Marcin Świątkiewicz

One of the most recognisable harpsichordists of the young generation, Świątkiewicz has performed on many types of harpsichords and clavichords, as well as on historical pianos and organs, focusing particularly on the art of improvisation.

He studied harpsichord and composition at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague and the Academy of Music in Katowice. As a soloist, conductor and chamber musician, he regularly collaborates with leading Polish and international orchestras and ensembles, such as Brecon Baroque, Arte dei Suonatori, {oh!} Orkiestra Historyczna, and AUKSO — Chamber Orchestra of the City of Tychy.

The artist has performed at Poland’s major festivals and in prestigious venues worldwide, such as London’s Wigmore Hall and Kings Place, Seoul Arts Center, Beijing’s Forbidden City Concert Hall, and Tokyo’s Sumida Triphony Hall.

In 2015 he recorded a solo album of late Baroque harpsichord concertos by Johann Gottfried Müthel, which won the Diapason d’Or, and in 2017 — the much awarded album Cromatica. His recording of H.I. Biber’s Rosenkranz-Sonaten with Rachel Podger, David Miller, and Jonathan Manson earned them the Gramophone Award. In 2016 Świątkiewicz received the ‘Polityka’ weekly’s ‘Passport’ Award.

2018 saw the release of his album of J.S. Bach’s harpsichord concertos (BWV 1052–1054) performed in period context and style, as well as of the legendary Goldberg Variations.

Świątkiewicz is a lecturer at Katowice’s Academy of Music.

Phot. Adam Golec
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