"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


Jakub Pankowiak

A graduate of the Academy of Music in Poznań, where he studied in the organ class of Sławomir Kamiński (diploma with distinction), whose assistant he has been since 2008. He also studied at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music under the tutelage of Magdalena Czajka, and the Musikhochschule Lübeck with Arvid Gast (as part of the Socrates and Erasmus programmes in 2009). He has honing his skills at national and international master classes run by such artists as Susan Landale, Michael Radulescu, Ton Koopman, Harald Vogel, Bine Katrine Bryndorf, Renata Marcinkutė-Lesieur, Éric Lebrun, and Martin Haselböck.

Jakub Pankowiak is a prize-winner of a number of organ competitions in Poland and abroad, including the International Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis Competition in Vilnius (Third Prize and a special prize for the best performance of J.S. Bach’s works, 2011), the Polish Organ Competition of Performance of Buxtehude’s Works in Krakow (First Prize, 2008), the International Organ Competition in Opava (an honorary mention, 2006), the Competition of Polish Organ Music in Legnica (First Prize, 2006), Feliks Nowowiejski International Organ Competition in Poznań (Fourth Prize and a prize for the youngest finalist, 2005), the Organ Music Competition as part of the International Rev. Stanisław Ormiński Religious Music Competition in Rumia (Second Prize, 2004), he was also the holder of a scholarship from the Mayor of Poznań (2010). In 2017, he was honoured with a Decoration for Merit to Polish Culture from the Minister of Culture and National Heritage.

Since 2005, Jakub Pankowiak has collaborated as a musician-organist with the Poznań Boys’ Choir (director Jacek Sykulski). The artist also participated in the recording of the Boże Narodzenie – Weihnachten album with the Poznań Boys’ Choir (Ponte, 2005).