Messages Quartet (…) is undoubtedly a new power on the Polish quartet-stage
and must be observed.
Marta Januszkiewicz, Ruch Muzyczny (12/2015)
Małgorzata Wasiucionek, Oriana Masternak – violin
Maria Shetty – viola
Beata Urbanek-Kalinowska – cello
Messages Quartet has been founded in 2014 and in just a year won the Second Prize, Silver Medal and a Special Award for interpretation of Shostakovich’s Quartet in the Second International Competition of Chamber Music in Plovdiv (Bulgaria, X 2015). The Quartet has also been recognized by the Polish Minister of Culture and National Heritage and in February 2016 awarded a grant under “Young Poland” Scholarship Programme, thanks to which in 2017, the debut record of the ensamble containing the recording of string quartets by Szymon Laks was released by the record company DUX. The album received excellent reviews in the French, German, British, American and Polish press.
The ambition of the Messages Quartet is to promote Polish chamber music, especially the less known and the most recent. The repertoire of the Quartet includes both works by Polish composers – Laks, Panufnik, Weinberg, Szymanowski, Moniuszko, Bacewicz and other world’s greatest masterpieces of quartet repertoire. The Ensamble has already made several world premieres of polish and foreign composers.
Messages Quartet members graduated from Fryderyk Chopin University in Warsaw and Academy of Music in Krakow. They completed their postgraduate soloist studies and master courses at leading European universities (Paris, Brussels, Vienna, Stuttgart). Besides concert activity, the musicians are lecturers at the Academy of Music in Katowice and Krakow. Moreover they cooperate with the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice, the Beethoven Academy Orchestra and Sinfonietta Cracovia. Artists have been awarded prizes in international competitions, both in solo and chamber music, and have won scholarships granted by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage and other institutions supporting artists all over the world.
Messages Quartet performs in Poland and abroad (Vienna, London and Moscow). It presents a versatile and innovative repertoire in a series of chamber music concerts in NOSPR in Katowice. The Quartet makes often appearances in the cultural capital of Malopolska and in Warsaw where cooperates with the Faculty of Composition at the University of Music F. Chopin in Warsaw, resulting in further quartet premieres of native artists of the young generation. Artists collaborated with such artists as Olga Pasichnyk, Wojciech Koprowski, Robert Kwiatkowski.
At the end of 2014 the Messages Quartet recorded chamber works of Philip and Xaver Scharwenka (released by Publishing House of the Academy of Music in Krakow).