Jennifer Pike to curate Wigmore Hall concerts exploring her Polish heritage

Acclaimed British violinist, Jennifer Pike, will curate three concerts exploring four centuries of Polish music at London’s Wigmore Hall on Saturday 14 October 2017.

The programmes range from anonymous works from the sixteenth century to a new commission for harpsichord, violin and tape.

Jennifer Pike, whose mother was born in Poland, will be joined by harpsichordist, Mahan Esfahani, violinist, Thomas Gould, cellist, Guy Johnston, lutenist, Elizabeth Kenny, flautist, Eimear McGeown, and pianists, Petr Limonov and Tom Poster.

As part of her residency at Wigmore Hall, Jennifer Pike will also work with the Hall’s Learning Programme.

Jennifer Pike said:

‘Polish Music Day at Wigmore Hall is the culmination of a special three-year journey of mine exploring some of the most sublime and soul-searching instrumental music spanning four centuries of Poland’s cultural history. I came across Knapik’s Partita, for instance, in a secluded music shop in Krakow and was immediately blown away by its sound world. It plumbs the depths of the human spirit relentlessly with its extremes of earth-shattering intensity, shimmering, almost minimalist textures and serene, other-worldly calm. I am also delighted to be giving premieres by Krzysztof Penderecki and rising star, Paulina Załubska.

‘The last few years have seen shifts in a global perspective that have been alarming to many. At such time, music’s power to enrich lives, deepen our understanding of other cultures and send a powerful message of inclusion and respect cannot be underestimated. I’m honoured to be playing alongside wonderful friends and close collaborators and I hope you’ll join us to celebrate and discover some well-loved masterpieces and hidden gems of Polish culture.’

Header photo: Jennifer Pike © Tom Barnes

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