Marek Stefański. Biography.

Biography

Marek Stefański is one the most active Polish organists.

Born in Rzeszów in 1969, he continued his musical studies with Joachim Grubich at the Music Academy in Cracow from where he graduated with distinction in 1994.

Marek Stefański made his concert debut at the very beginning of his studies during two tournees as the organist - solist with the Academic "Organum" Choir which gave numerous concerts in the European cities.

Successful participation in the international festivals of sacral and organ music and the numerous prizes he won made him the doors to other festivals of organ music, as well as to the concert halls and churches open. Not only in the European countries, but also all over the world (for example USA, Israel, Russia among others).

In 1996 Stefański began his work as the organist at the church of St. Mary in Cracow, where until now he not only plays during the church celebrations, but also performs over a dozen recitals every year.

In 1999 he accepted the post at the Music Academy in Cracow, where he teaches in the Faculty of Organ. In 2007 he defended doctor's thesis from for devote styles of organ improvisations from the 18th through to the 20th century. In 2013 "doctor habilitatus" ( description of a CD recording: "Sources of artistic inspirations and forms of their expression in organ music of cracov's composers 20th century").

Marek Stefański has already given concerts in Germany, France, Spain, Belgium, Holland, Luxemburg, Sweden, Denmark, Italy, Ukraine, Lithuania, Romania, Moldova, Israel, USA, Equador, Russia, Uzbekistan and Hungary.

Marek Stefański is a great propagator of Polish organ music, especially 20th century music, which he performs together with the organ improvisation. For example, he has already presented Polish organ music at the Forum Europeen d'Art Sacre, Music Festival of the International University of Miami, at the Forum of European Culture in Israel, and the Polish Season in France, where he played a solo recital at the Notre Damme cathedral. He also gave concerts during The First International Festival of Music "The Music of the World Cathedrals" in the Moscow Cathedral and the Days of Polish Culture that have been organized in many European cities.

Marek Stefański has also taken part in the numerous pre-performances of the works by contemporary Polish composers and in the Polish prime-performances of works by French composers.

He also made numerous archival recordings for the Polish Radio, Polish TV and foreign broadcasting stations, as well as for the phonographic company "DUX" (for which he recorded nine albums).

Apart from being active as a solist, Marek Stefański cooperates with the choir ensembles and with many outstanding vocalists and instrumentalists.

His artistic activity has been honored with numerous prizes and distinctions.

In cooperation with Radio Kraków, Marek Stefański realizes a programme series “An Anthology of Cracovian Organs”. For Radio Rzeszów, he records archival organs of the Subcarpathian region, which are later broadcasted on the Radio.

Artistic Director of three organ music festivals: "Evening performances of organ an chamber music in Rzeszow Cathedrale", "Organ music in Jaroslaw Abbey" and "Spring days of organ muzyc at the Basilica of the Jesuits in Kraków"

His wife of Agnieszka Radwan-Stefańska is also a graduate of the organ academy of music in Krakow. They live in Cracow. Since 2008 they have been the parents of their son Maksymilian.

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