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Kwartet DAFO

Dafô String Quartet was established in 1993. Its members graduated from the Academy of Music in Krakow and Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Stuttgart where they studied under the guidance of Melos Quartet. They continued their education while participating in masterclasses held by the members of the Silesian Quartet, Quartetto ltaliano, Borodin and Tokyo String Quartet. Since the very beginning, the musicians have focused on performing contemporary music, gaining numerous awards for their interpretations. Two of their albums entitled 20th-century Polish Quartets, released by DUX/PWM label, received awards of the Polish Phonographic Academy in 1999 and 2001. The ensemble recorded also Szymanowski's quartets, Górecki's String Quartet No. 2 and Schubert's String Quintet in C major (accompanied by pianist Peter Buck – member of Melos Quartet) for Robert Bosch Foundation/SWR. 2010 saw the launch of the CD Penderecki String Quartets, String Trio, Clarinet Quartet featruing Penderecki's complete chamber works, which includes the premiere recording of his String Quartet No. 3. The album, named "one of the unique chamber music albums", received the Supersonic Pizzicato Award granted by the Luxembourg music publisher "Pizzicato". In 2011 the quartet, joined by the girls' choir Puelle Orantes, recorded a CD/DVD entitled Łukaszewski&Bembinow: Kolędy i pastorałki (Łukaszewski&Bembinow: Carols and Pastorales) which was certified gold by the Polish Producers and Audio and Video, and received the Fryderyk Award (2012).

The ensemble was awarded several prizes at national and international competitions. In 1995 the performers received the 1st prize and a special award (for the best interpretation of a Polish composition) at the Kiejstut Bacewicz International Chamber Music Competition in Łódź and 1st prize at the International Competition of 20th-century and Contemporary Music Competition "Premio Valentino Bucchi" in Rome. In 1996 they were awarded a special award at the International Shostakovich String Quartets Competition in St. Petersburg, while in 1997 they won the Krzysztof Penderecki International Competition of Contemporary Chamber Music in Krakow. In 1998 the quartet received the 1st prize at the String Quartets Competition in Katowice and 2nd prize and special awards at the competitions in Bubenreuth and Cremona.

Dafô Quartet performed at many festivals in Poland and abroad, including the Kissinger Sommer (Bad Kissingen), Schleswig Holstein Music Festival, Ludwigsburger Festspiele, Warsaw Autumn, Silesian Quartet and Its Guests (Rybna), Karol Szymanowski's Music Days (Zakopane), Krakow Composers Music Days, Okada Festival (Zakopane), Oberstdorfer Musiksommer (Oberstdorf), Forum Est-Overt (Cologne), The Kitchen (New York), concerts in Frankfurter Römer (Frankfurt), Krakow Chamber Evenings, Bravo Maestro (Ignacy Jan Paderewski's Manor), Europäische Wochen Passau, Heidelberger Frühling, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Gammertinger Schlosskonzerte, Setmana Internacional de Música de Cambra (Montserrat-Valencia), Festival im Herzogschloss, Europalia, Festival Van Vlaandern, Ostbelgien Festival, Bergische Biennale Neue Musik, Festival Euro Mediterraneo, Bodenseefestival, Musikfestival von Colmar, Falsterbonäsets kammarmusikdagar, Festival du Périgard Noir, Festival d'lle de France and Usedomer Musikfestival.
The ensemble has collaborated with Peter Buck, Hermann Voss, Olga Pasiecznik, Melos Quartet, Silesian Quartet, Janusz Olejniczak, Bartłomiej Kominek, Andrea Nannoni, Gerhard Voss, Krzysztof Meyer, Urszula Kryger, Jerzy Artysz, Andreas Higi, David Krakauer and Agata Zubel. Their repertoire covers over 200 works, including contemporary music and chamber works of previous centuries, such as quintets, sextets, octets and concertos for quartet and orchestra. The musicians also engage in performing music of other genres – they participated in the European concert tour of The Lambchop, performed with Bester Quartet and took part in several theatre projects. All members of the quartet work as lecturers at the Academy of Music in Krakow.


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