Born in 1968 in Poland, Pawel Lukaszewski is one of the younger generation of Polish composers specialising in sacred and choral music. He studied composition with Professor Marian Borkowski at the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw. He received a Ph.D (2000) and a Ph.D Hab. (2007) in composition.
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His works have been performed throughout Europe including Britain, Belarus, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Poland, Romania, Switzerland, Ukraine and at the Vatican as well as in Argentine, Chile, China, Israel, Cuba, Canada, South Korea, Peru, Uruguay and the United States.
Awards for his compositions include First Prize at the Frédéric Chopin Academy of Music Competition for Arrampicata, Second Prize at the Young Composers Forum in Kraków for Winterreise, an award from the President of Czestochowa for his entire musical output, Second Prize in the Adam Didur competition in Sanok for Recordationes de Christo moriendo, Second Prize in the Florilege Vocal de Tours Competition in France for Two Lent Motets and two Third Prizes in the Pro Arte competition in Wroclaw for Church Songs. In addition, he received Order of the Knight - Polonia Restituta Cross, Saint Albert Prize and Fryderyk 2007 Award.
Lukaszewski has taught composition at various institutions including the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw and in Chile as visiting professor at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in Santiago, the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, the Universidad de Chile in Santiago and the Universidad de Playa Ancha in Valparaíso.
Also an active conductor, Lukaszewski is Artistic Director and Conductor of Musica Sacra Cathedral Choir in Warsaw. His works have been recorded on more than 50 CD albums.
Education: 1987-92 – Academy of Music, Warsaw – cello, M.A., Prof. Andrzej Wrobel; 1991-95 - Academy of Music, Warsaw – composition M.A. (with distinction), Prof. Marian Borkowski; 1993-94 - The Art Managing School at the A. Mickiewicz University in Poznan (with distinction); 1994-96 – Academy of Music, Bydgoszcz - Post-Graduate Choirmaster School (with distinction), Prof. Ryszard Zimak, Prof. Andrzej Banasiewicz; 1986 - Mastercours in Lancut, Prof. Barbara Marcinkowska; 1989 - Summer Mastercours of Chamber Music in Warszawa, Prof. Harald Ossberger; 1992, 1993 - Summer Courses for Young Composers in Kazimierz Dolny; 1993 - Summer Contemporary Music Courses in Krakow, Prof. Bogusław Schäffer; 1995 - Conference „German Choir Music” in Gdansk, Prof. Heinrich Poos, Dr. Hans Jaskulsky; 2000 – Doctorate in composition, Academy of Music, Warsaw.
Prizes and awards:
1988 - I prize at Composers Competition in Lomza; 1988 - Award at Composer Competition for Sacred Piece in Krakow; 1990; III. prize at Chamber Music Competition in Illzach (France); 1994 - II. Prize at 2. Young Composers’ Forum in Krakow; 1994 - Award at T.Baird-Competition in Warsaw; 1994 - I. Prize at the Fr. Chopin Academy of Music Composers Competition in Warsaw; 1995 - Prize of the President of the Czestochowa City; 1996 - Award at the F. Nowowiejski Composers Competition in Warsaw; 1996 - II. Prize at the 5. A. Didur Composers Competition in Sanok; 1998 - II. prize at the 27 International Composer Competition Florilege Vocal de Tours in France; 1998 - Award of the Baltic Arts University in Koszalin; 1998 - „Polonia Restituta” Cross; 1999 - I place at Classic Radio List for „Missa pro Patria”; 1999 - I place at Classic Radio List for „Antiphonae”; 1999 – Nomination to FRYDERYK Award for „Antiphonae”; 2000 - FRYDERYK Award for 1st String Quartet; 2000 - I Prize at XV Multimedia Festival for „Antiphonae”; 2000 - II Prize at XV Multimedia Festival for „Missa pro Patria”; 2002 – Nomination to FRYDERYK Award for „Vesperae pro defunctis”; 2002 - Prize at XVI Multimedia Festival for „Vesperae pro defunctis”; 2003 – Nomination to FRYDERYK Award for „Winterreise”; 2003 – Two III prizes ex aequo at Composers Competition „Pro Arte” in Wroclaw; 2004 – Nomination to FRYDERYK Award for „Carols”
Scholarschips: 1992 - Scholarship of the Art’s Foundation in Czestochowa; 1993 - Scholarship of The City Hall in Czestochowa; 1995 - Scholarship of the Prof. B.Suchodolski Foundation in Warsaw; Scholarship of ZAiKS (Society of Authors and Composers - many times); 1996 - Scholarship of the Polish Minister of Culture and Arts; 2010 - Scholarship of The City Hall in Warsaw
Festivals in Poland (more than 80 performances): "Gaude Mater" International Sacred Music Festival in Czestochowa, Young Composers Forum in Krakow, Muzyka w Starym Krakowie, Laboratory of Contemporary Music, "Jeunesses Musicales Festival ", Warszawskie Spotkania Muzyczne, „Legnica Cantat”, Conversatorium Muzyki Organowej w Legnicy, Dni Muzyki Ryszarda Bukowskiego we Wrocławiu,. Bronislaw Huberman Festival in Czestochowa, 32 International Festival "Wratislavia Cantans" in Wroclaw, International Sacred Music Festival in Warsaw, The Last Night of the Proms in Krakow, „Universitas Cantat” International Festival in Poznan, „Krakow 2000” Festival, „Hora Cantavi” International Festival; Witold Lutoslawski International Festival of Contemporary Music; “Warsaw Autumn” International Festival of Contemporary Music (2004).
