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Sebastian Szumski

Baritone, student of Stefan Stuligrosz. Together with the Poznań Philharmonic Choir, he performed at the most important music stages and festivals in Poland and abroad. Graduate of the Voice and Drama Faculty of the Academy of Music in Krakow with honours in the class of Prof. Marek Rzepka. The singer honed his vocal skills during master classes under the direction of Helena Łazarska, Eva Blahová, Charles Kellys, Rudolf Piernay, Ryszard Karczykowski and Teresa Żylis-Gara. He worked with renowned pianists, such as Andrzej Tatarski, Marcin Koziak and Piotr Różański, as well as conductors such as Jan Tomasz Adamus, Krzysztof Penderecki, Stefan Stuligrosz, Piotr Sułkowski, Federico Maria Sardelli, Alessandro De Marchi, Paul McCreesh, Joshua Rifkin, Andrew Parrott, Vincent Dumestre and Fabio Bonizzoni. In 2008, he performed at the Barbican Festival in Krakow, singing the parts of Count Almaviva in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Le nozze di Figaro”. In 2009-2010, he performed at the Belcanto International Vocal Festival in Nałęczów, where he won the main prize – the Golden Nightingale, the audience award and the prize of the ZASP Association of Polish Stage Artists. Holder of the Opera Studio scholarship in Teatro di Pisa, where he sang the parts of Maestro in Gaetano Donizetti’s opera “Le convenienze ed inconvenienze teatrali”. His lifetime achievements include recordings of Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Weihnachts-Oratorium” with Arte dei Suonatori; Henryk Mikołaj Górecki’s Symphony No. 2 “Copernican”, Johann Sebastian Bach’s motets for the Alpha label, as well as Feliks Nowowiejski’s oratorio “Quo vadis” with Aleksandra Kurzak and Artur Ruciński (led by Piotr Sułkowski). The artist worked with numerous ensembles, including Arte dei Suonatori, Le Poème Harmonique and La Risonanza. He is a chamber musician and soloist of Capella Cracoviensis, as well as a doctoral student at the Academy of Music in Krakow.