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Janiak Rafał

Born in 1986 in Olsztyn (Poland). Conductor and composer. He completed composition with honours in the class of Stanisław Moryto (2010) and graduated in symphonic and opera conducting (diploma with honours) in the class of Antoni Wit (2011) at the F. Chopin University of Music in Warsaw.

He has won several awards including the 1st Prize at the 1st John Paul II Composition Competition in Warsaw (2007), 3rd Prize at the 4th Musica Sacra Composition Competition in Częstochowa (2008) and a distinction at the Tadeusz Baird Competition for Young Composers in Warsaw (2010) as well as the Student Nobel Prize (2009, 2010).

He appears at the leading Polish music festivals including Musica Polonica Nova, Organ Conversatorium in Legnica, Gwiazdy Promują, Gaude Mater, Modern Music Lab, and Warsaw Autumn. He has conducted stage performances of Mozart’s opera Cosí fan tutte at the Gorzów Philharmonic (2011). At 2012 Warsaw Autumn, he conducted the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra in repertoire including Kaja Saariaho’s D’om le vrai sens (played by Kari Kriikku) and Beat Furrer’s canti notturni. He also conducted the final stage of the 10th Witold Lutoslawski International Cello Competition with the Warsaw Philharmonic.

He co-operates with several Polish orchestras such as the Warsaw Philharmonic and Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice. In 2011 he founded the Camerata Viva orchestra in Warsaw of which he is now Artistic Director.

He was granted scholarships by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage (2007, 2012), Keimyung University Foundation and the Mayor of Gdańsk (2005, 2009). Currently he is Junior Lecturer at the Chair of Composition at the F. Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. During the 2012/13 season he was assistant conductor at the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra.