POLISH CHAMBER CHOIR
The Polski Chór Kameralny Schola Cantorum Gedanensis is a full-time professional chamber choir. It was founded in Gdańsk in 1978 by Ireneusz Łukaszewski, and since 1983 has been under the direction of his brother, Jan Łukaszewski.
The choir specialises in variety, performing music from all genres and periods, including Gregorian chant, motets, opera, oratorio, film music, jazz, pop, and modern classical compositions. It has given 620 world premiere performances by composers including Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Krzysztof Penderecki, Wojciech Kilar, Augustyn Bloch, Krzysztof Meyer, Andrzej Koszewski and Paweł Łukaszewski, and many more who have dedicated compositions to the choir.
Polski Chór Kameralny is a frequent guest at renowned international festivals including the Warsaw Autumn, the Ruhr Festival and Tenso Days in Berlin, and it has also released numerous albums and made recordings for broadcast in Poland, Europe and North America, many of which have won prizes such as the Fryderyk Award and the Orphée d’Or. Polski Chór Kameralny prepares around 40 different programmes a year and co-operates with orchestras including the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Polish Baltic Philharmonic, the Polish Chamber Philharmonic in Sopot, Sinfonia Varsovia, the Academy of Ancient Music, the Venice Baroque Orchestra, the Akademie für Alte Musik
Berlin, and many more, as well as with choral conductors including Eric Ericson, Uwe Gronostay, Frieder Bernius and Stephen Layton, among others.
Polski Chór Kameralny also organises its own music festivals, most notably the annual ‘Mozartiana’ International Festival presenting Mozart’s music in various guises, drawing thousands of visitors to the historic city centre of Gdańsk every year. Polski Chór Kameralny is a member of the Tenso European Network, and an institution of culture of the city of Gdańsk.
Photo: Michał Mazurkiewicz