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Mission and Activity

Sinfonietta Polonia was established in 2004 by maestro Cheung Chu to realize his  vision of extended orchestral studies for students of music and young professionals. During 10 years of its activity the orchestra has transformed into dynamic, ambitious and professional ensemble. Members of the orchestra are talented musicians, soloists, chamber musicians, prize-winners in numerous national and international competitions.

The following highly acclaimed projects representing some of the most important accomplishments of Sinfonietta Polonia in its short history: concerts with featuring world renowned cellist Colin Carr, participation International Festival "Karol Szymanowski - the artist, who surpassed his time:" in Beijing - an event of the International Cultural Programme of Polish Presidency of the European Union Council at halls such as Beijing Concert Hall and Forbidden City Concert Hall, with participating renowned Polish and Chinese artists such as Barbara Kubiak, Keqing Liu, Anna Maria Staskiewicz, Maria Masycheva, concert at the prestigious Grosser Sendesaal des Rundfunks Berlin-Brandenburg in Berlin, world premiere of “Leszczynska Wieza Babel” (Leszno Babel Tower) written by Polish composer and Sinfonietta Polonia member Marcin Herman, in collaboration with musicians from Germany, Czech, USA and Poland; Polish premiere of Mahler’s Das lied von der Erde sung with original Chinese text;  inaugural concert of the 30th Days of Karol Szymanowski Music Festival in Zakopane; three-time participation in the Mozart Festival in Poznan; the Greater Poland premiere of John Rutter’s Requiem with St. Wiechowicz Teachers’ Choir of Ostrow Wielkopolski (nominated as the “event of the year” of the city), concert entitled “Where is the fountain” [Where are you, the fountain] with Poznan Boys Choir presented a world premiere of Ralf Y. Gawlick’s “Zrodlo” [Fountain] based on text by John Paul II; Yellow River Concerto representing the very first time Chinese music resounded among the walls of the famed Adam Mickiewicz University Auditorium in Poznan with Ning An as soloist. 

Sinfonietta Polonia collaborated with soloists including cellists Colin Carr, Daniel Veis and Cecilia Barczyk, pianists Ning An, Maria Masycheva  and Andrzej Tatarski, flutists Pierre-Yves Artaud and Ewa Murawska, oboist Nathan Hughes, trumpeter Roman Gryn, violinists Dominika Falger, Adrian Levine, Ben Sayevich, Stefan Tarara, Anna Maria Staskiewicz, Blanka Bednarz, Natalia Walewska, Ying Zhang and scientist/violinist Mark Ptashne, violists Ulrich Knörzer and Marcin Murawski, Filip Wojciechowski Trio, singers - Barbara Kubiak, Barbara Gutaj-Monowid, Renata Drozd, Dorota Szczepańska, Chunqing Zhang, Donata Hoppel, Anna Karasinska, Jaroslaw Brek, Piotr Friebe, Keqing Liu, Tomasz Raczkiewicz, Piotr Rafalko, Ingolf Seidel and with famous China National Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Poznan Boys Choir, Adam Mickiewicz University Chamber Choir, Kammerorchester Pro Artibus Hannover and guest conductors - Markus L. Frank, Dariusz Mikulski, Renchang Fu, Marcin Sompoliński, Bohdan Jarmolowicz, Aleksander Gref and Sylvio Segantini.

Sinfonietta Polonia receives annual invitation to perform New Year concert tours in the Wielkopolska and Mazowsze regions. Orchestra toured twice China, performing in Baijing, Tianjin, Dalian, Hohhot, Erdos, Xilinhot, Shenyan and many other cities. In July 2010 orchestra participated international festival "Rencontres Europeennes de Courseulles" in France. In June 2014, presented premiere of ballet-opera-acrobatic performance Alice in Wonderland at the Poznan Grande Opera Theatre, according to vision of Anna Niedzwiedz, to music by Gabriel Kaczmarek

The orchestra recorded for Central China TV, Huhhot TV,  Acte Préalable, Norddeutsche Rundfunk and the radio and TV in Poland. An opera gala held in Beijing Concert Hall in 2011 was broadcast by the Central China TV twice. It's first CD was released under Acte Préable with the world premiere recording of Polish composer's Roman Palester's Serenade forTwo Flutes and String Orchestra with soloists Pierre-Ives Artaud and Ewa Murawska.

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