Gdańsk University Choir

Gdańsk University Choir was founded in 1971. So far it has performed several hundred concerts in Poland and abroad. The choir have sung in many European countries, such as Austria, Belgium, Belarus, Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Spain, Holland, Luxembourg, Latvia, Germany, San Marino, Switzerland, Sweden, Hungary, Italy – and in the USA and South Korea. The choir have also performed several times for Pope John Paul II – for instance in 1997 they participated in the musical setting of the New Year Mass in the Vatican inaugurating the celebrations of Gdańsk’s thousand-year anniversary. The choir collaborates with many cultural institutions, such as the Wybrzeże and Miniatura theatres in Gdańsk, the Baltic Centre of Culture in Gdańsk, Teatr Muzyczny in Gdynia and philharmonics in Gdańsk, Koszalin and Lublin. Since 1994 it operates together with the European Choral Academy coordinated by the Collegium Musicum of the Jan Gutenberg University in Mainz. It is thanks to this collaborations that the choir singers of the University of Gdańsk prepared CD recordings for EMI-Classics and performed, for instance, with the Sudwestdeutchen Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester (Baden-Baden/Freiburg) in places such as the Glocke Saal in Bremen (1995, 1997, 1998), the Brucknerhaus in Linz (1997), Strasburg at the 58th World Music Festival (1996), the Brahmsaal in Karlsruhe (1997), the Golden Hall of the Music Society in Vienna (1998), New York’s Carnegie Hall (1999) and EXPO 2000 in Hannover. The choir recorded many times for radio and television. Among its achievements are multiple awards received at many contests and fesrivals. The most recent include: Golden Diploma at the IV International Choir Contest in Riva del Garda (Italy, 1996), I place and an honourable mention at the II International Choral Song Contest Hora Cantavi in Suwałki (1999), I place at the International Religious Music Festival in Rumia (2000(, I place and Special Award of Vienna for the highest score received at the F. Schubert International Choral Music Festival in Vienna (2000), I place in the student choir category at the Polish Choir Tournament LEGNICA CANTAT 32 (2001), Golden Diploma at the International Choir Contest in Riva del Garda (Italy 2001), 2 golden medals in the musica sacra and mixed chamber music groups and also a silver medal in the folklore category at the II Choral Contest in Busan (South Korea, 2002), First place in the International Choir Festival in Malta (2003), Grand Prix and the award for the best performance of a mandatory piece during the 18th Polish Festival Sea Festival – Wejherowo 2004, Gold Medal in the Mixed Chamber Choir Olympics and a Silver Medal in the category Musica Sacraduring the 3rd Choir Olympics Bremen (Germany, 2004), Gold Band and a special prize of the jury for musical impression and a prize for the work with the choir for Marcin Tomczak – 15th International festival of Advent and Christmas Music (Praha, 2005), Gold Band in the folklor category, Gold Band in the mix choirs category,  the special award for dramaturgy and Grand Prix of the Festival  in the 20th International Festival of Academic Choirs in Pardubice (Czech Republic, 2008).

The Academic Choir of the University of Gdańsk, apart from a capella pieces from Polish and international composers representing various musical styles and times, also performs oratorial music by, among others, J.S. Bach, L. van Beethoven, L. Bernstein, J. Brahms, A. Bruckner, M. Durufle, G. Faure, H.M. Górecki, J. Haydn, G.F Haendel, S. Moniuszko, G. Mahler, W.A. Mozart, C. Orff, G. Puccini, A. Ramirez, G. Rossini, J. Sibelius, G. Verdi, B.A. Zimmerman. The choir has also made first-time performances of pieces by modern Polish composers such as: W.H. Czaja, H. Czyżewski, E. Głowski, K. Guzowski, Z. Kozub, T. Krezymon, S. Kwiatkowski, H. Łopaszyńska, E. Popławski, W. Trzciński. Since 1992 the conductor and artistic manager of the AChUG has been Marcin Tomczak.

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