Paweł Kołodziej trained at the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław under Professor Bogdan Makal and the Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber in Dresden under Professor Olaf Bӓr. He received multiple scholarships from the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, Ministry of Science and Higher Education, and the Mayer of Wrocław. Currently, he is working on his PhD at his alma mater. He participated in Opera Academy – Young Talents Development Programme of the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera.
He won prizes at vocal competitions in Kiev, Wrocław, Suwałki, Gdańsk, Białystok, Druskininkai, Włoszakowice and Kaunas. He participated in masterclasses led by Richard Cross, Andrzej Dobber, Izabela Kłosińska, Urszula Kryger, Eytan Pessen, Matthias Rexroth, Neil Shicoff, Włodzimierz Zalewski, and Teresa Żylis-Gara. He collaborated with such conductors as: Benjamin Bayl, Łukasz Borowicz, Marzena Diakun, Heiko Mathias Förster, Jan Wincenty Hawel, Ekkehard Klemm, Kazimierz Kord, Andrzej Kosendiak, Przemysław Stanisławski, Andriy Yurkevych, and Tadeusz Zathey. He performed at the International Festival Wratislavia Cantans, the Prague Spring International Music Festival, the Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival, Bydgoszcz Opera Festival, Festival of Polish Music in Kraków, and the festival Maj z Muzyką Dawną [May with Early Music] in Wrocław.
He made his debut in 2014 as Claudio in Handel’s Agrippina at the Stanisławowski Theatre in Warsaw. Repertoire also includes: Seneca in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, Sarastro in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Thomassini in Poniatowski’s Au travers du mur, Ariodate in Handel’s Serse, Second Soldier and Cappadocian in R. Strauss’s Salome, Poins in Holst’s At the Boar’s Head and Bartłomiej in Stefani’s Cracovians and Highlanders. Mr Kołodziej collaborates with the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera, the National Theatre in Prague, Warsaw Chamber Opera, Lower Silesian Philharmonic, Warsaw Philharmonic, Silesian Philharmonic, Wrocław Chamber Opera and Radom Chamber Opera.