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Matthias Neumann - chairman

Jan Doležel

Karol Mossakowski

Bogna Nowowiejska-Bielawska

Balázs Szabó

Jarosław Tarnawski

MATTHIAS NEUMANN (born 1984) – eminent German organist, the oungest professor of the organ class in Europe (Hochschule und Institut der evangelischen Kirchenmusik in Bayreuth).

He studied organ, conducting and church music at universities in Germany and Austria: Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg in the organ class of prof. Wolfgang Zerer, Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna in the conducting

class of prof. Christof Prick and Universität der Künste in Berlin – the organ class of professors Roman Summereder, Leo van Doelaar and Paolo Crivellaro.

He is a laureate of numerous prestigious organ competitions, among others, the Leipzig International Bach Competition (2012) and the Gottfried Silbermann Organ Competition in Freiberg. Since 2012 he has been a professor at the University of Bayreuth.

He conducted masterclasses and performer in China, Hong Kong, Colombia, Egypt, the Netherlands, Poland, Italy and Ukraine.

 

JAN DOLEŽEL (born 1984) – is appreciated by the critics for his supreme mastery of the instrument and his distinctive playing; he delights audience with ability to produce musical tension in his performances.

Jan Doležel studied in Pilsen (Adam Viktora), Prague (Jaroslav Tůma), Lübeck (Hans-Jürgen Schnoor and Franz Danksagmüller) and Würzburg (Christoph Bossert).

He won several competitions, among others, ION 2013 and was scholar of evangelical foundations.

Since 2012 Doležel teaches organ at the University of Music in Würzburg. In his artistic work he focuses on music of the 20th century and Czech organ music.

In 2016 he played in his concerts all important organ works of Max Reger and the complete organ work of the German composer Heinrich Kaminski who is fallen into oblivion today.

 

KAROL MOSSAKOWSKI (born 1990) – is renowned for both his interpretation and improvisation skills. He has began his musical education since the age of three under his father’s supervision. He studied at the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in the organ class of prof. Elżbieta Karolak and dr Jarosław Tarnawski. He was the first Polish graduate of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris in the organ class.

He is a laureate of numerous organ competitions, among others, in Poznań (International Feliks Nowowiejski Organ Competition, 2010), Prague (International Prague Spring Competition, 2013), Angers (Grand Prix Jean-Louis Florentz, 2015), Biarritz (Grand Prix André Marchal, 2015) and Strasbourg (Boëllmann-Gigout, 2016). In 2016 he won the Grand Prix de Chartres. That same year, he was awarded the “Debiut Roku” prize of the Institute of Music and Dance.

In 2014-15 Mossakowski was appointed Young Artist in Residence at Cathedral of St. Louis King of France in New Orleans (USA).

Since 2017 he has been teaching organ and improvisation at the Hector Berlioz

Conservatory in Paris.

As an improviser he specializes in silent movies accompaniment on organ and piano.

He is the author of improvised music for the new version of the Carl Theodore Dreyer’s ”La passion de Jeanne d’Arc” from 1928.

Since January 2017 he has been teaching organ and improvisation at the Hector Berlioz Conservatory in Paris.

Karol Mossakowski played in such venues as St Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theater, Paris Philharmonie, Lyon’s Auditorium, Essen’s Philharmonie, Köln’s Cathedral, Budapest’s Palace of Arts (Müpa) and Warsaw’s Philharmonie (with trumpeter Sergei Nakariakov).

 

BALÁZS SZABÓ (born 1985) – versatile virtuoso. He studied in Budapest, Würzburg, Trossingen, Rome and Utrecht. He participated in many master classes. Ch. Bossert and A.A. Clement were the most influential mentors for his artistic development.

Szabó is a laureate of numerous prestigious organ competitions, among others, Nürnberg ION, Bach-Preis Wiesbaden (2009), Grand Prix de Chartres (2014) and Grand Prix de Biarritz (2009).

Since 2011 he holds a teaching position at the Liszt Academy of Music and at the Béla Bartók conservatory in Budapest. In 2015 he recived the PhD in Musicology.

He performs also as pianist and harpsichordist. He is also an initiator of the historical instruments reconstruction projects.

Balázs Szabó is a renowned specialist for Max Regers music, in 2016 he released double CD album, featuring all Reger’s choral-fantasias.

 

BOGNA NOWOWIEJSKA-BIELAWSKA (born 1979) graduate of Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław in the organ class of prof. Andrzej Chorosiński. She studied also in harpsichord class of prof. Marta Czarny-Kaczmarska and dr Aleksandra Rupocińska and musicology on Adam Mickiewicz University and Jagiellonian University in Cracow.

She is an active artist both soloist and a chamber musician taking part in prestigious musical festivals in Poland and abroad. Her various repertoire embraces pieces of early music, romantic compositions, and also contemporary music. However the most often she plays compositions of Feliks Nowowiejski, being promotor of his organ and chamber music. Since 2006 she has been usually performing with renown Poznań autist Ewa Murawska as Ars Cameralis duo.

She was having a cooperation with actors, especially from the New Theatre in Poznań (among others Maria Rybarczyk, Aleksander Machalica, Zbigniew Grochal), the Animation Theatre (Piotr Grabowski) and the Polish Theatre in Wrocław (Michał Chorosiński), being inventor and cofounder of many projects. She is involved in journalist and pedagogical activity. In 2011 she completed the postgraduate studies in cultural management department.

Since September 2011 she has been the President of the Feliks Nowowiejski Society. She is a part of the Musical Parlor – Feliks Nowowiejski Museum in Poznań.

 

JAROSŁAW TARNAWSKI (born 1980) – organist and pedagogue, doctor of Musical

Arts. He studied at the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in the organ class of prof. Elżbieta Karolak (1999-2004), at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice in the organ class of prof. Julian Gembalski (2005-2008), at the Musikhochschule Lübeck in the organ class of prof. Arvid Gast and at the Hochschule für Musik Detmold under the supervision of prof. Martin Sander (2011).

He is a laureate of multiple organ competitions, among others, the International

Westfalen-Lippe Organ Competition in Bochum (2005 – 2nd prize), the International

Kurt Bossler Organ Competition in Heidelberg (2011 – 2nd prize) and the “Eberhard-Friedrich-Walcker-Preis” International Organ Competition in Schramberg (2012 – 2nd prize).

Since 2006 he has been a pedagogue at the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music, currently as an assistant professor. As a performer, he is particularly interested in German music of the Romantic period.

He leads an active concert life in Poland and abroad, and from 2012 he also performed organ concert with his wife, Agnieszka Tarnawska.

VI Międzynarodowy Konkurs Organowy im.  Feliksa Nowowiejskiego jest współorganizowany z Instytutem Muzyki i Tańca ze środków Ministerstwa Kultury i Dziedzictwa Narodowego

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