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Panufnik Trio

Pawel Zuzanski / Violin
Lynda Anne Cortis / Cello
Artur Pacewicz / Piano

Our Story

The Panufnik Trio has been in existence since 2003. Three young musicians: Pawel Zuzanski (violin), Lynda Anne Cortis (cello) and Artur Pacewicz (piano) have chosen Andrzej Panufnik as their patron. The Polish composer (1914-1991) who emigrated to Great Britain.

They are all winners of renowned solo competitions and experienced musicians, but above all, it is their fascination for chamber music which unites them.

The trio has collaborated with many outstanding musicians, including Shmuel Ashkenasi, Hatto Beyerle, Elmar Budde, Erich Höbarth, Avedis Kouyoumdjian, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Ferenc Rados, Christoph Richter, Gábor Takács-Nagy, Gérard Wyss and Gerrit Zitterbart. The ensembles like Artis Quartet and Jean-Paul Trio have also been a great influence on their concepts and direction.

The Panufnik Trio was a member of the ECMA (European Chamber Music Academy) from 2006-2008. The ECMA promotes young international string quartets and piano trios, and the ensemble participated in sessions and lectures given by the tutors in Hannover, Oslo, Vienna and Zurich.

In 2005 the trio won the 3rd prize at The Charles Hennen International Chamber Music Competition in Heerlen, The Netherlands, and in 2006 the trio took part at the 4th Trondheim Chamber Music Festival and Academy, during which time the ensemble was coached by Joseph Kalichstein and Lars Anders Tomter. The trio had also the opportunity during this event to work on its modern repertoire with David Harrington from the Kronos Quartet.

In 2007 the trio received a scholarship from the Märkischer Culture Conference. The jury was impressed by the "high standards of the individual players, which, nonetheless always enhanced the ensemble and "interpretations of youthful freshness and intoxicating momentum".

The trio performs throughout European countries – it has played at the Musikfest Goslar (Germany), the Braunschweig Classix Festival (Germany), the Kalkalpen Kammermusik Festival (Austria), the Festival Pablo Casals Prades (France), the Festival Puccini e la sua Lucca (Italy), in Krönungssaal of the Aachen Rathaus, the Philips Hall in Eindhoven (The Netherlands) and has performed the Triple Concerto by Ludwig van Beethoven with the 'Philharmonie Gotha-Suhl' and the 'Märkisches Youth Orchestra'.

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  • 16 Oct 20

    Bremen
    Beethoven, Schubert

  • 24 Oct 20

    Stunde der Musik Sanitz
    Beethoven, Schubert

  • 22 Nov 20

    Chamber concerts Bad Nauheim
    Muczynski, Panufnik, Górecki, Shostakovich

  • 28 Nov 20

    Mönchehaus Goslar
    Beethoven, Shostakovich

  • 12 Sep 21

    Oppenau
    Beethoven, Shostakovich, Schubert

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About Us

Pawel Zuzanski
Pawel Zuzanski
Violin

Pawel was born into a family of musicians in 1977 in Kielce, Poland. At the age of twelve, he debuted with The Kielce Philharmonic Orchestra performing the concerto in A minor by J. S. Bach. He studied with prof. Zenon Ploszaj at the Music Academy in Lodz, Poland and prof. Adam Kostecki at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover, Germany.

As a leader of the Polish Camerata Chamber Orchestra and New Philharmonic Orchestra Cologne he toured throughout Europe, South America, Australia and New Zealand and performed as well as soloist and chamber musician at the Vendsyssel Festival (Denmark), the Berliner Sommerklassik Festival (Germany), the Sydney Opera House (Australia), the London’s Conway Hall (UK) and the Paladium in Malmø (Sweden).

Pawel is a prizewinner of the Orlando Prize for music at the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, as violinist of the Henschel Quartet.

Lynda Anne Cortis
Lynda Anne Cortis
Cello

Lynda was born in 1986 in Hamburg. As the daughter of two professional musicians, she began to study violin with her mother already three years old. At the age of six years of piano lessons followed. At age 10, she switched from the violin to the cello.

She is a multiple first winner in the competition "Jugend musiziert", won in Leipzig Piano Competition of the Music School "Johann Sebastian Bach", received in 2003 the Hans Sikorski Memorial Award and the special prize of the NDR Symphony Orchestra. In 2008 she won the first prize in the competition for solo strings at the University of the Arts Bremen. She has studied at the University of the Arts Bremen with Prof. Alexander Baillie. In 2011 she completed her diploma in the class of Stephan Schrader.

Lynda was during her studies for many years a member of the "Junge Deutsche Philharmonie" and now is a regular substitute in the "Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen".

Artur Pacewicz
Artur Pacewicz
Piano

Artur was born in Poland and graduated at the Stanislaw Moniuszko Academy as a scholar of Prof. Waldemar Wojtal. He continued his education at Hanover University for Music, Drama and Media. There he studied with Prof. Gerrit Zitterbart taking another exam in 2004.

