SCHOLARSHIP 2020

Emasterclass.eu by the Pro Cello Foundation for many years has been supporting artistically talented cellists of the young generation through annual scholarships. The scholarship program includes endowing sheet music, cello strings and other needed accessories. In addition, scholarship holders have the opportunity to participate in masterclasses sponsored by the Foundation, which helps in establishing contact with world-renowned teachers and outstanding artists from Poland and from abroad. Scholarship holders also receive numerous concert offers to perform at prestigious events, including the annual concert ‘Pro Cello Foundation Promotes’.

Yuki Wilson was born in New York City and is quadrilingual in French, Japanese, English and Spanish. He began his cello studies at age of three. At age of nine, in 2017, Yuki performed seven solo recitals in Japan. Yuki moved to Madrid in 2019 to study with Professor Michal Dmochowski at Katarina Gurska Superior Center and to experience the language, culture, and passion of life in Spain. He won third prize at The David Popper competition in 2019, first prize at The Wilkomirski competition 2020.Yuki attends Lycée Francis de Madrid. He enjoys playing soccer and skateboard in his free time.

Filip Krzeszowiec was born in 2004. He began learning the cello at age of 7 under guidance of prof. Paweł Głombik and continued with Adam Krzeszowiec. He improved his skills during masterclasses led by Kazimierz Michalik, Stanisław Firlej, Roberto Trainini, Alexander Gebert, Mats Lidstrom, Tomasz Lisiecki, Anna Banaś, Marcin Zdunik and Maciej Kułakowski. Presently he studies under Arkadiusz Dobrowolski in Karol Szymanowski Music School (second degree) in Katowice. In 2019 he played the recital in Conservatorio di Piacenza (Italy), on Emanacje Festival in Gorlice (Poland) and during Poznańska Wiosna Muzyczna. He won many awards on polish and international music competitions – among others: Ist prize in International ‘Talents of Europe’ Music Competition in Dolny Kubin (2019), Ist prize in International Kazimierz Wilkomirski Cello Competition in Poznań (2020) and Ist prize on International Vychitil Cello Competition in Prague (2018). In 2021 he got a prestigious Młoda Polska scholarship.

Antoni Werner has started his cello lessons in 2014. Currently he attends first class of Fryderyk Chopin Music School (second degree) in Opole under guidance of Anna Furkałowska. He improved his skills with help of Katarzyna Polonek, Arkadiusz Dobrowolski, Magdalena Bojanowicz and Tomasz Lisiecki during music mastercourses in Opole, Szamotuły, Kołobrzeg and Poznań. In 2020, thanks to Bank Talentów Project, he had opportunity to work with Tomasz Strahl. In 2019 he won IInd prize in 5th edition of Cello and Double Bass Competition in Kowalewo Pomorskie and IInd award in 13th Young Cellists Competition in Wrocław. In 2020 he won Ist prize in International Kazimierz Wiłkomirski Cello Competition in Poznań.

Fryderyk Midor was born in 2008 and began learning the cello at age of 6 in Stanislaw Moniuszko Music School (first degree) in Katowice under Alicja Murzynowska and continues his education in class of Joanna Zub. He was participant of mastercourses led by Tomasz Lisiecki and Lidia Grzanka-Urbaniak. Since 2017 he has stayed under mentorship of prof. David Grigorian. He is a laureate of 33 cello competitions taken place in Poland, Germany, Croatia, Czech Republic and Slovakia, mostly getting awarded first prize and lot of special prizes. The most recent successes of Fryderyk to mention there are: Ist prize in International Gustav Mahler Cello Competition in Jihlawa (2021), Ist prize in International Kazimierz Wiłkomirski Cello Competition in Poznań (2020) and Ist prize in International Antonio Janigro Cello Competition in Zagreb (2020).

 

Michał Balas was born in 2001 in Kraków. He is a student of the Academy of Music in Łódź under Stanisław Firlej guidance and Musik Akademie in Basel under guidance of Danjulo Ishizaka. He is a laureate of many nationwide and international competitions. His latest successes are: Grand Prix of the National Cello Competition of the Center for Artistic Education in Warsaw (2019). 1st prize and special prize for the obligatory piece at the Johansen International Competition for Young String Players in Washington (USA, 2018) and 1st prize at the Kazimierz Wiłkomirski International Cello Competition in Poznań (2018). As a soloist he has performed with orchestras, including the Krakow Philharmonic, Rzeszów Philharmonic, Kalisz Philharmonic, as well as Sinfonia Iuventus, Apollo Orchestra, Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim, the Symphony Orchestra of the Academy of Music in Łódź and the Symphony Orchestra of the Academy of Music in Wrocław. He participated in master classes conducted by Stanisław Firlej, Danjulo Ishizaka, Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt and Arto Noras. He is a beneficiary of the “Young Poland” and “LYRA Stiftung” scholarships. Michał Balas also willingly participated in chamber music projects. He plays a French instrument manufactured by Michel Ange Garini produced in 1870 (PAP)

Jakub Lemański was born in 1997 in Łódź. In 2016, he graduated from the Primary and Secondary Music School of Henryk Wieniawski in Łódź, where he studied with Robert Fender. During twelve years of study, he won prizes at many prestigious competitions, among others, 1st prize at the Polish National Cello Confrontations Zdzisława Wojciechowska in Bydgoszcz (2012), 2nd prize at the 11th International Music Competition Juliusz Zarębski in Łomianki (2011), distinction at the 12th Youth International Cello Competition Kazimierz Wiłkomirski in Poznań (2014). W 2016 roku, jako dyplomanta Ogólnokształcącej Szkoły Muzycznej w Łodzi, wystąpił w roli solisty na estradzie Filharmonii Łódzkiej. For outstanding artistic achievements, he was twice awarded the Artistic Scholarship of the Marshal of the Lodz Region (2009, 2012). As a member of the Primuz Chamber Orchestra, he performs at many concerts (including guitarist Jacek Królik and vocalist Krzysztof Cugowski in the “Orchestral Rock” project), and also wins awards (1st place at the National String Orchestras Competition in Bydgoszcz in 2018). In 2019, as a member of a string quartet, he took part in the recording of Witold Janiak’s jazz pianist’s album  – „Noesis”, which was released on the DUX label. He also performed with the quartet at the concert “Polish chamber music of the 19th century” during the National Festival “Kłodawskie Dwory” in 2020. As a string quintet musician, he performed at the VI Rubinstein Piano Festival alongside pianist Sergei Tarasov at a concert dedicated to Zdzisław Szostak. He played as a soloist at concerts during the International Piła Festival & Academy in Piła. He was a scholarship holder of the Rector of the Academy of Music in Łódź.