organist, pianist and conductor; born 13th January 1980 in Poznan. He began his early musical training at the age of 7, as a private piano student of Prof. Irena Wyrzykowska-Mondelska, from the Academy of Music in Poznan. He received his first degree from the Wieniawski School of Music (Poznan), where he studied organ and piano. In 1997 he gained the Wieniawski School of Music Award for both best music interpretation and best organ performance. He won First Prize in the 1998 National Organ Competition in Czestochowa (Poland). In 2000 he graduated from Prof. Jozef Serafin’s organ class, receiving the High School of Music Diploma in Organ Performance.
As an organist, Krzysztof Czerwinski won several top prizes in national and international competitions and has played in many of the major venues in Poland; has broadcast and recorded for Polish radio and television, and has performed abroad, in Russia, France, Holland, Austria, Germany, England and the USA.
On the basis of his artistic attainment, Minister of Culture and Arts in Poland awarded him the Music Prize in 1998 and, in 2000, he also received the Minister of Culture and National Heritage’s prestigious Music Award in the King’s Castle in Warsaw.
In 2001 and 2002, Dartington International Summer School in England awarded him a full scholarship prize (“Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation Scholarship”), which has funded further organ study with Prof. David Titterington from the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Additionally he studied at Charterhouse Summer School of Music 2003 in England, on a full scholarship.
He has recorded a CD on the new organ in Poznan Cathedral in Poland, which, in 2002, won the American Guild of Organists’ Top Prize, “The M. Louise Miller Scholarship Fund Award”, in Connecticut (Greater Bridgeport Chapter of the AGO).
Krzysztof Czerwinski studied voice and vocal pedagogy on a private grant with Robert Nakoneczny from the City of Poznan Choir School and Poznan Light Opera in Poland.
He has also studied children’s voice pedagogy in Austria under Erzsebet Windhager-Gered (Vienna Boys’ Choir) and in New York under Christina A. Lenti (Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, New York, USA).
In 2002 and 2004 the Austrian Evangelical Association of Musicians awarded him a scholarship for choral conducting studies (Rainer Homburg, Matthias Krampe), voice studies (Daniel Johannsen, Barbara Fink) and organ studies (Jurgen Rieger) and, following an examination recital, the “C-Prufung” Diploma in Organ Performance with the highest mark.
He worked closely with the Poznan Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys in Poland for six years from 1997. At first, he toured Poland and Western Europe as Principal Accompanist to the choir, before becoming Assistant Conductor / Artistic Director and Vocal Consultant in 2001. He taught voice and was responsible for the choir’s soloists. While in Poland, he founded and directed the Poznan Cathedral Chamber Choir of Men and Boys, with whom he has broadcast on regional radio in Poland and made a CD “The Soloists and the Chamber Choir of the Poznan Cathedral” during the summer of 2003. He conducted the choir and soloists during the Pueri Cantores Director’s National Convention concert at Dzialynski Palace in Poznan, in front of choral directors and conductors gathered from all over Poland and international guest directors.
He relinquished all posts in Poland in order to pursue further studies in the United States, where he was awarded a prize for private choral conducting studies with Richard Coffey in Connecticut and private organ studies with Stephen Hamilton in New York City, as a result of the Charlotte Hoyt Bagnall Scholarship Competition. While in New York, he was appointed accompanist of the highly acclaimed chamber choir “New York Virtuoso Singers”, with whom he performed and recorded a world premiere of contemporary music for choir and organ written by American composer Edward Smaldone and conducted by Joel Mandelbaum in Le Frack Concert Hall (New York).
A year later he won two scholarships (the “Evelyn A. Fraser Scholarship” and the “Howard Hanson Scholarship”) to the prestigious Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, New York. He studied there with David Higgs (organ), William Weinert (choral conducting), Mark Davis Scatterday (orchestral conducting), Holly Bewlay (voice), Mary Alison Grandey (vocal pedagogy) and Stephen Kennedy (voice and church music), winning First Prize in the American Guild of Organists’ Competition in Buffalo (New York), First Prize in “Haskin Memorial Scholarship Competition” (New York), “Eastman Professional Career Development Grant” (Eastman School of Music’s own Prize) and First Prize in West Chester University’s Organ Competition in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) in his first year.
In May 2004 he was awarded “Jacobs Memorial Scholarship Prize” and membership of the Texas-based international organization of children’s and youth choir directors, “Choristers Guild”.
Krzysztof Czerwinski was also a recipient of a study grant at the Hochschule fur Musik und Theater “Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy” International Summer Music Academy 2004 in Leipzig, Germany, where he studied organ under Jon Laukvik, Martin Schmeding and Ullrich Boehme.
Recently, he has moved to England to continue his studies in Choral Conducting with Paul Spicer at the Birmingham Conservatoire (University of Central England, Birmingham, UK). He also studies voice under Julian Pike, orchestral conducting under Eric Hinton, historical performance practice under Shirley Thompson and conducts the Conservatoire Chamber Choir as a part of his choral programme at the same institution.
At the same time, he assists Director of Music Richard Dingle at Lichfield Cathedral School (member of the Choir Schools’ Association) where he teaches voice, aural training and music theory.
Organist's own internet site: www.czerwinski.art.pl