Festival – 2022 edition

Mid-Europe Early Music Festival 2022 Kielce:


The Third Edition of the Mid-European Early Music Festival was a space of inspiring MEETINGS between cultures and styles. We hosted performers from six countries and had the opportunity to host students from all over Europe as part of the Kielcensis Academy. The tradition of French Baroque performance was represented by the outstanding harpsichordist Aline Zylberajch and the conductor and chamber musician Martin Gester.

Their artistic experience was met by the vocal group A Capella Leopolis from Lviv, which specialises in Baroque singing of the Greek-Catholic tradition. Their joint performance of Marc-Antoine Charpentier's oratorio works under the direction of Martin Gester was, we hoped, an extremely creative artistic challenge.

The ensemble from Lviv also presented, under the direction of Ludmila Kapustina, their own a capella repertoire perfectly fitting into the architecture of the Romanesque church in Szydłów covered with frescoes from the 14th century - a pearl of monuments of the Świętokrzyskie region.

Alongside A Capella Leopolis, we were able to host the outstanding vocal group Vox Clamantis from Tallinn, which, under the direction of Jaan-Eik Tulve, performs masterfully Gregorian chant, medieval polyphony and contemporary music, including compositions by Arvo Part.

As part of the Kielcensis Academy, we invited the choirs of our region, together with their conductors, to a workshop led by both Estonian and Ukrainian ensembles. We proposed the development of several pieces, which the choirs will perform at a joint concert.

Excellent Polish chamber soloists carried out a musical and choreographic project playing François Couperin's Royal Concertos accompanied by Czech dancers from Prague - Helena Kazarova's The Hartig Ensemble.

Also French music was the core of the programme of concerts by Capella Cracoviensis with soloist Magdalena Karolak - oboe and Bolette Roed (Denmark) - flute, as well as a 'violinist's tournament' performed by Robert Bachary, Grzegorz Lalka and Aline Zylberajch.

Under the baton of Marek Toporowski, Capella Cracoviensis played baroque music of the Lvov tradition accompanied by A Capella Leopolis.

And finally, there were some extraordinary encounters...


Kannel and Anna-Liisa Eller (Estonia). An unusual instrument, an unusual artist playing a peculiarly constructed type of zither like a harpsichord.... without keys. A superb performer of early music, contemporary music, as well as her own compositions.

Bastard ensemble. An unusual marriage of early music and jazz, improvisation and closed form, creations that break the stereotypes of classical music style and aesthetics.

Piotr Domagała and Marek Toporowski. Challenge. Baroque and harpsichord. Electric guitar and jazz. A meeting of two great masters of both form and improvisation.

Academia Kielcensis has invited students playing harpsichord, organ, violin, viola da gamba, recorders, oboe in addition to choral classes.


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Programme of the 2022 edition

  • 17 - 18 August 2022.I CONCERT

    Lidzbark Warmiński, Bishops' Castle
    Olsztyn Cathedral Museum:
    Anna Lisa Eller - Estonia - recital - Estonian harp : canal
  • 20 August 2022. II CONCERT

    Tarczek: St Idziego Church
    ANNA-LIISA ELLER (Estonia) - canal
    French and Italian Baroque music, contemporary music, improvisation
  • 21 August 2022. III CONCERT

    Ecomuseum Starachowice
    ANNA-LIISA ELLER ( Estonia ): canal : French and Italian baroque music, contemporary music, improvisations
  • 21 August 2022. IV CONCERT

    Cathedral Basilica in Kielce
    PAWEŁ WRÓBEL - organ, Schola Cantorum Kielcensis - vocal
  • 28 August 2022. V CONCERT

    Kielce: Cathedral Basilica
    Julita Miroslawska - soprano, Marek Toporowski - organ Mozart Exultate, Jubilate and French Baroque sacred music
  • 02 September 2022. VI CONCERT

    National Museum in Kielce, former Cracow Bishops' Palace
    The Hartig Ensemble (Czech Republic) - ballet, choreography by Helena Kazarova and Veronika Rebgerhova, Robert Bachara - violin, Marc Caudle - viola da gamba, Magdalena Karolak - oboe, Katarzyna Czubek - flute, Weronika Janyst - harpsichord, Concerts Royaux by François Couperin
  • 03 September 2022. VII CONCERT

