“The 3rd Concert Great Artists for Little Patients is a continuation of the charity cycle launched two years ago with the participation of the world's greatest opera stars. Sharing their extraordinary talent and craftsmanship pro bono with the audience, they open the hearts of those who have a chance to contribute to another great project for the largest children's hospital in Poland, which is the Children's Memorial Health Institute. When creating this series, I never dreamed that it would be possible to create so much thanks to the audience and partners with a beautiful heart from the business world.
These events have an unusual and extremely effective visual setting to show the Great Artists in a wonderful, unique scenery of lights with visualizations created especially for the repertoire.
I have a great pleasure to be the host of this evening, because for several years my attribute is also the word, not only the sound of the violin. Everything I do to create beautiful and modern hospital interiors for children is created thanks to emotions conveyed in dozens of conversations with company bosses. It is thanks to these great decisions that new modernizations are made, today worth over PLN 4.5 million. Combining the nobility of the business world with art gives me great fulfillment and is my passion.
I invite you to a unique evening with the magical voice of the Star of the Evening - Jakub Józef Orliński, who brings the world to its knees.
The total income from the concert and world paid streaming will be allocated to the comprehensive, huge modernization of the Admission Room and the Registration Hall of 30 specialist clinics of the Institute "Children's Memorial-Health Center" - so that children will be beautiful even when it is so difficult. "
dr hab. Patrycja Piekutowska President of the Foundation
Jakub Józef Orliński is a young Polish countertenor who immediately delighted the international audience with his stage presence and unusual timbre. His endearing appearance and expression of his performances earned him a lot of die-hard fans around the world. He broke into the world elite of opera singers by storm, selling out concerts in the most prestigious concert halls. His two solo albums immediately became operatic hits. He instantly attracted the attention of both the public and the media around the world. He was hailed the successor of the famous French singer Philippe Jaroussky, who for the last two decades was considered the best countertenor in the world. The popularity of JJ Orliński, especially among younger audiences, is undoubtedly influenced by the fact that he indulges in breaking (he dances break-dance) in his free time. His unconventional behavior on stage, combined with bold stylizations, open up the somewhat hermetic world of opera to completely new audiences.
Jakub Józef Orliński (born 1990) graduated from the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw under the supervision of Anna Radziejewska. Then he joined the prestigious Opera Academy program at the Grand Theater in Warsaw, where he was trained, among others, by Eytan Pessen and Matthias Rextroth. He continued his studies with Edith Wiens at the famous New York City The Juilliard School, as part of a Fulbright Polska scholarship (2015-2017), where he obtained a diploma in opera singing. He is a laureate of numerous vocal competitions in Europe and the United States. It performs both at famous opera and concert stages (Opéra de Lille, Oper Frankfurt, Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center in New York) and at prestigious music festivals (Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Festival d'Aix-en-Provence ). In 2018, the French publishing house Erato (Warner Classics group) released his debut solo album entitled "Anima Sacra", recorded with the famous international orchestra "Il Pomo d'Oro" conducted by the Russian conductor Maxim Jemieljanychev. The album received the prestigious Opus Klassik award for the best solo recording (2019). A year after his debut, his second album was released. Facce d'amore. Both albums hit the top of the opera age rankings of prestigious music magazines. JJ Orliński also performed on several albums by other performers, or being a record of opera performances. In autumn, the premiere of Orlinski's third solo album "Anima Aeterna", another recorded with the orchestra "Il Pomo d'Oro", is expected.
Jakub Józef Orliński is the winner of the "Gramophone Classical Music Award" (2019) for the best young artist, the winner of the "Singer of the Year" (2020) title by the prestigious German magazine "Opernwelt" and "Polityka's Passport" (2019) in the classical music category . The play Agrippina (Handel), in which he performed, was nominated for a Grammy in 2020. In May 2021, his album "Facce d'amore" received the 2021 International Opera Awards - Best Recital of the Year in the solo recital category. This extremely prestigious award is also called the Music Oscar!
Patrycja Piekutowska, an outstanding violinist - soloist, habilitated doctor of musical arts, philanthropist. From February, president of the Virtuosa Foundation founded by Colliers International, created to continue efforts to modernize children's hospitals and combine business and art to raise funds for hospitals.
For 5 years he has been the originator and organizer of charity events for children's hospitals. In the last two years, she was responsible for the coordination and implementation of projects, for which she obtained 4.5 million PLN in the business world.
Winner of the 1st place in the Puls Biznesu poll "Business Woman 2020" in the category of social activity.
During 23 years of her solo career, she played over 1,000 concerts in 40 countries around the world, performing in such prestigious concert halls as: Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Sala São Paulo and Teatro Guaíra in Brazil, Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in Nowy York and the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing.
She has recorded 12 CDs. She is a laureate of many record awards in Western Europe, including the Midem Cannes Classic Award. 7 years ago, she became the producer of her unique and only entertainment album, My Journey, about 12 cities on 4 continents with which the artist is associated in a special way. Thanks to this album, it has reached many listeners who do not have to be classical music lovers.
