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RAFAŁ JANIAK; fot. Joanna Miklaszewska
RAFAŁ JANIAK

 

He graduated with honors in conducting under the supervision of Prof. Antoni Wit (2011), as well as in composition (also with honors) in the class of Prof. Stanisław Moryto (2010) at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. In 2016, he obtained a Doctor of Musical Arts degree.

 

He has won numerous awards in national and international music competitions. He is the winner of the opera composition competition organized by the Grand Theatre in Łódź. The jury, chaired by Prof. Krzysztof Penderecki, unanimously awarded him the Grand Prix. Additionally, he also received the Audience Award. The premiere of the opera "The Man from the Manufactory" took place in February 2019, and its outdoor version in May 2019 at the Łódź Włókniarek Market was an unprecedented event.

 

He has been a recipient of multiple scholarships, including from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage (2007, 2012), the Keimyung University Foundation (South Korea 2009), the "Young Poland" scholarship program, and the prestigious scholarship for outstanding young scientists awarded by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education.

 

In the 2012/13 season, he was an assistant to Antoni Wit, and in the 2013/14 season to Jacek Kaspszyk at the National Philharmonic. Since then, he has regularly performed with most Polish orchestras, including the National Philharmonic and the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice.

 

He eagerly engages in opera repertoire both as a musical director and a conductor, performing titles such as "Cosi fan tutte," "Don Giovanni," "Eugene Onegin," and "Turandot."

 

Since 2017, he has been the artistic director of the newly formed Chopin University Chamber Orchestra, with which he has achieved significant success. The ensemble has already recorded several albums, and recently they toured China, giving over 20 concerts (July 2019).

 

Currently, he works as an assistant professor at his alma mater, serving as the dean of the Department of Symphonic and Operatic Conducting at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw.

 

Since January 2023, he has been the deputy artistic director of the Grand Theatre in Łódź, during which he has taken on musical direction in premieres such as Charles Gounod's "Faust," Krzysztof Penderecki's "Paradise Lost," Giuseppe Verdi's "La Traviata., and Engelbert Humperdinck's "Hansel and Gretel".

Rafał Janiak

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