Festivals in other countries (more than 30 performances): (Great Britain, Belgium, Byelorussia, Bulgaria, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Spain, Island, Israel, Canada, South Korea, Lithuania, Luksemburg, Malta, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Germany, Russia, Switzerland, Sweden, Ukraina, USA, Vatican, Italy): Unerhörtemusik in Berlin – Germany, 5th Edmonton New Music Festival in Edmonton – Canada, „New Music Alberta” Festival in Edmonton (Canada), Festival Internazionale di Musica del Novecento in Roma – Italy, „Orlando di Lasso” International Festival in Roma – Italy-Vatican, Peace and Friendship for Tommorrow in Pekin – China, Music World in Fivizzano –Italy, 15th Youth Music Days in Druskininkai – Lithuania, Festival of Polifonic Music in Fano – Italy, „Sound Ways” Festival in St. Petersburg – Russia, 16 International Church Music Festival, Berno – Switzerland, Cultural Interaction in Music of East-European and Eurasian countries, Odessa – Ukraina, XLVII „Guido d’Arezzo” International Competition, Italy, „Stella in via”, Vilnius, Lithuania, Southwest Division Conference of the American Choral Directors Association, Houston, USA, Festival Internacional de Música de Cantonigros, Spain, "Citta di Nuoro", Italy, Festival Interuniversitario „Presencias de la Música Actual”, Valparaiso, Chile, XXII Temporada Oficial de Conciertos de la PUCV, Valparaiso, Chile, Festival Choral International de Neuchâtel, Switzerland, “Giuseppe Zelioli” Festival, Lecco, Italy, „Let the peoples sing” Euroradio International Competition, 15th Malta International Festival, Vendsyssel Festival, Denmark, Musikfesttage an der Oder, Frankfurt, Germany, 2. Konfrontation, Halle, Germany.
Artistic and science activities: President of „Musica Sacra” Association (from 1992); Artistic Secretary of the „Laboratory of Contemporary Music” Festival and Association (from 1994), Director (from 2004); Member of „Gaude Mater” International Festival Council in Czestochowa (from 1996); Member: ZAiKS and Polish Composers Union; Asistant Professor in Composition Department at F. Chopin Academy of Music, Warsaw (1996-2001), Associate Professor (from 2001), Director of Counterpoint Subject (from 2002); Member: Polish Phonographical Academy Council (2000); Chief editor of „Muzyka 21” magazine (2001- 2002); Director and first conductor of “Musica Sacra” Chamber Choir (from 1999); Visiting Professor: Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaiso, Chile, Universidad de Playa Ancha, Valparaiso, Chile, Universidad de Chile, Santiago de Chile, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago de Chile (2003)
Performers: Soloists: Mark J. Chambers, Michael Benett, Dean Robinson, Eric Ericson Chamber Choir, BBC Singers, Polish Chamber Choir „Schola Cantorum Gedanensis” , Polish Radio Choir, Krakow, Cantica Nova, Holzkirchen, Germany, Kirkpatrick Choir, New Jersey-New Brunswick (USA), Coro Femenino PUCV, (Chile), University of South Florida Chamber Singers, USA, Vor Frue Kirkes Kor, cond. Rikke M. Kursch (Denemark), Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin, Korean Chamber Ensemble, Polish Radio National Symphonic Orchestra (NOSPR), Polish Radio orchestra in Warsaw, Filharmonic Orchestras: Bialystok, Gdansk, Jelenia Gora, Czestochowa, Opole, Orquesta da Cámera PUCV, Valparaiso, Chile, Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Halle, Conductors: Eric Ericson, Stephen Layton, Jerzy Swoboda, Marcin Nalecz-Niesiolowski, Miroslaw Jacek Blaszczyk, Lukasz Borowicz, Wiliam Grega, Patrick Gardner, Katrin Wende-Ehmer, Pablo Alvarado, Thomas Müller, Chamber ensembles: Camerata Quartet, DAFÔ Quartet, Strathcona String Quartet, Royal String Quartet.