It is a full-time professional chamber choir of international standing. Founded in Gdańsk in 1978 and since 1983 under the direction of Jan Łukaszewski, it keeps going from strength to strength. The declared aim of the 24 professional musicians making up the ensemble is to work at an instrumental, ‘orchestral’ level, which besides other skills requires total control of the vocal instrument, thus allowing all musical and technical demands of a score to be met. They specialise in variety, performing music from all genres and periods, a cappella or accompanied, sacred or profane, Gregorian chant, motets, opera, oratorio, film music, jazz, pop, etc. from medieval, Renaissance and Baroque music through Romantic and late Romantic to 20th- and 21st-century compositions.
The world premiere performances sung by them are about to top the 620 mark and include works by such composers as Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Krzysztof Penderecki, Wojciech Kilar, Augustyn Bloch, Krzysztof Meyer, Andrzej Koszewski, Paweł Łukaszewski, and many more who have dedicated compositions to Polish Chamber Choir. Frequent guests at some of the most renowned of international festivals they perform at events like the Warsaw Autumn, Ruhr-Festival, or TENSO Days.
The number of their CD recordings, several winning awards like Orphée d’Or or Fryderyk (plus many more nominations) by 2016 had well exceeded 80. Countless radio and TV recordings in Poland, Europe (additionally some concerts as EBU live broadcasts), and North America complete the picture. Polish Chamber Choir also organises its own music festivals, most notably, since 2006, they have been running their own annual 7-Day ‘Mozartiana’ International Festival presenting Mozart’s Music in various guises and every year drawing thousands of visitors to the historic city centre of Gdańsk, to Oliva Park, the Abbots’ Palace, and to Oliwa Archcathedral.
Polish Chamber Choir Schola Cantorum Gedanensis:
Katarzyna Herrmann, Zuzanna Kassak, Anna Kondek, Wiesława Łukaszewska, Dagmara Piotrowska, Justyna Wartacz, Ludwika Wujtewicz – sopranos
Danuta Mackiewicz, Aleksandra Muraczewska, Bożena Nadolska, Agata Sierańska, Katarzyna Wittschenbach, Klaudia Żmigrodzka – altos
Damian Bykowski, Kacper Kłosiński, Krzysztof Pękała, Jerzy Stelmański, Lech Wittschenbach, Witalij Wydra, Paweł Zieliński – tenors
Mariusz Czapiewski, Andrzej Macierzyński, Sebastian Mandziej, Rafał Sambor, Janusz Sierla, Krzysztof Stachowski – basses