St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Romana Szczepaniak – violin, Grzegorz Mania – piano

Tuesday, 10 July at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Romana Szczepaniak – violin, Grzegorz Mania – pianoRomana Szczepaniak – violin, Grzegorz Mania – piano

F Chopin

Four Mazurkas op. 17

J Brahms

Violin sonata no. 3 in D minor, op. 108

  i. Allegro

 ii. Adagio

iii. Un poco presto e con sentimento

iv. Presto agitato

H Wieniawski

Polonaise in D major

Romana Szczepaniak studied at the Padarewski Music Academy in Poznan. She then continued her studies at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with Krzysztof Smietana, and at the Royal College of Music with Professor Maciej Rakowski. Romana enjoys her career as a soloist, chamber musician, teacher and orchestral session player. She regularly performs as a soloist with Silk Street Sinfonia.

She has taken part in many music festivals and masterclasses across Europe, and has performed in, among others, Cadogan Hall, the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Festival Hall, St John's, Smith Square, and Kings Place. Romana is a winner of numerous competitions and awards - Musicians Benevolent Fund Postgraduate Performance Award (London 2012, 2013), the Kenneth Page Foundation (UK 2011, special award for a Lutoslawski performance), violin competitions in Pontivrea (1st prize, Italy 2007), Premia Rok Jakaj (3rd prize, Italy 2007) and in Poznan (national competition, 1st prize, Poland 2003).

Romana has worked and taken masterclasses with such artists as Leonid Kerbel, Peter Schuhmayer, Carole Presland, Mark Messenger, Hannah Dawson, Charles Owen, Caroline Palmer, Madeleine Mitchell, Charles Roscoe, the Belcea Quartet and the Sacconi Quartet.

Grzegorz Mania graduated with distinction from the Music Academy in Krakow, where he studied piano under Professor Stefan Wojtas. He is also a graduate (distinction) of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama where he was tutored by Martin Roscoe, Charles Owen and Caroline Palmer. Grzegorz is also a graduate of the Jagiellonian University, where he read law and recently obtained a PhD for a dissertation about music and copyright.

He works as a soloist, with orchestra, as an accompanist and chamber musician, as well as regularly duetting with Alicja Smietana, Romana Szczepaniak, Maria Slawek (violinists), and the pianist Piotr Rozanski. He is a member of the Extra Sounds Ensemble - the group has recently recorded a CD for Solo Musica, München with pieces by Corelli, Vivaldi, Schnittke and Kreisler.

Grzegorz has played in many important halls and during many national and international festivals in Poland and abroad - UK, France, Austria, Italy, Norway, Iceland, Vietnam, Israel and the USA. Performing at the International Chamber Music Workshops in Pulawy (Poland, 2003-2005), he has also been a finalist in a number of international solo and chamber competitions from 2002 to the present. He won numerous awards for an outstanding accompaniment during national and international instrumental competitions.

He has played in masterclasses for, among others, Jerome Rose, Victor Rosenbaum, Wolfgang Redik, Tadeusz Gadzina, Anthony Spiri, Peter S. Buck and Piotr Reichert. He has received coaching from Alexander Baillie, Ewa Bukojemska, Krzysztof Smietana, Wiesław Kwasny, Altenberg Trio, Alisdair Beatson, Carole Presland, Krzysztof Chorzelski and Jan Janski.

Grzegorz is a co-founder and president of the Polish Chamber Musicians' Association. He is also a co-author of an innovative sight-reading handbook for pianists published by prestigious PWM Edition, famous for its Chopin edition.

Romana Szczepaniak graduated from the Padarewski Music Academy in Poznan, the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the Royal College of Music. She enjoys her career as a soloist, chamber musician, teacher and orchestral session player, and is a founder and member of the Vaska string quartet. She also runs and co-founded the concert series St Johns Music.

Soloist, accompanist and chamber musician Grzegorz Mania graduated with distinctions from the Music Academy in Krakow and from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama where he was tutored by Martin Roscoe, Charles Owen and Caroline Palmer. He is also a graduate of the Jagiellonian University, where he read law and recently obtained a PhD for a thesis about music and copyright.