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composer, b. 19th September 1968 in Częstochowa, son of the composer Wojciech Łukaszewski; he graduated from the State Secondary Music School in Częstochowa (certificate with honours, 1987), and the F. Chopin Music Academy in Warsaw after cello studies with prof. Andrzej Wróbel (1987-1992) and composition studies with prof. Marian Borkowski (1991-1995, a first honours degree). He completed a postgraduate study in the School for Managers of Culture at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań (diploma in 1994) and the Postgraduate Study for Choirmasters at Bydgoszcz Music Academy (diploma with distinction in 1996). He took part in Computer Music Courses in Warsaw (1992), Courses for Young Composers in Kazimierz Dolny (1992, 1993), the Summer Courses of Contemporary Music in Cracow (1993, prof. B. Schaeffer), and Course of Computer Music Graphics in Warsaw (1993-95).
An active organiser of music life, Paweł Łukaszewski has held many functions: since 1992, he has been President of the “Musica Sacra” Association; in 1992-1993, he was the secretary of PCU Youth Circle; in 1992-2002 President of the Society for Scared Music Lovers, since 1995 – Secretary of the Board in the “Laboratory of Contemporary Music” Association in Białystok. He is a member of PCU and ZAiKS Authors’ Association. He is a member of the artistic committees of many festivals, incl. The International Festival of Sacred Music “Gaude Mater” in Częstochowa. He sits on the jury of competitions for composers, incl. The Competition for Young Composers “Musica Sacra”, of which he was the initiator and organiser. He is the director of the “Musica Sacra” chamber choir. In 2001, he was editor-in-chief of the “Muzyka21” music monthly.
P. Łukaszewski’s works have been performed at more than 100 festivals in Poland and abroad, incl., Belarus, Belgium, Canada (5th Edmonton New Music Festival), Chile, China, the Czech Republic, Denmark, England, France, Germany (“Unerhörtemusik” Festival in Berlin), Iceland, Israel, Italy (Festival Internazionale di Musica Contemporanea "Musica Viva” in Rome), South Korea, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Moldova, Monaco, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, the USA, the Vatican, and in Poland during festivals: of Sacred Music “Gaude Mater” in Częstochowa, “Forum of Young Composers” in Cracow, “Music in Old Cracow”, “Wratislavia Cantans”, “Laboratory of Contemporary Music” in Białystok, “Warsaw Music Encounters”, “Legnica Cantat”, “Conversatorium of Organ Music” in Legnica, „ Ryszard Bukowski Music Days” in Wrocław.
His works have been recorded on more than 30 CD albums under such labels as Acte Préalable, Polskie Nagrania Edition, DUX, MTJ. Seven of these were nominated for the Fryderyk Award of the Polish music record industry, and one (String Quartet No. 1, perf. DAFÔ Quartet, DUX 0142) won this award. His scores have been published by PWM, Edition Ferrimontana and Edizioni Carrara; recorded for the Polish Radio, Polish Television, Radio Vaticana, TV Reteblu; and broadcast on the Polish Radio, Radio France Musique and RIAS Rundfunk Berlin. In 1999 his Winterreise for string orchestra (1993) was played by the National Symphony Orchestra of the Polish Radio conducted by Jerzy Maksymiuk at the prestigious “Last Night of the Proms” concert in Cracow, under the patronage of the Duke of Kent. In 2001, the composition Ave Maria a due cori misti a cappella (1992) was performed during the investiture ceremony of the Chivalric Order of God’s Holy Tomb in Jerusalem, held in Wrocław Cathedral.
He is the winner of numerous awards and distinctions in competitions for composers: 1988 – 1st prize in a competition in Łomża and an honorable mention in the Competition of the Academic Congregation in Cracow for a religious work in Cracow for Prayer for mixed unaccompanied choir ; 1994 – 2nd prize at the 2nd Forum for Young Composers in Cracow for Winterreise, an honorable mention in the T. Baird Competition for Young Composers in Warsaw for Arrampicata for orchestra (1992), and the 1st prize in; 1995 – 1st prize of the “Orfeo” - Bogusław Kaczyński Foundation at the F. Chopin Music Academy Competition in Warsaw – also for Arrampicata; 1996 – an honorable mention in the F. Nowowiejski Competition for Composers in Warsaw and 2nd prize in the 5th A. Didur Competition for Composers in Sanok for Recordationes de Christo moriendo for mezzo-soprano and chamber orchestra (1996); 1998 – 2nd prize in the 27th International Florilege Vocal de Tours Competition in France for Two Lenten Motets for mixed unaccompanied choir (1995); 2003– two 3rd prizes (joint winners) in the “Pro Arte” Competition for Composers in Wrocław. He has also received: in 1995 – President of the City of Częstochowa Award for compositions and their artistic maturity; 1998 – Medal of Merit and the Award of the Chancellor of the Baltic Higher School of Humanities in Koszalin; 1998 – the Honorary Order of Merit to the Koszain Province; 1998 – Cavalier’s Cross of the Polonia Restituta Order.
