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“A chic type, a rough type, and odd type - but never a stereotype”.
Arthur Lewinowicz, known as Wobblex, was born in Toronto in 1993. Since early childhood, Arthur was introduced to music at home which became his major inspiration. He started piano and violin lessons at age 4 under the caring supervision of his mother, being a musician herself.
He continued his musical training receiving numerous awards and participated in a variety of groups and ensembles. His credentials include Regional Arts Award of Distinction in Strings Music for 3 years in a row from 2009 to 2011. Arthur was admitted to the prestigious Young Artists Performance Academy in Toronto (affiliated with the Royal Conservatory of Music) and graduated in 2011.
Starting at age 11, Arthur participated in many Young Talents performances where he had been noticed as a promising musician. He especially enjoyed playing violin live on the Toronto Q107 radio station in the “Led Zeppelin Tribute Concert” in 2010 with Mike White playing guitar.
In grade 4 Arthur experienced a grieving moment in school when his friend passed away. He wrote his first piece dedicated to him titled “The Rising of the Dead Soldier”. From then on, writing music became his passion and a way of expressing emotions. “I would rather write music then write diaries” he says.
In high school a friend introduced Arthur to the Dubstep culture. Inspired by its novelty, Arthur began incorporating Dubstep in his compositions. His first major work was “Dubstep Requiem”, interestingly enough inspired by his former work “The Rising of the Dead Soldier”. “Dubstep Requiem” was performed live with his high school orchestra in front of a huge audience in 2011.
Arthur worked hard on his classical repertoire practicing piano and violin. However, he received a lot of positive feedback and encouragement after the “Dubstep Requiem” concert which inspired him to further develop his interest in producing combined electronic and classical music. Along with all this work: his piano, violin and his Dubstep compositions, Arthur was also willing to take on a third instrument - the viola, in grade 11 and quickly learned how to play it efficiently.
Arthur is currently studying Music Performance at York University where he continues playing piano and viola.
He says “...sometimes it feels like I’m a rebel dedicating my time and passion to Dubstep”. For him it means sticking to his own course despite his parents hopes for a classical career. Arthur strives to be unique - to be himself in the world of music, thus maintaining his originality when composing. His path to success was only 5% inspiration, and 95% perspiration. For 14 years he was indeed hard working, patient, had little time for fun and social life but he says “...in the end, it was worth the effort”.
In his own compositions Arthur records the keyboard and string sections which he plays live making them so much more enriched and meaningful for him.
After all, Arthur is a young voice in the new generation of musicians and I am looking forward to hearing his new pieces. I am excited for Arthur and his new group “Wobblex”.It comprises of his fellow musicians playing on Electric Guitar, Electric Bass Guitar, Viola/Violin, Percussion and Piano/Synthesizer.
For me, listening to Arthur’s music means connecting with emerging, promising and fresh ideas of this future generation, and personally I just love his electronic experimentation with classical instruments.
Written by: Ursula M. Marczak