Rome, 2 October 2008 Press release

"Polish Evenings" with renowned Austrian artists in Rome

Austrian Cultural Forum organizes events in honour of Pope John Paul II

Rome, 2 October 2008 – October 16 marks the 30th anniversary of the election of Pope John Paul II. On this occasion, the Austrian Cultural Forum in Rome will be organizing evenings with Polish music and literature on 6 and 7 October 2008.

On Monday, 6 October, Joanna Madroszkiewicz will be performing on the violin and Barbara Moser on the piano, and Peter Matic and David Paryla will be reciting in the Austrian Cultural Forum. The music will include compositions by Henryk Wieniawski, Frédéric Chopin, Witold Lutoslawski, and Karol Szymanowski. The recitations will comprise works by Karol Wojtyla and by the Polish literature Nobel Prize winners Wislawa Szymborska and Czeslaw Milosz.

On Tuesday, 7 October, the four artists will be performing an adapted programme of the „Polish Evening“ in the church of  Santa Maria dell’Anima in Rome.

Joanna Madroszkiewicz, who fathered the idea of this programme, was born in Poland, where she also began her career. She gave her first performance in Austria in the Wiener Konzerthaus on 14 December 1981. It was followed by engagements throughout Austria, performances in famous concert halls in many European countries and overseas, and projects with outstanding orchestras, conductors, and pianists.

Barbara Moser was given her first piano lesson at the University for Music and Performing Arts at the tender age of five. After passing her diploma exams in Vienna with unanimous distinction, she continued her studies under Boris Bloch, Rudolf Buchbinder, Rudolf Kehrer, Roland Keller, and Oleg Maisenberg. Barbara Moser regularly gives solo performances in Austria’s most important concert halls, and at famous festivals around Europe. Moreover, she has performed several times in Japan, South America, Canada, and the United States.

Peter Maticwas born in Vienna, where he began his acting career at the Theater in der Josefstadt in 1960. After having worked in theatres in Basel, Munich, and Berlin, he has been part of the ensemble of the Vienna Burgtheater since 1994. Peter Matic has also given guest performances in a series of German-speaking theatres and at several festivals; he has won several awards, and he regularly works for radio and television.

David Parylawas born in Munich in 1980 and belongs to a well-known family of Austrian actors. He has been living in Italy for a long time, where he completed his studies and began his acting career. Since 2006, he has been regularly performing on Italian stages, and he also worked for television and cinema. His projects also include a cooperation with Liliana Cavani.

At both events, admission is free for all visitors.

Astrid Harz
Austrian Cultural Forum in Rome
Tel: 0039 06 360 83 71