Jan Milosz Zarzycki – conductor (PL)

General information

In 1994 he obtained a diploma with honours, class of conducting of Professor Marek Pijarowski in Wrocław. He continued his conducting studies in Vienna and Berlin where he had a chance to familiarize himself with the art of conducting of such masters of the baton as: Seiji Ozawa, Kurt Masur, Claudio Abbado. He also a graduated from the Department of Instrumental Studies, K. Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice (1990); as a violinist he was a laureate of numerous music competitions. He also completed Postgraduate Management Studies for Creators, Artists and Promoters of Culture at the Management Department, University of Warsaw.

In 1988 he became manager of the Student Chamber Orchestra Jeunesses Musicales attached to the Academy of Music in Katowice; in the period of 1992–1993 he cooperated with the State Opera in Wrocław. In April 1994 he participated in the 1st W. Lutosławski All-Poland Review of Young Conductors in Białystok, where he won the 1st Award ex aequo, and also three additional awards, e.g. the orchestra award. In 1997 he received the 3rd Award at the 7th A. Toscanini International Conducting Competition in Parma, the result of which was his concert tour around Italy with the Emilia Romagna Arturo Toscanini Symphony Orchestra.

Jan Miłosz Zarzycki is also a finalist and laureate of international music competitions in Italy, Spain and Hungary.

He has cooperated with the National Symphony Orchestra of the Polish Radio in Katowice, Sinfonia Varsovia and the Warsaw Chamber Opera. He is General and Artistic Director of the W. Lutosławski Chamber Philharmonic in Łomża.

Since 1999 he has run the International Youth Music Workshop in Szczecin. In 2004 he won the competition for the post of General and Artistic Director of the Łomża Chamber Orchestra. He has conducted the majority of Polish philharmonic orchestras. He has performed in Germany, France, Austria, Holland, Czech Republic, Russia, Macedonia, USA, Portugal, Mexico, Norway, Belgium, Italy, Lithuania, Ukraine and Belarus.

On his score card he has thirteen recordings, including three which was nominated for the “Fryderyk” Award. In 2008 the Minister of Culture and National Heritage honoured him with the Special Award in recognition of his invaluable services to the Polish music culture, and in 2011 – with a diploma for outstanding achievements for the benefit of the Fryderyk Chopin’s heritage.

In 2013 he was awarded with the medal ‘For Merits to Culture’ Gloria Artis. He was also given the award of the Podlasie Voivodship Marshal for his achievements in the fields of artistic work, promotion and protection of culture. In 2004 he obtained the title of professor of musical arts from President of the Republic of Poland.

Jan Miłosz Zarzycki is a member of the Chair of Conducting, Department of Composition, Conducting and Theory of Music at the FCUM.