Lorent, Leszek International Festival of Contemporary Music Warsaw Autumn

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Percussionist; graduate of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw (2008, diploma with distinction). He also studied in Jean Geoffroy’s master class at the Conservatoire Nationale Supérieur Musique et Danse in Lyon, and took part in courses of new music interpretation in Tallinn (2006–9). Prize-winner in nationwide and international competitions. 

He regularly performs at festivals such as the Warsaw Autumn, Aujourd’hui Musiques in Perpignan, Flâneries Musicales in Reims, Novelum in Toulouse, Warsaw Music Encounters, CODES, and Musica Polonica Nova. As a soloist he has appeared with the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Iuventus, Orchestre Perpignan Méditerranée, the orchestras of the Grand Theatre – Polish National Opera, Kielce Philharmonic, and the National Music Forum in Wrocław. 

He has received scholarships notably from the Polish Prime Minister, Minister of Culture and National Heritage, Société Générale, ZAiKS Fund for the Support of Artistic Work, Young Poland programme, Minister of Science and Higher Education (scholarship for distinguished young academics), and the vice-chancellor of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music (award for academic achievements). 

He has contributed to world premiere performances of many works by contemporary Polish composers such as Marcin Błażewicz, Dariusz Przybylski, Ignacy Zalewski, Miłosz Bembinow, Tomasz Opałka, Aleksandra Gryka, and Paweł Hendrich. He specialises in performing multi-percussion and instrumental theatre compositions. 

He obtained his DMA in 2012, and his postdoctoral degree in 2016. As a lecturer at the Warsaw Music University, he also directs its New Music Studio. His papers exploring the borderline area between music and philosophy have been printed in Aspiracje periodical of Warsaw’s art universities, as well as in Zagadnienia Naukoznawstwa PAN (Polish Academy of Sciences logological quarterly) and by many academic publishers both in Poland and abroad. His publications include Percussion Studies. Problems of Music Philosophy and Performance in Multi-Percussion Treatises by Selected Authors (Cultura Animi, 2014) and Ineffabilis. Marcin Błażewicz’s Works for Percussion (Cultura Animi, 2015). Lorent has also recorded a dozen albums as a chamber musician and three as a soloist.