The Polish Quartet at the Deutsche Oper Berlin


Founded in 2002, it is composed of Polish musicians who are members of the Deutsche Oper Berlin orchestra. It is comprised of the concertmaster, the outstanding Polish violinist Tomasz Tomaszewski (first violin), and the following musicians Piotr Prysiażnik (second violin), Sebastian Sokół (viola) and Maryjka Pstrokońska-Nawratil (cello). After an excellent debut at the Musiktage festival in Koblenz they started touring elsewhere in Germany, Poland, Norway and Italy, earning the reputation of outstanding performers of contemporary Polish music. The quartet have taken part in a famous series of concerts organized by the Universität der Künste in Berlin, presenting works of the Polish pupils of Franz Schreker, which in turn has aroused interest in the works of such composers as Jerzy Fitelberg, Joachim Mendelssohn and Karol Rathaus.

The European Forum of Polish Music, whose honorary president is Krzysztof Penderecki, was established in Berlin in 2012 thanks to the initiative of the quartet. As part of this, the quartet is realising the long-standing project “Poland Abroad” devoted to the following Polish composers who have lived or are living abroad – Alexandre Tansmann, Szymon Laks, Andrzej Panufnik, Andrzej Czajkowski, Piotr Moss and Witold Szalonek.