ABOUT THE ENSEMBLE
ACh Duo - guitar & harp
ALEKSANDER PANKOWSKI VEL JANKOWSKI & NOEMI HAŃCZYK GUITAR & HARP
Cooperation between guitarist Aleksander Pankowski vel Jankowski and harpist Noemi Hańczyk began in 2012 while learning at the F. Nowowiejski Secondary Music School Complex in Szczecin (Poland) under the guidance of guitarist Piotr Pałac.
Since the beginning of its activity, ACh Duo (pronounce /aχ/) has been appreciated at many national and international festivals and competition.
ACh Duo has won, among others, the second place at the National Competition of Duets with Harp in Cieszyn (Poland), receiving a special award in the form of a recording (2013), the second place at the XVI International Guitar Festival in Trzęsacz (2013), the third place at the 5th National Festival and the Guitar Competition in Kielce (2013).
“Unusual combination of instruments and original repertoire consist of the ACh Duo uniqueness, which is such an only active ensemble of this kind existing in Poland”
Ensemble members parted for a period of study in different cities - Katowice and Wroclaw, however in 2018 they decided to continue their activity, which resulted in their current achievements such as 1st place at the International Suoni d'Arpa Competition in Saluzzo (Italy, 2018), for which it received a special prize - a recital in Bologna and 2nd place at the Marcel Tournier International Harp Competition in Cosenza (Italy, 2018).
Recent successes of the emsemble include 3rd place and the audience award at the 2nd International Guitar Competition "Ida Presti" in Samobor (Croatia, 2020), for which it received a special prize - a recital in Croatia in 2021.
The ACh Duo's repertoire includes compositions originally written for a guitar and harp duo as well as their own arrangements of music, e.g. Claude Debussy.
“When choosing the name of the duo, the artists were inspired by the Italian names of the instruments they play - harp and guitar (arpa and chitarra in Italian)”
aleksander Pankowski vel Jankowski - guitarist
Aleksander Pankowski vel Jankowski is a graduate of the Academy of Music in Katowice in Poland under the direction of Marek Nosal, PhD, from which he graduated in 2018.
He started learning to play guitar at the Music Centre in Gryfino in Grażyna Mużyłło's class and continued his education at the F. Nowowiejski Secondary Music School Complex in Szczecin under the supervision of Jakub Kościuszko, PhD.
Winner of international, nationwide competitions, including:
- 2nd place - 2nd International Youth Guitar Competition "Tallinn 2013" (Estonia)
- 1st place and GRAND PRIX - Baltic Guitar Festival 2017 (Lithuania)
- 2nd place - 2nd International Guitar Competition Vilnius 2018 (Lithuania)
- 3rd place - 25th Hermoupolis Guitar Festival 2018 (Greece)
- 1st place and GRAND PRIX - Tczew Guitar Competition 2018 (Poland)
- 1st place - IMKA Internet Music Competition
Aleksander is two-time scholarship holder of the Mayor of the City of Szczecin.
Member of the jury during the guitar competition at the "Baltic Guitar Festival" in Birštonas (Lithuania). He took part in numerous courses and master classes conducted by outstanding guitar teachers and virtuosos, such as Marcin Dylla, Łukasz Kuropaczewski,
Zoran Dukić, Carlo Marchione, Gabriel Bianco, Susana Prieto, Alexis Muzurakis.
Noemi Hańczyk - harp
Her adventure with the harp began in 2006 when she passed her exams at the T. Szeligowski Primary School of Music in Szczecin (Poland). After graduating in 2010 Noemi Hańczyk continued her studies in the F. Nowowiejski Secondary Music School Complex in Szczecin under the guidance of Mrs. Jolanta Wołkońska. She obtained her diploma in 2014 with a brilliant result. Currently she is continuing master's studies at the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław (Poland) in the class of Malwina Lipiec-Rozmysłowicz, PhD.
Winner of many solo and duo music competitions, among others:
- 3rd place - International Competition in Goritz (Germany, 2010),
- 2nd place - Polish National Duo Competition with Harp in Cieszyn (Poland, 2011),
- 1st place - International Competition in Goritz (Germany, 2012),
- 2nd place - International Duo Competition with Harp in Cieszyn (Poland, 2017),
- 1st place - Marcel Tournier International Harp Competition, Cosenza (Italy, 2018),
- 2nd place - Polish National Duo Competition with Harp in Cieszyn (Poland, 2019).
Noemi Hańczyk participated in solo workshops conducted by world-famous harpists: Susan McDonald, Joanna Kozielska, Elżbieta Szmyt, Agnieszka Gralak, Anneleen Lenaerts, Adelheid Blovsky-Miller, Yolanda Kondonassis as well as in orchestral workshops: Polish-German Youth Orchestra Pomerania, International Lutosławski Youth Orchestra, I, Culture Orchestra, playing in such concert halls as Councertgebouw in Amsterdam (Holland), Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg (Germany), Summer Music Academy Orchestra in Hundinsburg (Germany) and European Workshop for Contemporary Music at the Warsaw
Autumn Festival in 2019.
She has frequently collaborated with Polish orchestras: the M. Karłowicz Philharmonic
in Szczecin, Opera Na Zamku in Szczecin, the Lower Silesian Philharmonic in Jelenia Góra, the Podkarpacka Philharmonic in Rzeszów and the National Forum of Music in Wrocław. She is a two-time scholarship holder of the Mayor of the City of Szczecin.