Ris­ing star is re­mark­ably com­posed

The Advertiser - - ARTS - TIM LLOYD


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

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