Featured artists and lecturers

Concert pianist Jonathan Plowright and musicologist Joseph Herter will be taking part in Nóta's November programme at the National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square, Dublin.


Jonathan Plowright

Jonathan Plowright - Concert Pianist.   "One of the finest living pianists" - Gramophone Magazine. 

Currently Professor of Piano Performance at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama in Glasgow and Head of Keyboard at the University of Chichester, Jonathan is a prolific recording artist whose work has been highly acclaimed by critics and audiences all over the world.

In recent years Plowright has championed the undeservedly neglected music of Polish Romantic composers, Stojowski, Paderewski and Melcer, which he has recorded extensively for Hyperion Records.  

Plowright was a Gold Medallist at The Royal Academy of Music, London where his professor was Alexander Kelly.  He was Fulbright Scholar at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore USA with Julio Esteban.  He won the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Award and the European Piano Competition.  

Plowright has performed worldwide as recitalist, appeared with leading orchestras and ensembles.  He has made many highly acclaimed commercial recordings and given numerous radio and TV broadcasts.   Videos of Plowright's performances of Polish and other repertoire are now available on YouTube.  See also his website at  www.jonathanplowright.com.

Joseph Herter

Joseph A. Herter - Musicologist and Choral Conductor. 

Joseph Herter was born of Polish descent in 1945 in Detroit, Michigan. He is a graduate of the School of Music at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and continued his studies in choral conducting at Westminster Choir College, and in orchestral conducting at the Berkshire Music Institute in Tanglewood. 

Mr. Herter has been the recipient of fellowships from the Kosciuszko Foundation in New York and Ars Musica Polonia in Los Angeles. Since 1974, Herter has been living in Poland, where he has worked as a teacher, conductor and author on music. 

He is the founder and conductor of Cantores Minores, the Warsaw Archdiocesan Cathedral Boys’ & Men’s Choir. He has been guest conductor at the National Opera (Teatr Wielki), Polish Radio Theater, numerous festivals and with many orchestras throughout Poland, including the Warsaw National Philharmonic, with whom he recorded the music by Krzesimir Dębski for the Polish feature film and TV serial Alchemik. Herter is also affiliated with the Teatr Rozrywki in Chorzów. 

As a musicologist, he has played a great role in reviving interest in the music and life of Polish-American composer, pianist and pedagogue, Sigismond Stojowski (1870-1946). He is the author of a Stojowski biography which was released this summer by the Polish Music Center at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He has been frequently invited to give lectures on the composer, and has spoken on this topic in Washington, D.C., Berlin, Los Angeles and New York. 

Since November 2006, Herter has also been working as the representative in Poland for the New York-based Kosciuszko Foundation, Inc. On September 1, 1999, the Mayor of Warsaw Paweł Piskorski presented Herter with a medal marking the 400th anniversary of Warsaw as the Polish nation's capital, a medal given to people and institutions who have served Warsaw and her citizens. He has received further awards and honors from the Polish Ministry of Culture, the Polish Singers Alliance of America, the Polish Union of Choirs and Orchestras, and the Polish Senate.

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