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Jacek Ozimkowski

Bass. Graduated from the Władysław Żeleński State Secondary Music School in Krakow in the organ class of Prof. Andrzej Białko. In 1995, he graduated with honours from vocal studies under the direction of Prof. Wojciech Jan Śmietana at the Academy of Music in Krakow. After graduation, he became an assistant teacher in his class. In the same year, he won the European competition for the YAMAHA scholarship and received a diploma of the Minister of Culture and Art for outstanding artistic achievements. He was an assistant of Prof. Ryszard Karczykowski, an outstanding Polish tenor and solo singing teacher.

In May 2003, he received a doctorate in vocal studies, and in September of the following year, he became an assistant professor at the Academy of Music in Krakow. He completed his habilitation on 17 September 2013. Currently, as the Deputy Dean of the Voice and Drama Faculty, he teaches solo singing class at the Academy of Music in Krakow. Since 1996, he has also been employed at the Władysław Żeleński State Secondary Music School in Krakow as a solo singing teacher.

Jacek Ozimkowski’s repertoire includes parts from operas by Mozart, Weber, Verdi, Moniuszko, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Puccini, Wagner, Britten and many other outstanding composers. It also encompasses numerous works from oratorio-cantata repertoire and vocal lyric works.

He gives concerts in Poland and abroad, including Switzerland, Germany, France, Belgium, Sweden, Norway, the USA, Ukraine, Lithuania, Italy, Kazakhstan, China, Czechia and Slovakia. He made numerous recordings for the Polish Radio and TV. Since 1996, the artist has been associated with Capella Cracoviensis. He also works with the Krakow Opera and the Musical Theatre in Gliwice. In 1998, he started working with the Swiss Art Media agency, with which he toured Europe with Mozart's operas, singing the roles of: Sarastro, Leporello, Osmino and Figaro. He took part in the Great Mozart Gala in Karlsruhe, and in 2002, he took part in Wojciech Kilar’s birthday concert in Krakow, performing his monumental work “Missa Pro Pace” (world premiere in Krakow). In 2003, at the invitation of the Krakow Opera, he sung Mephistopheles’ aria in Gounod’s opera and the Scarpia’s part in Puccini’s “Tosca” during the “Grand Opera Gala”. He also took part in the premieres of Britten’s “The Rape of Lucretia”, as well as Tchaikovsky’s “The Queen of Spades”. At the Music Theatre in Gliwice, he performed the part of Don Basilio in the premiere of Rossini’s “Il barbiere di Siviglia”. He also performs in Verdi's “Rigoletto” and “La traviata”.

He participated in Baroque music festivals, including: Bach Festival in Świdnica, Music in Old Cracow and Forum Musicum Festival in Wrocław. During the latter, he performed the part of Zoroastro in Handel’s “Orlando” and Garibaldo in Handel's “Rodelinda, regina de' Longobardi”. In 2008, he performed at the festival in Nysa and participated in the final concert of the International Music Festival in Mielec and in Łańcut, performing Beethoven's “Missa solemnis” together with the leading Polish singers. In 2011, he began recording the “PolishBaroque” series – a set of five records presented at the MIDEM 2012 music fair in Cannes. So far, 28 albums with music performed by Jacek Ozimkowski have been released.