composer and conductor; b. 21st June 1981 in Warsaw. He graduated from Szymon Kowalczyk’s piano class at the Karol Szymanowski State Music School in Warsaw (2000) and went on to study choral conducting (with Prof. Ryszard Zimak, 2000-05) and composition (first with Prof. Krzysztof Baculewski
; diploma from the class of Prof. Paweł Łukaszewski
, D.M.A. Hab.) at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music
in Warsaw. He also graduated as multimedia artist from the Inter-University Multimedia Program (MSM) after studies at the Chopin University and Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts (2011). In the following year he completed a Postgraduate Study for Choirmasters at the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz
. Member of the Polish Phonographic Academy.
Łukasz Farcinkiewicz has won the following awards and distinctions: the 1st prize in the Musica Sacra Composers’ Competition for An Exile’s Supplications
for mixed unaccompanied choir (2004; the same composition was performed by the Polish Radio Choir of Kraków at the International Festival of Sacred Music Gaude Mater in Częstochowa and recorded by Polish Radio); an honourable mention in the 1st National John Paul II Competition organised by the Centre for the Thought of John Paul II for Deus et animae
for mixed unaccompanied choir (2007); the 2nd prize in the Competition for a Eucharistic Motet organised by the Caecilianum Federation for O sacrum convivium
for mixed unaccompanied choir (2009); an honourable mention – the International Music Prize for Excellence in Composition organised by the National Academy of Music (Colorado – USA) in cooperation with the Municipal Conservatories of Neapolis and Sykies (Greece) for Three Excerpts
for solo flute (2009); the 3rd prize in the Musica Sacra Composers’ Competition for Pater noster
(2013). His composition Pie Jesu
for mixed choir and piano was commissioned by the Musica Sacra Institute as part of the "Collections – Composing Commissions" programme implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance
. In 2014 Łukasz Farcinkiewicz received a "Diploma of Merit" from the Marshal of Mazovia Province for long-time work with the Musica Sacra Warsaw-Praga Cathedral Choir and for promoting Mazovia Province.
His music has been recorded and released on five CDs (under the Acte Prealable, Musica Sacra Edition and DUX labels), one of which – Laudate Dominum – won the Fryderyk Award of the Polish Phonographic Academy in 2011. On that CD, Łukasz Farcinkiewicz accompanied the Musica Sacra Warsaw-Praga Cathedral Choir on the organ. The composer has worked with this choir since 2005 as pianist-répétiteur, organist and singer.
Łukasz Farcinkiewicz’s works have been performed several times during the International Festival of Sacred Music Gaude Mater in Częstochowa. Pater noster
was presented by the Polish Chamber Choir under Jan Łukaszewski at the final concert of the 23rd Gaude Mater, dedicated to Krzysztof Penderecki
for his 80th birthday. In 2014 his Missa Corpus Christi
was premiered during the 24th "Liturgical" Gaude Mater by the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University Choir, Orchestra "Nova et Vetera" conducted by Michał Sławecki and soloists: Magdalena Rucińska – soprano and Maciej Nerkowski – baritone.
In 2012 the artist began his collaboration with the Puellae Orantes Cathedral Girls’ Choir of Tarnów, with which (and with the Vienna Soloists) he recorded the CD In Strauss’s Footsteps
. The idea of the CD originated in the series of Viennese Concerts presented by Austrian and Polish composers at the European Krzysztof Penderecki Centre for Music in Lusławice, Karol Szymanowski Philharmonic in Krakow
and the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music
Concert Hall in Katowice in January 2014. The CD programme consists of best known waltzes and polkas by the Strauss dynasty: Johann Strauss the Elder and his sons Johann and Josef. Łukasz Farcinkiewicz arranged the choral parts and wrote the final composition of the programme – the Warsaw-Vienna Waltz
, commissioned by the Choir. The composer conducted a performance of this work at Warsaw Philharmonic
in December 2014 during one of the concerts promoting this release. Released in more than ten thousand copies, it became a Gold Record. In January 2015 the Puellae Orantes Choir gave joint concerts with the British vocal sextet The King’s Singers at the Mościce Arts Centre in Tarnów, ICE Kraków Congress Centre and the new PNRSO Concert Hall in Katowice, performing, among others, a work composed for that occasion by Łukasz Farcinkiewicz.
Farcinkiewicz’s music is part of the repertoires of many Polish and foreign performers, e.g. the Polish Radio Choir in Kraków, the Musica Sacra Warsaw-Praga Cathedral Choir, the Puellae Orantes Choir and the Vienna Soloists.