Bartosz Zurakowski, guest conductor

Friday, April 14, 2017 | 8:00PM

RAVEL  Ma mere l'Oye

BARTOK  Hungarian Sketches

TCHAIKOVSKY  Variations on a Rococo Theme

MOZART  Overture to The Abduction from the Seraglio

GINASTERA  Variaciones Concertantes, Op. 23


Ms. Ospina completed her advanced studies with the polish pedagogue Henryk
Zarzycki at the National University of Colombia in 2002. In 1999 Laura won the national competition “Roberto Mantilla” to play as soloist with the Symphony Orchestra of Colombia and after that she has played as soloist with the foremost orchestras in Colombia and has presented recitals in the main concert halls across Colombia. From 1999 to 2000 Ms. Ospina was Principal Cellist of the Cundinamarca's Philharmonic Orchestra. From 2000 to 2003 she played as Assistant Principal at Bogota's Philharmonic Orchestra and from 2003 to 2008 she served as Principal Cellist at the National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia.

In recent years Ms. Ospina has been active teaching. From 2004 to 2008 she served as the Cello professor at the Central University of Bogota and at the University of Andes. Laura has been part of international Festivals as FOSJA (Puerto Rico), International Piano Festival (Colombia), Carlos Prieto Cello Competition (Mexico), Chamber Music Festival (Cuba), Sabaudia Music Festival (Italy), Carpineto Romano (Italy), and National University Cello Festival, (Colombia)

In 2009 she was invited as soloist with the Holguin Symphony in Cuba and during 2010
and 2011 she was part of the International Chamber Orchestra in Rome, Italy. In 2013 Laura played as soloist with Symphony Arlington, Garland and Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra, USA, and Latina Philharmonia in Italy. In 2016 played as soloist with Fondi Chamber Orchestra in Italy.

Ms. Ospina finished her Master Degree in TCU under the tutelage of Dr. Jesus Castro Balbi. Currently she plays as Principal Cello with Las Colinas Symphony, Odysseus
Chamber Orchestra, and San Angelo Symphony. She also serves as substitute for Plano Symphony, Irving Symphony, Waco Symphony, and Abilene Philharmonic. Laura is currently Cello Professor of Mountain View College in Dallas, and Fort Worth Country Day.

Laura lives in Fort Worth with her husband, Italian clarinetist Ivan Petruzziello, and their children Tomas and Olivia.

“… I divide conductors into the “marching”and” singing” ones, with a strong preference for the latter. In my opinion, Bartosz Zurakowski belongs to the “singing” option. His narrative, the phrase and time offer pleasure and joy from listening to music, i.e. the things the listener looks for in a concert.” 

                        Prof. Jerzy Marchwiński

Bartosz Żurakowski graduated from the Frederic Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, the Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź, Faculty of Management at the University of Warsaw as well as management studies – Master Business of Administration (program of the Gdańsk Foundation for Management Development, University of Gdansk and Rotterdam School of Management).

He was born in Opole, where, since early childhood, he entered the world of music – first through the family home atmosphere with strong musical tradition and then obtaining education at the Frederic Chopin National School of Music of I and II level. In high school, he became interested in the art of conducting, and it gradually became his passion. He began studies at the Academy of Music in Łódź, where he learned the secrets of the art of conducting under the direction of eminent conductor master and teacher Kazimierz Wiencek, and after his graduation studied conducting at the Academy of Music in Warsaw. Besides, direct contact with the most outstanding Polish conductors.

Bartosz Żurakowski participated in Master Class in Conducting courses – both Polish and international – including the courses led by Marek Tracz and Kurt Masur. He has worked with symphony orchestras in Poland and abroad, and toured Europe and China with the musicians of the Opole Philharmonic.

He is a laureate of the Witold Lutoslawski’s International Conducting Competition. Starting from the 50th jubilee artistic season 2001/2002 he is associated with his home philharmonic as a conductor and manager. Since 2011, the principal conductor of the Opole Philharmonic

The main sphere of interest of the artist alongside symphonic music are Oratorio and Opera. He has performed with famous singers such as Gwendolyn Bradley (USA), Jonita Lattimore (USA), Kaludi Kaludov (Bulgaria), Marina Andreyeva (Russia), Małgorzata Walewska, Bożena Harasimowicz, Iwona Hossa, Wiesław Ochman, Piotr Lempa, Rafał Bartmiński, Ewa Podleś, Izabela Kłosińska, Andrzej Dobber as well as with eminent instrumentalists including Kaja Danczowska, Neal Larrabee, Ingolf Wunder, Marian Sobula, Eugene Indjić, Aleksei Volodin, Evgeni Mikhailov,  Piotr Paleczny, Tomasz Tomaszewski, Simon Trpceski.

In 2007 he re-established the Opole Philharmonic Choir, of which he is the conductor. In October 2010, the artist led Gustav Mahler’s Third Symphony with Ewa Podleś, choirs and the Opole Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, for which he received rave reviews.

In May 2012 with the Sudeten Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra he has recorded for Divine Art. Records a CD with Karl Fiorini’s music, for which he received rave reviews in the British press and the U.S.