27 May 2017, 19:00, Podkarpacka Philharmonic Hall
The Podkarpacka Filharmonia Symphony Orchestra im. Artur Malawski in Rzeszów
Warsaw Philharmonic Choir
Massimiliano CALDI – conductor
Magdalena SCHABOWSKA – soprano
Agnieszka MAKÓWKA – alto
Tomasz KUK – tenor
Robert GIERLACH – baritone
Bartosz MICHAŁOWSKI – choirmaster
Warsaw Philharmonic Choir
Warsaw Philharmonic Choir began its professional activity under Zbigniew Soja in 1953. Its subsequent choirmasters were: Roman Kuklewicz (1955-1971), Jozef Bok (1971-1974), Antoni Szaliński (1974-1978), and the present choirmaster Henryk Wojnarowski, who has held this position since 1978.
The central part of the choir’s artistic activity consists of numerous symphonic and choral-orchestral concerts given throughout the season with Warsaw Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra as well as a cappella performances in Warsaw Philharmonic Hall. The Choir performs regularly at the “Warsaw Autumn” International Festival of Contemporary Music and in Wrocław at the “Wratislavia Cantans” Festival.
The Warsaw Philharmonic Choir is also very active internationally, performing for audiences in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Spain, Switzerland and Turkey. It has frequently been invited to give concerts with eminent orchestras, such as the Munich Philharmonic, the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, the RIAS Orchestra, the Bamberger Symphoniker, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem Symphony Orchestras, the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Symphony Orchestra in Rome, the Brussels Opera Orchestra, the Palermo Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Milanese La Scala.
A significant event in the choir’s history was the invitation to take part in the La Scala production of Franco Donatoni’s Atem in 1985. Following this first appearance in an opera, the choir was re-invited to the La Scala to participate in productions of Weber’s Oberon (1989) and Beethoven’s Fidelio (1990). The Choir also sang in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress (1986) and Mozart’s The Magic Flute (1987) at La Fenice in Venice; in Beethoven’s Fidelio in Paris (1989); in Szymanowski’s King Roger (1992), Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex (1993) and Honegger’s Antigone (1993) in Palermo and Rossini’s L’Italiana in Algeri in Pesaro (1994). In 1988, 1990 and 2001, the choir was invited to the Vatican to take part in the celebrations of the successive anniversaries of Pope John Paul II’s pontificate.
Among the Polish and foreign baton masters and composers who performed with Warsaw Philharmonic Choir, there have been: Moshe Atzmon, Gary Bertini, Sergiu Comissiona, Henryk Czyż, Charles Dutoit, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Sir Charles Groves, Jacek Kaspszyk, Kazimierz Kord, Jan Krenz, Helmut Koch, Witold Lutosławski, Lorin Maazel, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Igor Markevitch, Andrzej Markowski, Kurt Masur, Zubin Mehta, Grzegorz Nowak, Seiji Ozawa, Krzysztof Penderecki, Zoltán Pescó, Sir Simon Rattle, Helmuth Rilling, Wolfgang Renert, Ludomir Romansky, Witold Rowicki, Hans Martin Schneit, Jerzy Semkow, David Shallon, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Stanisław Skrowaczewski, Leopold Stokowski, Igor Stravinsky, Tadeusz Strugała, Stanisław Wisłocki, Antoni Wit, and Bohdan Wodiczko.
