Jakub Polaczyk (USA)

Jakub Polaczyk (born in 1983 in Poland) is a Polish-American composer, pianist, and pedagogue. He graduated from the Penderecki Music Academy, Jagiellonian University and Carnegie Mellon University. He studied with: Marcel Chyrzyński, Krzysztof Penderecki, Marek Chołoniewski, Reza Vali, Jan van Landeghem and piano with legendary polish professor Irena Rolanowska. He resides in New York City and is an advocate for contemporary music. As the director of the International Chopin and Friends Festival, Polaczyk has launched a new music composition competition. As a radio broadcaster, he presents contemporary and classical music side by side to audiences in New York City and Chicago. As a member of the faculty at the New York Conservatory of Music, he teaches composition, music theory and piano performance. Polaczyk’s works have won numerous top awards and recognitions, including top prizes at the Carl Reinecke, Hector Berlioz and Saint Säens International Competitions (2023), Third Prize at the Wolfgang Amadeus International Composition Award in Vienna (September 2023), Golden Diploma on the Musical Eagles Award in Poland (2023), Silver Medal on the Global Music Awards in USA (2023), winning: commission by Composers Guild of New Jersey (2022), American Prize in Composition (2020), SIMC International Compositional Competition for Harpsichord in Milan(2019), the Iron Composer First Prize in Cleveland, Ohio (2013) and Orion Orchestral Composition Competition in London (2010). His compositions have been performed and broadcasted around the world. In the United States, Polaczyk’s works have been performed at composer conferences and music festivals in 23 states and have been premiered at the Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and Kaufman Center in NYC. Additionally, his works have been performed in most European countries, in Asia and Australia. As the pianist collaborated with many instrumentalists, vocalists, chamber ensembles and ballets in Poland and USA. Documentary about life of Jakub Polaczyk directed by Dennis Woytek “Conversation With Jakub Polaczyk” won bronze on the 43rd Telly Awards in New York (2023). Artist was awarded multiple scholarships in Poland and abroad. In 2023 in NYC the artist was awarded the highest decoration by the Minister of Culture of Poland: The Gloria Artis Bronze Medal for Merit to Culture of Poland (2023). For more details, please visit https://www.jakub.polaczyk.com

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