2015. CD: MODERN CHORAL MASTERPIECES
“The Polish Chamber Choir ‘441 Hz’ with director, Anna Wilczewska in one of the year’s best collections spotlighting the works of modern choral masters. With a breadth of composers representing the world ranging from Eric Whitacre, Ola Gjello and Andrejz Panufnik and much more, the sublime choral tapestries woven by ‘441 Hz’ adorn these compositions both secular and sacred with gripping power and great sweep .”
CHAMBER CHOIR “441HZ” was established in 2006 on the initiative of students in the Academy of Music in Gdansk. Usually, it runs an extensive concert activity in order to promote contemporary music. It performed in Italy and Germany, as well as organized concerts within the framework of the artistic exchange with choral ensembles from Sweden and the Czech Republic.
The choir is the winner of awards on the national as well as international choral competitions. One of the recent successes of the “441 Hz” Chamber Choir is the Grand Prix of the 13th International Festival of Choir Music by Felix Nowowiejski in Barczewo (2014), Gold Medal and the 1st place at the 2nd International Gdansk Choir Festival (2013), the 1st place in category A (choirs with a high artistic level) at the 21st Stanislaw Orminski International Festival of Sacred Music in Rumia (2009) and Gold Medal at the 3rd International Festival Mundus Cantat in Sopot (2007).
The choir has been conducted by Anna Wilczewska, a double laureate at the All-Polish Choir Conducting Competitions in Poznan (2006, 2008) and a scholarship holder of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage. Furthermore, she was rewarded with the “Sopot Muse for Young Creators” (2011) as well as the Pomeranian Voivodeship Marshal Scholarship (2014).
Along with the choirs that she run, Anna has won a number of awards at the all-Polish and international choir competitions. The most significant of them were Grand Prix at the International Festival of Advent and Christmas Musicin Prague with the Mixed Choir of the Faculty of Choir Conducting, Music Education and Eurhythmics of the Stanislaw Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdansk and Grand Prix at the All-Polish Passion Songs Festival in Kielno with the Sopot Chamber Choir “Continuo” (2011). The latter choir was awarded with Gold Diploma and the 1st prize at the Marian Song Festival “Ave Maria” in Chojnice, while Anna received an award for the best conductor.