The choir’s enormous repertoire comprises more than 400 vocal-instrumental and unaccompanied pieces from the Middle Ages to contemporary music. Polish music, and in particular the works of Krzysztof Penderecki, is a very important part of their repertoire. The choir has performed all of Penderecki’s vocal-instrumental and a cappella compositions. The composer’s unaccompanied works have been released on records, as also have St Luke Passion (twice), A Polish Requiem, Te Deum, Seven Gates of Jerusalem, Credo, and A Hymn to St Daniil. Both recordings of St Luke Passion were nominated to the Grammy Award, while their recording of The Polish Requiem was nominated for Grammy in 2005 and for Record Academy Award of the Japanese magazine Record Geijutsu – in 2005. The Choir later received Grammy nominations for their CDs with the Seven Gates of Jerusalem (2007) and Karol Szymanowski’s Stabat Mater (2008), Penderecki’s Utrenja (2009) – all recorded by NAXOS (cond. A. Wit). In April 2009, their first album with Stanisław Moniuszko’s masses conducted by H. Wojnarowski won the Fryderyk Award of the Polish music industry as Record of the Year in the category of Choral and Large-Scale Vocal-Instrumental Music. In May 2010 the second CD in the series was awarded “Orphees d’Or – The Arturo Toscanini Memorial Award” by L’Academie du Disque Lyrique in recognition of “the best phonographic initiative”, that is, the label’s efforts in promoting the music of Stanislaw Moniuszko. In March 2011, the Choir won the Fryderyk Award of the Polish Phonographic Industry for its 1989 CD recording of Roman Maciejewski’s Requiem. Missa pro defunctis, re-released with new graphics in 2010 to mark the centenary of the composer’s birthday. 2014 saw the release of a DVD with Christmas carols, followed in 2015 by a CD.
The choir has also recorded Haendel’s Messiah, Israel in Egypt and Juda Maccabaeus, Mozart’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Fidelio and Symphony No. 9, Verdi’s Requiem, Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust, Bruckner’s Te Deum, Elsner’s Passion, Mahler’s Symphony No. 8, Moniuszko’s Ostra Brama Litanies, Maklakiewicz’s Four Masses, Maciejewski’s Requiem, and Kilar’s Missa pro pace.
Massimiliano Caldi (Milano 1967), with a big international experience in the fields of symphonic music, opera, operetta and ballet, an attention on contemporary music and on the revival of the 19th century opera, stands out for his high professional preparation and for his bright and linear directorial style.
Winner of the first prize at “G.Fitelberg” International Competition (1999), Caldi is Principal Conductor of the Polish Baltic “F. Chopin” Philharmonic of Gdańsk (Danzig) and Principal Conductor and Artistic Consultant of the “S.Moniuszko” Philharmonic of Koszalin. Since 2016 Massimiliano Caldi has also increased his collaboration with the “A.Malawski” Podkarpacka Philharmonic of Rzeszów and with the “A.Rubinstein” Philharmonic of Lódz. Last May Caldi debuted in St. Petersburg with the Philharmonic Orchestra in the legendary “Grand Hall”. In the last ten years he took tournées in Israel, Oman, U.S.A., Chile and Brasil.
Among his upcoming appointments we remind the direction of Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Verdi’s Nabucco at the Teatro Grande Poznan (January-February 2017, with recovery in May 2017), a selection of Puccini’s La Rondine in occasion of the centenary of first performance at the National Philharmonic Hall in Warsaw for the XXI edition of the Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival, the opera Notte per me luminosa (world premiere) by Marco Betta at Teatro Municipale of Piacenza (April 2017) and Carmina Burana by Orff (June 2017) at the Philharmonic in Gdansk.
In symphonic field he debuted in Berlin with the Konzerthaus Kammerorchester Berlin (2 November) and at the Moscow Conservatory’s Rachmaninov Hall with Sinfonietta Cracovia (12 November). In 2017 he will take part at the prestigious Łancut International Festival for conducting Beethoven’s IX Symphony (27 May 2017), he will be at the head of the Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra (10 February 2017) and he will come back on the podium of the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi and on the podium of Milano Classica Chamber Orchestra, of which he was Principal Conductor from 1998 to 2009.
He was born in Sanok. In the years 1982-1988 he was a student of the State Music Secondary School in Rzeszow in accordion class of Prof. Jerzy Kolodziej.
He is a graduate of the Warsaw Academy of Music in singing class of Prof. Kazimierz Pustelak. The artist received the first prize at the Viotti International Vocal Competition in Vercella, Italy and the Audience Award at the Alfredo Kraus Competition in Las Palmas.
Even as a student he started working with the Warsaw Chamber Opera, singing in “The Marriage of Figaro” and “Don Giovanni” by Mozart. During this time, he also appeared at the Grand Theatre – National Opera in Warsaw as Don Basilio in “The Barber of Seville” by Rossini. With the artists from those theaters he had numerous tours abroad (Spain, France, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Japan).
Robert Gerlach performs at prestigious opera houses and concert halls of Europe, North America and Japan. He sang, among others, in Teatro La Fenice in Venice – “The Marriage of Figaro” by Mozart – role of the Count and “Maria di Rohan” by Donizetti – role of de Fiesque; Teatro Filarmonico in Verona – “Moses in Egypt” – role of the Pharaoh, and a concert performance of the oratorio “Elijah” by Mendelssohn conducted by Shlomo Minz; in Teatro Comunale in Bologna (“Don Giovanni” by Mozart – role of Leporello, “Journey to Reims” by Rossini – role of Don Profonda) and a concert performance of “Pulcinella” by Stravinsky; in Teatro dell’ Opera in Rome (“Cinderella” by Rossini – role of Alidor) and Teatro dell’ Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence; Teatro G. Verdi in Trieste (“The Marriage of Figaro” – role of the Count); Teatro alla Scala in Milan (“The Marriage of Figaro” – role of the Count, “Tatiana” by A. Corghi – role of Sabinin). In France, he performed on stages such as: Opera in Nice, Opera in Marseille (everywhere as Leporello in “Don Giovanni” by Mozart, at the Theatre des Champs-Elysees in Paris.
“Oedipus Rex” by Stravinsky – role of Creon and a concert performance of “King Roger” by Szymanowski – role of Archierejos. In the US, the artist has performed in the Detroit Opera House as Figaro in “The Marriage of Figaro” by Mozart (two different stagings).The role of Figaro he also sang at the Nico Theatre in Cape Town (South Africa), at the Glyndebourne Opera Festival and on the stage of the Grand Theatre in Geneva and at the Grand Opera in Florida (Miami) He also conduces an intense concert activity, working with the artists from the Symphony Orchestra of National Philharmonic in Warsaw, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Philharmoniker, Philadelphia Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, I Solisti Veneti, City of Birmingham Orchestra, Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Dresdner Rundfunk Orcheser, NHK Tokyo Orchestra. The artist has participated in many music festivals, including Salzburger Festspiele, BBC Proms (Royal Albert Hall), Berliner Festwoche and Schleswig-Holstein Festival, Wratislavia Cantans, Festiwal Mozartowski Warszawskiej Opery Kameralnej. He cooperated with many famous conductors, directors and opera singers, such as: Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Nello Santi, Charles Dutoit, Jeffrey Tate, Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, Claudio Scimone, Michele Plasson, Vladimir Jurovski, Daniele Gatti, Vladimir Gergiew, Christian Thielemann, Jan Krenz, Kazimierz Kord, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Gabriel Chmura, Jerzy Semkow, Antoni Wit, Peter Stein, Renato Bruson, Thomas Hampson, Juan Diego Florez. In the last few years, Robert Gerlach performed, among others, with the artists from Berliner Philharmoniker and Wiener Philharmoniker (“Stabat Mater” by Szymanowski under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle), in Opera du Montreal and Lyric Opera in Baltimore (Mozart’s Figaro), in Flanders Opera in Antwerp (Argante in “Rinaldo” by Handel and in New York City Opera (Leporello). He also sang the title role in Don Giovanni in the Grand Theatre in Warsaw staged by Mariusz Treliński.
