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szymon marciniak


Szymon Marciniak is recognized as one of major young masters on his instrument. Through his original musical approach and lively interpretations of classical bass-repertoire as well as transcriptions, he constantly receives acclaim and enthusiastic reactions from listeners and critics alike. He has perform as recitalist and soloist in most European countries as well as Canada and United States. His debut double CD with solo sonatas and miniatures by Adolf Mišek (1875-1955), released in 2012 has been warmly received by international press, getting reviews by such renowned magazines as Fanfare or The Strad.


Szymon’s wide range of musical interests enabled him to perform repertoire from Baroque to Contemporary music in variety of different settings and combinations. He has worked with such distinguished artists and ensembles as Gustav Rivinius, Philip Setzer (Emerson String Quartet), Dmitri Ashkenazy, James Campbel, Philippe Graffin, Mirijam Contzen, Gil Sharon, Vera Beths, Paolo Giacometti, Lars Wouters van den Oudenweijer, Grigorij Zhyslin, Steven Dann, Barry Shiffman, Auryn Quartet, Faure Quartett, Gemeaux Quartett. As soloist Szymon has performed with the Münchener Kammerorchester, Schweriner Kammerorchester, Staatskapelle Schwerin, Anhaltische Philharmonie Dessau, Camerata Nova Szczecin, Kammersymphonie Berlin, the Folkwang Kammerorchester Essen and the Atheneum Kamerorkest. In may 2012 he has made successful solo debut with the Residentie Orkest and Maestro Neeme Järvi, performing Concerto by Eduard Tubin (1905-1982).


In June 2013 Szymon successfully debuted in United States with a recital at the International ISB Convention at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester NY. On march 9th 2014 he performed a recital with pianist Evan Mitchell at the international TCU Double Bass Festival in Fort Worth, Texas. The recital has been broadcast live worldwide on Youtube.


2007-2013 Szymon has served as principal bass for the Residentie Orkest Den Haag (The Hague Philharmonic Orchestra). He is also frequently invited as guest principal bass for number of internationally renowned orchestras and ensembles such as The Philharmonia, BBC Orchestra of Wales, BBC Philharmonic Manchester, Rundfunk Sinfonie Orchester Berlin, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Münchener Kammerorchester, Ensemble Modern and Spira Mirabillis, to name a few. He is member of the New European Ensemble. In autumn of 2013 he has joined the Bass Monsters, international bass-quartet performing rock and pop, combining elements of classical playing technique with modern sound technology.


Some contemporary composers dedicated their works for Szymon, so Jürg Baur (1918-2010) who wrote the opera Der Roman mit dem Kontrabass adapted from the book by A. Tchehov and including some both lyrical and virtuosic bass soli. The premiere in Düsseldorf in November 2005 was highly acclaimed. The German press named Marciniak ‘an exceptional double-bass player’. More recently Dutch composer Chiel Meijering (1954) has written his first work for bass and piano called The Ultimate Workout which Szymon premiered in December 2012.


Szymon has given number of masterclasses in Europe (Germany, Netherlands, Denmark). From 2011 until 2013 he has taught double-bass at the Prins Claus Conservatory in Groningen (Netherlands).


Szymon Marciniak performs on a French instrument made in 1945 by Charles Quenoil.

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questions & amswers

Which piece got you interested in new music?

Hard to pick up one. For me a contemporary music means an undefined territory, something unknown. It can be stylistically anything, the musical world of today is so full of diverse influences and musical cultures and that's what constantly drives me to discover something new!


What makes playing new music in the New European Ensemble satisfying and worthwhile?

Every form of chamber music is exciting as it demands communication and interaction between performers. That's for me one of most important aspect of being musician at all.

People often seem feared when they hear "modern" or "contemporary music" because they associate this in their mind with some "heavy serious" music that they rather don't want to listen to. The reality is different, as the world today is influenced by all sorts of music, not just classical, but also rock, pop, jazz, ethnic, all sorts of cross over etc. All this inspires modern composers around the world and reflects in their music. To be able to explore the world of today's music with the group of friends that you like to play with is unique experience.


which non-classical music do you like?

As I was teenager I was totally into progressive rock from Great Britain. I still love bands like Pink Floyd, Genesis, Queen... I also listen to a lot of jazz. But these days the style of music I listen too becomes less and less meaningful to me. I try to be very open. I guess anything that has its soul, space and it's communicated with honesty- will speak to me.

New European Ensemble is supported by Fonds Podiumkunsten (from 2017) and the city of The Hague