He is on the faculty of the F. Chopin Music Academy in Warsaw (as assistant lecturer since 1996, reader since 2001; Director of the Counterpoint Study at the Composition Dept. since 2002. In 2000, he obtained a doctor’s degree in composition. In 2003, he was a visiting professor in Chile. He has held scholarships from: the Office of the City of Częstochowa (1993), ZAiKS (1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003), Prof. Bogdan Suchodolski Foundation in Warsaw (1995), Fund for the Promotion of Artistic Creation at the Ministry of Cuture and Art (1996).
The composer’s internet site: www.lukaszewskip.republika.pl
Water-Colours for piano (1984-86)
Six Pieces to words by Polish poets for mixed choir (1988-94)
In My Fatherland, two songs for male voice and piano (1989-2000)
Two Preludes for piano (1989-92)
Litany I – to the Madonna of Treblinka for mezzo-soprano, mixed choir, 2 trumpets, bells and organ (1990)
Capriccio for P.P. per violino solo * (1991)
Quasi sonata per clarinetto e pianoforte (1991)
One Week in London for tape (1992)
Arrampicata per orchestra (1992)
Three Songs for mezzo-soprano and piano * (1992)
Le jeux de l’amour et du hasard for tape (1992)
The Carols for mixed unaccompanied choir (1992-2001)
The Dusk for tape (1993)
Aragena for soprano, cello and electronic transformations * (1993)
Eight Songs for Children for children’s choir in unison (or solo voice) and piano (1993)
Winterreise per orchestra ad archi * (1993)
Sacred Works for mixed unaccompanied choir (1993-2003)
Stabat Mater a tre gruppi di cori femminili (1994)
Dominum benedicite in aeternum... per ottoni, batteria e coro misto (1994)
String Quartet No. 1 * (1994)
Two Lenten Motets per coro misto a cappella (1995)
Vesperae pro defunctis per coro gregoriano, due cori misti, organo piccolo, organo grande ed orchestra (1995)
The Raven’s Bath for three-part children’s choir (1995-2002)
Antiphone for mixed unaccompanied choir * (1995-99)
Warsaw Wind for mixed choir (1996)
Concerto for organ and string orchestra (1996)
Recordationes de Christo moriendo for mezzo-soprano and chamber orchestra (1996)
Beatus vir for mixed choir (1996-2007)
Gaudium et spes for soprano, mixed choir and orchestra (1997)
Concerto for String Orchestra “Bronisław Huberman in memoriam” (1997)
Missa pro Patria for soprano, mezzo-soprano, mixed choir, percussion and brass orchestra (1997)
Antiophonae for women’s choir (1997-2004)
Carols for women’s unaccompanied choir (1998-2001)
Souvenir I for organ (1999)
Souvenir II for piano (1999)
Jesu Christi prostrationes for mixed choir (1999)
Via crucis for counter-tenor, tenor, baritone, reciting voice, mixed choir and orchestra (2000)
String Quartet No. 2 (2000)
Two Christmas Motets for women’s choir (2000)
Litany II – to St. Clement [1st version] for solo soprano, mixed choir and string orchestra (2001-2002)
Litany II – to St. Clement [2nd version] for solo soprano, mixed choir and organ (2001-2002)
Three Orthodox Prayers for women’s choir (2001-2003)
Stage for piano (2002)
Hommage à Edith Stein for mixed choir (2002)
Haiku for soprano and piano (2002)
Elogium – to Those Murdered in Katyń for baritone, cello (or bassoon), bells and string orchestra (2002-2005)
Ave maris stella for mixed choir (2003)
Psalmus 102 for mixed choir (2003)
Moai for solo flute (2003)
Litany III – to the Martyrs of Międzyrzecz for soprano, violin, mixed choir and string orchestra (2003)
Exsultet for soprano, mezzo-soprano, women’s choir and orchestra (2003)
Gloria Gentis – Beatus vir Zygmunt Szczęsny-Feliński for women’s choir (2003)
Salvete flores Martyrum for two women’s choirs, two pianos and percussion (2004)
String Quartet No. 3 (2004)
Messa per voci e fiati (2004)
Łukaszewski Marcin Tadeusz Łukaszewski Paweł.in: Almanach Kompozytorów Akademii Muzycznej im. F. Chopina w Warszawie, t. I [Book of Composers from the F. Chopin Music Academy in Warsaw], Akademia Muzyczna w Warszawie, Warszawa 2004