The season 2006-2007 was dominated by performances in the world premiere of the opera by D. Carlson “Anna Carenina”. On the stages of the Florida Grand Opera (Miami) and the Opera House in Saint Louis, Robert Gerlach sang the role of Vronsky.In recent seasons he could be listened to among others in Opera in Ottawa (Figaro), Tokyo-NHK (Oedipus Rex-Creon) and as Don Giovanni in Arizona Opera, Cleveland Opera. He also was performing in the Baltic Opera in Gdansk (Don Giovanni, Figaro, The Count, Papageno, Onegin) and the Krakow Opera (Figaro, the Count). He also sang with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in Geneva and Lausanne and the Philadelphia Philharmonics in Philadelphia and Carnegie Hall in New York (Creon and the Messenger in “Oedipus Rex Stravinsky). Robert Gerlach is also a valued performer of songs. For several years now, he has performed at the Festivals of the Polish Song Composers and European Songs regularly organized by the Romuald Traugutt Philharmonic, presenting, among others. cycles of songs by F. Chopin, M. Karłowicz, P. Łukaszewski, F. Schubert, A. Dvořák. For two years now, he has also conducted the class of solo singing at the Faculty of Vocal and Acting in the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music.
Tomasz Kuk was born in Gorlice in 1969. For vocal studies he abandoned his studies at the Faculty of Civil Engineering at the Technical University of Cracow. Tomasz Kuk was graduated with honors from the Vocal and Acting Faculty of the Academy of Music in Krakow, with Prof. Wojciech Jana Śmietana.
He was developing his vocal skills on vocal courses conducted by Prof. Helena Łazarska, Prof. Richard Karczykowski and Maestra Montserrat Caballe. He is the winner of national and international competition in the vocal.ó He was awarded, among others:ł First prize at the Vocal Competition in Wroclaw (1994). ęł Second prize and a special prize at the Vocal Competition in Duszniki (1996). At the VII Ada Sari International Vocal Art Competitionę in Nowy Sącz (1997) he won the third prize and a special prize for his performance of aria of Jontek from Halka by S. Moniuszko. In 1999 he was the winner of the V. Bellini International Vocal Competition in Caltanissetta.łę At the IV S. Moniuszko International Vocal Competition in Warsaw he won the first prize.
Tomasz Kuk has performed in many prestigious oratorio concerts and shows, including e.g.:żó “Stabat Mater” by A. Dvořák conducted by H. Rilling, „Mass in E flat major” by F. Schubert conducted by Wojciech Michniewski, „Requiem” by W. A. Mozart, “Requiem” by G. Verdi conducted by Tadeusz Wojciechowski, “The Ninth Symphony” by L. van Beethoven, “Petite Messe Solenelle” by G. Rossini, the song cycle ”Schone Mullerin” by F. Schubert, “Dichterliebe” by R. Schuman.
He is permanently working with the Krakow Opera. He cooperates with the Grand Theatre in Lodz, the Grand Theatre in Poznan, Opera Nova in Bydgoszcz, as well as the National Opera Grand Theatre in Warsaw. He often has guest appearances at opera houses abroad, e.g., Japan, England, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and the Czech Republic.
The artist has performed many times as:ł Ismael in “Nabucco” by G. Verdi, Alfredo in “La Traviata” by G. Verdi, Macduff in “Macbeth” by G. Verdi, Carlo in “Joan of Arc” by G. Verdi, Duca in “Rigoletto” by G. Verdi, Radames in “Aida” by G. Verdi, Manrico in “Troubadour” by G. Verdi Don Jose in “Carmen” by G. Bizet, Arthur in “ŁLucia di Lammermoor” by G. Donizetti, Tebaldo in “Capuletti e i Montecchi” by V. Bellini, Turiddu in “Cavalleria rusticana” by P. Mascani, Jontek in “Halka” by S. Moniuszko, Stefan in “The Haunted Manor” by S. Moniuszko, Idamor in “Paria” by S. Moniuszko, Princ in “Rusalka” by A. Dvořák, Leśski in “Eugene Onegin” by P. Tchaikovsky, Cavaradossi in “Tosca” by G. Puccini, Pincerton in Madama Butterfly by G. Puccini, Rudolf in “La Bohème” by G. Puccini, Kalaf in “Turandot” by G. Puccini, Canio in “Pagliacci” by R. Leoncavallo, Bacchus in “Ariadne on Naxos” by R. Strauss.
Agnieszka Makówka – a mezzo-soprano, an opera, operetta and musical singer, an actress. She was born in Łódź, and she is a graduate of the Grażyna and Kajetan Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź. She completed post-diploma studies at Hochschule fur Music und Darstellende Kunst “Mozarteum” in Salzburg. From 1998 she has been a soloist at the Grand Theatre in Łódź. A winner of several distinctions and awards.
As a student she started cooperation with the Grand Theatre in Łódź, making her debut as Jadwiga in “The Haunted Manor” by Stanisław Moniuszko in 1995. Her mezzo-soprano repertoire includes, among others, such parts as: Isabella in “The Italian Girl In Algiers”, Cherubino in “The Marriage Of Figaro”, the title role of Carmen in the opera by Bizet, Olga in “Eugene Onegin”, Amneris in “Aida”, and Azucena in “The Troubadour”.
In 1996 the artist took part in a ceremonial award of the doctorate honoris causa of the Lumière University Lyon 2 to two outstanding directors, Andrzej Wajda and Carlos Saura, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of cinema. In the same year the singer toured with the Łódź Philharmonic in Belgium, France and Luxembourg, performing “Requiem” by Mozart. In 1999 Agnieszka Makówka gave concerts during the Chopin Festival in Brussels. She repeatedly toured in Germany, France, Holland and Austria with the Grand Theatre in Łódź.
In 2000 the singer toured in Hungary and Austria with “Mozarteum” orchestra from Salzburg, performing “Stabat Mater” by Rossini. Three years later she made a debut at the Modern Music Festival in Sanlucar be Barrameda in Spain. Between 2008 and 2010 she took part in several recordings for the Polish Radio conducted by Łukasz Borowicz.
In 1992 Agnieszka Makówka was awarded the 2nd prize in the International Interschool Vocal Competition in Duszniki Zdrój, and in 1994 she won a distinction at the Robert Schuman Competition in Zwickau (Germany). Almost a year later she was a winner of the 3rd prize in the Ada Sari International Vocal Artistry Competition in Nowy Sącz. In 1997 she was granted a distinction at the Antonin Dvořák International Vocal Competition in Karlovy Vary; in 2000 she got an award of the Polish Academy of Sciences. In the artistic seasons of 2006/2007 and 2010/2011 she received an award of the Marshal of the Łódzkie Voivodship for the promotion of Łódź in Poland and abroad. In 2007 the singer was awarded the Golden Mask for the best vocal and acting performance, i.e., the role of Cherubino in “The Marriage Of Figaro” by Mozart. In 2014 Agnieszka Makówka got the Medal of Merit in the Service for Polish Culture by the Minister of Culture and Art.
The artist has worked with numerous philharmonics, operas, conductors, and directors. She takes up new challenges: in 2015 she entered into cooperation with Władysław Komendarek (keyboard instruments) and Igor Gwadera (guitar), co-creating an interdisciplinary project “Metropolis” with them.
Singing is my passion, and opera is my world. There I feel at home. But it is in my character to keep looking for new challenges
– says the artist.
A graduate of the Oskar Kolberg School of Music in Radom, the First Degree – class of violin and the Second degree – class of solo singing. She graduated with honors from the Stanislaw Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdansk at the Faculty of Vocal and Acting. She also studied abroad as a scholar under Erasmus programme at the Conservatorio di Musica Antonio Vivaldi in Alessandria, Italy. She is very active in the artistic life as a soloist: Ninth Festival of Music in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, Early Music Festival in Radom, Concerts of Carnival Music in Radom, Oliwa Chamber Concerts in Gdańsk, Concerts of Chamber and Organ Music in Miłki, Festival of Sacred Music – Cantate Domino in Koszalin, Gala Belcanto in Sopot, III Nowohucki Festiwal Tradycji i Wariantgardy Nowytop Sztuk in Krakow, XIV Festiwal Kolory Polski in Wieluń, V Discovering Paderewski Festival in Lviv. She took part in many singing competitions in Lodz, Nowy Sacz, Warsaw, Katowice, Olsztyn, Zdar nad Sazavou (Czech Republic), Lucca (Italy), Voghera (Italy).
Laureate of the L’Orphée d’Or 2015 award granted by l’Académie du Disque Lyrique in Paris, Fryderyk 2015 award nomination for the double album with the music of Pasquale Anfossi and the Gold Record award. Winner of the 9th National Choral Conductors Competition, in which he was awarded a special prize for consciousness of work on vocal emission in a choral group. He graduated with distinction from the faculty of choral conducting of the I. J. Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznao.
In the years of 1998-2005 he was the assistant to Prof. Stefan Stuligrosz and therefore the second conductor of the Poznan Philharmonic Choir. He conducted numerous concerts of the aforementioned choir, also with the participation of Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra and Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra. With Poznao Nightingales he performed frequently in Germany, France, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Lithuania, Russia and Japan. Bartosz Michałowski is the founder, artistic director and the conductor of the Poznan Chamber Choir, one of the best Polish ensembles of this type. He is also the founder and director of the OPUS 966 Polish Composer Competition, author of workshops for children and youth composers “Write music – it’s simple!”, as well as the co-author of the “Obrazogranie” (“Pictureplay”) project, carried out by the National Museum in the framework of the Biennal of Art for Children in Poznao. As a conductor he earned main prizes in the reputed choir competitions and numerous special awards: for the best vocal technique of the ensemble, for the best performance of contemporary music and for the best conductor. Along with the Poznan Chamber Choir he was applauded at prestigious competitions in Germany and France, he also won the First Prize and Audience Award at the International Choral Festival in Neuchâtel (Switzerland).
He is invited for cooperation by organizers of such renowned festivals as Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, International Festival of Sacred Music “Gaude Mater”, Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczycki International Festival, Transatlantyk Festival, Nostalgia Festival, Wojciech Kilar Festival of Contemporary Music, Poznan Musical Spring Festival of Contemporary Music, Oratorio Music Festival “Musica Sacramontana”, Lower Silesian Music Festival or the Mikołów Music Days. The Poznan Chamber Choir, led by him, is the only Polish ensemble to cooperate with the legendary Concerto Köln Orchestra. It has also performed with Irish Baroque Orchestra, presenting together the rarely performed Dublin version of G. F. Haendel’s Messiah under the baton of the choir’s conductor. The ensemble has also repeatedly worked with the Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as the Polish Radio Orchestra, the Lower Silesian Philharmonic Orchestra, Gorzów Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech Virtuosi, Sinfonia Viva Orchestra, L’Autunno Chamber Orchestra and the legendary Dżem band.
The choir also shared the stage with such artists as Sara Andon, Mark Isham, Agata Szymczewska, Kuba Jakowicz, Elżbieta Towarnicka, Iwona Hossa, Agnieszka Rehlis, Iwona Sobotka, Anna Mikołajczyk-Niewiedział, Katharine Dain, Wojciech Gierlach, Rafał Bartmioski, Robert Gierlach, Tomasz Krzysica, Józef Frakstein. The ensemble was led by famed conductors, including Paul McCreesh, Marek Pijarowski, Łukasz Borowicz, Paweł Przytocki, Marcin Nałęcz-Niesiołowski, Monika Wolioska, Tomasz Radziwonowicz, Jurek Dybał. Bartosz Michałowski has so far prepared and presented several hundred of a cappella pieces of all the musical epochs – starting from the Requiem by Ockeghem, through the works of the baroque masters, up to pieces of contemporary composers, such as Penderecki, Górecki, Łukaszewski, Lauridsen, Whitacre or Pärt. He regularly cooperates with renowned institutions and orchestras in performing such vocal-instrumental projects as G. F. Haendels’ Messiah and Brockes Passion, the Bach family motets, A. Vivaldi’s Magnificat, G. G. Gorczycki’s Completorium and Conductus funebris, J. Haydn’s Te Deum, W. A. Mozart’s Requiem, Coronation Mass, Vespere Solennes de Confesore, Thamos, King of Egypt, S. Moniuszko’s Latin Mass, A. Radziwiłł’s Faust, K. Szymanowski’s Harnasie, G. Fauré’s Requiem, G. Mahler’s 3 rd Symphony, G. Holst’s Planets, C. Orff’s Carmina Burana, A. Pärt’s Te Deum, M. Lauriden’s Lux Aeterna, Jan A. P. Kaczmarek’s Universa Open Opera, Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Sinfonia Antartica, J. Sykulski’s Missa 1956, J. Whitbourn’s Requiem canticorum and many other.
The artist carried out a considerable number of first performances. The most significant are the premiers of the works found in the archives of the Oratorian Fathers on Święta Góra (Music Festival “Musica Sacramontana”), first performances of the pieces awarded in the Opus 966 Polish Composer Competition, premiere of Radość Miłosierdzia (The Joy of Mercy) oratorio by Jan Kanty Pawluśkiewicz and of Wolności dla nas idzie czas (Time of Freedom Is Drawing Near) composition by Jacek Sykulski, concert of the first performances during the 41st Poznan Musical Spring Festival, premiere of Stabat Mater by Andrzej Koszewski, Polish premiere of Urlich Harbecke’s Deutsche Messe, and the recent first performance of Grzegorz Duchnowski’s Stabat Mater and Veni Creator. In addition to his edifying conducting experience, Bartosz Michałowski has perfected his own musical skills and advanced in knowledge of vocal emission – he completed master classes led by Poppy Holden (Great Britain), Christian Elssner (Germany) and Józef Frakstein (Poland).
As a soloist he worked with Paul McCreesh, Jeremy Rhorer, Prof. Stefan Stuligrosz, Marcin Sompolioski and many other, by performing solo parts in such pieces as L. van Beethoven’s Christ on the Mount of Olives oratorio, G. F. Haendel’s Messiah, W. A. Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Thamos, King of Egypt, F. Vitadini’s L’agonia del Redentore and R. Schumann’s Ray and Peri oratorio. Bartosz Michałowski, as a conductor, choirmaster and soloist, has taken part in recording almost 20 records, for example: album of the works by Feliks Nowowiejski, which includes the first performance of the eight-part Ave Maria motet (2006), the world premiere recording of Radość Miłosierdzia (The Joy of Mercy) by Jan Kanty Pawluśkiewicz, Jacek Sykulski’s composition Wolności dla nas idzie czas (Time of Freedom Is Drawing Near) and the authorial album, Anima aetheris. Moreover, in 2010 a recording of Karol Szymanowski’s Kurpie Songs was released, containing traditional versions and jazz interpretations of the songs, while the following year – the recordings of Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem and Ulrich Harbecke’s Deutsche Messe. The most recent albums include J. B. Lohr’s Missa solemnis in B, released in 2012 within Musica Sacromontana cycle, Pasquale Anfossi’s Oratorio of Filippo Neri’s death registered during the following edition of the Musica Sacromontana festival in 2013, and a Blu-ray DVD recorded with Dżem and Le Quattro Stagioni orchestra, which achieved Gold Album status.