Meccore String Quartet, established in 2007, is one of Poland’s most compelling young ensembles. Since many years it has been a treat for music lovers in Europe and America, and has performed during most important music festivals such as Rheingau Musik Festival, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, L. van Beethoven Easter Festival, Budapest Spring Festival, Heidelberg Frühling Musikfestival, Kissinger Sommer Musikfestival, Festival Radio France Montpellier, Bregenzer Festspiele, as well as in many concert halls such as the Warsaw Philharmonic, Beethovenhaus in Bonn, Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid, Wigmore Hall in London, Musikverein in Vienna, Frick Collection in New York. In 2014 the ensemble had an honour to perform (as the first Polish string quartet) during the ceremony on Holocaust Remembrance Day in the German Bundestag.
The quartet received numerous awards at many chamber music competitions - in 2012 and 2014 won the Irene Steels-Wilsing Stiftung award, in April 2012 - the 2nd prize and few awards for the best performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s and Joseph Haydn’s quartets, and for the performance of Brett Dean’s composition at the Wigmore Hall String Quartet Competition in London. In 2011 the artists were awarded the Finalist Award and the Special Award at the International String Quartet Competition "Premio Paolo Borciani" in Reggio Emilia. Also in 2011 Meccore String Quartet was nominated for the Polityka’s "Passport" Award in the classical music category for "innovative approach to music and for breaking the musical stereotypes". In 2009 the musicians were awarded the 1st prize of the Max Reger International Chamber Music Competition in Sonderhausen and in 2010 - 1st prize at the International Chamber Music Competition in Weiden (2nd and 3rd prizes were not awarded).
In 2013, thanks to the support of Irene Steels-Wilsing Stiftung, the quartet released the debut CD presenting the string quartets of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven. The musicians have accomplished numerous TV and radio recordings for Bayerischer Rundfunk, BBC Radio 3, Rai3, Radio Stephandsom, Radio Merkury and NDR Kultur, ZDF, Phoenix and WQXR. Their performance of Franz Schubert's "Death and the Maiden" for Polish TV Kultura was nominated to the 2011 edition of "Gwarancje Kultury" award.
The artists were tutored by the members of the Camerata Quartet and the Artemis Quartet at the Universität der Künste in Berlin (2009-2014). In 2012 they received a scholarship of the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel and followed their studies at the chamber music master class. They further developed their skills by taking part in master classes held by such artists as Gerhard Schulz (Alban Berg Quartet), Cuarteto Casals, Vogler Quartet, Kuss Quartet, Barthold Kuijken, Heime Müller, Antonello Farulli, Peter Cropper (Lindsay String Quartet) at Reggio Emilia String Quartet Festival, Beethovenhaus Masterclass in Bonn, and Jeunesses Musicales in Weikersheim, among others. An important event in the artistic life of the quartet was their participation in the course on interpretation of Ludwig van Beethoven's music held by Alfred Brendel.
The quartet, as well as each of the members individually, is currently receiving scholarships granted by the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, as well as from the programme "Young Poland". Thanks to the support of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, the ensemble popularises chamber music in places with limited access to culture, such as hospitals for children and youth. Since 2010 Meccore String Quartet has been hosting and organizing the International Chamber Music Festival "Q'arto Mondi" in Poznań, featuring top quartets from all over the world.
Members of Meccore are also active as teachers, leading chamber music and violin classes at the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań and Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw.
updated: January 2016 (ac)