Founded and directed by violinist Michał Ćwiżewicz the ensemble takes its name from the Ognisko Polskie (Polish Hearth Club) in London where it gave its first performance in 2015. The ensemble's new residency saw the launch of their first concert series in January 2018 together with guest artists Harlem Quartet.
2014 saw the founding of the new duo by brothers Michał and Filip Ćwiżewicz. Their similarities and differences playing off each other on stage, they are rapidly establishing themselves as a unique ensemble, commissioning new music from contemporary composers, rediscovering less known chamber repertoire and performing their own arrangements of both classical and folk music.
Minerva Piano Trio.
Following their London debut at the Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room in 2014 as Park Lane Group Young Artists, the Minerva Piano Trio are establishing themselves as one of the UK’s most exciting new trios. Finalists in the 2013 Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition, the Trio are engaged in innovative programmes, ranging from revivals of neglected works to collaboration with living composers. They have worked closely with leading British composers including Mark-Anthony Turnage and recent highlights include the première of a work written by the Minerva Piano Trio’s cellist and composer Richard Birchall. Among their upcoming appearances include a return performance at the Stratford-upon-Avon Chamber Music Society and a London masterclass with Gabor Takacs-Nagy. They are supported by the Park Lane Group, ChamberStudio, Richard Carne Trust, and Concordia Foundation.
Górecki Chamber Orchestra.
Founded in 2015, the Górecki Chamber Orchestra brings together acclaimed European artists and is led by the musicians themselves. Their founders, violinist Michał Ćwiżewicz and pianist Łukasz Filipczak won the endorsement and blessing of Jadwiga Górecka, widow of the great Polish composer to champion Górecki's works, outlook and philosophy alongside the music of other composers from the distant past right up to the present.
Michał Ćwiżewicz was the first violinist of the Kallisto String Quartet until 2014, working with Agata Darashkaite, Elitsa Bogdanova and Benjamin Havas. Their performances took them across the UK, France, Italy and Spain, whilst also working with French composer Nicolas Bacri and Philippe Berrod, principal clarinettist of the Paris Orchestra. Founded by students of the Royal College of Music in 2008, the ensemble studied with members of the Alban Berg, Arpeggione and Ysaÿe quartets, attending festivals and masterclasses in Paris, Madrid, Marseilles, Flaine and Sienna. They also worked with distinguished ensembles such as the Allegri, Vanbrugh, Chilingarian and Endellion quartets and has been supported by the ProQuartet Programme in France.