conductor's assistant, accompanist
Łukasz Farcinkiewicz is a graduate of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, where he studied choral conducting with Professor Ryszard Zimak (2000–2005) and composition with Professor Paweł Łukaszewski. He earlier attended the Karol Szymanowski Music School in Warsaw, graduating from the piano class of Szymon Kowalczyk in 2000. He also completed a postgraduate course in multi-media studies run jointly by the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw and the Fine Arts Academy in Warsaw. In 2012 he finished postgraduate studies in choral conducting at the Music Academy in Bydgoszcz.
He has received numerous prizes and honourable mentions for his compositions, including First Prize at the ‘Musica Sacra’ Composers’ Competition (2004, for Prośby wygnańca / An exile’s requests for a cappella mixed choir; the work has been performed at the ‘Musica Sacra’ International Sacred Music Festival in Częstochowa by the Polish Radio Choir in Kraków and recorded for Polish Radio), an honourable mention at the First John Paul II National Competition organised by the Centre for Thought of Pope John Paul II (2007, for Deus et animae for a cappella mixed choir), Second Prize at the Composers’ Competition for an Eucharistic Motet organised by the Caecilianum Federation (2009, for O sacrum convivium for a cappella mixed choir), an honourable mention at The International Music Prize for Excellence in Composition organised by the National Academy of Music in Colorado, US, in cooperation with the Municipal Conservatories of Neapolis and Sykies in Greece (2009, for Three excerpts for solo flute), and Third Prize at the ‘Musica Sacra’ International Composers’ Competition (2013, for Pater noster; the work has been performed at the ‘Musica Sacra’ International Sacred Music Festival in Częstochowa by the Schola Cantorum Polish Chamber Choir and recorded for Polish Radio).
Łukasz Farcinkiewicz’s compositions are featured on five CDs (on Acte Prealable and Musica Sacra Edition labels), of which ‘Laudate Dominum’ received the Fryderyk Award of the Polish recording industry (2011). On this award-winning CD, Farcinkiewicz also played the organ, accompanying the MUSICA SACRA Choir of the Warsaw-Praga Cathedral, with which he has been associated since 2005 as repetiteur, organist and singer.
He is a member of the Phonographic Academy.