Duś, Bartłomiej International Festival of Contemporary Music Warsaw Autumn

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teaches the saxophone class at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, where he studied with Bernard Steuer. He also graduated from Claude Delangle’s class at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris and Vincent David’s class at the CRR de Versailles. 

He obtained a PhD in 2019. His accolades include the 1st Prize and Gold Medal at the Michał Spisak Music Competition in Dąbrowa Górnicza (2009), 1st Prize at the Hülsta Woodwinds in Münster (2011), 2nd Prize in the Nova Gorica International Saxophone Competition (2011), 3rd Prize and audience award in the Aeolus International Wind Competition in Düsseldorf (2012), and Grand Prix and Minister of Culture and National Heritage Award at the Poznań Concert of the Year 2012. He has held scholarships from the Polish Minister of Culture, French government, and Young Poland programme. 

As a soloist he has performed notably with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra (NOSPR) in Katowice, AUKSO Chamber Orchestra of the City of Tychy, Katowice Philharmonic, New Music Orchestra, Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie, and Slovene Philharmonic String Chamber Orchestra. He has given performances during international festivals such as the Polish Modern Music Festival of Premieres, Warsaw Autumn, Auksodrone, Vienna Saxfest, Summerwinds Münsterland, Mladá Praha, Festisax, Jeunesses Musicales, International Festival of Cracow Composers, and Festival of Chamber Music in Saint Petersburg. He has contributed to the creation of new saxophone music by cooperating with numerous Polish composers, including the saxophone concertos of Marcel Chyrzyński, Maciej Jabłoński, Aleksander Nowak, and Tomasz Jakub Opałka. In 2017 he transcribed Krzysztof Penderecki’s Concerto for Flute and Orchestra for soprano saxophone (with the composer’s acclaim), making the world premiere recording of this version in 2019. The CD Penderecki Concertos Vol. 8 (DUX) has been nominated for the 2021 Fryderyk Award of the Polish Phonographic Academy. In 2020 Duś took part in the world premiere of Siren. Melodrama aeterna for orchestra, saxophone, guitar and three voices by Aleksander Nowak to a libretto by Szczepan Twardoch.