The brass speaks to the heart!

For the eight time, on August 19-24, 2024, we will meet in Zielona Góra to celebrate among wonderful artists. Music and education will unite us, melody will be intertwined with hours of hard work, all so that you, the listener, get what is most beautiful for your heart – real feast for the ears.

artists

Maciej Baranowski
Maciej Baranowski
Maciej Baranowski
horn

Born in 1989 in Zielona Góra, he began learning to play the French horn under Ivan Moroz in Poland, and continued his studies with Prof. Christian-Friedrich Dallmann at the Academy of Arts in Berlin (Universität der Künste Berlin).

He has won numerous awards at international competitions, including those in Markneukirchen, Prague Spring in Prague, Sannicandro di Bari, Łódź, and Gdańsk. He has been a recipient of scholarships from the Ministry of Culture of Poland, the "Young Poland" program, the President of Zielona Góra, the Marshal of Lubuskie Voivodeship, the Jütting Foundation, the Paul Hindemith Society, and the Ad Infinitum Foundation.

He was a member of the famous Karajan Orchestra Academy at the Berlin Philharmonic. He collaborates with ensembles such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, WDR Symphony Orchestra, Staatskapelle Berlin, Staatskapelle Dresden, Staatsoper Hamburg, Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin, Oslo Philharmonic, Bergen Philharmonic, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonietta Cracovia, Sinfonia Varsovia, SHMF Orchestra, Bachakademie Stuttgart, and Verbier Festival Orchestra.

He currently serves as the third horn player in the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra (hr-Sinfonieorchester) and is an assistant to Prof. Christian-Friedrich Dallmann in the horn class at the University of the Arts in Berlin.

Gabriel Czopka
Gabriel Czopka
Gabriel Czopka
horn
Principal French horn at the National Philharmonic in Warsaw.

He graduated from the Academy of Music in Wrocław. Winner of awards at competitions in Łódź and Katowice. Finalist of the artEZ Brass Competition in Enschede. He honed his skills under the guidance of Dale Clavenger, William VerMeulen and William Caballero. He collaborates with Sinfonia Varsovia, the Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra and the AUKSO Chamber Orchestra. In the 2015/2016 season he was on a one-year contract with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in the United States.

Ryan Darke
Ryan Darke
Ryan Darke
trumpet
Principal Trumpet of the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, a lecturer of trumpet at the Bob Cole Conservatory at California State University Long Beach and lecturer of pedagogy at the Colburn Conservatory of Music.

Ryan has played full seasons with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, and the New World Symphony. He has played on short term contracts at Auckland Philharmonia, The Malaysia Philharmonic, and the Stavanger Philharmonic internationally.

Domestically, he has performed with the San Francisco Symphony and Brass Ensemble, Saint Louis Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, and many others. With the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Ryan has appeared as guest principal trumpet, played in the LA Philharmonic Brass Quintet, and joined two international tours (Venezuela and Scotland).

In addition, Ryan enjoys recording work in Los Angeles, and frequently performs at Warner Brothers, Sony, Capital Records, and Fox Studios. He can be heard on many motion pictures and television shows including The Greatest Showman, Turning Red, The Mandelorian, Mulan, The Suicide Squad, The Simpsons, Star Trek: Picard, and more.

Natalia Domańska
Natalia Domańska
Natalia Domańska
piano

Concert pianist and lecturer at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music Ignacy Jan Paderewski in Poznań.

She completed BA and MA piano studies in 2013 at the Academy of Music in Poznań, and also completed postgraduate studies in "Management in culture" at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Poznań. Since 2012, she has been working as an accompanist at the Academy of Music in Poznań. Her repertoire, constantly expanding, currently includes over 100 works for brass instruments. As a soloist, she performed with the Opole Philharmonic, the Poznań Philharmonic and the Poznań Representative Air Force Orchestra. As a pianist, she participates in many international competitions, festivals and master classes in Poland and Germany, in cooperation with outstanding and respected musicians.

In her free time she gives piano lessons, travels, takes photos, bakes and walks her dog.

Wioletta Fluda-Tkaczyk
Wioletta Fluda-Tkaczyk
Wioletta Fluda-Tkaczyk
piano
Pianist, graduate of the Academy of Music in Krakow, which she graduated with honors. She cooperates mainly with wind instruments.

Wioletta participated in many significant auditions, festivals and competitions, where she received diplomas for outstanding/best accompaniment. She started working as a pianist in 2012 at the Wrocław Opera. In the years 2013-2019 she worked at the Krakow Opera as a choir tutor. Since 2014, she has been working at the Academy of Music in Krakow as an accompanist, and since February 2019 she has been employed at Capella Cracoviensis as a chamber musician. In 2015 she worked as a tutor at the Universität der Künste in Berlin in the trombone class.

Tomasz Hajda
Tomasz Hajda
Tomasz Hajda
trombone
First trombone player of the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice.

One of the leading Polish trombone players, winner of many awards at international solo and chamber music competitions, e.g. in Warsaw, Katowice, Dąbrowa Górnicza and Gdańsk. He performed as a soloist with many orchestras in Poland, made archival recordings with the NOSPR orchestra of K. Serocki's Sonatina, K. Sikorski's Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra and Wilhelm Frieman's Concerto for Trombone.

He is an active chamber musician, performing simultaneously with the Sinfonia Varsovia Brass and the Polish Brass Quintet. Since 2008, he has been a lecturer of trombone and chamber music at the Academy of Music in Wrocław.

Piotr Kowalski
Piotr Kowalski
Piotr Kowalski
horn
Solo horn player of the Gdańsk Philharmonic, former horn player of the Poznań Philharmonic and Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra.

He graduated from the University of Music in Warsaw. Prize-winner at national and international solo and chamber music competitions in Marseille, Łódź, Warsaw, Katowice and Kraków. Participant of three editions of the international project I'Culture Orchestra, where he improved his skills under the direction of Jeff Bryant. He collaborates with the National Philharmonic in Warsaw, the National Opera and Sinfonia Varsovia.

Łukasz Łacny
Łukasz Łacny
Łukasz Łacny
horn
Co-creator and organizer of the CORNO - Brass Music Festival.

Solo horn player of the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic. Former horn player of the Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra and the New Music Orchestra. He graduated from the Academy of Music in Katowice. He joined masterclasses by Dale Clavenger, Denise Tryon, Markus Maskuniitta, Stefan de Leval Jezierski and Xiao Ming Han. As an orchestral musician, he collaborates with many orchestras, e.g. with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Philharmonic in Warsaw, the National Opera, the Beethoven Academy Orchestra in Krakow, the AUKSO Chamber Orchestra. He has performed with Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain in Lyon, Circuit Court Ensemble and with sound engineers from IRCAM in Paris. Together with Paweł Pudło, he is a co-founder of the international educational and music project WarHorns, he is also a founding member of the Hornet Quartet.

Since 2018, he has been the representative of the International Horn Society for Europe.

Hornet Quartet
Hornet Quartet
Hornet Quartet
ensemble
The idea of creating the quartet was born out of friendship, sharing musical experiences and similar artistic aspirations, but above all out of love for music and the French horn. The soloists of the leading symphony orchestras in Poland - Gabriel Czopka, Michał Szczerba, Łukasz Łacny and Piotr Kowalski - have been playing together since 2009, constantly improving the artistry of team interpretation and uniform sound. The Hornet Quartet's repertoire includes mainly works of contemporary music originally composed for a horn quartet. The ensemble premiered a number of works by composers, including Kazimierz Machala, Jan Stokłosa and Paweł Pudło, with whom he created the international and unique War Horns project. Participants in the project included: Stefan de Leval Jezierski (Berliner Philharmoniker, Luca Benucci (Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino), David Bonet Piris (Orquestra Sinfonica de Barcelona), Alexandru Afanasiev (Mariinsky Theater Saint Petersburg). Their common passion for taking on new challenges and crossing established boundaries allows them to for constantly expanding musical horizons and opening up to an innovative, avant-garde approach to chamber music. (…) is an excellent ensemble presenting great technique, powerful sound and a great sense of style. I was very impressed with the musicality and passionate expression without the unnecessary acting that is often seen in similar bands. Their artistry and passion come directly from the game. Lee Bracegirl, composer, director of the Australian Chamber Ballet, former horn player of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra www.facebook.com/HornetQuartet
Michał Szczerba
Michał Szczerba
Michał Szczerba
horn

First horn player of the Baltic Philharmonic in Gdańsk, where he also graduated from the Academy of Music.

