About Us

Magdalena Krzywda i Sławomir Witkowski

    Guitar-vocal duet started their music adventure in the year 2000. From the very beginning they have been a success in many town and all – Poland festivals. The most important are:


2000

   1st place in Poetry Set to Music Contest, Dąbrowa Górnicza


2001

   1st place for Post-junior High Schools and the Special Award for the Artistic Event of the Festival – IV Festival of Foreign Song, Knurów


   2nd place in Central Meeting of the Laureates of the Poetry Set to Music Tournament, Włocławek


2002

   1st place in the Regional English Song Contest, Chorzów


2006

   Grand Prix VI All-Poland Poetical Song Contest for ‘Gold (Water) Mill Wheel’, Stargard Szczeciński


   the Agnieszka Osiecka main prize – XXXIII All-Poland Castle Meetings ‘Let's Sing Poetry’, Olsztyn


   An award – 42nd Cracow Student Song Festival


2007

   An award – 11th All-Poland Artistic Song Festival (OFPA), Rybnik


   1st Place – 4th ‘Smooth music meetings’, Gdańsk


   3rd place in X All-Poland Contest ‘Let's remember Osiecka’, Warszawa



    At first, their disparate music interests met in poetry set to music. Soon they opened to different music styles either. They started to perform Christian songs, pop, classical music (a series of impressionist Spanish songs by Manuel de Falla) and finally… jazz.


    At the turn of June and July the duet has had their first record out called 'Sapphire'. It's the attempt of putting their former work together. Therefore, among all the 14 CD pieces, there are both a few well-known pop and jazz standards and their own compositions ('The Sapphire Romance' – K.I.Gałczyński's poem and 'Request' – priest J.Twardowski's poem). Some of the pieces are guitar solos and the last two are accompanied by a string quartet.


    In January 2008 they performed during the opening of Chorzów Cultural Centre (to the accompaniament of Rozrywka Theatre orchestra), whereas in May – in the oldest German jazz club Henkelmann and Jazz am See Festival in Iserlohn.


    Twice – in 2006 and 2008, as a token of their appreciation, they were nominated for the Mayor of the city of Chorzów Award in culture field for artistic achievements.


mail: mail@sapphire.art.pl

Sławomir Witkowski

a guitar player, a composer and an arranger, a graduate of the Academy of Music in Katowice. He has performed with New Music Orchestra conducted by prof. Aleksander Lasoń, the Silesian Philharmonic, the Silesian String Quartet and the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice. He has performed three times in International Festival of Contemporary Music ‘Warsaw Autumn’. He has recorded for the Polish Radio.

He has made a debut as a composer with the music to ‘The Resurreciton’ performance, which opening night took place in April 2005 in Rozrywka Theatre in Chorzów. He is also a singer and a conductor of the male choir Schola Cantorum Minorum Chosoviensis singing Gregorian chant, as well as a chamber mixed choir and orchestra Circulum. Since 2006 he has had an honour of serving as a cantor in St Jadwiga parish in Chorzów.


mail: slawomirwitkowski@wp.pl

Magdalena Krzywda

a singer and a teacher, a graduate of the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice – theory of Music.

She has been continually singing with Sławek since the year 2000 performing in Poland as well as abroad. In 2001 she started cooperation with Chorzów Big Band ‘Darek Band’, she performed with during IX Big Band Festival in Nowy Tomyśl, where she was awarded as the best vocalist.

Since 2006 Magda has conducted Female Ancient Music Choir Nativitatis, acting by St. Maria Magdalene Church in Chorzów. Its main interests are Gregorian chant and early polyphony.


mail: magda_krzywda@wp.pl