Aleksandra Grychtolik & Alexander Grychtolik
Aleksandra Grychtolik and Alexander Grychtolik are among the best-known harpsichord soloists – the works of J. S. Bach, Bach’s sons and the baroque art of improvisation are at the heart of their concert activities. Her interpretations combine subtlety and precision with the freshness of spontaneous, creative joy of playing. Their debut CD „Fantasia baroque“, featuring improvisations on Bach, Bertali and Pasquini (COVIELLO), was nominated for the Echo Klassik award and received an award from Early Music Review.
Together they founded the ensemble „Deutsche Hofmusik“, with which they were artist in residence at the Bachfest Schaffhausen (Switzerland) and released highly acclaimed premiere recordings of reconstructed vocal works by J. S. Bach with Deutsche Harmonia Mundi (Sony). These were nominated for the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik and included in Deutsche Grammophon’s „Bach333“ complete recording.
As Bach specialists, they can be heard regularly at the Frankfurter Bachkonzerte in the Alte Oper, Musikfest Stuttgart, Bachfest Leipzig, Forum Alte Musik Zürich, Festival Bach de Lausanne, Festival Europäische Kirchenmusik Schwäbisch Gmünd, Festival van Vlaanderen and outside Europe in Korea, Japan and Canada, among other places. Alexander Grychtolik is now also a sought-after guest conductor and teaches as an honorary professor for improvisation on historical keyboard instruments at the Franz Liszt University of Music in Weimar.
Aleksandra and Alexander Grychtolik play on two replicas of a two-manual harpsichord by Johannes Ducken from 1750, built in 1989 and 1979 by Cornelis Bom in the Netherlands. The latter was owned by Gustav Leonhardt, among others, who is considered one of the most legendary harpsichordists of the 20th century.
The program highlights of the coming season include a harpsichord concert in the virtually reconstructed Leipzig coffee house Zimmermann at the time of J. S. Bach as a synthesis of music and architecture as well as the performance of the Bach Passion Oratorio BWV Anh. 169 with the Belgian baroque orchestra „Il Gardellino“.