Szymon Bywalec graduated with distinction in symphony and opera conducting from the Jan Wincenty Hawel class at the Music Academy in Katowice, where he now teaches at the Department of Composition, Interpretation, Education and Jazz. Between 2006 and 2013, he was artistic director of the Karol Szymanowski Academic Symphony Orchestra in Katowice. He has worked with renowned conductors such as Krzysztof Penderecki, Gabriel Chmura, Takuo Yuasa, Arturo Tamayo, Jacek Kaspszyk, and Paul McCreesh. He is also a graduate of the Music Academy in Krakow, where he studied the oboe with Jerzy Kotyczka.
This is the youngest of the three orchestras operating at the Henryk Mikołaj Górecki Silesian Philharmonic in Katowice. The Orchestra was founded by Jan Wincenty Hawel in 1981 as an ensemble consisting of the then alumni of the Katowice Academy of Music. The Orchestra’s current artistic director is Piotr Pławner. Boasting a vast repertoire, the Orchestra presents, apart from classical masterpieces, also less frequently performed works as well as arrangements of chamber music by such composers as Franz Schubert, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Pyotr Tchaikowsky, and Dmitri Shostakovich.
Dulcimer player, born in 1980 in Chișinău (Moldova). He learned the dulcimer at secondary music school (Chișinău’s Liceul de Muzică ‘Ciprian Porumbescu’) and subsequently at the Academy of Arts in Banská Bystrica (Slovakia).
She was first taught the piano by her father. In 1932 she studied with Alfred Cortot in Paris, later until 1939 with Józef Turczyński at Warsaw Conservatory. Having settled in Kraków during World War II, she continued her studies with Zbigniew Drzewiecki at that city’s State Higher School of Music in 1945–1949.
Winning (jointly with Bella Davidovich) the 1st prize in the 4th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw (where she also received the Polish Radio award for the best performance of mazurkas) launched Halina’s worldwide career.
Conductor Marzena Diakun graduated with an honours degree in orchestra and opera conducting from Mieczysław Gawroński’s class at the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław (2005), and completed postgraduate studies with Uroš Lajovic at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna. She gained international fame conducting the Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France in a series of concerts broadcast by Radio France,, and ARTE
A graduate of the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich, a master programme at the Conservatoire National Superior de Musique et de Danse in Paris as well as Yale University in New Haven, Długosz has won numerous prizes in flute competitions in Paris, Odense, Mannheimm Viggiano, and others.
One of the most fascinating computer, algorithmic and improvised music composers. He studied composition with Leszek Wisłocki at Wrocław’s Academy of Music. He focuses on computer music; among others, he co-founded the Computer Music Composition Studio at his alma mater.
She studied with Tibor Varga at the Ecole Supérieure de Musique in Sion and with Jan Stanienda at Warsaw’s Fryderyk Chopin Academy (now – University) of Music. Prize winner in the Tibor Varga Competition in Sion and the International Tadeusz Wroński Com- petition in Warsaw. Holder of a scholarship from the American Academy of Arts.
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