Polish Cello Quartet was formed on the initiative of Tomasz Daroch, Wojciech Fudala, Krzysztof Karpeta and Adam Krzeszowiec – four leading cellists of the new generation. The four artists have decided to initiate a chamber music group to show and share the unique and original sound of the cello quartet.
The musicians of PCQ had an honour and privilege to acquire their skills from leading Polish cello musicians such as Paweł Głombik and Stanisław Firlej, and also from world-leading professors such as Frans Helmerson, Gary Hoffman, Michael Flaksman, Jelena Očić, Julius Berger and Jeroen Reuling. The musicians of PCQ have gained their experience in many European cultural centers e.g. Cologne, Mannheim and Brussels. Each of the artists has often been awarded in solo and chamber performances. All PCQ members lead cello classes at the renowned Polish Music Academies.
Polish Cello Quartet can be seen performing at many international music festivals, including Wratislavia Cantans, Internationaal Kamermuziekfestival Schiermonnikoog, Assiago Festival, Q’arto Mondi and Jazztopad. The group has collaborated with many great and highly regarded musicians – both classical and jazz, among others: Gary Hoffman, Julius Berger, Jadwiga Rappé, Dominik Połoński, Tony Mallaby, Nate Wooley.
Their repertoire mostly consists of pieces which were originally composed for a cello quartet. The repertoire is still being enriched with modern compositions by Polish and foreign composers, such as Artur Zagajewski, Piotr Moss and Annelise Van Parys or Alice Hebborn. Most of these compositions has never before been performed in Poland. Since 2011 they have premiered more than twenty new compositions. Since 2014 the Quartet became an ensemble in residence in National Forum of Music in Wroclaw.
In the way they perform, the artists have chosen a democratic model of cooperation. Within the group they exchange parts of music pieces they play – which allows to alter the sound and interpretation of the pieces.
The members of PCQ are the founders and organizers of the International Cello Academy in Nysa (Poland). Every year in July ICA gathers students from all over the world. Its mission is to promote chamber music written exclusively for cellos.
The debut album of the PCQ “Discoveries” (CD Accord) appeared in 2017.
In 2019 appeared their recording of Grażyna Bacewicz’s Cello Quartet released on CD by Chandos label with other chamber music pieces by the composer. It was awarded by a prestigious Fryderyk Music Award for the best recording of polish music.