ROYAL CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
Formed in 2007, the Royal Cracow Quartet consists of young musicians, students and graduates of the Academy of Music in Kraków, performing and touring all over the world. Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart, and Brahms are only a few names from the Quartet’s repertoire. Additionally, they perform contemporary film scores and jazz pieces.
The Royal Cracow Quartet has given concerts in Poland, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, and the United States. They have played in numerous notable concert halls, including the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Beethovenhalle Bonn, the Wiener Musikverein, the Rzeszów Philharmonic, the Wrocław Philharmonic, the National Philharmonic and the Royal Castle in Warsaw, the Aula of the Collegium Minus of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, etc.
In 2009 they have released their debut album.
Current members are:
Kamil Skicki – first violin
He began his musical education in preschool. He was encouraged to take up violin by his father, a clarinetist. As a teenager, he was influenced by jazz music, klezmer music, hip hop and house. Currently, he performs as a soloist in musical theatres and concert halls in Poland. His repertoire consists of pieces from operettas, musicals, and popular music. He is also a composer and producer.
Anna Jabłońska-Dąbrowska – second violin
Her musical journey commenced when she was four; she took up the piano, and two years later, the violin. Her first successes in national violin competitions came when she was a pupil of First Level Music School in Białystok. She finished Witold Lutosławski Secondary Music School in Białystok with honours, and later graduated from the Academy of Music in Kraków. From the beginning of her career, she has remained within the Beethoven Academy Orchestra, mentored by Elżbieta Penderecka. She has performed worldwide, and collaborated with the likes of Krzysztof Penderecki, Jacek Kasprzyk, Hans Zimmer, Jose Cura, and Grzegorz Turnau.
Anna Midgal-Chojecka – viola
A graduate of the Academy of Music in Kraków, in the viola class of professor Janusz Pisarski. She has performed twice as a soloist, in the Kraków Philharmonic, and live on Radio Kraków. She is a winner of numerous competitions and recipient of the 2004 Minister of Culture and National Heritage’s scholarship. Moreover, she is a member of Capella Cracoviensis and the acting principal viola leader of the Beethoven Academy Orchestra. She performs both as orchestral musician and chamber musician. She has collaborated with famed conductors, such as Krzysztof Penderecki, Jacek Kasprzyk, Gabriel Chmura, Michał Nesterowicz, Clemens Schuldt, and Daniel Smith.