In March 2017 he stepped in a very short notice to conduct a brisk performance of „Transitions” spectacle in Centre for the Meeting of Cultures in Lublin – Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring with Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra and The Wedding with Kwadrofonik&Guests, Chamber Choir Gloria, Joanna Freszel, Agnieszka Jadwiga Grochala, Dionizy Wincenty Płaczkowski and Robert Gierlach, choreography by Jacek Luminsky. Spectacle was warmly welcomed by public and appreciated by whole artistic community. „[Conducting „The Rite of Spring” by heart] Kozłowski managed to recreate intricately designed structure and at the same time project subconscious, internal primal energy which has a little to do with intellectual reception.” –
In December 2017 he recorded highly acclaimed CD for RecArt label with Roman Palester’s vocal instrumental music all of which are world premiere recordings with leading Polish singers Szymon Komasa, Iwona Hossa, Cracow Philharmonic Choir and Beethoven Academy Orchestra.
Błażej Wincenty „Vincent” Kozłowski is a Lucerne Festival Academy 2017 Alumni where he was appointed Fellow Conductor to work with such artist as Wolfgang Rihm, Matthias Pintscher, Heinz Holliger, Michel van der Aa. Patricia Kopatchinskaja praised him highly after having a rehearsal of Ligeti’s violin concerto: „Błażej is extremely precise, clear, intelligent, full of own ideas and initiatives. He conducted so that I would not hesitate to play with him on biggest stages.” He conducted Lucerne Festival Alumni Ensemble and Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra in Lucerne Culture and Congress Center. This season he will be conducting new spectacles of The Rite of Spring and Pulcinella at the Lviv Opera.
„His approach to score as a player and composer, unique musical memory, natural, precise and expressive conducting technique, sensitivity for colours and form combined with vigorous temperament and potent personality makes Kozłowski’s interpretations fully satisfying both for composers, listeners and musicians working with him.” – Tadeusz Wielecki, president of IFCM “Warsaw Autumn” 1999-2016.
Błażej is semi-finalist of First International Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Competition in Thessaloniki and a Semi-finalist of Princess Aastrid International Music Competition. He attended numerous masterclasses with tutors such as Collin Metters, Paweł Przytocki, Jacek Kaspszyk, Gabriel Chmura, Stanisław Krawczyński, Rafał Delekta. He learned conducting from Maciej Tworek, Krzysztof Penderecki, Peter Lukas-Graf. He assisted Gabriel Chmura, Ludwik Wicki, and Andreas Spering (Wagner – Das Rheingold).
He conducted Sinfonietta Cracovia, Beethoven Academy Orchestra, Artur Rubinstein Philharmonic in Łódź, Lviv Philharmonic, Orchestra Giovanile Italiana, Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra, Lucerne Alumni Ensemble, Trondheim Symfoniorkestre & Opera, Lutosławski Orchestra Moderna, Thessaloniki Philharmonic Orchestra, Breslau Academy of Music Orchestra, Cracow Academy of Music Orchestra, Dedalo Ensemble, various chamber projects and more.
He’s actively participating in educational programmes for children and teenagers and in charity. Founder and leader of Lutosławski Orchestra Moderna – an ensemble specialised in contemporary music with which he debuted with tremendous success at International Festival Of Contemporary Music „Warsaw Autumn” in 2014. He composes chamber, orchestral, electronic, theater and performance music. He is active as a teacher, project manager and promotes Pro-health foundations such as Fundacja DKMS. His dream is to one day produce and conduct his own opera productions.
Błażej was born in Lublin, Poland. He is a pupil of maestro Paweł Przytocki. He studied conducting with him in Academy of Music in Cracow when he studied also Composition and Accordion. He has also been taught by Daniele Gatti and Luciano Acocella at the Accademia Chigiana.