Kamil Staszowski is a composer, pianist and organist, born in Wodzisław Śląski.
In 2007, he graduated from the Karol and Antoni Szafranek State Secondary Music School in Rybnik, where he attended piano classes led by the University of Silesia’s Professor Maria Warchoł-Sobiesiak. In 2012 he graduated from the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, where he went to Prof. Stanisław Moryto’s composition class.
Kamil Staszowski has received scholarships from the Prime Minister of Poland, the Marshal of the Silesian Voivodeship, and Idyllwild Arts Summer Academy (CA, USA). In 2004 he was awarded with the title of Silesian Talent of the Year.
Some of the Staszowski’s most significant compositions include the Anthem of Wodzisław Śląski (his hometown), Missa Vladislaviensis, written for the 750th anniversary of Wodzisław Śląski, the Jubilee Triptych (Tryptyk Jubileuszowy) for the centennial of the arrival of Sisters Servants to Silesia, and Messa dell’Uomo Moderno, first performed by the Varsoviae Regii Cantores Chamber Choir with the drummer Leszek Lorent, violinist (and concertmaster) Małgorzata Waciusionak, and conductor Joanna Maluga on 12th November, 2011 at Holy Trinity Church in Warsaw; Nacichanie to Bolesław Leśmian's poetry (2009) and Aquilon to the poetry by Horace (2012). He collaborated with musicians from Poland, US, Israel, Brasil and North Korea. His compositions were performed in Poland, US, Greece and France.
Kamil Staszowski was one of the protagonists of Maja Baczyńska’s (MUDO Music Documentaries) documentary film A Few Questions About Hearing of the World (Kilka pytań o słyszenie świata), in which he was featured next to such artists as Tomasz Opałka, Paweł Przezwański and Paweł Pudło. This film from 2013 was realized as part of the Portraits of Composers project, aiming to promote contemporary music from Poland.
Author: Paweł Krzaczkowski, January 2015, transl. AM, March 2015