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Andrzej Zawisza (Baritone, Harpsichord)

Born: Kraków, Poland

The Polish baritone and harpsichordist, Andrzej Zawisza, graduated with honours from the harpsichord class of Professor Magdalena Myczka at the Academy of Music in Krakow (Akademia Muzyczna w Krakowie). Later, he moved on to also complete postgraduate harpsichord studies in the class of Professor Elżbieta Stefańska. In 2003-2005 he studied harpsichord with James Johnstone and singing with Andrew Watts at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, which he graduated with the Postgraduate Diploma in Music Performance (PgDip) and Master of Music Degree (MMus) with honours. He also honed his vocal skills under Mhairi Lawson and Dame Emma Kirkby. He is a finalist of the Polish edition of the Orpheus International Vocal Competition commemorating the 400th anniversary of the premiere of Claudio Monteverdiís Orpheus (Italy, Mantua 2007) and a laureate of the first prize at the VIII Broadwood Harpsichord Competition in London (2005). He is also a laureate of the Creative Scholarship and the City of Krakow Award (2001), as well as the scholarship of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage in music (2002). In 2016 he received a doctorate in music arts as an instrumentalist.

As a vocalist, Andrzej Zawisza has collaborated with many choirs, chamber ensembles, as well as orchestras and vocal ensembles specialising in performance of early music, often performing solo parts. As a harpsichordist (both as a soloist and a chamber musician), he collaborated with many chamber ensembles, including Florilegium, Ensemble Sonnerie, La Serenissima, La Tempesta, Capella Cracoviensis. Moreover, as a renowned basso continuo he has been also collaborating with numerous orchestras and chamber ensembles in Poland and abroad, such as Camerata Vivaldi, Krakow Opera Orchestra, Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra, Beethoven Academy Orchestra and Tarnow Chamber Orchestra with whom he recorded pieces by Antonio Vivaldi, Tomaso Albinoni and George Frideric Handel.

|Moreover, Andrzej Zawisza is also a member of the Polish Early Music Society and the Bach Society in Krakow, vice-president of the Sonoris Foundation for Art Development, as well as a founder and artistic director of the Estravaganza ensemble, with whom he realised a multimedia recording of J.S. Bach's cantatas for a Japanese label - IMC Music Publisher Ltd. He currently lives in Kraków, Poland.

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Source: Misteria Paschalia Website (April 2017); Andrzej Zawisza profile on Facebook
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Aryeh Oron (April 2017)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Andrew Parrott


V-3 (2013): BWV 244

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Andrzej Zawisza (Misteria Paschalia)

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