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Workshop for jazz violin players

DATES: from 14th to 18th August 2017 (arrival to Lusławice 13th  of August in the evening, leaving Luslawice 19th of August in the morning)

PLACE: The Krzysztof Penderecki European Center for Music

RATES: 240 EURO registration by June 30th 2017. The rate contains: workshop, transportation on route Kraków-Lusławice-Kraków on 13th and 19th of August, accommodation in double rooms. Additional cost of meals is 60 PLN per day.

If you are interested in please send the application form. DOWNLOAD FILE


Attention!!! Atom String Quartet is available only on 14th of August afternoon and on 15th of August.


Workshop 2017, video: Eduardo Bortolotti






 Mark Feldman

 Atom String Quartet

Mario Forte


Mark Feldman

In 2006 he premiered the 2nd Violin Concerto of Jay Weigel with members of the Louisiana

Philharmonic Orchestra at the New Orleans Cultural Arts Center. In the past he was also a soloist with the WDR

Radio Orchestra and the Basil Symphonetta. He has performed and recorded the complete String Quartets of John Zorn (Tzadik Records) and his own works for string quartet in Book of Tells (Enja Records).

With the Abaton Trio, Mark has performed the works of composer Sylvie Courvoisier and recorded them for the ECM. In October 2006, with John Taylor, Anders Jormin, and Tom Rainey he released What Exit on the same label. Mark is currently a member of the John Abercrombie Quartet along with Joey Baron and Marc Johnson. The international concert tours have brought the recording of Open Land, Cat n’Mouse, and Class Trip also with ECM. He has performed concerts with Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor, Paul Bley, Billy Hart, Lee Konitz, Joe Lovano, Anthony Davis, Dave Douglas, Richard Galliano, The Arcado String Trio, Louis Sclavis, Muhal Richard

Abrams, Wolfgang Puschnig, Tim Berne, Dave Douglas, Mark Dresser, Uri Caine, and others.

Composer John Zorn has included Mark in many concert and recording projects in the past 10 years; these have included Massada String Trio, Bar Kokhba, film scores, chamber music and two CDs of his Masada compositions arranged for violin and piano: Masada Recital and Malphas: Book of Angels Vol. 3 on Tzadik Records.

Feldman’s compositions have been commissioned and performed by the Kronos Quartet and the WDR Radio Orchestra. In commercial music he has appeared as a studio musician with Cheryl Crow, The Manhattan Transfer, Diana Ross, Carol King, and others.


Mario Forte, a violinist, composer and conductor. He took interest in music at the age of three, and began to play the violin a year later to continue musical training for 22 years, as a student of five conservatories,

including the National Superior Conservatory of Paris for Music and Dance, which he graduated from in 2010. He joined master classes and studied with important musicians such as Glenn Ferris, Pierre De Bethmann,

François Théberge, Barry Harris, Riccardo Del Fra, Didier Lockwood, Mark Feldman, Evan Parker, Denis Cohen, Ida Haendel, David Liebman, Dominique Juchors, Laurent Korcia, and Dré Pallemaerts. In 2010–12 he composed and released his first album Walkin’ Tribute – Symphonic Project with a philharmonic orchestra and the famous trombone player Glenn Ferris. One of the pieces, Time Signature, was awarded the 1st Prize at the International AES Competition in Munich. In 2011, was appointed professor of the Faculty of Jazz Music at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland.


Atom String Quartet is one of the most intriguing string quartets in the world, and also one of best Polish jazz bands. The group combines the capabilities of a string quartet (i.e. two violins, viola and cello) with improvisation in its broad sense. The set of instruments of a chamber music ensemble, which is most classic and firmly established in music tradition, enables the artists to search for new sound and formal achievements. It is difficult to define, in an explicit way, the music style of the group. Its music output, besides jazz, shows sources of inspiration coming from Polish folk, music of various regions of the world, and also contemporary and classical music.

The quartet was established in Warsaw in 2010, and is created by the violinists: Dawid Lubowicz and Mateusz Smoczyński, the violist – Michał Zaborski and cellist – Krzysztof Lenczowski. All of them graduated from Warsaw Frederic Chopin University of Music. Since winning the Grand Prix of the 13th Bielska Zadymka Jazz Festival in 2011, the band constantly performs at the greatest music festivals of the world, such as: Berliner Jazztage, Jazz Baltica, Leipziger Jazztage, Cairo Jazz Festival, Katara European Jazz Festival, Festival Veranos de la Villa Madrid, Gaume Jazz Festival, Manchester Jazz Festival, Jazzycolors Festival Paris, Salzburger Festspiele, Jazz Jamboree and Solidarity of Arts. Atom String Quartet is also the first and only Polish group that played at the European jazz fair jazzahead! in Bremen (2015).

The group recorded three original records: “Fade In” – which received the Polish music award “Fryderyk” for Jazz Debut of the Year (2011), “Places” (2012) – which got “Fryderyk” for Album of the Year – Jazz (2012) and “AtomSPHERE”, which was nominated to “Fryderyk” for Jazz Album of the Year (2015). All records were released by Kayax. The band’s discography also contains significant live concert albums with special projects, i.e.: Leszek Możdżer and Friends “Live in Berlin Philharmonic III”, Grzech Piotrowski World Orchestra “Live in Gdańsk”, String Big Band “Live in Trójka”, and Dorota Miśkiewicz “Piano.pl”. The musicians of Atom String Quartet are constantly invited to other artists’ recording sessions, e.g. Zakopower “Drugie pół”, Kayah “Transoriental Orchestra” and “Gdy pada śnieg”, Natalia Kukulska “Ósmy plan”, Cezariusz Gadzina “The Fifth Element”, Rafał Grząka “Atom Accordion Quintet”, Grażyna Auguścik “Inspired by Lutosławski”, Tomasz Wendt “Behind The Strings”.


In 2017 two recordings of the band have been released: one is a joint project of Zakopower and the Atom String Quartet, and the other – Made in Poland recorded with the Leopoldinum Orchestra, with works of Karol Szymanowski, Grażyna Bacewicz, and Mikołaj Górecki presented together with Krzysztof Lenczowski’s Iława and Namysłowiak, and Dawid Lubowicz’s Ballada o śmierci Janosika (Ballad on the Death of Janosik).


Atom String Quartet received many awards, i.e. : “Grand Prix of Music Lovers Society” in the category New Hope of Music Lovers (2010) and Band of the Year (2016), “Gold Fiddle” at the 15th Polish Radio Folk Festival New Tradition (2012) and “Mateusz Trójki” (2015) in the category Jazz Music – Event. Since the beginning of Atom String Quartet’s activity its musicians gain high ranks in the survey “Jazz Top” of “Jazz Forum” magazine, including several times the first rank in the category Acoustic Band.