Penderecki Quartet Members Join CSO For Mozart

Two members of the world famous Penderecki Quartet will be joining the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra on February 28 for a performance of Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante in E flat major for violin and viola.

Jerzy KaplanekJerzy Kaplanek , violinist,  member of the Penderecki String Quartet, was born in Poland in 1965.  His music schooling started at the age of six on piano and at the age of ten he commenced his violin studies.   In 1984, he received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Conservatory in Bytom.  Six years later, in 1990, graduated with a Master’s Degree in Musical Arts from the prestigious Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice.  There, he studied with the distinguished teachers Janusz Skramlik, Stanislaw Lewandowski, and Aureli Blaszczok.

Jerzy Kaplanek is presently an Associate Professor at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, where he has been teaching violin and chamber music since 1991.  In addition to his duties at the WLU, he is in great demand as a soloist, adjudicator and teacher at international competitions and summer festivals, and master classes given in Canada and abroad. He plays a 1680 Antonio Casini violin made in Modena, Italy

Christine VlajkProf. Christine Vlajk has graced major concert stages around the world including the Weill Concert Hall at  Carnegie Hall and Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. She has held the positions of violist of the Penderecki String Quartet ( and Artist-in-Residence in viola and chamber music at Laurier since 1997. Prior to that, Vlajk played with the Montclaire String Quartet for 15 years. Vlajk holds BmusEd and BMus (Viola Performance) degrees from the University of Colorado and a MMus (Viola Performance) degree from the University of Wisconsin. She has been guest soloist with the Hamilton Philharmonic and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and has performed numerous recitals internationally including, in recent years, viola concertos premiering work by Piotr Grella-Mozejko and Karol Gostynski. As a member of the Penderecki String Quartet and the Montclaire Quartet, Vlajk has recorded on the Koch, Leonarda, Eclectra, Marquis Classics and EMI labels.
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear two of the world’s outstanding chamber players in Mozart’s sublime double concerto.  February 28 at 8pm at Forward Baptist Church, Myers Road, Cambridge.