The Wezner Ensemble is a truly unique quartet that combines a classical, professional education with genuine passion for and family tradition in music. Henryk, the father and oldest member of the ensemble, is a graduate of the Krakow Academy of Music. Henryk is a clarinet and saxophone player, a teacher and musical life organizer in the Opole Silesia region in the south of Poland. The two brothers and sister, Bartłomiej, Jan and Katarzyna, are all graduates of the Bydgoszcz Academy of Music and also work-based in Bydgoszcz and the nearby city of Toruń. Katarzyna Wezner-Ignac (violin) works with the Toruń Symphony Orchestra, Jan Wezner (marimba, vibraphone and percussion) is a former student of Prof. Grzegorz Jurczyk and a recent graduate, Bartłomiej Wezner (piano) teaches at the Bydgoszcz Academy. The year 2003 marked the beginning of the ensemble and it was also when the Wezners performed Max Bruch’s pieces for clarinet, violin and piano (Op. 83). The 50th anniversary of founding the State Music School in Nysa, where the Wezners received their initial education, was a fresh impetus to their performing activity as a quartet. They began with Astor Piazzolla’s Primavera Porteña (marimba, violin, clarinet, and piano). Since then they have collaborated with the composer and arranger Tomasz Cywiński to ensure themselves a repertoire suitable for the original composition of their ensemble. The Wezners also frequently perform in duos (Katarzyna and Bartłomiej, Henryk and Jan, Jan and Bartłomiej). Playing together helps them satisfy their longing for home and make up for the time they stay separate over a long distance.
The Wezner Ensemble’s selected repertoire:
A. Piazzolla – Four Seasons of Buenos Aires (arr. T. Cywiński)
C. de Saint-Saëns – The Carnival of the Animals (arr. J. Wezner, T. Cywiński)
G. Bizet – the suite from the opera Carmen (arr. J.Wezner)
M. Mussorgsky – Pictures at an Exhibition (arr. T. Cywiński)