Bożena Violetta Bielecka

Conductor and artistic director of the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Choir, renowned educator.
From December 1, 2020, she is the director of the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic. Since birth she has been associated with Białystok. She graduated from the piano class of the State Music School in Białystok, tutored by Z. Frankiewicz. She studied choral conducting under the supervision of Prof. J. Bok and Prof. R. Zimak at the State Higher School of Music in Warsaw (diploma with honours). A graduate and former employee of the F. Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz, Choir and Vocal Postgraduate Studies Department. In 1984–1987 she directed the Bialystok University of Technology Choir. She teaches singing at the Ignacy Paderewski School of Music in Bialystok. She conducted the Ignacy Paderewski School of Music Choir “Schola Cantorum Bialostociensis” (1987–2009). In 1995–2017, she was the President of “Cantica Cantamus” Association of Choral Music Fans in Bialystok, where in 1998–2006 she directed “Cantica Cantamus” Białystok Chamber Choir. She was the initiator and organizer of the Polish Philharmonic of Peace—International Workshops of Polish and Expatriate Youth. Choirs directed by her won numerous awards and distinctions. In 1995–1997, she was a vocal consultant of the Opera Choir of the Grand Theatre–National Opera in Warsaw. She was invited there to co-operate again in 2015 in the preparations for the premiere of S. Moniuszko’s “The Haunted Manor.” In 2000 she was awarded the title of Professor of Musical Arts by the President of the Republic of Poland. She is a Professor at the Subsidiary of Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Białystok. Since 2017 she has been the Chair of Choir Studies and Artistic Education Department at said Faculty (1999–2005, the Chair of Choral Conducting Department, 2005–2012 Deputy Dean of the Faculty), since 2019 she is a member of the University Council and Artistic Discipline Council. She has teached multiple choir directors, choirists and soloists. Since 2006 she has succeeded as the conductor and artistic director of the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Choir. Under her direction the Choir performs at prestigious music festivals, presenting the works from various countries and centuries in the most renowned concert halls, such as Warsaw National Philharmonic, Lutosławski Studio of the Polish Radio in Warsaw, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice, National Forum of Music in Wroclaw, Adam Mickiewicz University Auditorium (Tadeusz Szeligowski Poznan Philharmonic). She has prepared the Choir for concerts, radio and TV transmissions and recordings as part of the International Music Festival “Chopin and his Europe,” Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival, Jewish Culture Festival “Singer’s Warsaw,” International Festival of Sacral Music “Gaude Mater” in Czestochowa, 61st International Festival of Contemporary Music “Warsaw Autumn,” Aleksander Tansman International Festival and Competition of Musical Personalities in Lodz, and Katowice Culture Nature Festival. Among her artistic achievements there is special emphasis on recordings of vocal and instrumental works, operas, cantatas, choral music a cappella, that are widely distributed in Poland and beyond. She has been awarded with multiple nominations and numerous Fryderyk Awards (2009, 2016, 2017), as well as one of the most prestigious phonographic awards in the world, International Classical Music Award 2018, received for the record of F. Nowowiejski’s “Quo vadis.” Thanks to her merit for Polish culture and for creating the image of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music she has been awarded the Grand Prix of the Rector of Fryderyk Chopin University of Music (2019). She was also awarded the Jan Kiepura Theatre Music Award (2019), the Honorary Badge of the Podlasie Voivodeship in the field of popularising music culture (2018), the President of the City of Białystok Award for artistic achievements (2016), the Medal of Merit for the FCUM, awarded by the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Ryszard Zimak (2014), the Gold Medal awarded by the President of the Association “Polish Community” in Warsaw (2012), the Gold Medal awarded by the President of the Republic of Poland Bronisław Komorowski (2010), the Minister of Culture and National Heritage Award for artistic and didactic achievements (2009), the Medal of the Commission of National Education (Ministry of Education, 2009), the Silver Medal for Merit to Culture Gloria Artis (2008), the badge of honour for Merit for Polish Culture (2006), the Gold Medal of Merit awarded by the President of the Republic of Poland (2002), the Award of the Marshal of the Podlaskie Voivodeship (2002), the Award of the President of the City of Bialystok for organizing activities popularising the cultural heritage in the East through the activities of the Polish Peace Choir (2000), the “Distinguished in the Białystok Region” Golden Badge (1992), and the Golden Cross of Merit granted by the President of the Republic of Poland (1990). In 2013, in Poznań, she received the Prof. Kurczewski Prize for outstanding achievements in the field of choral music and propagation of Polish music. Since 2010 she has been a member of the Polish Phonographic Academy (Classical music section) collecting musicians, authors, composers, producers, journalists and phonographic industry, that assesses the records and chooses the winners of the Fryderyk awards. Since 2015 she has been a member of the Marshal of the Podlaskie Voivodeship Awards Commission in the field of artistic creativity, dissemination and protection of culture, and scholarships for persons involved in creative arts, dissemination of culture and the care of monuments.

