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The Cracow Duo
The Cracow Duo

Sun, Oct 29


Holocaust Museum LA

The Cracow Duo

Internationally acclaimed cellist Jan Kalinowski and pianist Marek Szlezer will perform a live concert of works by Polish-Jewish composers. Presented in partnership with the USC Polish Music Center and supported by the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland.

Time & Location

Oct 29, 2023, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Holocaust Museum LA, 100 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036, USA


Known as the Cracow Duo, cellist Jan Kalinowski and pianist Marek Szlezer share a special commitment to and fascination with music written by rarely performed Polish composers. They tirelessly perform these works across the globe. The Cracow Duo returns to HMLA to present a program dedicated to great works for piano and cello by Polish Jewish composers, many of whom escaped the horrors of the Holocaust and found their way to California.

The program includes:

Maurycy Moszkowski (1854-1925)

Berceuse Op. 29 no. 3

Aleksander Tansman (1897-1986) 

Two Pieces for Cello and Piano



Cello Sonata No. 2 (1930)

          Allegro moderato


         Scherzo. Allegro grazioso

Fantaisiefor Cello and Piano (1936)

Mieczysław Weinberg (1919-1996) 

Sonata for cello and piano No. 2, Op. 63 (1959)




Magazine “The Strad” wrote about the Cracow Duo: “Kalinowski and Szlezer, friends since childhood, have a wonderfully natural rapport and there is anarresting quality to their playing that gives lifeto the music”. They studied together in Cracow and Paris, and began to perform together as Cracow Duo twenty years ago. Since that time, their concerts and recordings received the highest critical acclaim in Poland and abroad with reviews in media outlets such as the Polish National Radio, Slovenski Rozhlas, Radio Suddeutsche Rundfunk and important magazines and websites such as Classique Info, Classical Music Review, Res Musica, American Record Guide, Ruch Muzyczny, Twoja Muza, The Strad and Gramophone.

The concert is realized by the National Institute of Music, co-funded by the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage as part of the ‘Inspire Culture’ program. Presented in partnership with the USC Polish Music Center in Los Angeles and Polish Cultural Institute New York.


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