Janusz Powolny /conductor

Born in 1964 in Warsaw. He completed piano lessons at the State Conservatory of Music in Berne (Switzerland) and High School of Music in Warsaw and graduated with highest distinctions. He completed conducting studies at the F.Chopin Academy of Music (prof. Dudek), at the Hochschule fur Musik in Munich (prof. Michael), at the Hochschule fur Musik in Vienna (prof. Hager and prof. Osterreicher), at the Mozarteum in Salzburg (prof. Gielen) and at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris (prof. Rouits). He also participated at many master courses for conductors, held in several countries all over Europe, with famous conductors, such as: Bernstein, Celibidache, Gerghiev, Eotvos.

1980-1995 cooperation with The International Chopin Piano Competition,
1987-1990 conductor of the Orchestra of the Music School in Lublin
1990-1999 member of the Board of the Polish Society for Contemporary Music,
1990-1992 Managing Director of the World Music Days in Warsaw (nominated to the Classical Music Award as the World’s Best Festival of the Year).
1993-1994 Second conductor of the Lodz Philharmonic Orchestra
1994 – Semi-Finalist of the Ansermet Competition for Conductors in Geneva
1995 – Prize-winner of the Conductors Competition in Paris
1995-1999 – after winning a national competition: General Manager, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Opole State Philharmonics
Since 2000 – Artistic Director of the “Sinfonietta Polonia” Chamber Orchestra
Since 2002 – Guest Conductor of the Silesian Philharmonics of Katowice and the Lower Silesian Philharmonics of Jelenia Gora
Since 1994 – Director of the JP Concert & Arts Agency
Since 1996 – Director of the Warsaw Branch of the Ars Vitae Agency
Since 1996 – permanent cooperation with the International Music Festival in Busko-Zdroj as conductor and musical advisor

He worked with all the orchestras in Poland (a.o. with the famous “Sinfonia Varsovia” Orchestra, the Katowice Radio Symphony, the Warsaw Philharmonics) and with many leading orchestras abroad (e.g. in Germany, England, France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Russia, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Ukraine, Lithuania, Canada, South Korea, Egypt, Tunisia). He also performed at many festivals in Poland (e.g. Warsaw Autumn, Wratislavia Cantans, Gaude Mater) and abroad (England, Hungary, Slovakia) and cooperated with outstanding soloists, e.g. Gwendolyn Bradley, Vadim Brodsky, Kim Min.
He is a jury member of international music competitions in Poland and abroad.

He recorded music for the Polish Radio, the Swiss Radio and with the Opole Philharmonics and has several awarded CD’s (a.o. “Johann Strauss’ Music” with the Opole Philharmonics, “Film Music by Henryk Kuzniak” with the Polish Radio Orchestra Warsaw – Disc d’Or).
He completed language studies at the Warsaw University and is fluent in 8 languages, and special courses (“culture management”) for orchestra directors, held in Poland and abroad (e.g. British Council, Hochschule fur Musik Hamburg)


Justyna Chełmińska/ choir master

Doctor of Medicine and choral conductor – she graduated Poznan University of Medical Sciences as M.D. (now is specializing in Medicine and works in Cardio Clinic in Poznan) and The Academy of Music in Poznań in prof. Przemysław Pałka’s Choral Conducting Masterclass (the diploma with honours degree). In 2014 she made her doctorate work in music therapy in psychiatry. In 2014 she finished Postgraduated Studies in Choral Conducting and this year has just commenced Postgraduated Studies in Vocal Emmision on The Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz. In march 2014 Justyna Chelminska took part in The Ist International Boris Tevlin Choral Conducting Competition in Moskow (Russia) and she became a finalist of it. In 2012 she studied on Sarteano Chamber Choral Conducting Workshop with the director Brian O’Connell (USA), Masterclass Tutor Simon Carrington (UK) and Vocal Tutor Bronisława Falińska (IT) and on The 9th International Summer Choir Academy in the Hungarian Choral Castle of Pomaz with Artistic Director and Conducting Teacher Peter Broadbent (UK) and Volker Hempfling (DE) as Conductor Tutor. From 2004 to 2007 she was the vice president and from 2007 to 2009 the president of The Poznan University of Medical Sciences Mixed Choir management. From 2009 to 2010 worked as a conductor’s assistant and vocal teacher in The Poznan University of Medical Sciences Mixed Choir. Justyna Chelminska is the director and the conductor of The Poznan Doctors’ Chamber Choir and Poznan Vocal Ensemble NONA. She is the originator and the director of The Polish Doctors’ Choirs Festival. Additionally she is a soprano singer in The Dysonans Chamber Choir from Poznań conducted by prof. Magdalena Wdowicka-Mackiewicz.


Anna Katharina Kalmbach /choir master

Anna-Katharina Kalmbach is a German choirmaster who studied musical education at the University of Music in Karlsruhe / Germany majoring in violin performance and choral conducting. During her education at the University she has taken part in many choir and orchestra projects, both as a member of the ensembles and as a conductor. She continued her studies at the University of Music in Trossingen and Lucerne/Switzerland as a master student of choir conducting and vocal education. She is currently teaching choir conducting in a tutor program and is the artistic director of the girls’ choir at “Luzerner Kantorei” since August 2012. She has been the choirmaster of the “European Medical Students’ Orchestra and Choir” project since Giessen, Germany 2011. 





Hanna Zajączkiewicz/ soprano

She has two great passions in her life which she pursues with equal zeal – medicine and music.
In 2011 she completed with distinction her vocal studies at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Białystok, where she studied in the solo class of Professor Cezary Szyfran in the Department of Instrumental and Educational Studies. In addition to this, in 2007 she graduated from the Medical University of Bialystok, where she studied in the faculty of medicine. From the very beginning of her medical studies she was particularly interested in otolaryngology. From the second year she actively participated in a student research group at the children’s clinic of otolaryngology in Bialystok. As a student, she wrote some papers on frequency of otitis media effusion in children at preschool age, for which she received many awards and distinctions at the International Conference for Students and Young Doctors ( Warsaw 2004 – distinction, Szczecin 2005 – award of the PMU vice rector for scientific affairs, award of the Board of the Student’s Scientific Society, Bialystok 2006 – distinction, Katowice 2007 – first prize).
In 2013 she completed MD degree at the Medical University of Bialystok Children’s Clinical Hospital, Department of Pediatric Otolaryngology. During her MD studies, she won a scholarship for MD students and young doctors offered under the project “Higher quality of education seen as a key to developing Medical University of Bialystok”. On June 17, 2013, she successfully defended her thesis on the assessment of the healing process of tympanic membrane perforation, written under supervision of prof. dr hab. Elżbieta Hassmann- Poznańska, and was awarded the M.D. degree.
Till last July, she worked as a resident physician at Otolaryngology Ward in Jastrzębie Zdrój, managed by dr. Marek Wróbel, M.D. Currently she cooperates with Otolaryngology Clinic in Olsztyn managed by Professor Andrzej Kukwa.
She is the author and co-author of several scientific papers and lectures on otolaryngology.
In 2004 she started taking singing lessons with Professor Cezary Szyfman. In 2006 she began a course in the Department of Instrumental and Educational Studies at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Bialystok. She studied in the class of Professor Urszula Trawińska-Moroz. In addition to this, she studied solo singing at Conservatorio Statale di Musica “E.F. Dall’Abaco” in Verona (Italy), in Professor Maria Sokolińska-Noto’s class. Currently she is coached by Professor Izabela Kłosińska, soloist of the National Opera.
She took part in master courses conducted by outstanding artists, such as Professor J. Rappe, Professor I. Kłosińska, Professor U. Kryger, Professor B. Harasimowicz, Professor M. Sokolińska-Noto.
She has been giving many concerts, singing songs, oratorio and cantata works and operas. She sang solo parts in such masterpieces as A.Vivaldi’s “Magnificat”, J.M.Haydn’s “Missa Sti Aloysii, J. Haydn’s “Mass- G-dur”, F. Schubert’s “Mass B-dur”, S. Moniuszko’s “Mass a-moll, Des-dur, Es-dur, J. Rutter’s “Gloria”, “Magnificat”, “Requiem”, A. Ramírez’s “Navidad Nuestra”, “Misa Criolla”.
She sang solo parts in operas, including S. Moniuszko’s “The Raftsman”, H. Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas” and W.A. Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro”. She took part in festivals and musical events, including Podlasie Festival of Science and Art, Moniuszko Festival of the Podlasie Region, “Ave Maria” festival in Czeladź, “Bel Canto” festival in Nałęczów, Organ and Cameral Music Concerts in Pasym, Chopin e Schumann-Maratone, Concerto Polacco (Italy).
She has won many vocal competitions held both in Poland and abroad. In 2007 she received a distinction in the Moniuszko Vocal Competition “Evening Song”, in 2010 – first prize and stage personality award in the Izabela Branicka Regional Vocal Competition in Bialystok, in 2011 – second prize in the Giovani Musicisti International Competition “Antonio Salieri” in Legnago (Italy), in April 2012 – second prize in the 22nd Giovani Musicisti International Comeptition “Città di Barletta” (Italy). In September 2012 she was awarded a special prize for the best interpretation of church music in the Musica Sacra International Competition “Beata Paola Montaldi” (Mantova- Italy), Australian Concerto and Vocal Competition 2014 – second prize.
In 2014 she won a grant of the President of Bialystok for „ YOUNG ARTISTS” to carry out the project “vocal music of Polish contemporary composers”.
Currently, she teaches voice emission in the Department of Instrumental and Educational Studies at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music.


Przemysław Kummer/ bass – baritone

Completed State Secondary School of Music in Bialystok in Bozena Laskowska’s organ class and continued his education at Music Academy in Warsaw (currently: Fryderyk Chopin’s University of Music) – branch in Bialystok. In 2005 he graduated from the church music specialty. In 2010 he received a diploma cum laude for solo singing in the class of professor Cezary Szyfman. The adventure with singing began Chamber Choir „Cantica Cantamus” led by profesor Violetta Bielecka. As a bass singer he has sung solo bass parts in many sacred and secular music masterpieces by J. S. Bach, G. F. Haendel, W. A. Mozart, St. Moniuszko. He has performed with Podlaska Philharmonics and Opera Orchestra, Lomzynska Chamber Orchestra, Bialystok Music University Orchestra, Consort 415, Diletto… Przemyslaw Kummer participates in many concerts and other artistic events in Podlaska Provence and in the country. In 2006 he recorded a CD with carols as a soloist together with Music Academy Choir  and Orchestra in Bialystok. In 2009 he debuted with the part of Szostak in Flis by Stanislaw Moniuszko. He cooperated with Podlasie Philharmonic and Opera Choir. He perfected his vocal skills on courses led by Leonard Andrzej Mróz, Olga Pasiecznik, and Józef Frakstein. In 2010, he participated as a soloist in the recording of the Apocalypse Martin Gumiela. Przemysław Kummer is leading the singing class in I. Paderewski secondary music school and School of Vocal and Acting in Bialystok. In 2013 he received a scholarship art Mayor of Bialystok.


Bartosz Zwolan/ pianist

Bartosz Zwolan is a student of the 3rd year of the Medical University of Warsaw on the Faculty of Medicine. He was born in Zamość where he completed with distinction the State Music School of Karol Szymanowski in 2011. He performed concerts both as a soloist and with accompaniment of orchestra. One of his more significant concerts was the spectacle “Fryderyk Chopin – The Space Concert” in Zamość, where he played with The Symphony Orchestra of Karol Namysłowski in Zamość, conducted by Tadeusz Wicherek. He also participated in many piano contests and parades in Poland. His greatest achievements include the special prize for the best performance of Fryderyk Chopin’s piece on the 4th Competition of Music and Knowledge of Fryderyk Chopin in Lublin in 2005 and the 1st place in the 10th Regional Auditions for Piano Students from the School of Music in Radzyń Podlaski in 2006. Since 2012 he is a member of the Orchestra of the Medical University of Warsaw conducted by Beata Herman.