Mariusz Derewecki (Poland) – Jury / 2016
Graduate of primary and secondary comprehensive schools of music (student of Prof. O. Ruppel) in his native Lublin, he continued education at the Academy of Music in Poznań with Professors I. Chaczbabian and J. Kaliszewska, and completed it with distinction in 1985. Has given concerts at home and abroad, and made recordings for radio and television. As a soloist, Mariusz Derewecki has worked with such conductors, as M. Tracz, E. Michnik, R. Czajkowski, W. Michniewski, A. Borejko, B. Jarmołowicz, and G. Nowak. Between 1987 and 1991, as a chamber musician, concertmaster and soloist, he collaborated with the Poznań-based ‘Amadeus’ Chamber Orchestra conducted by Agnieszka Duczmal.
Associated with Tutti e Solo chamber ensemble since June 1993, in September 1994 he made a recording for the American company Dorian. Since 1990 has been performing in a duo with Anna Organiszczak, professor of the Academy of Music in Poznań, with whom he gives concerts at home and abroad, as well as makes recordings for different record labels, and for the Polish radio.
In 2000, he was concertmaster of the festival orchestra at the Boys’ Choir Festival in Poznań.
Since 1995, has been permanently collaborating with the illustrious violinist Jan Stanienda and his Wratislavia chamber orchestra (in the capacity of concertmaster, chamber musician and soloist). One of few violinists in the world to have included all twenty-four capriccios by N. Paganini in his concert repertoire. He also performs these in jazz arrangement with Wojciech Olszewski (keyboards, arrangements), Krzysztof Przybyłowicz (percussion), and Zbigniew Wrombel (double bass).
In 1999, at TPSA Music & Film Festival in Poznań, he was concertmaster of the festival orchestra performing under the illustrious French film music composer, Vladimir Cosma.
It was this ensemble that gave rise to Poznań Chamber Orchestra. Mariusz Derewecki, violinist, teacher, professor of the Academy of Music in Poznań, and Piotr Wiza, arranger, composer, and vocal group leader (and together executive co-producers of the TPSA Music & Film festival orchestra) founded the ensemble under the name of Sun Flower Orchestra. Bringing together prize-winners of domestic and international soloist and chamber musician competitions, the group comprises teachers, graduates and students of I.J. Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań. The ensemble has collaborated with various artists, incl. the Polish-Maltese vocalist Marzena ”Margie” Kurpisz (CD record and concerts for Polish television).
At the same time, as Tutti e Solo Chamber Orchestra, the ensemble gave concerts of classical music in several Polish towns (incl. the Łazienki and Wilanów festivals). In February 2008, a new project by the ensemble under the name of Nova Poznań Chamber Orchestra (led by Mariusz Derewecki) marked yet another stage in its development, this time exclusively associated with classical music. The orchestra successfully present masterpieces of the Baroque, Classicist, or Romantic periods, as well as those of contemporary music. Performed to great success and listeners’ acclaim, the latest projects by the orchestra – the final stage of the Clarinet Competition in Włoszakowice, the Opening Ceremony of the Academic Year at the Academy of Music in Poznań (20th-century music), the annual tour of France (vocal-instrumental and instrumental music) bear testimony to the ensemble’s versatility and high artistic standards.
Mariusz Derewecki is professor of I.J. Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań. Head of Inter-Faculty Chamber Music School until 2012, in 2013 he was appointed head of the Stringed Instrument, Harp and Guitar Chair. Since 2010 he has also been professor at the Academy of Art in Szczecin.