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Flucello – A Flute and Cello Duo


Step into the enchanting world of classical music with “BACH to the Future,” a mesmerizing concert featuring the dynamic flute and cello duo, Flucello, comprising the exceptional talents of Antonina Styczen on flute and Pola Benke on cello. Immerse yourself in a diverse repertoire that seamlessly weaves together timeless masterpieces by Johann Sebastian Bach with more modern gems by composers like Stravinsky and others. Experience the rich tapestry of sound with a unique twist, as the duo explores Reza Vali’s Persian Folk Songs, incorporating unconventional instruments like wine glasses and drums. “BACH to the Future” invites both seasoned enthusiasts and newcomers to revel in the beauty of classical music, creating an unforgettable musical journey for all.


Live! at the Museum is presented in partnership with Laguna Beach Live!

Laguna Live! concerts are partially funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach.


Advance tickets recommended.

Laguna Art Museum members & Laguna Beach Live! Members: FREE

Non-members: $14 per person


About the Artists

Flutist Antonina Styczen comes from the small town of Bielsko-Biala in Southern Poland, and at the age of five, set her mind on having a career as flutist. By age six, she had enrolled in a local flute class, and since then has created experimental performance art rarely to be seen in glamorous concert halls.


A performer in classical, jazz, rock, and improvisatory idioms, Ms. Styczen has appeared in unlikely spaces as a concerto soloist, and has created large-scale, crowd-sourced projects. A dynamic musician and entrepreneur, she hopes to create projects for the flute that will change the perception of the classical soloist. “Clearly a musician to watch” (Arcana FM), Ms. Styczen is a winner of Astral’s 2018 National Auditions.


In 2019 alone, Ms. Styczen captured First Prize at the National Flute Association Young Artist

Competition as well as its special prize for the Best Performance of a New Work, both Second Prize and the William H. Grass Memorial Prize at The James Pappoutsakis Memorial Flute Competition, and Third Prize in the Mid-South Flute Society Young Artist Competition.


Ms. Styczen is a four-time recipient of the prize for extraordinary artistic achievements from the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. She won First Prize at the Virtuoso Competition in London’s Royal Albert Hall, First Prize at the Miami Music Festival Concerto Competition, Second Prize at the XV Jeunesse International Music Competition in Bucharest, and Third Prize at the Myrna Brown Young Artist Competition.


A graduate with distinction from the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, she was also awarded a full scholarship from the Fundacion Albeniz for studies at Madrid’s Reina Sofía College of Music under Jacques Zoon, where she also graduated with distinction. She holds an Artist Diploma and a Professional Studies Certificate from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, under Sarah Brady.


Pola Benke, an esteemed cellist hailing from Poland, commenced her musical journey with the cello at the tender age of eight. She debuted as a soloist with the University orchestra in 2007, rendering a captivating performance of Grave by Lutoslawski. Her quest for musical excellence led her to earn a Master’s Degree in orchestral training from The Boston Conservatory, and later, to pursue postgraduate studies under the tutelage of the acclaimed Marek Szpakiewicz in Los Angeles.


Pola’s exceptional talent has earned her numerous scholarships, enabling her to study under several renowned cellists such as Dominik Polonski, Rhonda Rider, Sato Knudsen, Stanislaw Popov, Lynn Harrell, Aldo Parisot, Ko Iwasaki, and Astrid Schween. Her prowess in the realm of modern classical music has won her an invitation to perform at many prestigious music festivals across Europe and the United States, including the InterHarmony Music Festival in Germany and the Aspen Music Festival.


Pola has a rich portfolio of performances as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestra member. Her collaboration with eminent musicians in both Europe and the United States is testimony to her exceptional skill and versatility. Specializing in modern classical music, Pola has premiered and recorded numerous contemporary pieces. Her association with the world-renowned chamber orchestra, Sinfonietta Cracovia, patronized by the legendary composer Krzysztof Penderecki, has further bolstered her reputation in the music world.

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