He attended masterclasses with Froydis Ree Wekre, Radovan Vlatkovic, Wolfgang Gaag and Thomas Jobstl, among others. He collaborates with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Polish Chamber Philharmonic, Polish Orchestra Sinfonia Iuventus. He has also performed with the Finnish Ostrobothian Chamber Orchestra. He is a lecturer at the Academy of Music in Gdańsk.

James Thatcher
James Thatcher
James Thatcher
horn
If you’ve seen a Hollywood movie in the past 30 years, chances are excellent that you’ve heard the majestic horn playing of James Thatcher. Los Angeles Time As one of the industry’s busiest French horn musicians, Thatcher has done soundtrack work on thousands of titles. He performed solos on James Horner’s scores for “Titanic” and “Avatar,” helped to evoke the wintry landscapes in the animated hit “Frozen” and contributed to the big-band sound of this year’s lascivious bear comedy, “Ted 2.” A NARAS (Grammy) Award winner, Thatcher began his career playing with the Utah Symphony, Phoenix Symphony and Los Angeles Philharmonic. As a soloist and collaborator, he has played with the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Cincinatti Symphony, Bolshoi Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Royal Danish Ballet, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Music Center Opera and Opera Pacifica, to name a few. Thatcher has also appeared as a soloist in thousands of films, recording music by: John Williams, James Horner, Jerry Goldsmith, James Newton Howard, Alan Silvestri, Danny Elfman, Hans Zimmer, Randy Newman and many others. His recordings can also be found on albums by Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra, Kenny Rogers, Dave Grusin, Harry Connick Jr. and Mel Torme. Thatcher currently travels the world teaching and playing festivals with artists from orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony. His solo album "Now Playing" was on the "Must have horn cd" list of the Amazon platform. This year, he will release another album, which will include "Serenade" by Britten, Concerto No. 1 by R. Strauss and "Auf dem Strom" by Schubert. He will record in Vienna with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra.
Raimund Zell
Raimund Zell
Raimund Zell
horn
He was born in 1977 in Germany. He studied with Michael Höltzel in Detmold and with prof. Christian-Friedrich Dallmann in Berlin. He was a member of the German Youth Orchestra and the European Union Youth Orchestra. After performing with the Stuttgart Radio Orchestra, the Komische Oper Berlin and the Staatskapelle Dresden, he was a member of the Gewandhausorchester in Leipzig for almost ten years.

He is a prize-winner at several international competitions. In addition to playing in the orchestra, he is active internationally as a chamber musician, soloist and teacher. For six years he taught at the Universität der Künste Berlin in the horn class of Christian-Friedrich Dallmann, in 2011–2012 he was a professor of French horn and chamber music at the Hochschule der Künste in Bern, Switzerland, in 2012–2015 he taught French horn at the Universität für Musik und Musik darstellende Kunst in Graz, Austria. Since 2012, he has been professor of horn at the Anton-Bruckner-Universität in Linz.

He is a professional mental trainer, lives in Vienna.

It’ll be
beautiful

festival locations

Zielona Góra Philharmonic Hall
Plac Powstańców Wielkopolskich 10
Amphitheatre
Plac Powstańców Wielkopolskich 10
Holy Savor Church
al. Niepodległości 28
Lubuskie Museum
Al. Niepodległości 15
Gymnasium no 6
Chopina 18A
Music School
Boleslawa Chrobrego 26
Lubuski Theatre
Al. Niepodległości 3/5
Theatre Square
Plac Teatralny
Hotel Ruben
Konstytucji 3 Maja
Hotel Retro
Dworcowa 41
Hotel Luna
Plac Słowiański 14
Apartments
Plac Słowiański 15
B&B Guest Rooms
Plac Pocztowy 10

Zielona Góra Philharmonic Hall

Plac Powstańców Wielkopolskich 10

Amphitheatre

Plac Powstańców Wielkopolskich 10

Holy Savor Church

al. Niepodległości 28

Lubuskie Museum

Al. Niepodległości 15

Gymnasium no 6

Chopina 18A

Music School

Boleslawa Chrobrego 26

Lubuski Theatre

Al. Niepodległości 3/5

Theatre Square

Plac Teatralny

Hotel Ruben

Konstytucji 3 Maja

Hotel Retro

Dworcowa 41

Hotel Luna

Plac Słowiański 14

Apartments

Plac Słowiański 15

B&B Guest Rooms

Plac Pocztowy 10