Music Lovers Club - Meeting with Jakub Burzynski

Adam Willma - Bach Society in Torun, host

Jakub Burzyński was born in 1976 in Zabrze. After graduating from the High School of Music in Katowice, he earned two degrees with honours from the Academy of Music in Katowice (music theory) and Bydgoszcz (solo singing). He also studied conducting with symphony and opera. He is the founder and co-founder of a number of vocal and vocal-instrumental formations. In 1998 he founded the band La Tempesta, which regularly performs and records music of the XVI-XX century in the HIP (Historical Informed Performance) style.

As a singer and conductor, he gave more than 400 performances, recorded more than 15 albums for labels such as BIS, ARTS, DIVOX, Naxos, DUX or Musicon.” Vespers of Sorrow” with the music of Antonio Vivaldi, recorded in 2004, is a unique position in the discography of Jakub Burzynski. The album was released by the Swedish label BIS and was named as the record of the year by the Music Web International. As a result of this success, he was invited to perform his works in Poland (Warsaw, Cieszyn, Cracow, Jaslo) and abroad (Vienna, Znojmo, Trebic). His stage experience includes participation in the Warsaw Chamber Opera productions of operas such as Handel's Rinaldo (Goffredo), Apollo and Hyacinth, Mozart’s Mitridates (Hyacinth, Farnakes) and Krauze’s Balthazar.  In 2008, he played the role of Apollo / Nomi in the Czech Republic premiere of the opera Dorilla in Tempe by Antonio Vivaldi. The performances were met with an enthusiastic reception from the Austrian and Czech press. The next stage performances in Czech Republic included: Handel's Julius Caesar, Purcell’s King Arthur and Myslivecek’s  Montezuma (title role). In march 2009 Jakub Burzynski took part in a performance at the National Theatre in Warsaw.

His latest album, containing virtuosic arias of Leonardo Vinci will be released by the Swiss label DIVOX. Since 2009 Jakub Burzynski has taught solo singing at the Summer School of Early Music in Kelč and Holešov (Czech Republic). In 2012, along with Julita Mirosławska, he initiated Warsaw Festival of Early Music Baroque in Radosc.  

Jakub Burzynski has performed with many ensembles and orchestras under the conduction of Roman Valka, Marek Toporowski, Lukasz Borowicz, Pawel Kos-Nowicki, Jacek Urbaniak and Agata Sapiecha. As a soloist and conductor he performed in: the National Philharmonic in Warsaw, the Silesian Philharmonic in Katowice, Concert Studio of Witold Lutoslawski in Warsaw, Royal Castle in Warsaw and Cracow. His solo repertoire includes early music, classical and contemporary music, sacred, opera and chamber forms. He won the prestigious award of Eugenia and Julian Kulski.