"His (Orlinskis) ornamentation is stylistically perfect."TOCCATA, 11-1-2019
Polish countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński has gained a reputation as a singer of striking vocal beauty and daring stage craft. Trained at The Juilliard School and the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, he participated in the prestigious young artist program Opera Academy at Teatr Wielki - Opera Narodowa. He is a Grand Finals winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and the first place winner of the Marcella Sembrich International Vocal Compeition.
An avid interpreter of the roles of Handel, Mr. Orlinki has performed in Europe and the United States in a wide range of repertoire spanning early music to modern compostitions. He has triumphed in many vocal competitions including the Moniuszko Vocal Competition, the International Early Music Vocal Competition, and the Mazovian Golden Voices Competition in Poland, Rudolf Petrák’s Singing Competition in Slovakia, the Debut Competition in Germany, and Le Grand Prix de l’Opera in Bucharest, Romania. He was the first counter tenor to win the Oratorio Society of New York’s Solo Competition.
In his spare time, Mr. Orliński enjoys breakdancing, in addition to other styles of dance. His achievements in this medium include prizes in many dance competitions. He has been featured in videos for the street wear company CROPP, as well as featured as a dancer, model and acrobat in campaigns for Levi’s, Nike, Turbokolor, Samsung, Mercedes-Benz, MAC Cosmetics, Danon, and Algida
Polish mezzo-soprano studied at the Frederic Chopin University of Music in Warsaw with prof. Izabella Kłosinska, in Rome at Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia with prof. Rebecca Berg and Sara Mingardo, and at the University of Music in Vienna with prof. Claudia Visca.
In 2012 she won 3rd price and the Audience Price at the International Cesti Opera Competition in Innsbruck. She is also the winner of 2nd price and many special awards on Internationaler Hilde Zadek Gesangswettbewerb 2013 in Vienna. From saison 2014/2015 was a member of Junges Ensemble at Theater an der Wien.
During those two seasons in Vienna she has sang the roles of Tisbe at the opening premiere of La Cenerentola of G. Rossini, as well like Annio in La Clemenza di Tito of W. A. Mozart, Olga in Eugen Oniegin of P. I. Tschaikovsky, Armida in Rinaldo of G.F. Handel, Roccolina in Gli Uccellatori of. L. F. Gassman, Concepcion in L’heure espagnole of M. Ravel, and title role in Carmen of G. Bizet .
In the summer of 2016 she made her debut in Glyndenbourne singing Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro of Mozart. In 2016 she sang also in Verdi’s Macbeth, together with Placido Doming in Theater an der Wien. In 2017 she sang in Teatr Wielki in Warsaw being part of the Korngold Die Tote Stadt opera production staged by M.Treliński.
Natalia participated in many musical festivals such as Haendelfestspiele Halle, Oude Musik Festival in Utrecht (Netherlands), Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival in Germany. Natalia is soloist in European baroque ensemble Il Giardino d’Amore, she made her Carnegie Hall debut with this ensemble in 2014.
Il Giardino d’Amore was founded in 2012 in Cracow. In the years 2012 & 2013 the orchestra performed at festivals such as the Bach Festival in Vienna, Utrecht Oude Muziek Festival, Tartini Festival in Piran.
In autumn 2013 the orchestra held their first tour in the USA and Canada, and performed at Festival of Early Music Celebration in New York. In 2014 Il Giardino performed in the prestigious concert hall of Mozarteum in Salzburg, as well as was invited to the festival in Oslo, Norway. During their second tour in USA they performed in Carnegie Hall New York and California, where members of Il Giardino led the master class at the Universities of Los Angeles and San Diego.
Years 2013 – 2018 are dedicated to French music. This fascination started by the recording Cantates & Petits Macarons, the CD with french cantatas in 2013, than presentation of the opera ballet by J.Ph.Rameau – Les Indes Galantes in 2015 and 2016, and it will continue this season by performance of another Rameau’s opera - ballet – Naïs.
The aim in 2016 was focused in large projects with polish sacred music. 2016 tour in US was dedicated entirely to the promotion, and popularization of this fascinating music. The fruit of this dissertation is the CD ” The Heart of Europe”.
The orchestra has recorded several CD’s for Ëvoe Records label.
Stefan Plewniak - violinist and conductor, received his training in is hometown, Krakow, where he studied with prof. B. Śliwicka-Wysocka at the Krakow Academy of Music. He continued his studies with prof. I.Strauss in Prague Music Academy, prof. R. Szreder at Maastricht Conservatory and prof F. Fernandez at Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris.
