{oh!} Orkiestra Historyczna

{oh!} Orkiestra Historyczna
{oh!} & Jean-Guihen Queyras in NOSPR Katowice
{oh!! Orkiestra Historyczna
Martyna Pastuszka - leader


feat. Andraes Staier
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  • country:Poland
  • style(s):Early Music, Classical Period
  • label:not signed
  • type:Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Large Ensemble
  • artist posted by:Malke Music Management

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  • Martyna Pastuszka (violin, artistic leader and concertmaster)


The {oh!} Orkiestra Historyczna was founded in 2012 in the city of Katowice by a group of passionate enthusiasts of early music focused around the concertmaster, Martyna Pastuszka, and the manager, Artur Malke.
In their dedication to historically informed performance, the members of the {oh!} Orkiestra never forget about what is most important: making their music reach their audience as fully as possible. Working on every aspect of a work in order to emphasise the rhetorical dimension of music results in concerts whose aim is to achieve excellent communication not only among the performers, but, above all, between the musicians and the audience.
From the very first concert, this kind of connection has been noticed and appreciated by critics and guest soloists.

In 2017, {oh!} marked its 5th anniversary. Thanks to maintaining strong bonds with the city of Katowice and its cultural institutions, which have been supporting the ensemble since its formation, {oh!} has acquired a reputation as one of the most important early music ensembles in Poland.

The ensemble released 3 CD albums: for polish label DUX album entitled {oh!} Schreyfogel/Schaffrath/Visconti, which contains {oh!}’s renditions of violin and harpsichord concertos discovered in the library of the University of Dresden. The orchestra’s second album was released by MUSICON: a collection of recordings of Father Amando Ivanschitz’s works under the collective title Jasna Góra Early Music, nominated to the Fryderyk award. Third CD was the “Music of French Masters” - live recording of French instrumental music of Lully, Campra, Couperin, Correte and Marais.
Orkiestra Historyczna has also made contemporary stage premieres of two operas: Domenico Sarri’s Didone Abbandonata and Johann Adolf Hasse’s Arminio, in cooperation with Czech artists. The operas were performed in Prague, Ostrava and Brno as well as in Gliwice, Katowice and Warsaw.

Thanks to a cooperation with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice, {oh!} gives regular concerts within the framework of NOSPR’s Early Music series. During this series, the Orkiestra Historyczna engages in the most ambitious of programs, performing with such outstanding artists as Andreas Staier, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Julien Chauvin, and in current season with Marco Beasley or Jean Guihen Qyeyras.

Since 2012 has been the concert master and the artistic director of {oh!} Orkiestra Historyczna, which she established together with a manager, Artur Malke. In this ensemble she has gathered a group of outstanding passionate virtuoso-musicians around her, which, together with her original music imagination and the skill to shape the group’s work enabled {oh!} Orkiestra Historyczna to develop, gain trust and receive the support of Polish music institutions and international festivals very quickly.
As a concert master Martyna Pastuszka is also invited to collaborate with other ensembles such as Le Parlement de Musique (2009-2013), Capella Cracoviensis (since 2010) and Collegium Marianum.
As a chamber musician she has collaborated with NeoBarock – an orchestra from Cologne, the Parisian orchestra Le Cercle de l’Harmonie and, most of all, since 2001, with a Polish ensemble Arte dei Suonatori.
It was the cooperation with Arte dei Suonatori orchestra and its numerous guests, but also her studies at the Academy of Music in Katowice that shaped Pastuszka’s music taste and educated her as a violinist.
She has encountered outstanding music personalities on her career path who are a continuous source of inspiration for her such as Rachel Podger, Guliano Carmignola, Andrew Parrott, Julien Chauvin, Andreas Staier, Hidemi Suzuki, Barthold Kuijken, Dan Laurin and René Jacobs.
Martyna also gains satisfaction by being active as a teacher. She is a lecturer at the Academy of Music in Katowice where she teaches the Baroque Violin and she also educates young violinists during various music courses.