"Dona nobis pacem" Filharmonia Narodowa

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This concert has been moved from 18 January 2022. Tickets bought for January remain valid for the new date.


The programme planned for the special concert of the Warsaw Philharmonic Choir reflects its own response to the events we have borne witness to in Ukraine since 24 February 2022, a date when the stability and security of our modern world was shattered. Tonight’s repertoire is not only intended as a musical call for peace (Pärt – Da pacem Domine, Vasks – Dona nobis pacem) and an act of remembrance for the victims – men, women and children – of Russian acts of aggression against Ukraine (Ešenvalds – In paradisum, Elgar – Lux aeterna) – but above all else it is a reminder that music, as a universal language, unites people regardless of the divisions created by geographical borders, age, ethnic origin and religion.

Performed on the stage of the Warsaw Philharmonic today will be works by composers from Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, that is nations that wish to live side by side in a world of peace and security. We will hear music by well-established and award-winning composers (Pärt, Vasks, Miškinis, Sylvestrov, Dyczko) as well as the younger generation , for whom war has become a first-hand experience for the first time (Urbaniak, Ziółkowski, Ešenvalds). We will hear pieces based on biblical texts, compositions infused with Catholicism and the Orthodox faith (Dyczko), as well as others inspired by the universal philosophy of Rabindranath Tagore (Miškinis) or constituting a bridge between the sacred and the prophane (Lux aeterna as an arrangement of one of the most famous themes – Nimrod – from Edward Elgar’s “Enigma” Variations).

Also worth mentioning is the diversity of the programme – ranging from the stylistically distinctive compositions of Arvo Pärt and Valentin Sylvestrov, and the works of two talented and award-winning young Polish composers Michał Ziółkowski and Łukasz Urbaniak, right through to the music of Lesia Dyczko, Pēteris Vasks, Vytautas Miškinis and Ēriks Ešenvalds, rooted in the musical traditions of their countries of origin and sung by outstanding choirs all over the globe. During tonight’s concert we will hear works performed by varied line-ups – both larger and smaller choirs singing a cappella, as well as solo parts (vocal and instrumental), which together offer a mosaic of sound enriched by the outstanding organ of the Warsaw Philharmonic.


Bartosz Michałowski


Bartosz Michałowski

Director of the Warsaw Philharmonic Choir since 2017.

Bartosz Michałowski graduated with distinction in choral conducting from the Academy of Music in Poznań. In the years 1998–2005, he was assistant to Professor Stefan Stuligrosz and conductor of the Boys’ and Men’s Choir of the Poznań Philharmonic (known as the Poznań Nightingales), with which he has performed extensively in Germany, France, Spain, Belgium, Sweden, Austria, Russia and Japan.

He won first prize in the 9th Polish National Choral Conductors Competition in Poznań, as well as a special prize for his diligent work on voice production with choirs. In 2015, he won the Orphée d‘Or of the Académie du Disque Lyrique in Paris, and was nominated for a Fryderyk Award. In 2020, he received a Fryderyk Award for a recording of Karol Szymanowski’s opera Hagith (with the Warsaw Philharmonic Choir). He also received two nominations for the International Classical Music Awards 2022.

Bartosz Michałowski is the founder, Artistic Director and conductor of the Poznań Chamber Choir – one of the best Polish ensembles of its kind. He is likewise the founder and Director of the ‘Opus 966’ Polish Composition Competition, and devised the ‘Pisz Muzykę – to proste!’ (‘Write music – it’s easy!’) composing workshops for children and youngsters. He also co-produced the ‘Obrazogranie’ project at the National Museum in Poznań.

As the Director of the Warsaw Philharmonic Choir, he has conducted – both in the Warsaw Philharmonic concert hall itself and in external venues – Szymanowski’s Kurpian Songs, masses by Kodály and Gretchaninov, Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle, Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Requiem, and oratorios: Paulus by Mendelssohn and Messiah by Handel. He prepared the ensemble for the first ever performance of Anton Rubinstein’s sacred opera Moses (cond. Michail Jurowski) and has also helped prepare a dozen vocal-instrumental concerts of the Warsaw Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, during which he has collaborated with such eminent conductors as Ton Koopman, Christoph König, Matthew Halls, Martin Haselböck, Jacek Kaspszyk and  Krzysztof Penderecki.

He has been invited to participate in renowned festivals including the SchleswigHolstein Musik Festival and Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival, and has collaborated regularly with renowned institutions and orchestras. He has numerous first performances to his credit.

In addition to gaining experience as a conductor, Bartosz Michałowski has spent many years working on enhancing his skills and knowledge in the field of voice production, completing masterclasses with Poppy Holden (Great Britain), Christian Elsner (Germany) and Józef Frakstein (Poland). Bartosz Michałowski holds a PhD from the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music.