Lepos Duo

A duett on stage and off stage, cellist Jan Czaja and pianist Yang Xu-Czaja have been performing together since 2015 in concert venues around Europe (England, Germany, Italy, Poland) and in China. Both artists are prize-winners of international competitions, soloists and chamber- musicians educated in renowned music conservatories (Royal Academy of Music London and Universität der Künste Berlin).
Their repertoire ranges from the classical masterpieces, through arrangements of film music, to contemporary compositions written especially for them. The duo also performs arrangements of songs coming from their motherlands: the “Middle Kingdom” and central Europe.
Already as the laureates of chamber music competition in Padova (2017), Lepos Duo premiered the forgotten piece by Feliks Nowowiejski – Threnodies op.20 no.3, commemorating composer’s 160th birth anniversary, and made recordings for radio and TV.
Lepos Duo received chamber music coaching from Ian Brown (Royal Academy of Music London) Markus Nyikos (Universität der Künste Berlin) and Marcin Sikorski  (Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznan).
Yang and Jan show how 2 performers coming from geographically and culturally distant places find unity in the beauty of music and the emotions it evokes. Playing together in the smallest possible ensemble has a special charm (latin: lepos) for Yang and Jan.
The pianist and cellist are immersed in a dialogue of the strings vibrating in the hearts of their instruments. String instruments, which differ in appearance and sound production yet are so close to each other. Chamber music is multidimensional for them: it tells a story, articulating exchanges of views, expresses the emotions in between the notes, whilst adding the richness of registries creates an illusion of nearly symphonic tone pallette.

Lepos Duo

A duett on stage and off stage, cellist Jan Czaja and pianist Yang Xu-Czaja have been performing together since 2015 in concert venues around Europe (England, Germany, Italy, Poland) and in China. Both artists are prize-winners of international competitions, soloists and chamber- musicians educated in renowned music conservatories (Royal Academy of Music London and Universität der Künste Berlin).
Their repertoire ranges from the classical masterpieces, through arrangements of film music, to contemporary compositions written especially for them. The duo also performs arrangements of songs coming from their motherlands: the “Middle Kingdom” and central Europe.
Already as the laureates of chamber music competition in Padova (2017), Lepos Duo premiered the forgotten piece by Feliks Nowowiejski – Threnodies op.20 no.3, commemorating composer’s 160th birth anniversary, and made recordings for radio and TV.
Lepos Duo received chamber music coaching from Ian Brown (Royal Academy of Music London) Markus Nyikos (Universität der Künste Berlin) and Marcin Sikorski  (Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznan).
Yang and Jan show how 2 performers coming from geographically and culturally distant places find unity in the beauty of music and the emotions it evokes. Playing together in the smallest possible ensemble has a special charm (latin: lepos) for Yang and Jan.
The pianist and cellist are immersed in a dialogue of the strings vibrating in the hearts of their instruments. String instruments, which differ in appearance and sound production yet are so close to each other. Chamber music is multidimensional for them: it tells a story, articulating exchanges of views, expresses the emotions in between the notes, whilst adding the richness of registries creates an illusion of nearly symphonic tone pallette.

Jan Czaja - Bio

Jan Czaja from an early age has been taking part in international and national music competitions. Many of them resulted in top prizes such as International Cello Competition in Liezen and 8th Kazimierz Wiłkomirski Cello Competition in Poznań (1st prizes). The cellist is also a laureate of the 9 th Dezyderiusz Danczowski National Cello Competition in Poznań and International Antonio Janigro Cello Competition in Poreč (3rd prizes).
As soloist, the cellist collaborated with conductors Cheung Chau, Hans- Christian Euler, Przemysław Pałka, Jerzy Kosek and Tadeusz Wojciechowski, playing at philharmonic halls across Poland. Jan had also performed Nowowiejski’s forgotten Cello Concerto on a special concert commemorating 70th death anniversary of the composer in 2016. Jan has been granted the scholarship of the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage four times and the “Young Poland” scholarship of the same institution. The cellist have also received awards from Mayor of Poznań, President of Wrocław and ProCello Foundation. Jan graduated with a Master of Music degree from the Universität der Künste (University of the Arts) in Berlin, having studied in the cello class of professor Markus Nyikos. He had also completed Bachelor degree studies at the Karol Lipiński Music Academy in Wrocław, under supervision of professor Stanisław Firlej, and middle school music education with Tomasz Lisiecki, PhD

Yang Xu-Czaja - Bio

Yang Xu-Czaja was born in November 1991 in China and began learning the piano at age 5. She studied at XingHai Music middle school in Guangzhou, China since 2004. After moving to Poland in 2009 to study Bachelor and Master degrees at the Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznan with professor Alicja Kledzik and Piotr Zukowski, PhD, she graduated with highest marks and honorable mention in 2015. Until 2017 Yang has been continuing her studies as a postgraduate student and she was granted an artistic internship. From September 2017 the pianist has been studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Amandine Savary and Colin Stone. As a soloist, Yang Xu performed Johannes Brahms First Piano Concerto with Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra in June 2015. Being a passionate chamber music player, she has been taking part in master classes, music festivals and concerts in Poland, Germany, Austria, Italy and China. Performing in a duo, the artist received 1st prize in Chamber music category, as well as 3rd prize in the final of International Competition “Premio Citta di Padova” in June 2017.

Repertoire

‘Evening inspired by folk tunes’
D. Popper: Hungarian Rhapsody op.68
P. I. Tchaikovsky: Dumka op.59
I. Stravinski: ‘Russian dance’ from ‘Petrouchka’
M. de Falla/Piatigorsky – Ritual Fire Dance
F. Nowowiejski – Fantasie on themes from “Legend of Baltic”
Chinese traditional: Kang Ding Love Song, Liu Yang River

‘French evening’
C. Debussy: Arabesque no.1
M. Ravel: ‘Ondine’ from Gaspard de la Nuit
C. Franck: Sonata in A-major
G. Fauré: Sicilienne op. 78

‘Russian evening’
A. Skriabin: Etude op.8 no.12 Etude op.42 no.5
S. Rachmaninoff: Sonata op. 19
N. Medtner – Sonata “Reminiscenza” op. 38 no.1

‘Poetic evening’
R. Schumann: Phantasiestücke op.73
F. Chopin: Waltz op.64 no.2
F. Chopin: Introduction and Polonaise Brillante op.3
F. Chopin: Largo from Sonata op.65
F. Chopin: Preludes op.28
W. Bargiel: Adagio

‘Evening with film music composers’
H.Zimmer (arr. Lepos Duo) – “Now we are free”
E.Morricone (arr. Lepos Duo) – “Gabriel’s Oboe”
J.Horner (arr. Lepos Duo) – “For the love of a princess”
D. Shostakovich: Sonata op.40
Tan Dun – “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon”

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Chinese New Year Concert

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Concert in Qinhuangdao,China. 2018.08.13

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Chinese New Year Concert

Chinese New Year Concert

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Recording session on April,18th 2019

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Yesterday we played our last concert in Italy, it was a great pleasure for us to perform in such beautiful places and for such warm-hearted audience in Venice, Padova and Abano. Many thanks for the ... See more

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17th December 2018, charity concert.

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7th January,2019