Władysław Kłosiewicz

Music director

Władysław KłosiewiczHe is a conductor, harpsichord player, and renowned interpreter of early music. He graduated from Warsaw’s academy of music and the Accademia Musicale Chigiana of Sienna. He was the last student of Ruggero Gerlin (1899–1983), assistant and the closest collaborator of Wanda Landowska. He won international harpsichord contets in Paris (1981), Paris-Dijon (1983), and the ARD in Munich (1984). He performs internationally at the world’s leading festivals and with the most prominent soloists and conductors specialising in 17th and 18th century music. Since 1993 he has been leading the baroque ensemble Musicae Antiquae Collegium Varsoviense of the Warsaw Chamber Orchestra. In 2004 he set up his own international ensemble of early music, Narol Baroque, which he has led to date. 

As a conductor he was in charge of the first Polish performance of Claudio Monteverdi’s complete works and his Vespro della Beata Vergine, as well as Georg Friedrich Haendel’s operas RinaldoImeneo, and Giulio Cesare, and other baroque operatic works, including the first ever opera, Euridice Jacopo Peri of 1600. He has recorded Louis Couperin and Jean-Philippe Rameau’s complete harpsichord works, Bach’s partitas and Goldberg Variations (2000 Fryderyk award), Johann Jakob Froberger’s pieces, Domenico Scarlatti’s sonatas, and the complete works of François Couperin, the largest phonographic release in Poland (13 CDs, 2014 Fryderyk award). 

In 1987–2004 Kłosiewicz was professor of the harpsichord and baroque music interpretation at the Universitaet fuer Musik und darstellende Kunst in Graz, Austria. Since 1981 he has been lecturing at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. He has sat on juries of a range of harpsichord competitions. He is the founder and chairman of the Pro Academia Narolense Foundation, named the best civic initiative supporting Polish culture and national heritage by the jury of the Pro Publico Bono Competition.

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