Anne-Sophie Mutter, Krzysztof Penderecki, Maciej Tworek and Sinfonia Varsovia have embarked on a two-week concert tour of China. The composer, who celebrates his 85th birthday this year, will conduct 6 concerts during which Anne-Sophie Mutter, considered to be one of the best violinists in the world, will perform Penderecki’s Violin Concerto No. 2 “Metamorphoses” – a work dedicated to her.
Krzysztof Penderecki begins his birthday concert tour of China with musicians of the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra, Maciej Tworek and Anne-Sophie Mutter. The artists will perform together in 6 cities with a programme comprising Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No.7 in D minor Op.70 and two works composed by Penderecki especially for the German violinist. La Follia for solo violin was a birthday present for Mutter, who played the work for the first time in Carnegie Hall in 2013. Their extraordinary artistic friendship began much earlier, however, when they were performing Serge Prokofiev’s 1st Violin Concerto together in Lucerne. Penderecki was so enormously impressed by Mutter’s playing that he soon began to write his 2nd Violin Concerto “Metamorphoses”, which he dedicated to her. The two artists’ mutual cooperation resulted in composition of four works. Each is endowed with great expression, technical virtuosity and a creative approach to traditional music forms. During the concerts in China Krzysztof Penderecki will conduct Dvořák’s symphony, handing over the conductor’s duties in his own Concerto to Maciej Tworek.
The tour begins with a concert in the National Centre For the Performing Arts in Beijing. Next, the musicians will visit Zhengzhou, Shanghai, where they will perform at the prestigious China Shanghai International Arts Festival. They will then move on to Changsha, Xiamen and Zhuhai. The tour will complete with two concerts played by Sinfonia Varsovia under the direction of Maciej Tworek. In Wuhan and Zhuzhou the Orchestra will perform works by Ludwig van Beethoven and Antonín Dvořák, as well as Penderecki’s Violin Concerto No.1 with Taiwanese violinist Benny Tseng as soloist.
The Chinese concert tour was organised jointly with the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and is part of Poland’s celebrations of the 100th anniversary of regaining the country’s independence.
Listeners in Poland will have an opportunity to hear Anne-Sophie Mutter in November at the final concert of the Krzysztof Penderecki Festival in Teatr Wielki – the National Opera in Warsaw.