Meccore String Quartet
Wojciech Koprowski, violin
Aleksandra Bryła, violin
Michał Bryła, viola
Tomasz Daroch, cello
"With this recording [Tchaikovsky Complete String Quartets, Vol. 1], the Polish Meccore String Quartet shows
that they are one of the top quartets worldwide. […] This is how quartet playing must sound! In my opinion,
this is one of the most important CDs of 2019. Absolutely recommendable!"
- Thomas Baack, Klassik Heute, January 2020
Established in 2007, the Meccore String Quartet is one of Europe’s most compelling ensembles. For many years they have been a treat for music lovers and have performed in prestigious concert halls such as the National Philharmonic Hall in Warsaw, Beethoven-Haus in Bonn, Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid, Wigmore Hall in London, Bozar in Brussels, Musikverein in Vienna, Pollack Hall in Montreal, and at The Frick Collection in New York. The musicians appear at the most important music festivals such as Rheingau Musik Festival, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, L. van Beethoven Easter Festival, Budapest Spring Festival, Heidelberg Frühling Musikfestival, Kissinger Sommer Musikfestival, Festival Radio France Montpellier, Bregenzer Festspiele. The ensemble had the honor to perform, as the first ever Polish string quartet, during the ceremony on Holocaust Remembrance Day in the German Bundestag.
The quartet has received numerous important chamber music awards. In 2012 Meccore won a Second Prize, as well as awards for the best performance of classical string quartets, and for the best performance of Brett Dean’s obligatory composition at the Wigmore Hall String Quartet Competition in London. A year earlier they earned the finalist award and the special award for the best performance of the obligatory composition by Giya Kancheli at the International String Quartet Competition “Premio Paolo Borciani” in Reggio Emilia. In 2010 the quartet won First Prize at the International Chamber Music Competition in Weiden as well as First Prize at the Max Reger International Chamber Music Competition in Sondershausen. A number of international distinctions brought the Meccore String Quartet nomination for the “Paszport Polityki” award in the classical music category for their “innovative approach to the music and for breaking musical stereotypes.”
With the support of the Irene Steels-Wilsing Stiftung, the quartet released their debut CD album as well as their second disc, which was granted the “Supersonic Award” by classical music magazine Pizzicato and received two nominations for the Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry music award “Fryderyk 2016”. Their third album, with string quartets by Edvard Grieg, received many distinctions along with nominations for the “Fryderyk 2018” award and Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik.
The musicians have recorded numerous TV and radio appearances for Bayerischer Rundfunk, BBC Radio 3, Rai3, Radio Clásica RTVE, Radio Stephansdom, Radio Merkury, NDR Kultur, ZDF, Phoenix and WQXR. Their performance of Franz Schubert’s Death and the Maiden for Polish TV Kultura was nominated to the 2011 edition of “Gwarancje Kultury” award.
The quartet was at first tutored by the members of the Camerata Quartet followed by studies with the Artemis Quartet at the Universität der Künste in Berlin and Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Brussels. Meccore String Quartet further developed their skills with Günter Pichler (Alban Berg Quartet) at Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía in Madrid. An important event in the artistic life of the quartet was their participation in the course on interpretation of Ludwig van Beethoven’s music held by Alfred Brendel.
Since 2010 Meccore String Quartet has hosted the International Chamber Music Festival “Quarto Mondi” in Poznań, which features top quartets from all over the world.
The members of Meccore are also active pedagogues, leading chamber music and violin classes at Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw and Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań.