Paweł Łukaszewski, born on 19th September 1968 in Częstochowa, is a composer, educator and organizer of cultural life.
Paweł Łukaszewski's father is Wojciech Łukaszewski, the composer, pedagogue, music writer and musical impresario. Paweł graduated from the Academy of Music in Warsaw, where he studied cello under Andrzej Wróbel (1987-92) and composition under Marian Borkowski (1991-95), which he completed with distinction. In 1994, he graduated with distinction from the Art Managing School of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, and in 1996 he completed a post-graduate course at Choirmaster School in Bydgoszcz. He took part in many specialized courses during his studies, including the Summer Course of Computer Music in Warsaw, the Summer Course for Young Composers in Kazimierz Dolny, the Summer Contemporary Music Course in Kraków, and the Course of Computer Graphics for Music in Warsaw.
Paweł Łukaszewski is a very active organizer of music cultural life. From 1992, he has been the president of the Musica Sacra Association. From 1994, he has held the post of artistic secretary and subsequently director of the Laboratory of Contemporary Music Festival and Association. He is a member of Gaude Mater International Festival Council in Czestochowa, ZaiKS (the Polish Society of Authors and Composers), and the Union of Polish Composers. Since 2002, he has been the director of the Musica Sacra Choir of the Warsaw-Praga Cathedral and the Musica Sacra Edition recording company.
He started his teaching career in 1996 as an assistant professor in the Composition Department of Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw. Since 2001, he has held the position of associate professor at the same academy.
His works have been performed at over one hundred festivals in Poland and abroad. His compositions have been recorded on more than seventy Polish and foreign CDs, released by Hyperion, Acte Préalable, Polish Edition Recordings, DUX, Musica Sacra Edition, and Signum Records. Approximately fifty compositions have appeared in print, published by ChesterNovello, PWM, Edition Ferrimontana, Edizioni Carrara, Lorenz Corporation and Choris Mundi.
In recent years, Łukaszewski’s compositions have gained recognition in the UK. His works are performed by renowned choirs from London and Cambridge: The Kings Singers, The Holst Singers, BBC Singers, Trinity College Choir, Tenebrae, Britten Sinfonia, and Polyphony, conducted by Stephen Laytona.
Paweł Łukaszewski has been awarded many scholarships, including the scholarship of the city of Częstochowa (1993), the ZAiKS scholarship (1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003), scholarship from the Bogdan Suchodolski Foundation in Warsaw (1995), scholarship for the promotion of creativity from the Ministry of Culture and the Arts (1996) and a scholarship from the capital city of Warsaw (2010).
He has received many awards and honours, including distinction for Modlitwa (Prayer) at the Competition of the Academic Community in Kraków, second prize for Winterreise at the 2nd Forum of Young Composers in Kraków (1994), distinction for Arrampicata at Tadeusz Baird’s Competition for Young Composers (1992), first prize for Arrampicata from Orfeo-Bogusław Kaczynski’s Foundation at the Academy of Music Competition in Warsaw (1995), second prize at the 5th Adam Didur’s Composers' Competition in Sanok for Recordationes de Christo moriendo (1996), and second prize for the song Cruce Adoramus tuam, Domine from the series Two motets Lenten at the 27th International Competition Florilege Vocal de Tours in France (1998)
Łukaszewski has won five prestigious Fryderyk awards bestowed by the Polish music industry (1999, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2011). In 1995, he received an award for his body of work from Mayor of Częstochowa. In 1998, he was presented with the Medal of Merit, the Award of the Baltic Chancellor of the Higher School of Humanities in Koszalin and the Medal of Merit for the Province of Koszalin, as well as the Order of Polonia Restituta. In following years, he received the St. Albert’s Award (2006), Silver Medal of Merit to Culture - Gloria Artis (2011), and Award of the Polish Primate (2011).
Official website of the composer: www.lukaszewski.org.uk
Author: Małgorzata Kosińska, Polish Music Information Centre, Association of Polish Composers, August 2002; update December 2011, trans.GS 21/08/2014