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Adam Bogdan Bogacki

prof. UMFC

double bass

Fot.  K. Welian

Adam Bogacki belongs to the small group of Polish double bass players who are soloists and chamber musicians.

He graduated from the Fryderyk Chopin State Secondary Music School in Bytom, double bass class of Professor Gerard Przybyła, obtaining a diploma with honours. After that he studied at the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, class of Professor Tadeusz Pelczar and Professor Andrzej Mysiński. In 2009 he obtained a post-doctoral degree at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw.

He was a first-place winner of a few all-Poland double bass and chamber music competitions, e.g. in Elbląg, Wrocław and Warsaw, he also won the first distinction at the W. Bucchi International Double Bass Competition (1993).

He started his career as a solo bassist in 1998 when, together with the Polish Youth Symphony Orchestra from Bytom, he went on a concert tour in Spain, performing in over 20 cities, e.g. in  such a venue as Palau de Music in Valencia as part of the European Festival of Orchestras and Soloists. During his studies and later he toured as a soloist in the Czech Republic, France, Germany and Sweden, among others. He cooperated with numerous chamber music ensembles: Chopin Soloist, New Warsaw Trio, Concerto Avenna — Warsaw Soloists under Andrzej Mysiński, and the Polish Chamber Orchestra under Jan Stanienda. In the period of 1994–2006 he constantly cooperated with the Polish Chamber Philharmonic in Gdańsk under Wojciech Rajski.

As a chamber musician Adam Bogacki has performed with Poland’s outstanding pianists: Edward Wolanin, Janusz Olejniczak, Waldemar Malicki, and Marek Drewnowski. In 1997, together with the Camerata Quartet, harpsichordist Marek Toporowski and violinist Robert Kabara he recorded The Four Seasons (DUX), the first Polish audiophiles’ album with classical music. One year later the album won the award of the Polish Phonographic Industry – FRYDERYK 98.

In 1993, as a result of special auditions at the Polish Radio, Adam Bogacki took up the post of the first double bass player of the Polish Radio Orchestra in Warsaw, at the same time collaborating with SinfoniaVarsovia and Menuhin Festival Orchestra under the baton of Lord Sir J. Menuhin. With that ensemble he performed in Europe’s most important concert halls. In 2006 the Polish Radio released Adam Bogacki’s solo album entitled Double Bass with pieces by N. Paganini, G. Bottesini and D. Dragonetti which he played together with the Polish Radio Orchestra. In 2008 the artist opened the World Double Bass Festival with the orchestra of the Wrocław Philharmonic; he also performed as a soloist with the world-famous flautist and conductor Patrick Gulouis.

Adam Bogacki has conducted double bass masterclasses for Japanese students in Warsaw, in Zamość, Łomża, Wrocław, Bytom and Łódź where he sits on the jury of the All-Poland Double Bass Competition as well. Since 2010 he has also conducted classes in teaching methodics in double bass playing in Warsaw and Teresin as part of the Centre of  Education of Artistic School Teachers. In 2013, together with teacher and bassist Jacek Kicman, he initiated the 1st Professor Tadeusz Pelczar All-Poland Competition.

Adam Bogacki was awarded with a badge of the Minister of Culture – Meritorious Culture Activist, and the 1st degree award of Rector of the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music (2003).

The artist plays a contemporary instrument from Mario Lazzarini luthier’s school.

Publications: Kontrabas dzisiaj [Duble Bass Today], UMFC, Warszawa 2007; ISBN 978–83–89444–86–8
Płyty: Kontrabas [Double Bass] Adam Bogacki, Polskie Radio 2006; Cztery Pory Roku [The Four Seasons], DUX 1997, Kwartet Camerata, Kabara, Toporowski, Bogacki, ‘Fryderyk 98’ award; Młodzi kompozytorzy w hołdzie Fryderykowi Chopinowi [Young Composers Pay A Tribute to Fryderyk Chopin], DUX 2009, nomination for the ‘Fryderyk 09’ award; Władysław Żeleński — Pieśni [Songs], Urszula Kryger and Concerto Avenna, DUX 2012, nomination for the ‘Fryderyk 12’ award.

In April 2014, as a result of a competition he obtained a post of Professor at the Chair of String Instruments, FCUM in Warsaw.