The winner of L’Orphée d‘Or 2015 of the Académie du Disque Lyrique in Paris, nominated for a Fryderyk 2015 award and Gold Album, and the winner of the 9th Polish National Choral Conductors Competition in Poznań, where he also received a special price for his conscious work on voice production with choirs.
Graduated with distinction in choral conducting from the Academy of Music in Poznań. In the years 1998–2005, he was assistant of Professor Stefan Stuligrosz and conductor of the Boys’ and Men’s Choir of the Poznań Philharmonic (known as the “Poznań Nightingales”). Has led dozens of concerts with this choir, and also with the Poznań Philharmonic Orchestra and Sinfonia Varsovia. With the “Poznań Nightingales” he performed numerous times in Germany, France, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Russia, and Japan.
Bartosz Michałowski is the founder and Artistic Director of the Poznań Chamber Choir, one of the best Polish ensembles of its kind. As a conductor, he has won main prizes in prestigious choral competitions, and a number of special prizes: for best vocal technique of an ensemble, for best performance of contemporary music, and for best conductor, amongst others. Together with the Poznań Chamber Choir he has received acclaim at renowned competitions in Germany and France, and has also received First Prize and an Audience Award at the International Choral Festival in Neuchâtel (Switzerland).
Bartosz Michałowski has been invited to collaborate with reputable festivals including the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, the International Festival of Sacred Music Gaude Mater, the International Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczycki Festival, the Transatlantyk Festival, the Nostalgia Festival, the Wojciech Kilar Contemporary Music Festival, the Poznań Music Spring, the Oratorio Music Festival Musica Sacromontana, the Lower Silesia Music Festival, and the Mikołów Music Days.
The Poznań Chamber Choir led by Bartosz Michałowski is the only ensemble in Poland that collaborates with the Concerto Köln; in addition it has performed with the Irish Baroque Orchestra, playing the rarely performed Dublin version of Händel’s Messiah, and has collaborated many times with the Poznań Philharmonic Orchestra, the Polish Radio Orchestra, the Lower Silesia Philharmonic Orchestra, the Gorzów Philharmonic Orchestra, the Czech Virtuosi, and the Sinfonia Viva Orchestra. Bartosz Michałowski has so far rehearsed and presented several hundred a cappella pieces from all musical periods. He also collaborates regularly with renowned institutions and orchestras, performing vocal-instrumental works.
Apart from his rich experience as a conductor, for many years Bartosz Michałowski has also improved his skills and knowledge in the field of voice production, by completing master classes with Poppy Holden, Christian Elsner and Józef Frakstein. As a soloist, he has collaborated with Paul McCreesh, Jérémie Rhorer, Stefan Stuligrosz, and Marcin Sompoliński, amongst others. He also has 20 CDs to his name.
On 1 January 2017 Bartosz Michałowski took the post of the choirmaster of the Warsaw Philharmonic Choir.