Professor in Composition at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music
If you had to give an aspiring vocal ensemble just one piece of advice, what would it be?
Believe and work.
How you were introduced to ensemble singing?
When I was 19, I start to be a member of academic choir in Warsaw. My first piece I have sung in this choir was Totus tuus by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki ( first performance in 1987 during visit of Pope John Paul II).
What’s the first thing you look at when you open a score for the first time?
Always I look at music and beauty.
If and when you have to programme a concert, what factors influence you most?
Quality of the work, subject (theme) and words, technical difficulties.
How rigidly do you like to keep to a score in performance?
100%, mostly I am composer
What, for you, are the marks of a great composition for vocal ensembles?
Great composition must have always this “something” between notes, it can be phrase, bar, refrain, melody or harmony, or sacrum.
What, in your opinion, makes a great ensemble singer?
He must be a good human.
Do you have any pet-hates when you hear choirs or vocal ensembles perform?
Bad intonation, too big vibrato, incomprehension of music.
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