journees du Vaisseau Fantome,” Sala Cortot, Saint Merry Church, Cercle Bernard Lazard) and throughout France. In 2001 she had a tour in France for Yamaha pianos. In 2003, during the International Miłosz Magin Competition, she received a reward for the best performance of Frédéric Chopin’s Mazurka op. posthume. In 2005, supported by Paris association “Jeunes Talents” and France Musique radio, she was invited to de Gaelle Le Gallic “Dans la Cour des Grands” program.Apart from France, Juliette Ciesla gave concerts as a soloist in the 2nd Frédéric Chopin Piano Concert in Italy and Germany, and in recital programs. With her brother Alexis Ciesla (clarinet, CNSM First Prize in Geneva) she performs duet “Paris-Varsovie,” promoting Polish and French music (their father is a Pole, and mother a Frenchwoman). Currently Juliette Ciesla divides her time between Paris and Annecy, where she teaches at the CRR Conservatory.

    Veronica Kadlubkiewicz graduated with highest honors of the Warsaw Academy of Music in Poland and continued her studies in the USA with Henryk Szeryng, Roman Totenberg and Paul Zukofsky. Finalist of the Alberto Curci Competition in Naples, Italy, she received a special award from the Rockefeller Competition for Excellence in American Music in Washington D.C. Ms. Kadlubkiewicz has appeared as soloist with orchestras in the USA, Poland, Italy and Spain. She has also frequently performed at such festivals as Marlboro Music, Bach Aria Festival, Monadnock Music, Estatedi Radicondoli, Musica Electronica Nova and Warsaw Autumn Festival. An avid performer of solo violin recitals sought out for her interpretations of contemporary music, each year she premieres new compositions written for her. She was a participant in the Sommerkurs fur Neue Musik in Darmstadt and a member of Creative Associates in Buffalo, NY.Formerly concertmaster of the Polish Chamber Orchestra, Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria and the New Hampshire Symphony, Veronica Kadlubkiewicz has also played with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the New England Camerata. She taught violin and chamber music at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Smith College and Amherst College.Ms. Kadlubkiewicz now resides in Paris, France where she has appeared at Salle Cortot; Ecole Normale Supérieure, rue d’Ulm; St. Julien le Pauvre; and Eglise de Trinité among others. Last season she performed in Italy, the USA, Poland, France and premiered compositions by Francois Nicolas, Salvatore Macchia and Beatriz Ferreyra, all written for her. The season 08/09 will see her giving many “all Bach” presentations of his solo violin works, the Concerto by Philip Glass as well as piano-violin recitals.Ms. Kadlubkiewicz has recorded for Gasparo and CRI labels, Polish Radio, and WDR in Germany.

    Adam Wróblewski is a student of the Academy of Music in Poznań in Eugeniusz Zboralski’s cello class. He started his musical education at the age of 7, learning in music schools in Wrocław and Poznań. He cultivated his artistic skills by attending international cello courses, perfecting performance with such masters as, among others, Prof. R. Jabłoński (Spain), Prof. K. Michalik, Prof. S. Firlej and by attending modern music courses conducted by Prof. B. Schaeffer and Prof. S. Esztenyi. A winner of chamber music competitions, he has been involved in this music for many years. As a member of the groups “Wróblewski – Trio,” “Musica Poetica Nova,” he took part in many festivals (among others “Wratislavia Cantans,” “Where the Fountains Play”) and his performance was often recorded for the needs of the radio, television, movie industry and theater. From 2001 to 2003 he cooperated with the Sachsen-Anhalt Youth Symphony Orchestra. In 2002 Wróblewski took part in the Visegrád Youth Philharmonic tour through Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia.

    Michał Wróblewski is a graduate of the Academy of Music in Wrocław, Prof. Marek Pijarowski’s conductor’s class. He started his musical education at the age of 7 in the State Music School of the 1st grade in Wrocław, learning to play the violin. He earned his Professional Instrumentalist Diploma specializing in violin playing, studying under the supervision of an excellent violinist Prof. Michał Grabarczyk in Poznań. He cultivated his skills by attending international violin competitions with such masters as, among others, Prof. R. Totenberg (USA), R. Szreder (The Netherlands), K. Węgrzyn (Germany) and a conducting course under the guidance of Maestro Kurt Masur. As participant of modern music courses, he learned from Prof. S. Esztenyi and Prof. H. Fiore. Michał Wróblewski has been involved in chamber music for many years (winner of chamber music competitions). Being a member of the groups “Wróblewski – Trio,” “Musica Poetica Nova,” he took part in many festivals (among others “Wratislavia Cantans,” “Where the Fountains Play”) and his performance was often recorded for the needs of the radio, television, and movie industry. He conducted music workshops with theatrical groups from Poland and Germany (including graduates of Kolleg für dramatische Kunst in Bremen). His debut as a conductor took place in March 2004, in “Oratorium Marianum” Hall of the University of Wrocław, during the “Classic Premiere” festival. Wróblewski’s repertoire includes works of each kind of music, from classical to rock music.


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