Mirosław Jacek Błaszczyk
He graduated with honours from the Academy of Music in Katowice, class of conducting under K. Stryja. In 1993, thanks to the scholarship in the American Society for Polish Music, he was perfecting his conducting skills in Los Angeles. In the period 1984–1986 he conducted an ensemble of musicians from the Katowice-based Great Symphonic Orchestra of the Polish Radio and Television during the festivals “Warsaw Autumn” and “Silesian Days of Contemporary Music.” In 1986 he became Artistic Director of the National Symphonic Orchestra in Zabrze, and in 1990—General and Artistic Director of the National Philharmonic in Białystok, with which he went for a tour around USA (1995, including the Carnegie Hall in New York). For two seasons he was General and Artistic Director of the Poznań Philharmonic (1996). In the period 1998–2013 he was Artistic Director, and from 2013 General Director of the Henryk Mikołaj Górecki Silesian Philharmonic in Katowice. Since 1999 he is Artistic Director and a juror of the Grzegorz Fitelberg International Competition for Conductors in Katowice. Since 2017 he is also Artistic Director of Polish Orchestra “Sinfonia Iuventus.” In the period 1999–2002 he was the main conductor of the International Piano Competition in Porto (Portugal), and in 2003—a juror and conductor at the International Piano Competition in Morocco. Two years later he was appointed Artistic Director at the 2nd International Violin Competition in Toruń, and then again in 2013; while in 2013 and 2016 he was also its juror. In 2011 he took the position of the chairman of the jury of the 8th Witold Lutosławski International Cello Competition in Warsaw, in 2016 he was the chairman of the jury of the 6th Witold Lutosławski National Competition for Young Conductors in Białystok. He performs on all stages in Poland, the National Philharmonic in the lead, and abroad (e.g. in Albania, Austria, Belarus, Canada, China, Czechia, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Morocco, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Tunisia, Ukraine and the USA). He has recorded several dozen albums with the ensembles of the Silesian Philharmonic. The last one—“Górecki. Mikołaj / Henryk Mikołaj” (DUX 0924) was nominated to the Fryderyk 2013 Award. He has also conducted numerous premieres. Silesian philharmonic musicians under his baton weere the first in Poland to perform H.M. Górecki’s Symphony No. 4 “Tansman. Epizody” closing the cycle of the world premieres of the work (2014/2015 London—Los Angeles—Amsterdam—Łódź/Katowice). That performance, being the second in the world, was published as a CD in 2016. In 2017 H.M. Górecki’s Symphony No. 2 “Copernican” under his baton was published. For promoting Polish music, with special attention paid to the contemporary music, and for the achievements of the Silesian Philharmonic under his baton, he has been honoured with the Award of the Mayor of Katowice in the field of culture. Similar award he’s received from the Mayor of Rybnik. He is the director of the Symphonic-Orchestral Conducting department at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice. August 7, 2012 the President of the Republic of Poland, Bronisław Komorowski, granted the artist with the title of the Professor of Musical Arts. Since 2017 he is the Artistic Director and First Conductor at the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic.