Concert Agency “PRESTO”
Established for over 20 years as the premier concert agency in Warsaw, PRESTO brings to life the great works of Chopin to an international audience in exclusive venues.
Our aim is to deliver the ultimate Chopin experience. We achieve this by bringing together internationally renowned Polish pianists and the most beautiful locations in Warsaw for a truly memorable experience.
As such, we have organised thousands of piano recitals of Chopin’s work for the world’s largest touring companies, embassies, government institutions.
All our artists are specially selected and of international standing having performed at some of the largest concert halls across the world. They range from venerable professors of music to brilliant young graduates from New York’s Juilliard School, London’s Royal Academy of Music and the French Conservatoire de Paris. Many are also winners of international piano competitions of the highest repute. The pianists perform on grand pianos by either Bechstein, Steinway or Bösendorfer.
Our locations include the beautiful palaces of the Royal Łazienki Park, the grand Porczyński Gallery and the Polish Music Library Hall, famous for its Neo-Renaissance style. These are all simply exceptional locations in Warsaw and of international standing.
Whether you are a small group or several hundred aficionados, Presto Concert Agency can cater for your needs. Our unique experience of organising concerts, portfolio of artists and locations guarantee a truly unforgettable Chopin experience.
Jagoda Sokołowska O’Donovan
Owner of Concert Agency “PRESTO”
Jagoda Sokołowska is a renowned Polish flutist who studied at the Academy of Music in Cracow under the guidance of Professor Kazimierz Moszyński, achieving a distinction. She is a laureate of Polish and international flute competitions and participated in master classes led by Jean-Claude Gerard, Aurele Nicolet and James Galway. She has subsequently performed around the world as a soloist and chamber musician.
During her career she has performed at many music festivals including the Mozart Festival in Warsaw, the International Music Festival in Łańcut, the Starosądeckie Old Music Festival, the Wawel Evening in Cracow and many others. In addition, she represented Polish musicians, together with Konstantym Andrzej Kulka and Piotr Paleczny at the Festival of Polish Culture in St. Petersburg. She has made many television and radio recordings.
The outstanding Polish critic and humanist Jerzy Waldorff, an outspoken champion of Polish culture, took great interest in Jagoda Sokołowska career. In an open letter to the directors of the Polish Philharmonic, critics and music columnists he wrote:
“My sense of responsibility for the development of Polish music compels me to refer to all of you, the co-creators of Polish culture, these few words … I recommend to you this exceptionally talented artist … an outstanding musical personality …”
Jerzy Waldorff also initiated the, “Extraordinary Promotional Concert” held at the Stanislaw Theater in the Royal Łazienki Park and broadcast on Polish television in which Jagoda performed.