We were super-lucky to catch these guys at the 2023 PRISMA Music Festival and are very excited to have them at Notional Space. Think Cream, think Nirvana, or (for you Canadians) think Rush — Cuore are the hot new power trio. Zuzanna Budzyńska on violin, Jadwiga Roguska on cello, and Szymon Ogryzek on piano will rock your socks off with a repertoire of classical chamber music masterpieces and, perhaps, less-well represented and modern compositions. Their performance here will be fresh from their late-2023 Warsaw studio sessions for a forthcoming album, featuring the works of 20th Century composers.

About the Trio

Cuore Piano Trio was founded in 2017 in Warsaw and it has quickly established itself as one of the leading chamber music groups of the young generation. Currently based in Vienna, the musicians are students of Avedis Kouyoumdjian (piano), Christian Altenburger (violin) and Stefan Kropfitsch (cello) at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. In 2022 the Trio gave three recitals at the renowned Musikverein in Vienna (Brahms-Saal) as part of the new concert cycle “Souvenir”. The concerts were a huge success and the ensemble was reinvited to perform twice as many recitals in Brahms-Saal – a full season of the “Souvenir” concerts in 2023/2024. Additionally the musicians will appear in the Metallener-Saal of the Vienna Musikverein in June 2024.

Cuore Piano Trio’s members – Zuzanna Budzyńska (violin), Jadwiga Roguska (cello) and Szymon Ogryzek (piano) – are passionate about introducing new audiences to the unknown classical music pieces written by less popular Polish composers. They constantly aim to create original music programs which include not only the widely known and loved masterpieceses, but also newly discovered works of the less fortunate composers of different nationalities.

Cuore Piano Trio has been a prizewinner of many international music competitions i.a. the Fanny Mendelssohn International Music Competition in Germany (1st prize in 2023), “Nouvelles Etoiles” International Music Competition in France (1st prize in 2021), Quebec International Music Competition (1st prize in 2020) or the Brilliant Talent Discovery Awards International Music Competition in Singapore (1st prize in 2019). In April 2023 they received the prestigious Ensemble of the Year 2022 award from the Italian chamber music network Le Dimore del Quartetto, as well as the Gioventù Musicale Prize. Cuore Piano Trio has been supported by the Polish Lubelskie Voivodeship within the “Lubelskie – Taste life!” program since 2022.

The Trio performs regularly in Poland, Italy, Austria, Germany, the Czech Republic or Lithuania. In 2022 they performed during the Internationaler Bad Schandauer Musiksommer in Germany, Festival Mlada Praha in the Czech Republic or the Letnie Spotkania Kameralne Festival in Poland. In March 2023 they made their trio debut as soloists with Jyväskylä Sinfonia and Jan Söderblom, performing the Concerto for Piano Trio and Symphony Orchestra H. 231 by Bohuslav Martinu in Finland. They have been invited to perform at the PRISMA Festival in Powell River (Canada) in June 2023 as the Festival’s ensemble in residence. In September 2023, as a result of being awarded the Grand Prix at the “Music & Stars” International Music Competition in Estonia (2022), the Trio is recording their debut solo album for the Spanish KNS Classical Label. The CD’s repertoire includes pieces written by the Polish, French, Armenian and American composers of the 20th century.

Their recordings have previously been published by the Polish DUX Recording Producers Label. They have been very well reviewed i.a. by Maestro Simone Gramaglia (“Cuore Piano Trio gives an accurate, clear and passionate reading of the compositions highlighting the musical maturity that already characterizes this ensemble”). The musicians worked as editors on one of the recorded pieces – the Piano Trio in E major Op. 5 by Franciszek Lessel, which was later published by the EUPHONIUM Publishing House as a world premiere.

The musicians have received scholarships from the Polish Prime Minister, the Polish Minister of Culture and National Heritage, the “Bridge to the Future” Scholarship from the Globalworth Foundation and the Julian Cochran Foundation, the Société Générale Bank and others. Their work has been greatly influenced by artists such as Sibila Konstantinova, Vida Vujic, Fabio Bidini, Edward Zienkowski, Evgenia Epshtein, Jean Saulnier or Michael Flaksman.


About Zuzanna

Zuzanna Małgorzata Budzyńska (born 1997 in Radzyń Podlaski, Poland) won the 2nd prize at the Antonio Vivaldi International Competition Vienna in 2018. A year later she released her debut album POLONAISES, recorded together with Szymon Ogryzek (piano). The album has been very well reviewed by the ResMusica (France) and PIZZICATO (Luxembourg) and the musicians have been proclaimed the perfect duo by the Jazz Era Magazine. POLONAISES has secured the musicians the prestigious Coryphaeus of the Polish Music Prize – one of the most valued Polish artistic awards. In 2021 Budzyńska has been nominated for the Artistic Award of the City of Lublin, where Henryk Wieniawski was born.

Zuzanna is a prizewinner of many international music competitions, i.a. in Poland, Austria, France, Great Britain, Denmark, Sweden, Russia, Canada, and Singapore, and has been the finalist of the Student’s Noble Prize in 2020. She has been a scholarship holder of the Polish Minister of Culture and National Heritage, the Polish Prime Minister, and the Société Générale Bank. For her engagement in the promotion of Polish music, in particular this of Karol Lipiński (the famous rival of Niccolo Paganini, who was born in Radzyń Podlaski as well), she has been granted many awards and scholarships from the Lubelskie Voivodeship. She has been supported by the Polish National Children’s Fund and the “Young Poland” Scholarship of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. She is a member of the Harvard Club of Poland and the winner of the 6. Path to Harvard Competition 2015.

