CRACOW GOLDEN QUINTET​

"They are a spectacular group of professional orchestral virtuoso soloists who have magically forged an intimate bond of musical understanding."

Michele Moran, rewiev of the Stanisław Moniuszko International Polish Music Competition

The Cracow Golden Quintet is an ensamble made up of instrumentalists who want to express the beauty and purity of the wind quintet’s  sound with their passion and commitment.  It consists of soloists of symphony orchestras, also rich in experience of playing in chamber music groups and solo performances. The unique selection of instruments - flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and French horn - allows to obtain an unbuttoned palette of tone colors. Despite the diversity, the ensamble creates one musical organism, meeting the most sophisticated requirements of composers for chamber music performers.

The Cracow Golden Quintet consists of: Natalia Jarząbek (flute), Damian Świst (oboe), Tomasz Sowa (clarinet), Małgorzata Wygoda (bassoon) and Konrad Gołda (French horn) . In their repertoire are included mainly works of classical music: from the classical era to the contemporary music. Thanks to the individual skills of each musician, creativity, work on exceptional sound quality and stable intonation, the band exhibits extraordinary interpretations of the works of Mozart, Ligeti, Ibert, Arnold, Agay, Nielsen, Barber and many others. The quintet also specializes in performing and promoting Polish music. The repertoire prepared for participation in the International Polish Music Competition in Rzeszów contains compositions by M. Spisak. T. Szeligowski, G. Bacewicz, T. Paciorkiewicz, W. Kilar. 

It is constantly expanded with new works by Polish composers - especially those forgotten, rarely presented on concert hall stages - and extremely valuable in the context of Polish national heritage. The quintet also performs contemporary music, taking part in world premieres and recordings of 20th and 21st century pieces.

The ensamble’s  passion, commitment and skills are appreciated both in the country and internationally, which is confirmed by a number of awards won at numerous music competitions, such as:

Stanislaw Moniuszko International Polish Music Competition in Rzeszów 2019 - II prize

Rome International Chamber Music Competition 2016 - I prize

Madrid Music Competition for Winds 2016 - I prize

London International Music Competition 2015 - I prize

International Chamber Ensemble Competition in Jawor 2015 - 1st prize

International Competition Davorin Jenko - I prize

The Cracow Golden Quintet is invited to perform at international music festivals such as:

 

The Alexander Arutiunian International Wind Festival in Armenia, Crusell Festival in Finland, ISA Festival in Austria, the 16th Young Artists Festival in Krakow, the 16th International Salesian Przemyśl Festival Summer, as well as concerts in prestigious concert halls such as Santa Cecilia in Rome, NOSPR, European Center of Music in Lusławice, Krakow Philharmonic Podkarpackie Philharmonic in Rzeszów.

Natalia Jarząbek graduated with a great distinction from the Academy of Music in Kraków in the class of Prof. Dr h.c. Barbara Świątek – Żelazna and was a student of Hochschule für Musik in Weimar in the class of Prof. Wally Hase. She also graduated from the Jagiellonian University with master degree in mathematics. Currently she is currently a principal flutist of the Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra and PHD student at her Alma Mater.

 

Her abilities are highly regarded on international competitions. She received many prizes, scholarships and awards appreciating her achievements. Natalia performed at festivals such as: The British Flute Society Flutastique! Festival, The Adams Flute Festival. She has worked closely with numerous symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles, performing in renowned venues around the world.

 

In 2015 Natalia recorded a solo piece on the CD of Grammy Award`s winner Włodek Pawlik. In 2017 she recorded a CD 900 Miles with the Belgian pianist Pieter-Jan Verhoyen, featuring works by Polish and Flemish composers.

Since 2017, Natalia has also been a flutist of the Cracow Golden Quintet, with whom she won the 2nd prize at The Stanislaw Moniuszko International Polish Music Competition in Rzeszów, 2019.

 

In 2017 together with Prof. Barbara Świątek - Żelazna, Natalia got a prestigious prize Ars Quaerendi of the Parliament of Lesser Poland in the Master - Student category for outstanding activities for the development and promotion of culture. Both winners decided to devote this prize to creating a textbook for learning circular breathing and recording a CD inspired by this technique . The CD Infinity was recorded with the Belgian pianist Emmy Wils at the Krzysztof Penderecki European Music Center in Lusławice and released by DUX in September 2019.