Since birth she has been associated with Białystok. She graduated from the piano class of the State Music School in Białystok, tutored by Z. Frankiewicz. She studied choral conducting under the supervision of Prof. J. Bok and Prof. R. Zimak at the State Higher School of Music in Warsaw (diploma with honours). A graduate and former employee of the F. Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz, Choir and Vocal Postgraduate Studies Department. In 1984–1987 she directed the Bialystok University of Technology Choir. She teaches singing at the Ignacy Paderewski School of Music in Bialystok. She conducted the Ignacy Paderewski School of Music Choir “Schola Cantorum Bialostociensis” (1987–2009). In 1995–2017, she was the President of “Cantica Cantamus” Association of Choral Music Fans in Bialystok, where in 1998–2006 she directed “Cantica Cantamus” Białystok Chamber Choir. She was the initiator and organizer of the Polish Philharmonic of Peace—International Workshops of Polish and Expatriate Youth. Choirs directed by her won numerous awards and distinctions. In 1995–1997, she was a vocal consultant of the Opera Choir of the Grand Theatre–National Opera in Warsaw. She was invited there to co-operate again in 2015 in the preparations for the premiere of S. Moniuszko’s “The Haunted Manor.” In 2000 she was awarded the title of Professor of Musical Arts by the President of the Republic of Poland. She is a Professor at the Subsidiary of Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Białystok. Since 2017 she has been the Chair of Choir Studies and Artistic Education Department at said Faculty (1999–2005, the Chair of Choral Conducting Department, 2005–2012 Deputy Dean of the Faculty), since 2019 she is a member of the University Council and Artistic Discipline Council. She has teached multiple choir directors, choirists and soloists. Since 2006 she has succeeded as the conductor and artistic director of the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Choir. Under her direction the Choir performs at prestigious music festivals, presenting the works from various countries and centuries in the most renowned concert halls, such as Warsaw National Philharmonic, Lutosławski Studio of the Polish Radio in Warsaw, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice, National Forum of Music in Wroclaw, Adam Mickiewicz University Auditorium (Tadeusz Szeligowski Poznan Philharmonic). She has prepared the Choir for concerts, radio and TV transmissions and recordings as part of the International Music Festival “Chopin and his Europe,” Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival, Jewish Culture Festival “Singer’s Warsaw,” International Festival of Sacral Music “Gaude Mater” in Czestochowa, 61st International Festival of Contemporary Music “Warsaw Autumn,” Aleksander Tansman International Festival and Competition of Musical Personalities in Lodz, and Katowice Culture Nature Festival. Among her artistic achievements there is special emphasis on recordings of vocal and instrumental works, operas, cantatas, choral music a cappella, that are widely distributed in Poland and beyond. She has been awarded with multiple nominations and numerous Fryderyk Awards (2009, 2016, 2017), as well as one of the most prestigious phonographic awards in the world, International Classical Music Award 2018, received for the record of F. Nowowiejski’s “Quo vadis.” Thanks to her merit for Polish culture and for creating the image of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music she has been awarded the Grand Prix of the Rector of Fryderyk Chopin University of Music (2019). She was also awarded the Jan Kiepura Theatre Music Award (2019), the Honorary Badge of the Podlasie Voivodeship in the field of popularising music culture (2018), the President of the City of Białystok Award for artistic achievements (2016), the Medal of Merit for the FCUM, awarded by the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Ryszard Zimak (2014), the Gold Medal awarded by the President of the Association “Polish Community” in Warsaw (2012), the Gold Medal awarded by the President of the Republic of Poland Bronisław Komorowski (2010), the Minister of Culture and National Heritage Award for artistic and didactic achievements (2009), the Medal of the Commission of National Education (Ministry of Education, 2009), the Silver Medal for Merit to Culture Gloria Artis (2008), the badge of honour for Merit for Polish Culture (2006), the Gold Medal of Merit awarded by the President of the Republic of Poland (2002), the Award of the Marshal of the Podlaskie Voivodeship (2002), the Award of the President of the City of Bialystok for organizing activities popularising the cultural heritage in the East through the activities of the Polish Peace Choir (2000), the “Distinguished in the Białystok Region” Golden Badge (1992), and the Golden Cross of Merit granted by the President of the Republic of Poland (1990). In 2013, in Poznań, she received the Prof. Kurczewski Prize for outstanding achievements in the field of choral music and propagation of Polish music. Since 2010 she has been a member of the Polish Phonographic Academy (Classical music section) collecting musicians, authors, composers, producers, journalists and phonographic industry, that assesses the records and chooses the winners of the Fryderyk awards. Since 2015 she has been a member of the Marshal of the Podlaskie Voivodeship Awards Commission in the field of artistic creativity, dissemination and protection of culture, and scholarships for persons involved in creative arts, dissemination of culture and the care of monuments.