Saturday, February 5, 2022 8pm
Sunday, February 6, 2022, 3pm
James Lowe, conductor
Mateusz Wolski, violin
Elgar’s Enigma Variations is a moving portrait of his closest friends, with each variation ingeniously using different versions of the same tune to capture their individual personalities (even including a bulldog’s misadventures in a river). One of Elgar’s friends not depicted is Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, a black English composer whom Elgar championed and thought a genius. Tchaikovsky initially wanted to dedicate his Violin Concerto to his lover, the violinist Yosif Kotek, but ultimately didn’t for fear of a scandal that would expose his private life. We open with William Grant Still’s Wood Notes, inspired by the poetry of J. Mitchell Pilcher and an evocation of the natural beauty of the American South.
William Grant Still - Wood Notes Piotr Ilych Tchaikovsky - Violin Concerto in D major, Op.35 Samuel Coleridge-Taylor - Danse nègre Edward Elgar - Enigma Variations
Experience a behind-the-scenes look at how Masterworks performances are perfected. Watch the inner workings of the orchestra as James, the musicians and our guest artist shape and polish each work in the final rehearsal.
Mateusz Wolski was born in Warsaw, Poland where he began his musical training at the age of seven. He studied at the Szymanowski Musical High School and the Chopin Music Academy in Warsaw before traveling to the U.S. to attend Manhattan School of Music. It was there, with full scholarship, that he completed his bachelor's and master's degrees under the tutelage of New York Philharmonic Concertmaster Glenn Dicterow.
Mateusz has enjoyed a distinguished solo career both in the U.S. and abroad. Recent performances include the Beethoven Violin Concerto; Sibelius Violin Concerto in D Minor; Paganini First Violin Concerto; Karlowicz Violin Concerto; Wieniawski Second Violin Concerto in D Minor and Polonaise in A Major; Mozart Concerto in G Major and Simphonia Concertante; Bach Violin Concerto in A Minor and Double Concerto; Waxman Carmen Fantasie; Sarasate Carmen Fantasy; Brahms Double Concerto; and Vivaldi Four Seasons.
As an orchestral musician, he has played with New York Philharmonic in over 200 concerts and four international tours, as well as with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and National Philharmonic. Also an enthusiastic chamber musician, he has appeared in New York City at Weill Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, 92nd Street Y, the Kosciuszko Foundation, and on radio broadcasts with WQXR. International appearances have included Wigmore Hall in London and the Mozarteum in Salzburg, as well as several engagements throughout Poland, Italy, England and Germany.
Mateusz has had the privilege to play under the batons of many of the most distinguished conductors of our time, including Lorin Maazel, Yuri Temirkanov, Kurt Masur, Gerard Schwartz, Christoph Eschenbach, Valery Giergiev, Charles Dutoit, George Manahan, Zdenec Macal, and Pinchas Zucherman.
Mateusz has recorded for dozens of movie soundtracks, including The Good Shepherd, The Departed, The Manchurian Candidate, Hitch, Intolerable Cruelty, The Rookie and Failure to Launch, as well as solo CDs of Audra MacDonald and Donny Osmond.
He performs on a violin owned by the Spokane Symphony that was crafted by Italian master Carlo Landolfi in 1779.
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