Rising star is remarkably composed
music of young Adelaide composer Jakub Jankowski from Aberfoyle Park has been commissioned by Australia’s premier music touring organisation, Musica Viva, for a national tour.
His concerto for cello and piano Aspects of Return, will be presented in concerts across Australia, including Adelaide, by international soloists, cellist Nicolas Altstaedt and pianist Aleksandar Madzar.
The work was commissioned for Musica Viva by its artistic director Karl Vine, a composer himself, who pursues a policy of bringing New Australian works to the Musica Viva stage. “I spent a long time wondering who I would ask to write music for these two terrific musicians, Nicolas Altstaedt and Aleksandar Madzar, and while I was wondering this, I just happened on the music of this composer I had never heard of before,” Vine says.
When he discovered that Jankowski was still a student at the University of Adelaide’s Elder Conservatorium of Music, and was a cellist to boot, he became interested. “And then I heard his music for cello, a concerto for two cellos, and it was striking music, quite original, but with a unique take on the relationship between musicians, and he became my first choice,” he says.
Jankowski, pictured, received a $20,000 grant to compose the two works, the first, Octet, was performed at the Musica Viva Festival this year. He composes in his bedroom at home and has written for a wide range of ensembles.
His first instrument was guitar, followed by cello, and his further education in music was despite attending a maths and science school.
His 20-minute concerto will be played alongside Romantic and modern cello sonatas by Debussy, Barber, Boulanger and Shostakovich.
It’s described as a technical challenge that explores the various sounds that a cello can make, as well as requiring whistling and drumming from its performers. SEE: NICOLAS ALTSTAEDT AND ALEKSANDAR MADŽAR, SEPTEMBER 21, ADELAIDE TOWN HALL