prof. dr hab.

Sławek A. Wróblewski

choral conducting

fot. Juliusz Multarzyński

a conductor, pianist, and pedagogue

He comes from a family with long music traditions. He was taught his first music lessons by his grandfather Adam Wróblewski, alumnus of the Warsaw Conservatory (Department of Theory — student record book number 1869) and the State Higher School of Music in Warsaw (Pedagogical Department — student record book number 41).

He studied Piano Playing at the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, class of Professor Teresa Manasterska (Chair of Piano of Professor Regina Smendzianka), Piano Chamber Music in class of Professor Jerzy Marchwiński, and Symphony and Opera Conducting in class of Professor Stanisław Wisłocki (diploma with honours).

He had a scholarship at Accademia Chigiana in Siena (studied under Yuri Temirkanov, Myung-Whun Chung, and Trio di Trieste) and the Gioacchino Rossini’s Academy in Pesaro (under Alberto Zedda).

He is very active as a teacher: at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw (class of Conducting at the Department of Choir Conducting, Music Education, Church Music, Rhythmics and Dance) – since 2011 he has had a post-doctoral degree (his post-doctoral thesis was entitled Instrumental Concertos by Romuald Twardowski. A conductor’s work on the score), and at the Fryderyk Chopin Associated National Music Schools in Warsaw – he is the so-called qualified teacher. He is an expert of the Ministry of National Education for professional promotion of artistic school teachers. He gets invited as a juror to assess performances of young conductors.

Since January 2012 he has been a guest conductor at the Henryk Wieniawski Philharmonic in Lublin.

He cooperates with the Great Theatre – National Opera in Warsaw (premiere of children’s opera Mr Marimba by Marta Ptaszyńska, The bourgeois Gentleman by Jean-Baptiste Lully, Mandragore by Karol Szymanowski, Madame Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini, La dolce vita of Nino Rota by Krzesimir Dębski, Semiramide by Gioachino Rossini), the Warsaw Chamber Opera (Polish first performance of Il mondo della luna by Joseph Haydn), the Baltic Opera in Gdańsk (The Marriage of Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, The Knight of the Rose by Richard Strauss), the Cracow Opera (Mr Marimba by Marta Ptaszyńska – the first performance for the opening of the new edifice of the Opera, The Barber of Seville by Gioachino Rossini).

On his score card he has numerous radio, television and archive recordings; e.g. for the Polish Radio he recorded, together with the National Symphony Orchestra of the Polish Radio, works such as Symphony No. 9 “Di Speranza” by Andrzej Panufnik, Symphony No. 1 by Zygmunt Noskowski, Cello Concerto by Jan Maklakiewicz (soloist Tomasz Strahl), Concerto lugubre by Tadeusz Baird (soloist Ryszard Groblewski), Flute Concerto by Mikołaj Górecki (soloist Jadwiga Kotnowska); (as a pianist he recorded Jan Maklakiewicz’s Concerto quasi una fantasia with the NSOPR), for the Suisse International Radio (Piano Quintet by Konstanty Regamey – the first recording in phonographic history), for RAI 3 (Quintet “Trout” by Schubert and Piano Trios by Mozart) for the Vatican Radio – Piano Trio by Andrzej Panufnik and Dumkas by Antonin Dvořák.

He runs vivid concert activity in Poland (in most philharmonics and opera theatres) and abroad (Austria, Belgium, Egypt, France, Spain, Japan, Germany, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tunisia, Great Britain, Italy).

He participated in many festivals: Festival of Contemporary Music “The Warsaw Autumn”, “The Lutosławski’s Forum” at the National Philharmonic, the W. Lutosławski Lublin Forum of Contemporary Music, the Silesian Days of Contemporary Music in Katowice, the Mozart Festival in Warsaw, the Ada Sari Festival of Vocal Art in Nowy Sącz, Music in Old Cracow and Wratislavia Cantans (assistant of Jerzy Semkow while performing Symphony No. 2 by Gustav Mahler), Festival of Premieres – Polish Newest Music organized by the National Symphony Orchestra of the Polish Radio, Concerti per l’Europa in Palazzo Labia in Venice (the concert was transmitted live worldwide by RAI 3), the festival Pro Mundo Uno – a concert at Castel Gandolfo before the Pope John Paul II.

He is a founder of a chamber ensemble called The New Warsaw Trio, together with which he became a laureate of the competitions in Łódź (1989 — special award “for an exceptionally interesting interpretation”), in Mulhouse-Ilzach (1992), and in Osaka (1993).

His achievements include premieres of Polish music (pieces by Romuald Twardowski, Marta Ptaszyńska, Marian Borkowski, Edward Sielicki, Piotr Moss, Marek Sewen, Jerzy Derfel, Paweł Łukaszewski, Mikołaj Górecki).

He conducted a concert of the Percussion Orchestra for over 70 performers in the Poznań Philharmonic, and a concert Per Pianoforte for 10 pianos, 20 pianists and 40 hands at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music.

In October 2003 he was given the Individual Award of the Minister of Culture of the Republic of Poland for outstanding achievements in artistic, as well as pedagogical work”.

In 2012 he was elected Dean of the Department of Choir Conducting, Music Education, Church Music, Rhythmics and Dance at the FCUM. He has been re-elected for the same function for 2016–2020.