St Petersburg, The Prokofiev Hall

Concert marathon of ethnic ensembles

The ХV festival International Conservatoire Week

The Krakow Academy of Music (Poland)

The LutoSlavs Ensemble of authentic Folk Instruments:
Maria Pomianowska (Płock fiddle, Biłgoraj suka, Mielec suka)
Karolina Matushkevich (Płock fiddle, Biłgoraj suka)
Pavel Betly (flute, reed-pipe)
Hubert Gizewski (accordion)

Artistic Director and master-supervisor of instrument reconstruction – Professor Maria Pomianowska

Works by Frédéric Chopin and Polish folk music

About the performers

The ensemble LutoSlavs was founded by Maria Pomianowska in 2013, the Year of Witold Lutosławski. The ensemble comprises talented artists performing classical music, folk, jazz and ethno music. The unique nature of the project lies in the use of the 16th century-style string instrument called the Płock fiddle, reconstructed from samples found in an archaeological excavation in Płock as well as the suka biłgorajska reconstructed using19th century iconographic evidence. The instruments are held vertically, resting on the knee when played. This technique disappeared towards the end of the 19th century, only to be revived thanks to Pomianowska and her many years of experience playing Asian instruments. Other instruments included in the orchestra are flutes, accordion and pipes.

Age category 6+

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