EXTEMPORE is an ensemble comprising three versatile and experienced artists who specialise in historically informed performance: violinist Małgorzata Malke, harpsichordist-organist Anna Firlus and gambist Krzysztof Firlus . It was their love of chamber and early music as well as the drive to discover the unknown that brought them together back in 2007, when they studied at the Academy of Music in Katowice. After 10 years, Extempore is a fascinating mixture of strong musical personalities united by friendship and passion for collaborative music making. Audiences are enthralled by their original interpretations which combine style, charisma and elan with high attention to detail. The artists are not afraid to experiment with music: they also create their own transcriptions and perform contemporary music on period instruments. Extempore has given innumerable concerts at festivals of chamber music in Poland and abroad. They have collaborated with numerous outstanding artists, including Krystian Krzeszowiak, Piotr Olech and Paul Esswood. On a number of occasions, for purpose of vocal-instrumental repertoire, the ensemble expands itself to a chamber orchestra comprising of few musicians. In 2018 Extempore released their first own CD „Telemann – Solos&Trios” in the cooperation with The Castle Museum in Pszczyna. 

Krzysztof Firlus (viola da gamba) is pursuing a two-fold career, as a viola da gamba and doublebass player, performing on bothinstruments as a soloist as well as in chamber ensembles and orchestras. He studied the viola da gamba with ProfessorVittorio Ghielmi at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg and with Professor Mark Caudle at the Music Academy in Katowice. He hasbeen associated with the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice, the {oh!} Orkiestra Historyczna, Ensemble Chimérique and Extempore Ensemble of 17th and 18th Century Music. He has also performed with the SilesianQuartet, Le Poème Harmonique, BachAkademieStuttgart, Marek Toporowski, Martyna Pastuszka and Marcin Świątkiewicz. He has held a grant from the ‘Młoda Polska’ (Young Poland) scholarship programme and has won prizes atinternational and national competitions (Andernach, Brno, Wrocław, Żory, Poznań, Łódź, Dąbrowa Górnicza). His extensive discography includesMusic of French Masters – Music of the WarsawCastle with the {oh!} Orkiestra Historyczna (solo part in Concerto in D major for viola da gamba Le Phénix by Michel Corrette), Tansman – from trio to octet (with the Silesian Quartet), Progressive Baroque(with the Nikola Kołodziejczyk Orchestra; the ‘Fryderyk 2016’ Award of the Polish recording industry), Music in Dresden in the Times of Augustus II the Strong (with Martyna Pastuszka and Marcin Świątkiewicz) and Lithuanian Birbyne. and SeventeenthCentury Music of Poland and Lithuania (with Marek Toporowski and Ensemble Reversio). His forthcoming projectsinclude a recording of Carl Friedrich Abel’s sonatas for viola da gamba and basso continuo (from the Milicz collection discovered in the University Library in Poznań), with his wife, Anna Firlus. Krzysztof Firlus pursues a teaching career as a member of faculty of the Music Academy in Katowice (the class of viola da gamba) and the Music Academy in Kraków (the class of doublebass). 

Małgorzata Malke (violinSoloist and chamber musician. Małgorzata Malke collaborated with many of the most important Polish and European ensembles of the early music scene: Le Cercle del’Harmonie, Collegium Marianum, Arte dei Suonatori. Currently she is associated mainly with Wrocław Baroque Orchestra and {oh!} Orkiestra Historyczna. Her artistic personality has been shaped by such magnificent violinists as Martyna Pastuszka, Arkadiusz Kubica, Adam Musialski, Dominika Falger, Piotr Pławner and Rachel Podger, whom she all met during her studies at the Academy of Music in Katowice, the Universities of Music and Performing Arts in Graz and Vienna as well as during numerous masterclasses. Before she became engaged in historically informed performance of early music, she collaborated regularly with the Silesian Chamber Orchestra, the New Music Orchestra and the AUKSO Chamber Orchestra of the City of Tychy. For over ten years, she has been artistically connected with Anna Firlus (harpsichord) and Krzysztof Firlus (viola da gamba), with whom she forms the Extempore ensemble. In 2017 she co-founded the new ensemble – Equilibrium String Quartet on period instruments. She performs early music on a violin built in 1719 by the French luthier Claude Pierray. Małgorzata Malke also works with the youngest of violinists: she is a licenced Suzuki Method violin teacher. 

Anna FIRLUS (harpsichord, organ) has developed a career as a soloist and chamber musician both as an organist and harpsichordist. Her wide-ranging repertoire spans music from the Baroque to the present. She is a member of {oh!} Orkiestra Historyczna (Historical Orchestra), and a co-founder of Extempore Ensemble of 17th and 18th Century Music and of Ensemble Chimérique. She also works closely with such early music ensembles as Capella Cracoviensis, Musaicum, Polish Orchestra of the 18th century, Capella 1547 and Flori Pari. She has been invited to perform at numerous festivals in Poland and abroad, including Mixtur im Bass, Großräschener Orgelkonzerte, Letni slavností staré hudby in Prague, Castle Festival in Brühl, the International Bach Festival in Świdnica, All’improvviso, 

Musica Poetica in Tarnów, Music on the Heights in Zakopane and the Gaude Mater International Festival of Sacred Music in Częstochowa. Anna Firlus is a graduate of the Karol Szymanowski Music Academy in Katowice, where she studied organ performance with Professor Julian Gembalski and harpsichord with Professor Marek Toporowski. She participated in many masterclasses in the interpretation of organ, harpsichord and chamber music given by such outstanding musicians as Jean-Luc Perrot, Christoph Bossert, Christoph Grohmann, Bernhard Hass, Maija Lehtonen, Ludger Lohmann, Anthony Spiri, Aline Zylberajch, Władysław Kłosiewicz, Leszek Kędracki and Rachel Podger. Anna Firlus is a lecturer in the class of historical performance practice at the Music Academy in Katowice.