Sinfonia Varsovia String Quintet
The Sinfonia Varsovia String Quintent includes the whole family of string instruments: two violins, ona viola, one cello, and a double bass. The ensemble is made up of concertmasters and string section leaders of Sinfonia Varsovia: Anna Maria Staśkiewicz (1st violin), Kamil Staniczek (2nd violin), Katarzyna Budnik (viola), Marcel Markowski (cello), and Michał Sobuś (double bass). The artists easily navigate classical, Romantic, and contemporary repertoires. However, Polish 20- and 21st century music, especially the works of Krzysztof Penderecki, Sinfonia Varsovia’s artistic director between 2003 and 2020, plays a key role in their repertoire.
The ensemble was formed in 2015. Since then it has performed both in Poland and abroad, including Niigata and Tokyo in Japan, as well as the festival in Vézère and the Chopin festival in Nohant, France. It also collaborated with exquisite soloists, including violinist Nicolas Dautricourt, pianist François Dumontem, and Miroslav Kultyshev. Both audiences and critics appreciate the quintet’s harmonious performances, fresh interpretations, and musical imagination. The ensemble has made a debut record titled Sinfonia Varsovia String Quintet, which was released by Warned Classics in 2019.