This summer we are pleased to be welcoming Polish baroque orchestra, Arte dei Suonatori. As they prepare for their London debut here in Spitalfields, we caught up with Principal Cellist, Tomasz Pokrzywinski, for this week’s 60 Seconds With…
What’s the most played track from your MP3 player/CD collection?
There is no single track. I listen to many things. If I had to pick my favourite song I wouldn’t be able to do it. But my favourite album is The Beatles’ Abbey Road.
Where’s your favourite place in London?
I have my secret places connected with important memories… So it’s more about these memories rather than places.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I don’t remember, but probably a musician – my grandfather was a musician, my father is a musician, so it was kind of obvious…
What would you most like your audiences to take away from your performances?
Music is not what’s written on paper. Music is what happens within us and between us.
What inspires you?
Meeting new musicians, working with them and learning about their approach to music.
What’s your favourite venue to perform in?
Witold Lutoslawski Concert Studio of Polish Radio in Warsaw.
What do you like about working with Spitalfields Music?
What do you think your breakthrough moment was?
I think there were many. Perhaps the most important were: Meeting Jaap ter Linden during one of the Early Music Summer Academies; coming to study with Alison McGillivray; going to Gambia for three weeks to learn about their music.
Do you have a favourite piece or repertoire to perform, if so what?
Bach, Bach and Bach
Who’s your favourite fictional hero?
Who are your real-life heroes?
I think that the real heroes are the ones we will never hear of.