Budzyńska is an artist of the Polish Music Agency and the Italian Le Dimore del Quartetto. She is a member of Cuore Piano Trio and the Polish Soloists. She has performed with the LGT Young Soloists in Abu Dhabi (UAE) and with the members of the Polish National Philharmonic Orchestra in Warsaw. Her chamber music partners include artists such as Christian Altenburger, Reinhard Latzko, Janusz Wawrowski, Marcin Zdunik, or Grzegorz Skrobiński.

She performed with many orchestras as a soloist, i.a. with the Warsaw Chamber Opera Sinfonietta, Płocka Symphony Orchestra, Zenon Brzewski Warsaw String Orchestra, “Archetti” Chamber Orchestra, and the Moscow Chamber Orchestra “Musica-Viva”. She performed in many renowned Polish concert halls, as well as in Germany, Austria, France, the Netherlands, Italy, Ukraine, the Czech Republic, United Arab Emirates, Russia, and the USA.

Budzyńska regularly takes part in crossover projects, which include performances and CD recordings with artists such as Włodzimierz Nahorny, Janusz Strobel, Aleksander Dębicz, Łukasz Kuropaczewski or sanah. She recorded for Warner Music, DUX Recording Producers, and Fryderyk Chopin University of Music, and she has new recordings planned for the upcoming season.

About Jadwiga

Jadwiga Roguska (born in 1997 in Warsaw, Poland) has been appointed the cello group leader of the Wiener Jeunesse Orchester in May 2022. A month later she won the 2nd prize in the PRISMA International Festival Concerto Competition and performed the Robert Schumann Cello Concerto in a minor op. 129 with the PRISMA Orchestra in Canada twice.

Roguska is a student of Stefan Kropfitsch at Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien in Vienna, where she studied with Maria Sellner before. In 2021 she graduated with distinction from the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw (class of cello of Tomasz Strahl and Mateusz Szmyt), whereas in 2019 she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in German Studies from the University of Warsaw.

As a soloist, as well as a chamber musician, Roguska is a prizewinner of international competitions in i.a. Singapore, France, Great Britain, Switzerland, Greece, Russia or Bosnia and Hercegovina. A big part of the cellist’s life is Cuore Piano Trio, with which she recorded several CDs for the DUX Recording Producers. The Trio appeared at the most prestigious concert halls in Poland (i.a. the National-, Kielce- and Olsztyn- Philharmonic Halls) and abroad. The ensemble belongs to the National Polish Music Agency and the Italian Le Dimore del Quartetto. 

She performed in many renowned concert halls such as the Goldener-Saal of the Wiener Musikverein, Liszt Academy Hall in Budapest, UdK Concert Hall in Berlin or the Lithuanian National Drama Theatre and the Town Hall in Vilnius. Roguska is a distinguished orchestra musician as well. She has been a member of numerous international orchestras including the Wiener Jeunesse Orchester, The World Orchestra, Baltic Academies Orchestra, Animato Foundation Orchestra or the Ljubljana International Orchestra. With these ensembles, she performed in Poland, Austria, Germany, Spain, Italy, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Canada, and the USA. She performed during many prestigious events, such as Ljubljana Festival (SLO), Lerici Music Festival, Mittelfest Festival (IT), Carintischer Sommer (A), Russian-Polish “Youth Academy of Arts” Festival (RU), Miami Music Festival (USA) and PRISMA Music Festival (CA).

The cellist is passionate about history and literature, which led her to devote her master’s thesis to Gustaw Roguski (1839 – 1921), a Polish composer and theoretist who shared Roguska’s surname and was a very important figure at the Polish music scene of the XIX and early XX century, as well as the teacher of other great Polish artists, Ignacy Jan Paderewski and Zygmunt Noskowski. As it turned out in the process of academic research, Roguski was one of the cellist’s distant relatives. Bringing his forgotten music back to life has become Roguska’s goal ever since and she aims to perpetuate the memory of him and his work.

About Szymon

Szymon Ogryzek (born 1996 in Mikołów, Poland) is one of the most valued Polish pianists in the field of chamber music. His dedication to playing with others led him to be appointed the official pianist of the biggest and oldest masterclass in Poland – the Zenon Brzewski International Music Courses in Łańcut, where since 2021 Ogryzek works as a class pianist in the violin classes of Maria Machowska (concertmaster of the Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra) and Wojciech Koprowski (1st violinist of the Meccore String Quartet).

Ogryzek has been awarded the Student’s Noble Prize by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education in 2020, while in 2019, together with Zuzanna Budzyńska (violin), he has been proclaimed the “Discovery of the Year” and received the prestigious Coryphaeus of the Polish Music Prize – one of the most important music awards in Poland. His project of a CD recording has been distinguished by the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage within the “Musical Trace 2019” program and the CD itself, the POLONAISES, has been recorded for the DUX Recording Producers and very well reviewed by Polish and international music magazines. Ogryzek has been awarded a scholarship by the Ministry of Culture twice – the students’ scholarship in 2019 and the “Young Poland” Scholarship in 2021. His musical education has been supported by the Société Générale Bank and the Janeczek-Stiftung.

The pianist is well known for his passion for the education of children. He dedicated two of his thesis to research on various methods of teaching in order to find his very own, unique method, which has been influenced by Polish, Russian and Japanese methods. To broaden his teaching horizons, Ogryzek has completed the first level of the Suzuki Method training, as well as worked with children as a music educator at the Royal Castle in Warsaw.