Duo del Gesú
Founded in Gdansk in 2010 by the French violinist Arnaud Kaminski and the Polish violist Krzysztof Komendarek-Tymendorf, the group Duo del Gesú won the first prize at the 25th Young Musician International Competition “Città di Barletta”. This success in Italy sparked off the international career of the group including performances all over the world, invitations to international festivals, congresses, and seminars, teaching in music workshops, and jury participation at music competitions. The artists - laureates of numerous international competitions, scholarships and prizes - mastered their skills in Paris, Vienna, Gdańsk and Göteborg, which encompassed study with such chamber music luminaries as Eberhard Feltz, and the quartets, Apollon Musagète Quartett and Quatuor Ebène. Eclectic and ever hungry for new ideas, they have played with, amongst others, Christoph Hartmann (Berliner Philharmoniker), Bertrand Braillard (Orchestre national dÎle-de- France), Giuseppe Nova, Janusz Wawrowski, Joanna Woś, Tytus Wojnowicz, Mateusz Smoczyński, Antoine de Grolée, Bartosz Koziak, Jan Englert, Daniel Olbrychski and NeoQuartet, as well as with the icon of Polish electronic music Władysław “Gudonis” Komendarek. Ensemble has been invited to perform concerts as a soloist with the National Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra in Warsaw, Cappella Gedanensis, Capella Bydgostiensis and Baltic Youth Philharmonic.
Duo del Gesù attach particular importance to undiscovered classical-period works. This period is characterized by an untapped legacy of compositions combining the violin with the viola by such composers as Antonio Bartolomeo Bruni, Louis-Charles Ragué, Ignaz Pleyel and the “Paganini of the viola” Alessandro Rolla. In addition, the group performs contemporary and the very latest music including premieres of works dedicated to it by foreign and Polish composers, most notably, Thomas Emmanuel Cornelius, Gunnar Karel Màsson, Michail Travlos, Charles David Wajnberg, Maximilian Kreuz, Stephan Kühne, Krzysztof Olczak, Tadeusz Dixa, Anna Rocławska-Musiałczyk, Ewa Miriam Saczko, Kamil Cieślik, Martyna Kosecka, Piotr Jędrzejczyk, Krzysztof Falkowski.
Artists performed in many ensembles and orchestras in the most prestigious European halls, including Berliner Philharmonie, Konzerthaus Berlin, Herkulessaal in Munich (Germany), Musikverein, Wiener Konzerthaus, Musik Theater Schönbrunn (Austria), Tivolis Konzertsal (Denmark), Konserthuset Gothenburg (Sweden) and Obecní Dům (Czech Republic).
Performed and participated in various international festivals: Wörthersee Classics Festival, Puplinge Classique Festival, Alba Music Festival, International Viola Congress, Spectrum Music Festival, Aurora Music Festival, Apollon Musagète Festival – Internationales Musikfest.
From 2012 Duo del Gesù serve as the artistic directors of the EURO Chamber Music Festival Gdansk, which has been awarded the prestigious 2017-2022 EFFE (Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe) label. The group also conceived of the Baltic Music Workshops and the Baltic String Duets Competition, a unique event in Europe for string duets whose aim is to promote young talent as well as the dissemination of duet repertoire.
In 2022 laureates of the of the prestigious international Musical Eagle Award and statues.