In February 1998 one of Europe’s most interesting chamber music ensembles came into being. A group of the graduates of the Music Academy in Katowice, Poland, together with Marek Moś, an outstanding violinist, conductor and chamber musician, have created an orchestra, which was to be for them more than only a place of work – rather an area of artistic quest and creative development and jointly creation of art of highest value.
This is how AUKSO was born; the name, chosen by the ensemble – a Greek word meaning growth / to grow – is not accidental; ex pressing the musicians aspirations, it is also marking the direction of their professional path. It is telling about the need for perfecting oneself and consequence, about picking up the gauntlets and being receptive.
The young musicians, whose interests reach far beyond the frazes of classical repertoire, devote special attention to Polish music, performing willingly and with success contemporary works. Several composers have already entrusted their works to the ensemble for premiere-performances: Wojciech Kilar, Zbigniew Bujarski, Cezary Duchnowski, , Aleksander Lasoń, Piotr Moss and Grażyna Pstrokońska-Nawratil – to mention just a few.
AUKSO is performing in Poland and abroad (Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Brasil, Austria, Denmark, Ireland, Sweden, Switzerland, Russia, Ukraine, Lithuania, China), co-operating with such artists as Piotr Anderszewski, Rudolf Barshai, Howard Shelley, Andrzej Bauer, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Mark Minkowski, Jacek Kasprzyk, Daniele Alberti, Kaja Danczowska, Agata Szymczewska, Volker, Schmidt-Gertenbach, Władysław Klosiewicz, Janusz Olejniczak, Olga Pasiecznik, The Hilliard Ensemble.
There are concerts at festivals (among others the Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival, Wratislavia Cantans, Warsaw Autumn SESC Sao Paulo, Palacio de Congresos da Saragossa, Caja Dero, Festival Sotto La Rocca – Italy, Sacrum Profanum, FD4K, Jazz Jamboree), there are CDs with Polish contemporary music: the ensemble has recorded among others works by Grażyna Bacewicz, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Witold Lutosławski, Wojciech Kilar and Zbigniew Preisner.
And there is the borderland: merging classics with jazz and rock, searching for their common denominator – or inversely: playing with oppositions and colliding separate musical languages. AUKSO has performed and recorded with such artists as Leszek Możdżer, Tomasz Stańko, Urszula Dudziak, Michał Urbaniak, the Motion Trio and Voo Voo.
And then again there is their own festival: each year since 2000 in Polands lake districts the “AUKSO Summer Philharmonic” takes place, with the orchestra it’s host. In the unique atmosphere of one of the most beautiful regions of Poland concerts, workshops and master-classes are being organized, gathering well-wishers, music lovers and artists from all over the country.
AUKSO is growing. Season after season widening its repertoire, coming back to places well known and accepting new invitations. Winning more and more dedicated public and enthusiasts of the art they are offering.
It is one of Polish most superb orchestras – a versatile ensemble, which from the very beginning has distinguished itself, and fostering wisely its individuality, in a distinct way marks its presence in Europe’s cultural life.
Conductor, artistic director of the AUKSO chamber orchestra from it’s foundation and artistic director of the AUSKO Summer Philharmonic festiwal in the Polish lake district. An outstanding Polish violinist and chamber musician. He studied in Bytom and Katowice, under Kazimierz Dębicki
and Andrzej Grabiec.
The founder and for many years primarius of the Silesian String Quartet, which in a very short time has become one of Europe’s finest ensembles of that kind. Together with this quartet Marek Moś has performed at important festivals and in prestigous venues in Europe and all over the world, such as the Konzerthaus in Vienna, Concertgebouw and Ijsbreker in Amsterdam, Vredenburg in Utrecht, Schauspielhaus in Berlin, Tivoli in Copenhagen, Tonhalle in Düsseldorf, De Singel in Antwerp, Merkin Hall in New York and Jordan Hall in Boston. It was also together with the Silesian String Quartet, the artist has made ca. 30 world premiere performances of contemporary works – some of them dedicated to the ensemble.
Marek Moś has recorded for Polish Radio and Television, as well as for record companies such as CD Accord, Olympia, Patridge, Thesis and Wergo. Recordings with his participation were often awarded: the monographic CD with the music of Henryk Mikołaj Górecki has won the Polish Phonographic Industry Award „Fryderyk ‘95”. Another „Fryderyk” was awarded in 1997 to the CD with Karol Szymanowski’s and Witold Lutosławski’s quartets; this recording was also given the title „Record of the Year” by the music magazine Studio.
Marek Moś himself has received numerous individual awards, among others during the Contemporary Music Competition in Cracow (1979), International UNESCO Tribune in Paris (1984, 1988) and from the Polish Composers Association (1994, 2005). He also received the silver „Gloria Artis” award from the Minister of Culture (2005) and the Silesian County Marshall Award (2005).
Currently, apart from a very intensive concert activity, Marek Moś is also professor at the Karol Szymanowski Music Academy in Katowice.