Łukasz Długosz is a flautist, born on 22nd October, 1983, in Skarżysko-Kamienna, Poland (Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship).
Between 2002 and 2003, he studied at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg, Germany, under Mirjam Nastasi. He later attended the Munich Hochschule für Musik und Theater, where he was instructed by András Adorján. In 2007-2008, he studied under Pierre-Yves Artaud at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris. Between 2009 and 2010, he studied under Ransom Wilson at Yale University. He also perfected his skills at international music courses with Aurèle Nicolet, Peter-Lukas Graf, Robert Aitken, Trevor Wye, Philippe Bernold, James Galway, and others.
He has won numerous flute competitions abroad and all that are possible to win in Poland. In 1997, he received 1st Prize at the Wind Instruments Competition in Kielce (Poland); in 1998 – 1st Prizes at the National Music Competition in Biała Podlaska (Poland) and at the 26th National Young Musician Contest in Szczecinek (Poland); in 2001 – 4th Prize and Special Award for most individual style at the 9th Friedrich Kuhlau International Flute Competition in Uelzen (Germany), 1st Prize at the 30th National Young Musician Contest in Szczecinek and 1st Prize and the Janos Balint Award at the 4th Polish Flute Festival in Sieradz; in 2003 – 2nd Prize at the 10th International Conducting Competition Bucharest Jeunesses Musicales, Grand Prix and 1st Prize at the 16th International Flute Competition in Ovada (Italy), 3rd Prize at the International Mozart Competition in Wiesbaden (Germany), and 3rd Prize at the 10th Friedrich Kuhlau International Flute Competition in Uelzen; in 2004 – 1st Prize and three special awards at the 9th International Flute Competition in Timisoara (Romania); in 2005 – 1st Prize at the 5th Leonardo de Lorenzo International Flute Competition in Viggiano (Italy); in 2006 – 1st Prize at the Yamaha Competition in Mannheim (Germany), 2nd Prize at the 3rd Carl Nielsen International Competition in Odense (Denmark), 1st Prize at the International Theobald Boehm Competition in Munich, 1st Prize at the International Flute Competition Lions Club in Marktoberdorf (Germany), and 1st Prize at the 2nd Oberstdorf Competition (Germany); in 2007 – 1st Prize and three special awards at the 4th Domenico Cimarosa International Flute Competition in Aversa (Italy)’, in 2008 – 2nd Prize at the 8th Jean-Pierre Rampal International Flute Competition in Paris.
He performs both solo and in chamber ensembles. He has played in Poland, Germany, England, Austria, Romania, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Portugal, the United States, and Japan, with such conductors as Mariss Jansons, Zubin Mehta, Helmut Rilling, James Levin, Krzysztof Penderecki, Stanisław Skrowaczewski, Jacek Rogala, John Axelrod, and Krzysztof Słowiński.
He has collaborated with many renowned European orchestras, for example, NDR Sinfonieorchester, Bamberger Symphoniker, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, Sinfonia Varsovia
, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
, Orchestre de Paris, Odense Symfoniorkester, Kopenhagen Symphonieorchester, Münchener Kammerorchester, Amadeus Chamber Orchestra of Polish Radio
, Leopoldinum Cahmber Orchestra, Świętokrzyska Philharmonic Orchestra, Junge Münchner Philharmonie, Octopus Ensembel, and Arcis Ensembel.
Długosz has played at such venues as Carnegie Hall in New York, Musikverein-Goldener Saal and Konzerthaus in Vienna, Konzerthaus in Berlin, Munich Philharmonic Gasteig-Carl-Orff-Saal, Herkulessaal, and Gewandhaus in Leipzig. His performances have been broadcast by some of the leading international radio stations: BBC Radio 3, SWR, BR4, Deutschlandradio Kultur, Polish Radio 2, NDR, Radio France, and RMF Classic.
In 2010, Łukasz Długosz had his recording debut with the London Symphony Orchestra performing the flute concerto by Michael Colina. The artist has made many archival radio and TV recordings in Poland and abroad achieving an array of prizes that have been highly acclaimed by Polish and European critics including the International Classical Music Award (ICMA) prize.
Długosz has sat in the jury of some international flute competitions. He also conducts masterclasses in Europe and Asia.
Thanks to his artistic achievements, he has been the recipient of many scholarships, e.g. from the Polish Minister of Culture, Jolanta and Aleksander Kwaśniewski, J&S Pro Bono Poloniae Foundation, Rosenberg-Stiftung, Otto Chelius-Stiftung, the President of the City of Wrocław, the Culture Foundation (Fundacja Kultury), the Daj Szansę (Give a Chance) Foundation, the President of the City of Lublin, Polish Children’s Fund, and Lions Club Warsaw NIKE. He Długosz has also received the Gasteig-Musikpreis, Zeit-Preis, and awards from Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben and the Polish Minister of Culture and National Heritage.
Łukasz Długosz has been nominated twice for Paszport Polityki (Polityka’s Passport; 2008 and 2014) and Gwarancja Kultury by TVP Kultura (the Guarantee of Culture Award). Długosz was awarded the Medal Zasłużony Kulturze Gloria Artis (Medal for Merit to Culture Gloria Artis) for his outstanding cultural activity and promotion of the Polish culture.
Author: Anna Iwanicka-Nijakowska, Polish Music Information Centre (POLMIC), Association of Polish Composers, December 2006, update: Małgorzata Kosińska, POLMIC, Association of Polish Composers, June 2010; transl. AM January 2015, updated by NS using the information provided by the aritst, March 2017.