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The Artistic Education Centre
- THE GORZÓW PHILHARMONIC HALL
A municipal cultural institution of the City of Gorzów. One of the largest and most awaited local investments. It was financed by city budget funds and external funds. Within the scope of the EU grant for the Lubuskie Regional Operational Programme, the City received PLN 32.7 million for its construction. The building of the Philharmonic Hall is the first stage of the investment project. It cost PLN 138 million. In the future, a complex of artistic schools and the Music Valley - a natural external auditorium for outdoor events - will become an integral part of the Centre’s infrastructure.
The chief objective of the Artistic Education Centre - THE GORZÓW PHILHARMONIC HALL is the popularization of music. Its potential lies, above all, in a coherent artistic programme, a professional orchestra, cooperation with world class artists, and support for other fields of art.

THE CONCERT HALL:
The modern concert space of the Artistic Education Centre - THE GORZÓW PHILHARMONIC
HALL is a combination of high quality building materials and advanced technologies, including an integrated electro-acoustic system. The system comprises amplifying equipment in the concert hall, the small hall and the foyer, the stage manager system, digital audio distribution system, digital audio mixing console system, audio monitoring system, digital multichannel audio recording system and wireless microphone system.
The concert hall in the Gorzów Philharmonic Hall is one of the halls with the best acoustics in Poland. This is what distinguishes it among all the philharmonic halls and recording studios in Poland. Taking into account all the places in which highest level concerts are organized, Gorzów can only be compared with the legendary Studio S-1 in Warsaw, belonging to the Polish Radio network. Testing and the acoustic characterisation of the hall were carried out by specialists under the management of Dr Tadeusz Fidecki.
The hall can be easily adjusted to the individual requirements of particular artists and groups. No other place in Poland has so many systems making it possible to improve sound quality. Such excellent acoustics of the concert hall is ensured by the state of the art technological solutions.
They include, among others, abatvoixes, mobile diffusers and a specially constructed curtain. The hall is also equipped with a high quality integrated audio-visual system allowing for HD quality audio-visual recording, which comprises: HD cameras, controllers, a monitor, 4 recorders and a video mixer which can operate without the participation of operators. The Pro Tools computer system which cooperates with the console and microphones is used for recording and editing.

Within the scope of the investment funds, the Gorzów Philharmonic Hall was also equipped with high quality instruments and musical appliances. It is the consequence of a considerate and professional choice as well as attention paid to the high standard of musicians’ work. Currently, the institution has the following instruments:
- two new Steinway grand pianos: D 274, B 211
- a wide range of high class percussion instruments (typical for a symphonic orchestra),
- a harpsichord: a copy of a harpsichord made in a master version following the original
Pascal Taskin harpsichord (18th century French model, 2 manuals, scale: F contra – F
three-accented, tune: old - 415 Hz and modern - 440 Hz),
- 2 concert contrabasses manufactured by the German company Mayer.
The concert space of the Gorzów Philharmonic Hall also comprises a small hall for 150 spectators.
It is an ideal place for the presentation of small groups, soloists’ recitals, and musical projects addressed to a narrow range of spectators. Its chief assets are excellent acoustics, fully adjusted to the specific character of the hall, its architectural charm and closed-circle atmosphere, as well as a guarantee of the best sound and artistic impressions.

The Gorzów Philharmonic Hall offers:
• concert space for professional performances:
- a hall for almost 600 spectators, with changing acoustics and the possibility for audio
recordings,
- a small hall for 150 spectators,
- a perfectly equipped backstage for artists (a complex of cloakrooms and dressing
rooms),
- 4 section rehearsal rooms,
- a rest courtyard,
• a friendly public zone:
- the upper and lower foyer with cloakrooms,
- a buffet for the public,
• and moreover:
- a complex of administrative rooms with two conference rooms,
- a multilevel car park for 400 vehicles,
- the Art Square as an integral part of the creative space of the Artistic Education
Centre.
The building is fully accessible for people with disabilities. Its total area is 6,589 m2.
The general designer of the investment is Biuro Budownictwa Ogólnego BUDPOL S.A. in Warsaw.
Daniel Frac is the author of the architectural concept of the Artistic Education Centre.
The contractor for the first stage of the construction was the consortium: Polimex Mostostal S.A.
from Warsaw and Przedsiebiorstwo Wielobranzowe Ebud sp. z o.o. from Bydgoszcz. The company
Konsbud-Audio Sp. z o.o. was responsible for the electro-acoustic systems.

THE EXECUTIVE TEAM
Krzysztof Nowak – Managing Director
An artist and organizer of cultural activities, longstanding director of TVP SA (TV Polonia, TVP 1, TVP 2, TVP Poznan), organizer and the first director of TV Polonia. A scriptwriter and producer of documentaries and musical performances. Among others, he was the producer of the first concert given by Goran Bregovic in Poland during the finale of the 1997 Malta Festival, which gave rise to the artist’s great popularity in Poland. He was a reporter for the „Wielkopolska Gazeta Handlowa’’, and he worked for Radio Merkury Poznan.

