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Scepus Baroque

Scepus Baroque

Scepus Baroque is early music ensemble, established in 2013 to implement the musical ideas of the Barok na Spiszu (Baroque in Spisz) festival, from which it took its name. The initiator and animator of the band is the singer Katarzyna Wiwer, artistic director of the festival, and the idea is to perform baroque music full of energy, freshness, open to new interpretations and contexts. Scepus Baroque brings together high-class artists specializing in early music performances, and excellent and esteemed musicians are invited to conduct individual programs. The ensemble has in their repertoire numerous concert programs prepared for the needs of the Baroque in Spisz festival, but not only that are included in ensemble repertoire. The most interesting of these are: “Un camino musical” – a concert of Baroque Latin American music (art. director Martin Daniel Zorzano), “Vesperae dominicales, church concerts and canzonas by Marcin Mielczewski” (art. director Andrzej Zawisza), “Jesu, meine Freude – Bach-Buxtehude “(art. director Andrzej Zawisza),” Tilge, Höchster, meine Sünden – answer of Johann Sebastian Bach on Stabat Mater by Pergolesi”(art. director Andrzej Szadejko),” Mikołaj Zieleński – precursor of the Polish Baroque ” (art. director Katarzyna Wiwer) and “Italians in polish royal court of Vasa ” (art. director Andrzej Zawisza). The ensembles repertoire is dynamically expanding, and its variable lineup allows to move freely within a wide range of Baroque style and sound. The Scepus Baroque concerts are enthusiastically received by the audience.

  • Małgorzata Malke, Marzena Biwo – violin
  • Natalia Reichert –  viola
  • Justyna Rekść-Raubo –  cello
  • Daniel Zorzano –  violone
  • Anna Wiktoria Swoboda – theorbo

Małgorzata Malke +

Soloist and chamber musician. Małgorzata Malke collaborates regularly with many of the most important Polish and European ensembles of the early music scene: Le Cercle del’Harmonie, Collegium Marianum, Arte dei Suonatori, Wrocław Baroque Orchestra, {oh!} Orkiestra Historyczna. Her artistic personality has been shaped by such magnificent violinists as Martyna Pastuszka, Arkadiusz Kubica, Maciej Musialski, Dominika Falger, Piotr Pławner and Rachel Podger, whom she all met during her studies at the Academy of Music in Katowice and the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz as well as during numerous masterclasses. She also collaborated regularly with the Silesian Chamber Orchestra, the New Music Orchestra and the AUKSO Chamber Orchestra of the City of Tychy. For over ten years, she has been artistically connected with Anna Firlus (harpsichord) and Krzysztof Firlus (viola da gamba), with whom she forms the Extempore ensemble. Since 2017 she is also the co-founder of EQUILIBRIUM string quartet on the period instruments. She performs early music on a violin built in 1719 by the French luthier Claude Pierray. Małgorzata Malke also works with the youngest of violinists: she is a licenced Suzuki Method violin teacher.

Marzena Biwo +

In 2012, she graduated at the Krakow Music Academy in the class of prof. Mieczysław Szlezer and Zbigniew Pilch, MA. She is also a graduate of the baroque violin class of Martyna Pastuszka at the Academy of Music in Katowice (2014). She broadened her skills and musical horizons on numerous courses and master classes conducted by such outstanding professors as Sigiswald Kuijken, Rachel Podger, Pauline Nobes, Antoinette Lohmann, Kaja Danczowska and Piotr Kwaśny. In the field of chamber music, she broadened her competences under the supervision of, among others prof. Peter Holtslag, Marc Coudle, Marcin Szelest. Marzena Biwo is a member of such significant bands as Arte dei Suonatori, or {OH!} Orkiestra Historyczna. At the same time, she collaborates with various early music groups in Poland and abroad. Among them are: Capella Cracoviensis, Wrocław Baroque Orchestra, Extempore, Ensemble 1756, Accademia dell’Arcadia, Consortium Sedinum, Parnassos, Il Giardino d’amore, Contrasto Armonico, Sinfonia Nordica, Famd.pl Orchestra, Goldberg Baroque Ensemble. Marzena Biwo performs on the original Michael Götz instrument, from the second half of the 18th century.

Natalia Reichert +

Natalia Reichert was born on 15 April 1992 in Lublin, in a musical family. Her first teacher was mother – Magdalena Szczepanowska. In 2010, she got a diploma of the Secondary Degree Music School. J. Elsner in Warsaw in violin class prof. Maria Orzechowska; In 2011 – diploma with honors in viola class prof. Peter Reichert. in 2018 she graduated with honors the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music.

