THE 'COLLEGIUM MUSICUM' CHAMBER CHOIR was founded in December 1977 and has been operating continuously since then. The choir’s conductor has been, since 1984, Janusz Wiliński. The atmosphere of common interests, systematic deepening of knowledge and skills, as well as persistence in pursuing the goals set by the conductor, allowed to create a group presenting a very high artistic level. A large number of festival presentations, prizes in significant national and international competitions, records, radio and television recordings are just external signs of success that the choir has achieved. The essence of this success is the joy of group singing, which the choristers find in working together and transmit to their listeners. Since its creation, the ensemble has performed several hundred concerts in Poland and abroad, singing in churches, professional and improvised concert halls and schools. It has also prepared and performed dozens of oratorio and cantata works. The group has successfully given concerts in Finland, Sweden, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Russia, Hungary, the USA, the Great Britain and France, receiving very positive reviews and opinions. The choir has been awarded with numerous prizes, among which worth mentioning “Silver Lute” granted in 1997 at the Polish Choir Competition “Legnica Cantat” and a very important Polish music award “Fryderyk” acquired in 2010 for the recording of Feliks Nowowiejski’s „Missa Pro Pace, Missa Stella Maris”, which was recognized as an Album of the Year in the category Classical Music – Choral and Oratorial Music.
JANUSZ WILIŃSKI – a conductor and choirmaster, graduated from the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw (a diploma with distinction in 1986) in the choral conducting faculty of prof. Andrzej Banasiewicz. He began his artistic activity in 1980 as a student at the State Music School in Olsztyn, running a choir at the parish of Saint Joseph in Olsztyn. Between 1986 and 1992, he was the choirmaster in Feliks Nowowiejski Philharmonic in Olsztyn. Since 1984, he has been the conductor and artistic director of the Olsztyn Chamber Choir “Collegium Musicum”. He also worked together with the choirs of the University of Warsaw, the University of Lapland (Finland) and the Academy of Music in Gdańsk. Janusz Wiliński is also the founder and conductor of Sinfonia Varmiensis – the orchestra co-operating with Olsztyn Music Society. His artistic activity has been honored with numerous awards and distinctions granted to him by the President of Poland, the Marshall of the Voivodeship, the President of the city and many others. He also received a high distinction – the silver “Gloria Artis” medal, given by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage. He is the laureate of the first prize of the National Competition for Young Conductors (1985) and the Stanisław Wyspiański Prize, awarded to young artists for the contribution in the area of Polish choral arts (1986) as well as a great number of individual prizes in various competitions in Poland and abroad. Thanks to his passion and talent, the 'Collegium Musicum' Chamber Choir has been able to participate in magnificent artistic events, establish interesting contacts and be honored at most prestigious contests and festivals in Poland and Europe.
ANNA MIKOŁAJCZYK-NIEWIEDZIAŁ – SOPRANO A longtime soloist of the Warsaw Chamber Opera, the Baltic Opera and the Wrocław Opera, where she sang many leading roles, including operas by Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Verdi or Stravinsky. Contemporary composers, such as Zygmunt Krauze, Paweł Łukaszewski and Elżbieta Sikora, often entrust her with the world premieres of their work. An extremely significant success was the creation of the title role in the opera Madame Curie by Elżbieta Sikora – the world’s ever first premiere in November 2011 in Paris. She devotes a lot of time in her concert activity to oratorio, cantata and chamber music. She is particularly appreciated in the circle of early music, with which the singer’s artistic debut is related. In 2001, she received the Zofia Rayzacherowa award for the greatest artistic individuality in the field of early music at the 11th Festival of Early Music at the Royal Castle in Warsaw. The artist’s achievements include various performances on profound world stages, in the company of outstanding musicians and conductors. She proudly promotes the achievements of Polish composers of all eras. She has recorded over 50 albums, including 12 that received the FRYDERYK Phonographic Academy award, among them the solo album on which Mikołajczyk presents songs by Karol Szymanowski and was awarded two FRYDERYK 2008 awards in the following categories: Album of the Year Vocal Recital, Opera, Operetta, Ballet, and Phonographic Debut of the Year. The FRYDERYK 2019 award in the Chamber Music Album of the Year category was awarded to the album published by Chopin University Press: Stabat Mater – Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Luctus Mariae – Paweł Łukaszewski. Together with Marcin Tadeusz Łukaszewski she recorded all the songs by Ignacy Jan Paderewski, the album is a laureate of the Fryderyk 2022 in the category: Chamber Music – Duets. In 2023, she also received title of the Professor of Art. She leads a solo singing masterclass at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw.
PATRICK DOPKE – organist, church musician of the young generation. He began his musical education at the music school or Fryderyk Chopin in his hometown Wejherowo. He studied at the Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk in the field of church music. He studied organ playing with professor Bogusław Grabowski in the field of liturgical playing and improvisation and with habilitated doctor Andrzej Szadejko in the performance of organ literature. In addition, he participated in interpretation courses conducted by Lorenzo Ghielmi, Harald Vogel and Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra. Patrick Dopke is passionate about Gregorian chant. He is interested in using chorale in the field of later musical tradition, and its later form – the Protestant chant. Patrick is the second organist at St. Mary’s Basilica in Gdańsk since 2016.