Piotr Borkowski – Artistic Director
He graduated from the Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, where he studied in Professor Boguslaw Madey’s conducting class, and received an honours degree, he then became an assistant lecturer in the Chair of Conducting at the Chopin Academy of Music. This is where he received the degree of a Doctor of Musical Arts. He qualified for the final part of the competition for the position of assistant conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and he conducted the orchestra. He continued his studies in conducting in Vienna during the „Wienner Meisterkurse für Musik” under the direction of Hans Graf, as well as in Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, where after taking a course under the direction of Myung Whun Chung and Ilya Musin he received a Diploma di Merito. In 1995 he participated in the „Antonio Pedrotti” International Conducting Competition in Trento, where he received a Diploma di Merito. The Artistic Director of the Feliks Nowowiejski Philharmonic Hall in Olsztyn (1991-1997). In 1994 he was invited by the Keimyung University in Taegu (South Korea) and worked as a visiting conducting professor, commencing his cooperation with the Taegu Philharmonic Orchestra, with which he gave many concerts. In the years 1996-2001 he was a conducting professor at Taegu Hyosung Catholic University, and from 2001 a lecturer at the University of Suwon College of Music, where he had a class in conducting. He was also the Dean of the Instrumental Department there. In the years 2006-2007 he was conductor of the Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra. He was the founder and artistic director of the Kyeonggi Festival Orchestra in South Korea (2008-2011). He worked as a conductor in France, Italy, Germany, Sweden, USA, South Korea, Taiwan, China and the Ukraine; he cooperated, among others, with such orchestras as the National Philharmonic Orchestra in Warsaw, the National Symphonic Orchestra of Polish Radio in Katowice, the Polish Radio Orchestra in Warsaw, Capella Bydgostiensis, Camerata Vistula, the Jeunesses Musicales Chamber Orchestra, the Boston Symphony, Berliner Symphoniker, Sofia Symphony, Dniepropietrowska Filharmonia, Koszyce „Janacek” Philharmonic, KBS Orchestra, Bucheon Philharmonic, Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra, Korean Chamber Orchestra. He has made numerous radio, TV and CD recordings for such companies as: Polonia Records, Acte Prealable, DUX, NAXOS, Musica Sacra Edition; they were nominated many times for the „Fryderyk” Phonographic Academy Award, and three times - in 2006, 2008 and 2011 - they were awarded in the categories of „Best Contemporary Music Album” and „Most Outstanding Polish Music Recording”. Since August 2010 he has been the Artistic Director of the Artistic Education Centre - the Gorzów Philharmonic Hall, and he is the founder and conductor of the Chamber Orchestra of the Gorzów Philharmonic.

The Chamber Orchestra of the Gorzów Philharmonic.
This is the first orchestra in Gorzów consisting of full time musicians. It commenced its activity at the time of the inauguration of the Artistic Education Centre - the Gorzów Philharmonic Hall, in May 2011. The founder and Director is Piotr Borkowski. Its members are young, talented and versatile musicians from Poland, Italy, Germany, South Africa and Japan. The international and consciously selected orchestra guaranteed an excellent beginning for the team. The orchestra, enthusiastically received by Gorzów, has also ambitious plans for international concerts; since the time of its establishment it has already received many interesting concert offers both in Poland and abroad. The orchestra has a versatile repertoire, and in particular, it performs the canon of chamber music - from baroque to modernity. With respect to concert activity, the orchestra has already performed, among others, Ludwig van Beethoven’s 9th Symphony (concert debut, together with the Orchestra from Frankfurt on the Odra River), has given a concert with degree candidates from the first and second level Music School in Gorzów, and a baroque music concert, featuring Antonio Vivaldi’s „The Four Seasons”, with the participation of the Swedish violinist and conductor Katarina Andreasson, as well as participated in the „Jazz and Orchestra” Project together with Michal Wróblewski’s quartet. In the gala opera programme the musicians performed with world famous soloists: Malgorzata Walewska (mezzo-soprano), Katarzyna Trylnik (soprano) and Jacek Laszczkowski (tenor). In the coming season of 2011/2012 the orchestra is going to perform with such celebrities as Maxim Vengerov, Elena Nogaeva, Ilyia Raszkovskyi, Guido Heinke, Ivan Monighetti, Premysl Vojta, Tomasz Strahl, Lilianna Stawarz.

The concertmasters of the Chamber Orchestra of the Gorzów Philharmonic are: Tomasz
Tomaszewski – the first concertmaster of Deutsche Oper in Berlin, the founder and conductor of the Kammersolisten der Deutschen Oper Berlin, lecturer at the University of Art in Berlin, and Piotr Prysiaznik – a violinist in Deutsche Oper in Berlin and the Berlin Polish Quartet.
According to the plans of the Orchestra Director, the team’s ambition is its development within the next few years so that it becomes a symphonic orchestra, and its prompt achievement of a high artistic level which will guarantee the orchestra a permanent place on the cultural maps of both Poland and Europe.

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