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Michał Pepol


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Michał Pepol – cellist, arranger, and member of the Royal String Quartet. He performs around Poland and abroad (e.g. at the National Philharmonic Hall in Warsaw, the Wigmore Hall in London, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Konzerthaus in Berlin and Vienna, and Palais des-Beaux-Arts in Brussels) and makes guest appearances at renowned festivals, including BBC Proms, Schleswig Holstein, Rheingau, and Perth International Arts Festival in Australia. The Quartet’s recitals were broadcast on Polish Radio Channel 2, BBC Radio 3, and Mezzo TV.

Michał Pepol is a co-founder and organizer of the Kwartesencja Festival, which provides space not only for the classical repertoire, but also experiments (new works commissioned from P. Szymański, M. Stańczyk, W. Blecharz, A. Kwieciński, Z. Konieczny, and a project with Kayah).

He collaborates with the British Hyperion Records, for which he recorded albums with complete quartets of Szymanowski, Górecki, Penderecki, Lutosławski, Szymański, and Mykietyn. The albums received great critical acclaim from international critics (e.g. BBC Music Magazine’s Recording of the Month and Gramophone Editor’s Choice twice).

Since 2012, Michał has been affiliated with Nowy Teatr in Warsaw (the New Warsaw project with Stanisława Celińska and Bartek Wąsik). Since 2015, he has performed in Krzysztof Warlikowski’s play The French (the concert scene with Paweł Mykietyn’s A Page from an Album).

Michał Pepol has collaborated with numerous artists. He is also a member of Duovoice with Bartek Wąsik. They have performed together at the Pomada Festival and the W brzask concert series in Królikarnia in Warsaw. He has also participated in Karol Radziszewski’s and Adam Walicki’s Slavox project.

The first solo project of the cellist, The Sound Regained, had its premiere in November 2016. In June 2017, his other project, a concert / movie / performance The Silence of The Sirens, where he performs in a duet with Magdalena Cielecka, was premiered in The Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw. Summer 2017 saw the release of the movie Among Angels with music arranged and performed by Michał Pepol and video made in collaboration with Agata Grzybowska and Robert Migas in the White Wilderness.

Since 2003, Michal Pepol teaches chamber music at the Karol Szymanowski State Music School Complex in Warsaw.