She perfected her skills with professors: K. Chorzelski, W. Marschner, P. Hausenplas, J. Pisarski, A. Dumanowska, M. Nahajowski, G. Lalka, J. Tupczyńska, G. Sproge, O. Centurioni A. McGillivray, I. Szałaj-Zimak. As a member of the orchestra she was led by W, Kłosiewicz, L. Stawarz, A. Wit, J. Kaspszyk, W. Rajski, S. Standage, R. Kabary, A. Klocka, J. Maksymiuk, M. Nałęcz-Niesiołowski, B. Bayl, F. Haider. In 2014, she had the pleasure of attending the concert tour in Germany as a member of the Polish Chamber Philharmony, with Krystian Zimerman. She works with such bands as: Arte dei Suonatori, Musica Humana 430, Scepus Baroque, Il Tempo, and the Baroque Arts Association of Drama and Musica. Since 2015 he has been a member of the Instrumental Group of the Warsaw Chamber Opera – Musicae Antiquae Collegium Varsoviense. With various chamber formations, she has won more than 30 awards in competitions. He is also an inspector and a member of Gradus ad Parnassum performing old music on historical instruments, created in 2012, under the artistic direction of Krzysztof Garstka.

Justyna Rekść-Raubo +

Born 1971 in Warsaw, Justyna Rekść – Raubo started her musical education at the age of nine. During her school years she took part in the 2nd Warsaw Cello Competition receiving second prize and a special distinction. She graduated from Fryderyk Chopin Music Academy in 1994. She also graduated from Music Academy in Kraków (viola da gamba class conducted by prof. Rainer Zipperling). Justyna Rekść-Raubo perfected her skills by attending numerous master classes, where she worked under the guidance of such prominent artists as: Jaap ter Linden, Władysław Kłosiewicz, Tobias Kühne, Kazimierz Michalik, Miloš Sadlo, Victoria Yagling, Marie Leonhardt, Petr Wagner and Rainer Zipperling. As a chamber musician Justyna Rekść – Raubo recorded extensively for Polish Radio and TV as well as for various polish CD labels. Apart from early music her repertoire includes contemporary music. In 1993 she co-founded ensemble NONSTROM, a group with which she gave first performances of many pieces written specially for the ensemble and took part in international festivals of contemporary music in Poland and abroad. Justyna Rekść – Raubo has initiated and inspired many musical and educational projects. She is the founder and director of f.o.r.t.e Foundation and co-founder of AUKSO Music Foundation.

Daniel Zorzano +

Born in Mexico, he graduated from viola da gamba and violone at Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague under the direction of Wieland Kuijken, Margaret Urqhart and Philippe Pierlot, and at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et Danse in Lyon in the viola da gamba class of Marianne Muller. He performs as an instrumentalist and a soloist with such ensembles as Elyma (Gabriel Garrido), L’Arpeggiata (Christina Pluhar), La Sphera Armoniosa (Mike Fentross), Capella Confluentes (Jorn Andresen), Capella Mediterranea (Leonardo Garcia Alarcon) at early music festivals and projects in Europe and in Mexico. He has recently recorded the complete work of Claudio Monteverdi “Selva morale e spirituale” and “Corpus Christi a Cusco” for Ambronay with the ELYMA ensemble and “Rapresentatione de Anima e di Corpo” by Emilio Cavalieri with L’Arpeggiata.

He has been teaching music at Bednarska school  in Warsaw and giving some lectures and master classes on baroque music and music performance. He also runs as a head of artistic collective in Warsaw called KICK PERFECT on electronic and ambiental music.

Anna Wiktoria Swoboda +

Graduated with honours from the Academy of Music in Kraków (Poland) and from Hochschule für Musik Trossingen (Germany) with prof. Rolf Lislevand. She has also obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Comparative Literature at the Jagiellonian University. She has taken part in master classes and workshops with the leading lute players such as Hopkinson Smith, Jakob Lindberg, Joachim Held, Evangelina Mascardi, Jürgen Hübscher and Anton Birula. She was awarded the Baden-Württemberg-Stipendium and the Vössing-Stiftung. As a performer, she appeared in various European countries on music festivals like Danish Radio Sommerfestival, 19th Festival Mitte Europa – Bayern-Böhmen-Sachsen, AlteMusik Fest in Leipzig, Bachfest Leipzig, 7th Festival of Early Music in Lviv, The Stary Sącz Early Music Festival. She was invited to cooperate with numerous ensembles, orchestras and soloists in her country and abroad, with Hochschule der Künste Bern and Hochschule für Musik u. Theater Leipzig, as well as with the opera houses in Stuttgart (Wilhelma Theater), Pforzheim and Kraków. She took part in different recordings of early music, among others in: A. Melani’s oratorio “Golia abbattuto” dir. by J. Żak, audiovisual recording of the pieces from Grüssau manuscripts, Bibliotheca Rudolphina Project and contemporary lute music (“Amoretti” by M. Stachowski, soundtrack for Molière’s “L’école des femmes” for polish TV dir. by J. Stuhr). Anna Wiktoria is one of the editors in Le Luth Doré Project and teaches lute at the Secondary Music School in Kraków and at the Academy of Music in Katowice (Poland).

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