prof. dr hab.

Cezary Szyfman


- baritone, graduate of the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music, Department of Vocal and Acting Studies, where he studied under Professor Michał Szopski and Professor Kazimierz Pustelak. After graduating he developed his music and vocal skills under Professor Piotr Kusiewicz.

Since 1984 he has cooperated with most Polish chamber ensembles specializing in early music (Il Canto, Bornus Consort, Ars Nova, Il Tempo, Camerata Cracovia, Concerto Polacco), with which he did many radio and television recordings. Some of them have been released on over twenty CDs (so far).

Apart from theatre performances the artist has participated in all most important festivals in Poland and numerous festivals abroad, e.g.: Scottish Early Music Festival, Holland Festival, Schleswick-Holstein Musik Festival. He has given concerts in many countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and in the United States of America.

Together with the vocal quintet ‘II Canto’ he won numerous prizes at international competitions: in Tampere (Finland), in Arezzo and Gorizia (Italy).

In the period of 1993–1995 he participated in master vocal courses run by the famous British ensemble The King’s Singers, organized in Germany.

He is also a co-winner of the ‘Fryderyk 96’ prize – in the category ‘Early Music’ (Ars Nova — Il Canto — Psalms) — awarded by the Phonographic Academy for the most outstanding phonographic achievements of the year.

Apart from music of the Middle Ages, Renaissance or Baroque an important part of his repertoire are songs by the Romantics, Polish and foreign.

Cezary Szyfman has been active as a pedagogue for many years as well. He is Professor at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, Department of Instrumental and Pedagogical Studies in Białystok, and adiunkt with the second degree qualifications at the A. Zelwerowicz Theatre Academy in Warsaw, Department of the Puppetry Art in Białystok. In the Academic Year 2002/2003 he worked as the visiting professor at Keimyung University — Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Daegu (South Korea). Moreover, he is constantly invited to run creative workshops, lectures and seminars devoted to early music and the widely understood work on one’s voice.