composer and conductor; b. 21st June 1981 in Warsaw. He graduated from Szymon Kowalczyk’s piano class at the Karol Szymanowski State Music School in Warsaw (2000) and went on to study choral conducting (with Prof. Ryszard Zimak
, 2000-05) and composition (first with Prof. Krzysztof Baculewski
; diploma from the class of Prof. Paweł Łukaszewski
, D.M.A. Hab.) at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music
in Warsaw. He also studied at the Postgraduate Composition Studies at UMFC from the class of prof. Marian Borkowski. He participated in courses by Philip Lawson, Paul Mealor and Sevsay Ertugrul. He also graduated as multimedia artist from the Inter-University Multimedia Program (MSM) after studies at the Chopin University and Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts (2011). In the following year he completed a Postgraduate Study for Choirmasters at the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz
Łukasz Farcinkiewicz has won the following awards and distinctions: the 1st prize in the Musica Sacra Composers’ Competition
for An Exile’s Supplications
for mixed unaccompanied choir (2004; the same composition was performed by the Polish Radio Choir of Kraków
at the International Festival of Sacred Music Gaude Mater
in Częstochowa and recorded by Polish Radio); an honourable mention in the 1st National John Paul II Competition organised by the Centre for the Thought of John Paul II for Deus et animae
for mixed unaccompanied choir (2007); the 2nd prize in the Competition for a Eucharistic Motet organised by the Caecilianum Federation for O sacrum convivium
for mixed unaccompanied choir (2009); an honourable mention – the International Music Prize for Excellence in Composition organised by the National Academy of Music (Colorado – USA) in cooperation with the Municipal Conservatories of Neapolis and Sykies (Greece) for Three Excerpts
for solo flute (2009); the 3rd prize in the Musica Sacra Composers’ Competition
for Pater noster
(2013). His composition Pie Jesu
for mixed choir and piano was commissioned by the Musica Sacra Institute as part of the "Collections – Composing Commissions" programme implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance
His music has been recorded and released on five CDs (under the Acte Prealable, Musica Sacra Edition and DUX labels). Two of them, Laudate Dominum (2011) of Musica Sacra Warsaw-Praga Cathedral Choir
with his participation as organist and Musica Caelestis (2016) with Łukasz Farcinkiewicz as a pianist won the Fryderyk Award of the Polish Phonographic Academy. The composer has worked with this choir since 2005 as pianist-répétiteur, organist and singer. Two albums with Łukasz Farcinkiewicz's compositions received the status of a Gold Disc and one Platinum.
Łukasz Farcinkiewicz’s works have been performed several times during the International Festival of Sacred Music Gaude Mater in Częstochowa
. Pater noster
was presented by the Polish Chamber Choir
under Jan Łukaszewski
at the final concert of the 23rd Gaude Mater, dedicated to Krzysztof Penderecki
for his 80th birthday. In 2014 his Missa Corpus Christi
was premiered during the 24th "Liturgical" Gaude Mater by the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University Choir
, Orchestra "Nova et Vetera" conducted by Michał Sławecki and soloists: Magdalena Rucińska – soprano and Maciej Nerkowski – baritone.
In 2012 the artist began his collaboration with the Puellae Orantes Cathedral Girls’ Choir of Tarnów, with which (and with the Vienna Soloists) he recorded the CD In Strauss’s Footsteps
. The idea of the CD originated in the series of Viennese Concerts presented by Austrian and Polish composers at the European Krzysztof Penderecki Centre for Music in Lusławice
, Karol Szymanowski Philharmonic in Krakow
and the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music
Concert Hall in Katowice in January 2014. The CD programme consists of best known waltzes and polkas by the Strauss dynasty: Johann Strauss the Elder and his sons Johann and Josef. Łukasz Farcinkiewicz arranged the choral parts and wrote the final composition of the programme – the Warsaw-Vienna Waltz
, commissioned by the Choir. The composer conducted a performance of this work at Warsaw Philharmonic
in December 2014 during one of the concerts promoting this release. Released in more than ten thousand copies, it became a Gold Record.
In January 2015 the Puellae Orantes Choir gave joint concerts with the British vocal sextet The King’s Singers at the Mościce Arts Centre in Tarnów, ICE Kraków Congress Centre and the NOSPR
concert hall in Katowice, performing, among others, a work composed for that occasion by Łukasz Farcinkiewicz.
In 2018, Missa pro Patria
for female choir and orchestra was commissioned by the Puellae Orantes Choir. The world premiere (2018) and the first recording (2019) was conducted by Alexander Humala. In November 2019, the piece was performed in the NOSPR concert hall with the Japanese conductor Chikar Imamura. During both the recording and all performances, the Choir was accompanied by the Sinfonia Galicya orchestra founded by Piotr Tarcholik, the first concertmaster of NOSPR. The CD with the recording of this piece has been awarded the Gold Disc status.
In 2016 and 2018 Łukasz Farcinkiewicz composed two pieces commissioned by the NFM Choir. Quem diligit anima mea
for mixed choir and piano was recorded twice in the NFM Concert Hall by the NFM Choir conducted by Agnieszka Franków-Żelazny, accompanied by Łukasz Farcinkiewicz. The piece was released on two albums released by the NFM: Wspólna Europa: Wrocław and San Sebastián
and Ubi Caritas
. Canticum novum
was released by the Polish National Youth Choir conducted by Agnieszka Franków-Żelazny on the album Śpiewajmy! Młodzi - Młodym
(album nominated for the Fryderyk Award in 2020). Both of pieces were published by PWM. Łukasz Farcinkiewicz also collaborated with the mixed choir Canticum Iubilaeum under the direction of Marek Michalik, operating at the Basilica of Our Lady of Sorrows in Limanowa.
Since 2016 Łukasz Farcinkiewicz has been working at the publishing house of UMFC (Chopin University Press
In 2014 Łukasz Farcinkiewicz received a "Diploma of Merit" from the Marshal of Mazovia Province for long-time work with the Musica Sacra Warsaw-Praga Cathedral Choir
and for promoting Mazovia Province. In 2021 he received from the Minister of Culture, National Heritage and Sport, prof. dr hab. Piotr Gliński, the honorary badge of "Meritorious for Polish Culture".