CGQ

About

Natalia Jarząbek – flute
Damian Świst – oboe
Tomasz Sowa – clarinet
Małgorzata Wygoda – bassoon
Konrad Gołda – french horn

Woodwind quintet performing repertoire from classicism to contemporary music. Apart from interpreting world-renowned pieces by Wolfgang A. Mozart, Carl Nielsen, Jacques Ibert, Samuel Barber and György Ligeti, the ensemble specializes in performing and promoting the musical heritage of Poland, including world premieres and recordings of 20th-century and recent classical music compositions.

Shortly after the ensemble was founded in 2015, it received first prizes at the International Music Competition in London and the International Review of Chamber Ensembles in Jawor (Poland). In the next years Quintet won first prizes at the International Competition ‘Davorin Jenko’ in Belgrade, eMuse Competition in Greece, ENKOR International Music Competition in Düsseldorf, International Music Competition in Madrid, and Melos International Music Competition in Rome, as well as the second prize and two special prizes at the Stanisław Moniuszko International Competition of Polish Music in Rzeszów (Poland, 2019) organized by the National Institute of Music and Dance. The ensemble has been invited to a number of festivals, including the Alexander Arutiunian International Wind Festival in Armenia, ISA Festival in Austria, Crusell Festival in Finland. Quintet has performed at the celebrated Academia Santa Cecilia in Rome, as well as the most important philharmonics and classical music venues in Poland.

Quintet works with such labels as Warner Classics, DUX and ORF (Austria). In 2020, DUX released the ensemble’s first album, featuring works by Polish composers which was nominated for the Phonographic Academy awards FRYDERYK 2021 in the Chamber Music Album of the Year category. In 2021, Cracow Golden Quintet started working with pianist and composer Aleksander Dębicz. The ensemble took part in the recording of the musician’s latest album “Sideways” that was released on September 9, 2022 by Warner Classics. On the album you will be able to hear George Gershwin’s “Blue Rhapsody” in an arrangement for wind quintet and piano, and “The Portals” a new piece written by Dębicz.