    Starachowice - Culture Park, band shell
    Open-air performance "Music and dance at Versailles" by The Hartig Ensemble - ballet with choreography by Helena Kazarova and Veronika Rebgerhova,
  • 03 September 2022. VIII CONCERT

    Kielce: Holy Trinity Church in Kielce
    Marek Toporowski - organ: around Mozart
  • 04 September 2022. IX CONCERT

    04 September - Kielce: National Museum in Kielce, former Palace of the Bishops of Cracow
    Musicians of Kielce - Andrzej Ślązak, Krystian Krauz - piano and Academic Choir of the Kielce University of Technology Bach, Roger and vocal polyphony
  • 04 September 2022. X CONCERT

    04 September Wąchock: Cistercian Abbey
    Robert Bachara- violin, Krzysztof Firlus- viola da gamba, Magdalena Karolak- oboe, Katarzyna Czubek- flute, Weronika Janyst - harpsichord
    Concerts Royaux by Francois Couperin
  • 04 September 2022. XI CONCERT

    05 September - Kielce: Monastery on Karczówka
    Chamber music of the 17th and 18th centuries and solo harpsichord works of the same era. Programmes and compositions prepared by participants of Akademia Kielcensis
  • 05 September 2022. XII CONCERT

    Kielce: former Great Synagogue in Kielce0
    Bastard ensemble: Paweł Szamburski - clarinet, Michał Górczyński - contrabass clarinet, Tomasz Pokrzywiński - cello Nigunim - Hasidic songs without words in the band's own arrangement
  • 06 September 2022. XIII CONCERT

    Tarczek: St. Giles Church
    Aline Zylberajch ( France ) - harpsichord Bolette Roed (Denmark) - recorders, French music: Rameau, Couperin, Dieupart, Hoteterre, Marais
  • 07 September 2022. XIV CONCERT

    07 September - Kielce: concert hall of the State Music School Complex
    Piotr Domagała - jazz guitar Marek Toporowski - harpsichord around baroque - jazz impressions
  • 07 September 2022. XV CONCERT

    07 September - Collegiate Church in Wislica
    Vox Clamantis vocal group ( Estonia ) conducted by Jaan-Eik Tulve Gregorian chant, music by ArvoPärta, Cyrillus Kreek and Edouard Tubin
  • 08 September 2022. XVI CONCERT

    08 September - Kielce: St. John Paul II Church
    Vox Clamantis vocal group combined local choirs, conductor Jaan-Eik Tulve Programme : Gregorian chant,Arvo Pärt, Cyrillus Kreek and Edouard Tubin
  • 09 September 2022. XVII CONCERT

    Szydłów: Church of All Saints
    Vocal group A Capella Leopolis ( Lviv ) Baroque vocal polyphony of the Greek-Catholic ( Uniate ) tradition, conducted by Ludmyla Kapustina
  • 09 September 2022. XVIII KONCERT

    Kielce: National Museum in Kielce, former Cracow Bishops' Palace
    Capella Cracoviensis Orchestra, Bolette Roed - flute Magdalena Karolak oboe. Concertos by Vivaldi, Concerto, Albinoni, Corelli
  • 10 September 2022.XIX CONCERT

    Kielce - Cathedral Basilica 7.00 pm
    Capella Cracoviensis Orchestra, vocal group A Capella Leopolis (Lviv), conducted by Marek Toporowski baroque music by Lviv composers, Polish-Ukrainian affinities
  • 10 September 2022.XX CONCERT

    Ciekoty CEiK "Glass House"
    Martin Gester ( France ) - harpsichord, Robert Bachara - violin, Grzegorz Lalek - violin Violinist Tournament: Francois Couperin - Apothéose de Lully
  • 11 September 2022.FINAL CONCERT

    Skarżysko Kamienna - Sanctuary of Our Lady of Ostrobramska
    final concert Orchestra - Capella Cracoviensis, Academic Choir of the Kielce University of Technology, Schola Cantorum Kielcensis, Soloists, dir. Martin Gester Marc-Antoine Charpentier - Messe de Minuit Marc-Antoine Charpentier - Te Deum

Photos from the 2022 edition