His interest in baroque music was sparked during collaboration with Les Gôuts Reunis ensemble in the Netherlands. Subsequently, he has performed with many significant ensembles and orchestras, such as Kammeroper Köln, Warsaw Polish Radio Orchestra and Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra.
He collaborated with many renowned ensembles as a concertmaster in den Hague, Paris and Salzburg. He also cooperated with leading orchestras in Europe such as William Christie's Les Arts Florissants in Paris and Jordi Savall's Le Concert des Nations in Barcelona.
He is the founder of Il Giardino d'Amore orchestra in Vienna/ Cracow and Capella dell’ Ospedale della Pietà in Venice. In 2016 he founded new symphony orchestra The FeelHarmony.
He appeared as a soloist and leader at many important festivals in Europe, USA and China, among others Oude Muzik Festival Utrecht, Bach Festival Vienna, Tartini Festival Pirano, Styriarte Festival Graz, Early Music Celebration New York. He made his debut as a soloist in Mozarteum Salzburg and New York Carnegie Hall in 2014. Stefan Plewniak regularly presents masterclasses in Oslo, Norway as well as at the University of South California in L.A. and San Diego.
He is specializing in the opera and ballet repertoire.
Georg Frideric Handel was a composer from the Baroque period. Handel wrote primarily music-dramatic works: 42 operas, 29 oratorios, more than 120 cantatas, trios and duets, which comes to a total amount of almost 2000 arias! Furthermore, he composed English, Italian and Latin sacred music, serenades and odes. Among his instrumental music are several organ concertos, concerti grossi, overtures, oboe sonatas and violinsonates, along with many solo works for harpsichord and organ.
Together with Johann Sebastian Bach, who was born in the same year (1685), Handel is viewed as one of the greatest composers of his time. He was extremely prolific and wrote in total more than 610 works, many of which are still performed today.
Compared to his contemporaries Bach, Telemann and Scarlatti, Handel was by far the most cosmopolitan. When Handel was a child, his father, who was a surgeon at the court of Saxe-Weissenfels, imagined a juridical career for him. But his musical talents did not go unnoticed at the court, which forced the father to let him study music. In Hamburg, Handel befriended Mattheson. Together they visited Buxtehude, the greatest organ player of his time, in 1703 (two years before Bach did). At that time, Handel was already an excellent musician, but it wasn't until his stay in Italy - the land of opera - that his talents and skills truly started to flourish. Back in Germany, he received a position at the court of Hannover, where the noblemen had a connection to the British throne. Thanks to these connections, Handel decided to move to London, after which a puzzling history of intrigues and political games started. For example, it is unclear what the exact political message of his famous Water Music is, which was composed for a boat ride on the river Thames by King George. Initially, Handel focused on Italian opera during his stay in London, but from the 1730s onwards he started composing English spoken oratorios, with the celebrated Messiah at its peak.
His (Orlinskis) ornamentation is stylistically perfect.
Vocal delights of two unknown Polish singers so far, the countertenor Jakub Josef Orlinski and the mezzo soprano Natalia Kawalek.
Kerk & leven, 10-7-2018
Natalia Kawałek has a fine soprano extension and harmonizes well with Orliński, besides which it sounds tighter. At the end of the duet Rodelinda/Bertarido from "Rodelinda" the voices circle around each other in ornaments.
The two young Polish singers, Natalie Kawalek and Jakub Josef Orlsinski, master the Baroque stylistic with confidence.
Fono Forum, 01-7-2018
The young Polish countertenor Jakub Józef Orlinski gets on with Handel
Orliński is the dominant figure - by virtue of the rich quality of its countertenor, which is balanced in all registers, responds well in height and naturally develops power in depth; in addition there are incredibly long phrases, light-footed coloraturas, sometimes accompanied by an excited tremor.
Das Theatermagazin, 18-5-2018
Outstanding view into the work of the Londoner of choice (Handel).
Orliński convinced as a whole with...a rounder tone, more subtly sung phrase ends and a timbre that has great intensity especially in the melancholic passages.
...two attractive voices, of which we should still keep to hear.
A wonderful introduction to Händel's heavenly, lyrical art for two. Magnificent. An absolute musthave!
And discover on occasion even the sublime album "Vivaldi Carnevale di Venezia" by dell'Ospedale Cappella della Pietà, also on the label Evoe Music.