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Henryk Błażej, flutist, born 2 september 1952 in Biskupice Radlowskie. He graduated brilliantly from the Music Academy in Cracow (1976), where he studied with Prof. Wacław Chudziak. He took also special master courses with great flutist Jean-Pierre Rampal and James Galway.
His exceptional talent was recognized very early during his undergraduate years at the National Flute Competiton in Poland, which he finished with 1st prize. Soon after that Henryk was invited to join the Capella Cracoviensis, an ensemble specializing in “musica antiqua”. His very first record was given him many successful concerts in the most important cities in Poland like Cracow, Poznan, Katowice, Warsaw, Wroclaw.
He has toured all over the world, in more than 40 countries (G. Britain, France, Italy, Spain, Austria, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Sweden, Denmark, Czech Republic, Humgary, Slovakia, Croatia, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Korea, Iraq, USA, Canada, Sicily) playing in prestigious theatres and concert halls in London (Wigmore Hall, Barbican Centre, St. Martin-in-the Fields, St. John’s Smith Sq, Purcell Room), Prague (Bertramka), Los Angeles (Bing Theatre), New York (Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Centre), Paris (Salle de Gaveaux), Leipzig (Gewandhaus).
His concerts brought him many excellent reviews and engagements for radio and TV in Poland and abroad. From 1982 to 1990 he registered for the Polish National Radio in Warsaw more than 50 programs with Polish and European music including F. Poulenc, J. Ibert, G. Enescu, C. Debussy, P. Jardanyi and Polish music of XIX and XX c by I. F. Dobrzynski, T. Szeligowski, A. Tansman, A. Panufnik, W. Lutoslawski.
He gave special “live concerts” for the Polish National Radio in Warsaw and Radio Classic KKGO in Los Angeles with C. Kreutzer, W. Lutoslawski, T. Szeligowski.
He performed during international festivals in Koday Festival in Kecskemet, Chopin Festival in Antonin, Chopin Festival in Miami, Chopin Festival in New York, Mozart Festival in Warsaw, Music Festival in Middlesbrough, Festival Music in Warsaw museums , International Festival in Douai, International Festival of Rediscovered and Forgotten Music in Poland, Lancut Music Festival, International Music Festival – Autumn in Sandomierz. His recent engagement included Music Festival in Lviv in Ukraine, and Croatian International Music Festivals: “Pasko Ljeto”, “International Music Festival in Rovinj”, “Osorske Veceri”.
He is often invited to give lectures and special master classes in most of music schools in Poland, Slovakia as well as Universities in California, Reykiavik and Sicily.
His musical activity brought him special scholarship from Ministry of Culture in Warsaw.
He has recorded for DUX and INTER-ART music by W.A. Mozart, G. Enescu, I. Moscheles, C. Czerny POLISH MUSIC OF XX C, French music with G.Faure and C. Debussy.

Flutist's own internet site: www.inter-art.com.pl