Of the numerous competitions at which Artur was awarded prizes, two are most important to him: a first prize at the International Chopin Competition in Varna, Bulgaria and Award of the Milos Magin Competition in Paris, France.

From 2009 to 2011 he was a lecturer at Hanover University for Music, Drama and Media. The pedagogical aspect of teaching music appealed to him from the start. So, master classes were a logic development. Classes and courses followed in Poznan (Poland) and alongside with the festivals „Music without borders“ and „World Classics at the piano“ in Rysum (Germany).

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Press reviews

  • Es war eine Attacke, ohne Vorwarnung. Gleich zu Beginn in Mendelssohns c-moll-Trio op. 66 blies die Panufnik-Truppe zum Sturm auf alte Bastionen. Mendelssohn – der Vertreter eines geglätteten, nobel distanzierten romantischen Klassizismus? Von wegen! Die drei jungen Musiker wischten das staubige Klischee von biedermeierlicher Beschaulichkeit mit großer Geste einfach weg. Da wurde jung und leidenschaftlich durch die Partitur gestürmt.

    Matthias Schneider-Dominco
    Göttinger Tagesblatt
  • Jedes Instrument macht sich deutlich hörbar ohne die anderen zu überdecken, das in seiner Dynamik ausgeprägte Spiel des Trios lässt ein äußerst lebendig pulsierendes Klangbild entstehen. Die fordernde Ausführung der Dramatik der Komposition führt zu einer hingebungsvollen und beseelten Interpretation. Die Spielfreude, die Eindringlichkeit und Wärme, die sich auch in der Körpersprache der Musiker Bahn bricht, ohne je aufgesetzt zu wirken, ist mitreißend und begeisternd.

    Christoph Jensen
    Göttinger Tagesblatt
  • Das Konzert war geprägt von der harmonischen Einheit der Musiker. Die perfekte Harmonie ließ jedoch trotzdem jedem Instrument genügend Freiraum, sich selbst einmal in den Vordergrund zu stellen, um sich dann wieder musikalisch zu vereinigen. Voller Lebensfreude boten die Musiker ihre Kostbarkeiten dar. Die Mimik und Gestik, mit der die Musiker die einzelnen Sätze interpretierten, war beeindruckend. Immer in Bewegung, schwungvoll oder aber mit fast spürbarer Zurückhaltung entlockten sie ihren Instrumenten die Trios von J. Haydn, L. van Beethoven und A. Dvořák.

    Melanie Peter
    Neue Westfälische
  • Scheinbar mühelos fühlten sich die Musiker im Dvořáks "Dumky-Trio" ein und entfachten bei der Interpretation der sechs balladenartigen Gesänge mit den typischen Wechseln aus langsamer Melancholie und schneller Ausgelassenheit ein Feuerwerk der Temponuancen. Das Tänzerische, Folkloristische, die Dramatik und bittersüße Trauer der Sätze verbanden die beiden Streicher mit musikalischen Elan und prägnantem Zusammenspiel.

    Sybille Heine
    Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung
  • Die wunderbaren Dialoge zwischen den Instrumenten, die sorgsam zelebrierten Innenspannungen in der ausgeprägten Sanglichkeit ließen beim Hörer keinen Wunsch offen. Die Künstler brillierten mit lebendigem Ausdruck, technischer Präzision und exzellentem Zusammenspiel. Es betörte der sinnliche Geigenklang voller Wärme und Intensität, sanft schmiegte sich ihm das Klavier an, ergänzt und unterstützt durch die erdhafte Klangfarbe des Violoncellos.

    Dagmar Korth
    Westfalen-Blatt

Repertoire 2020

Viennese Classicism

Joseph Haydn – Piano Trio in E Minor, Hob.XV: 12

Joseph Haydn – Piano Trio in E-flat Major, Hob.XV: 29

Wolfgang Amadé Mozart – Divertimento in B-flat Major, K. 254

Ludwig van Beethoven – Complete Piano Trios

Romanticism

Franz Schubert – Piano Trio in E-flat Major, Op. 100, D. 929

Felix Mendelssohn – Piano Trio in C Minor, Op. 66

Johannes Brahms – Piano Trio in C Major, Op. 87

Antonín Dvořák – Piano Trio in E Minor, Op. 90, „Dumky”

Edvard Grieg – Andante con moto in C Minor

20th Century

Joaquín Turina – Piano Trio in B minor, Op. 76

Ernest Bloch – Three Nocturnes

Dmitri Shostakovich – Piano Trio in E Minor, Op. 67

Andrzej Panufnik – Piano Trio, Op. 1

Robert Muczynski – First Trio Op. 24

Mikołaj Górecki – Six Bagatelles

Roxanna Panufnik – Around Three Corners

References

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