Born in Oława, Lower Silesia, Seweryn Zapłatyński is a flautist with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra. He studied under Urszula Janik-Lipińska at the Music Academy in Łódź and Andrea Lieberknecht at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover, among others. He won First Prize (as well as other special prizes) in the 3rd Michał Spisak International Music Competition in Dąbrowa Górnicza (2009), Third Prize in the 15th Internationale Flötenwettbewerb Friedrich Kuhlau in Uelzen (Germany, 2013) in the chamber ensemble category, as well as Second Prize (no First Prize was awarded) and special prizes in the 8th Concours international de quintette a vent Henri-Tomasi in Marseille (2015).
He has held scholarships from the Minister of Culture and National Heritage (three times), the Foundation of International Education, and the Mayor of Wrocław. He performs as a soloist with, inter alia, the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and many chamber ensembles in various line-ups. In 2019, he premiered Tomasz Bielski’s Cycle of Nine Concert Etudes for solo flute and the solo part in Olivier Messiaen’s Concert a quatre (Polish premiere performance) with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Eiji Oue. In October 2020, together with the musicians of the Hashtag Ensemble, he performed the Polish premiere of Salvatore Sciarrino’s Aspern Suite.
Seweryn Zapłatyński sits on the juries of several flute competitions. He is a faculty member of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw (he holds a doctorate) and teaches master classes and workshops.