Bartosz Woroch studied at the Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznan, the Hochschule der Kunste Berne and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, under Marcin Baranowski, Monika Urbaniak-Lisik and Louise Hopkins. He serves as director and soloist with the Sinfonia Cymru and as Artistic Director, he led the ensembles first international collaboration, the Small Nations Big Sounds Festival. Additionally, Woroch is the leader of the Lutoslawski Quartet and recently held a residency at IRCAM in Paris. Mr Woroch currently serves as a violin professor and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Ottorino Respighi was born to a father who played violin and piano and a mother who was a singer. Before he was 20 years old, he passed his exams in violin, viola, and composition at the Liceo Musicale in Bologna. He was the Principal Violist for the Russian Imperial Theater in St. Petersburg during its season of Italian Opera in 1900. During that time, he studied composition with Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. Respighi’s compositions began to be noteworthy in the early 20th century, with his music strongly reflecting his surroundings. The composer used impressions of his native Italy as well as trips abroad as inspiration for his writing. Additionally, he was a scholar of Italian music from the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries and published scholarly editions of the music of Monteverdi, Vivaldi, and Marcello. During his life, he served as a Composition Professor and also Director of the Conservatorio di Santa Cecelia
Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No. 3 is an orchestral transcription of music for the lute based on the baroque guitar pieces of Ludovico Roncalli and the lute pieces by Santino Garsi di Parma. The work was inspired by the composer’s interest in the aforementioned Italian music of the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries. Along with the works of Santino Garsi da Parma (1542-1604) and Count Ludovico Roncalli (1654-1713), the pieces four movements are drawn from works by Jean-Baptiste Besard (ca.1567-after 1617). Respighi also used the dance forms of the Italian Renaissance, which took place from 1575 to 1625.
Alixandra Porembski, English Language Annotator