Michałowski, Bartosz International Festival of Contemporary Music Warsaw Autumn

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Director of the Warsaw Philharmonic Choir since 2017. He graduated with distinction in choral conducting from the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań. In the years 1998–2005, he was assistant to Professor Stefan Stuligrosz and conductor of the Poznań Philharmonic Choir. Together with this Choir, otherwise known as the Poznań Nightingales, he performed extensively in Germany, France, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Czechia, Lithuania, Russia, and Japan. He won the 2015 Orphée d‘Or of the Académie du Disque Lyrique in Paris, was nominated for the 2015 Fryderyk Award for his 2CD album featuring works by Pasquale Anfossi, another Fryderyk in 2019 for Karol Szymanowski’s opera Hagith, a Golden Disc, and the 1st Prize in the 9th Polish Nationwide Choral Conductors’ Competition. Bartosz Michałowski is the founder, conductor and artistic director of the Poznań Chamber Choir, founder and director of the Opus 966 Polish Composers’ Competition, and the creator of Write Music – It’s Easy composing workshops for children and teenagers. He is also a co-author of the Obrazogranie project co-organised with the National Museum as part of the Biennial of Art for Children in Poznań. 

As a conductor, Michałowski has garnered major prizes in prestigious choral competitions as well as numerous special awards for, among others, best vocal ensemble technique, best performance of contemporary music, and best conductor. 

As director of the Warsaw Philharmonic Choir he has led it in numerous concerts at the Philharmonic and elsewhere. In October 2017 he prepared the Choir for the world premiere of Anton Rubinstein’s sacred opera Moses (cond. Michail Jurowski) and in 2019, for the performance and world premiere recording of Stanisław Moniuszko’s Paria in the Italian language version. in the previous year, the Choir under his baton took part in PWM Edition’s project 100 for 100 – Musical Decades of Freedom, recording Roman Padlewski’s Stabat Mater

Bartosz Michałowski has also prepared several dozen vocal-instrumental concerts featuring the Warsaw Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, in collaboration with leading conductors such as Andrey Boreyko, Ton Koopman, Christoph König, Matthew Halls, Martin Haselböck, Bjarte Engeset, Jacek Kaspszyk, and others. He also frequently collaborated with Krzysztof Penderecki on performances on his works. 

In addition to his rich experience as a conductor, Bartosz Michałowski has worked for many years on voice production, developing his vocal skills and knowledge at masterclasses with Poppy Holden (Great Britain), Christian Elsner (Germany), and Józef Frakstein (Poland). He is a lecturer at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw.