Extempore is an ensemble comprising three versatile and experienced artists who specialise in historically informed performance: violinist Małgorzata Malke, harpsichordist-organist Anna Firlus and gambist Krzysztof Firlus . It was their love of chamber and early music as well as the drive to discover the unknown that brought them together back in 2007, when they studied at the Academy of Music in Katowice. After 10 years, Extempore is a fascinating mixture of strong musical personalities united by friendship and passion for collaborative music making. Audiences are enthralled by their original interpretations which combine style, charisma and elan with high attention to detail. The artists are not afraid to experiment with music: they also create their own transcriptions and perform contemporary music on period instruments.
Extempore has given innumerable concerts at festivals of chamber music in Poland and abroad. The ensemble performs principally in Silesia, which is their region of origin and headquarters. They have collaborated with numerous outstanding artists, including Krystian Krzeszowiak, Piotr Olech and Paul Esswood. The 2015/2016 season marked their tenure as the artist-in-residence of the Katowice Historical Museum. The residency was cofinanced by the Institute of Music and Dance in Warsaw. In 2016, Extempore recorded a collaborative album of contemporary repertoire: Krzysztof Baculewski’s christmas carols performed together with the Camerata Silesia Katowice City Singers’ Ensemble.