Early music ensemble La Tempesta came into begin in 1998, created by Jakub Burzynski, its conductor and artistic director. La Tempesta specializes in the stylistic representation of works from the 16th to 18th century; often presents reconstructions of musical events from the past or programmes combining music, literature and dance. Depending on the repertoire performed, La Tempesta consists of male singers appropriate for performing the Renaissance polyphony or expands to full orchestra and choir for larger oratorio or opera pieces of Baroque and Classicism. For instance, in 2002, the ensemble performed as a female orchestra and choir during the reconstruction of the service for Ospedale della Pieta to the music of Antonio Vivaldi. La Tempesta has performed all over Poland, in Witold Lutoslawski Concert Hall, National Philharmonic, at the Royal Castle in Warsaw and Cracow, on the stage of the Silesian Philharmonic, to name just a few. During the celebration of the Bach Year (2000), La Tempesta, together with the soloists of the International Summer Academy of Early Music in Wilanów, took part in a concertbroadcast by EBU. In 2003, the ensemble, invited by Alliance Francaise, presented French music and literature of the 16th century on concerts all over the country. The same year, the group was awarded a prestigious Emilia and Julian Kulscy's distinction during the 13th Festival of Early Music in Warsaw. In 2002 La Tempesta recorded a CD for Canon with various pieces from the late Baroque and two years later, another CD for a Swedish company BIS with sacred works of Antonio Vivaldi. Since 2005 the ensemble records frequently for Polish labels within the series Musica Claramontana, which ducuments musical treasures of Jasna Góra archives.
Jakub Burzynski, born in Zabrze, Poland, in 1976, graduated with distinction from the faculty of Theory, Composition and Musical Education of the Academy of Music in Katowice and from the Vocal-Acting faculty of the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz with a diploma as countertenor. He also studied opera-symphonic conducting. He has brought into being many chamber music ensembles. In 1998, the artist created a vocal-instrumental group named La Tempesta, with which he has been regularly performing and recording works from the Renaissance polyphony to late Romanticism using appropriate instruments and vocal techniques. In addition to these performances, the artist is active as a soloist and conductor. Since 2001, Burzynski has been working with the Warsaw Chamber Opera. He has appeared on stage in numerous parts, among them were: Athlete from Balthazar by Krauze, Goffredo from Rinaldo by Handel, Hyacinthus and Farnace from Apollo et Hyacinthus and Mitridate, re di Ponto by Mozart. In 2008 Jakub Burzynski sung the role of Apollo/Nomio in Vivaldi's Dorilla in Tempe in several performances in Znojmo and Trebíc (Czech Republic), which was well noticed by the Czech and Austrian press. He performed during several festivals in his own country and Europe as well. His solo repertoire includes pieces from early music to works written by contemporary composers. His debut solo album - Vespers of Sorrow by Antonio Vivaldi - has been acclaimed the Recording of the Year by the British internet portal Musicweb-International. It was released by the renowned Swedish music label BIS. Jakub Burzynski is also the author of many articles, translations and reviews published in professional and popular magazines, he also involved in programs broadcast by Polish Radio`s Channel 2.
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