Piekutowska is the recipient of the Future Leader diploma of the Emblem of the Now Poland Foundation for special merits in combining art and business. Three years ago, she also carried out an original project of interviews with Polish classical music stars, "Muzyczny Olimp", for the online edition of the Vogue magazine.
From 2015, she was the initiator and organizer of the series of 7 concerts "Open Hearts-Masters of Music, Business and Cardiac Surgery for Children", as an ambassador of the Children's Heart Foundation. Between the concerts, it gathered partners from the business world, who donated nearly PLN 700,000 for the purchase of several equipment for cardiac surgery and cardiology departments in Warsaw, Kraków, Łódź and Gdańsk.
Since 2019, it has been working mainly for the Children's Memorial Health Institute. He is the creator of the concert project "Great Artists for Little Patients" with the participation of the world's greatest opera stars.
Decorated with the bronze medal of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage Gloria Artis.
Aleksander Dębicz is an extremely versatile pianist and composer. The main stream of his artistic activity are improvisations of works of classical music, which in an extremely refined and uncompromising way transforms with elements of modern sounds. His adventure with phonography began with compositions inspired by, among others, film music. They were on the debut album "Cinematic Piano" released in 2015 by Warner Classics. Two years later, a very special album was released with original interpretations of JS Bach's works, recorded together with the excellent cellist, Marcin Zdunik. The album was nominated for Fryderyk in the Album of the Year category, and the transcriptions prepared jointly by the Artists aroused the admiration of the audience during numerous concerts.
Aleksander Dębicz also composes music for films, radio plays and theater performances, including collaborates with the Polish Theater in Warsaw. Already at the beginning of his career, at the age of only 24, he won the only instant composition competition for a film in the world - Transatlantyk Instant Composition Contest.
In 2018, the Artist's third album, "Invention" (Warner Classics), was released, where he presented his unique interpretation of all JS Bach's Inventions and Sinfonia, which breaks the existing patterns. It is a bold combination of tradition and modernity, baroque, hip-hop, improvisation and classics. The album was nominated for Fryderyk 2019 and received excellent reviews.
He gives concerts both in Poland and abroad, he has performed incl. in Germany, France, USA, Romania, Austria, Turkey and Italy.
Łukasz Kuropaczewski is an excellent guitarist who has been giving concerts for several years as a soloist and chamber musician in many countries around the world, he has performed incl. in Russia, Germany, England, Spain, Serbia, Greece, Japan, China, Canada, as well as in Belarus, Iceland, Mexico and Panama.
He has performed in renowned concert halls, such as Carnegie Hall in New York, Royal Festival Hall in London, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow.
He has recorded seven albums, three of which were nominated for the Fryderyk Award in the categories of Best Album of Polish Music, Chamber Music and Solo Recital.
The artist is also a recognized educator, he regularly conducts courses and master classes in Europe and the Americas. In 2007-2010 he was a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and since 2008 he has been a lecturer at the Academy of Music in Poznań.
For years, he has performed many premiere performances of guitar works both in Poland and in the world.
The artist plays the guitars of Ross Gutmeier (USA) and Leszek Gajdzik. He uses Savarez Alliance Corum strings.
Piotr Sułkowski, an outstanding conductor, general and artistic director of the Warmian-Masurian Philharmonic in Olsztyn, habilitated doctor of musical arts. He also teaches conducting at the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz as an associate professor. He has extensive opera experience, gained during many years of work as a conductor and then artistic director at the Krakow Opera, he also co-created the Krakow Chamber Opera. He was Music Director of the Wildwood Festival Opera Orchestra AR (USA) and Principal Guest Conductor of the Signature Symphony Orchestra (2008 - 2014) in Tulsa (USA).
In 2018, he conducted a special concert devoted to Polish music with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as one of the concerts of the Krzysztof Penderecki Festival on the occasion of the composer's 85th birthday.
In 2010, he prepared the premiere of Carmen by G. Bizet in Pamplona, Spain with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Navarra, and realized L. van Beethoven's international opera project Fidelio - Holocaust Victims, which won excellent reviews, among others in the prestigious British magazine Opera. A year later, under his leadership, performances of the opera Tosca by G. Puccini with the Symphony Orchestra of the Warmia and Mazury Philharmonic were prepared in Pamplona and Bilbao.
One of the greatest phonographic successes is the 2016 studio recording of Feliks Nowowiejski's oratorio "Quo Vadis", with the participation of world-famous opera stars Aleksandra Kurzak, Artur Ruciński and Rafał Siwek.
In 2013, the Warmia and Mazury Business Club awarded him the title and the Personality of Warmia and Mazury statuette in the culture category, for artistic activity and popularizing classical music among the inhabitants of the Warmia and Mazury region. Honored with the Gloria Artis Medal for Merit to Culture, as well as the Silver Cross of Merit. Coordinator of the Warmia and Mazury Region for the organization of the 200th anniversary of Stanisław Moniuszko's birth.