Sebastian Kuczyński

was born in 1997 in Suwałki. He started his musical education at the age of thirteen in his hometown, at the State Music School of the 1st and 2nd degree in Suwałki, attending the organ class of Ewa Wołczek for 6 years. He graduated from this school externally in 2019 with the professional title of instrumental musician in organ performance. In October 2016, he began full-time undergraduate studies at the Department of Piano, Harpsichord and Organ of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw (class of Jarosław Wróblewski and Wojciech Bednarski), which he completed with a very good result in 2019, obtaining the title of Bachelor of Music in organ performance. During his studies, he also completed a pedagogical study, taking internships in Warsaw music schools of the first and second degree. He then continued his education at the master's level of his alma mater in the following fields: instrumental studies - organ class of Jarosław Wróblewski and Wojciech Bednarski, and church music - organ class of Piotr Wilczyński, improvisation class of Michał Markuszewski and Damian Skowroński, which he completed in 2021. In the 2018/2019 academic year, he studied at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg in the organ class of Wolfgang Zerer, and in the harpsichord and clavichord class of Menno van Delft. He went to Germany to study under the international student exchange programme Erasmus+. In the following year, he also completed postgraduate studies in "Music Manager" at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music. Sebastian Kuczynski has been awarded numerous prizes for his educational results, activities and artistic achievements; including the Scholarship of the Marshal of the Podlaskie Voivodeship (2015), twice the scholarship of the Art-SOS Foundation of Alicja Roszkowska (2016, 2017) and three times the scholarship awarded by the Committee to Aid Polish Children in Montreal (2018, 2019, 2020). He has participated in numerous competitions, in which, among others, he won first prizes at the 7th National Organ Competition in Olsztyn (2015), the 9th National Organ Competition in Krasnobrod (2016), the 2nd National Improvisation Competition in Legnica (2021), or the 9th International Jean Sibelius Instrumental Music Competition in Turku (2021). Sebastian Kuczyński has been raising his qualifications throughout his education, taking part in numerous workshops. He has participated in many master courses in organ interpretation and organ improvisation conducted by world-famous musicians and pedagogues, such as: Peter Planyavsky, Balys Vaitkus, Hans Fagius, Bernhard Haas, Gerhard Gnann, Ben van Oosten, Menno van Delft, Christophe Mantoux, Julian Gembalski or Józef Serafin. Originator, coordinator and artistic director of the series of organ and chamber music recitals "Pro Arte et Studio", organized by the Parish of St. Andrew Bobola in Warsaw. As a soloist and chamber musician, he has performed at international festivals of organ and chamber music in Poland, Germany, Austria, Belarus and Lithuania. He gave concerts e.g. as part of the 9th International Organ Forum in Warsaw, or the 6th International Festival of Organ and Chamber Music named after Franz Liszt in Żagań. He has had the opportunity to work with such esteemed ensembles as, among others, the Concert Orchestra of the Representative Artistic Ensemble of the Polish Army. Since 2016, he has been working as organist of the National Sanctuary, St. Andrew Bobola parish in Warsaw, where he also serves as cantor, as well as, since 2019, as conductor of the ,,Choir of the National Sanctuary'' operating at the parish.