Michałowski, Bartosz

Director of the Warsaw Philharmonic Choir since 2017. He graduated with distinction in choral conducting from the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań. In 1998– 2005, he was assistant to Stefan Stuligrosz and conductor of the Poznań Philharmonic Choir (aka Poznań Nightingales), with which he has performed extensively in Germany, France, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Russia, and Japan. His awards include the L’Orphée d’Or 2015 of the Académie du Disque Lyrique, a 2015 Fryderyk nomination for the works of Pasquale Anfossi, a Gold Disc, 1st Prize and Audience Prize at the International Choir Festival in Neuchâtel, and 1st Prize at the 9th Polish National Choral Conductors Competition, with a Special Prize for his diligent work on voice production with choirs. 

Bartosz Michałowski is the founder, conductor and Artistic Director of the Poznań Chamber Choir. He is also the founder and director of the Opus 966 Polish Composers Competition, and author of Write Music – It’s Easy! composition workshops for children and young people. He is also the coauthor of the Obrazogranie project organised as part of the Art for Children Biennale in Poznań. 

He has been invited to participate in prestigious festivals such as the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival, Gaude Mater International Festival of Sacred Music, International Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczycki Festival, Transatlantyk, Nostalgia, Wojciech Kilar Contemporary Music Festival, Poznań Spring, Musica Sacromontana Oratorio Music Festival, Lower Silesia Music Festival, and Mikołów Music Days. 

To date, Bartosz Michałowski has rehearsed and conducted hundreds a cappella works from all musical periods, and he cooperates regularly with renowned institutions and orchestras on performances of vocal–instrumental works. His output includes numerous first performances. As a conductor, choirmaster and soloist, he has made over 20 recordings. 

In addition to his experience as a conductor, Bartosz Michałowski has spent many years working on enhancing his skills in voice production, attending masterclasses with Poppy Holden (Great Britain), Christian Elsner (Germany), and Józef Frakstein (Poland).