Grzegorz Biegas

Grzegorz Biegas

He studied at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, graduating from the piano class of Prof. Eugeniusz Knapik (1990-1995). He completed a postgraduate course in the piano class of Prof. Józef Stompel in 2002. He is a professor of the Chamber Music Department of his alma mater. His artistic activity is focused mainly on chamber music, with special consideration given to vocal literature. As a coach and teacher, he has taken part in numerous vocal and chamber music courses, including in Bückeburg, Vienna, Duszniki-Zdrój, Katowice, Radzyń Podlaski, Nowy Sącz, Wrocław, Gdańsk, Sosnowiec, Beijing and Louisville, working with teachers, conductors and directors such as Irena Argustiene, Walter Berry, Henryka Januszewska-Stańczyk, Helena Łazarska, Bogusław Makal, Eugeniusz Sąsiadek, Leopold Spitzer, Daniel Weeks, Ingrid Kremling, Michał Znaniecki, Michael Ramach, Michał Klauza, Rudolf Piernay, Izabella Kłosińska, Włodzimierz Zalewski. As an accompanist, he has played for soloists in many singing competitions in Poland and abroad, including Bilbao, Karlovy Vary, Vienna, Oslo, Parnu, Sion, Trnava, Vráblach, Düsseldorf, Bydgoszcz, Duszniki-Zdrój, Katowice, Łódź, Nowy Sącz, Kraków, Dublin, Włoszakowice, Warsaw, Gliwice and Wrocław, winning numerous awards for best accompaniment, including the Jerzy Lefeld Special Prize. As a chamber musician, he has performed in numerous concerts in Poland and beyond as well as music festivals (Europe, United States, Argentina, China), working with many leading singers. He has many recordings for public Polish Radio and Polish Television (TVP) as well as CDs to his credit, with a special focus on Polish music (Quartet in D Minor Op. 8 by Zygmunt Noskowski, Humorous Songs by Henryk Czyż, arias by Józef Poniatowski, Songs by Witold Lutosławski, Children’s Preludes by Edward Bogusławski, Songs by Mieczysław Weinberg). In 2005-2012 he was deputy dean of the Vocal and Instrumental Faculty and currently is a deputy rector of the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice.