POLSKI CHÓR KAMERALNY

The Polish Chamber Choir belongs to the world elite among fully-professional chamber choirs. Established in 1978 by Ireneusz Łukaszewski, and led by his brother Jan since 1983, the Polish Chamber Choir has an extraordinarily broad repertoire: from a cappella music to large oratory, operatic and symphonic forms. It is considered a peerless performer of contemporary music, with over 650 premieres to its name, including pieces by such composers as Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Wojciech Kilar or Krzysztof Penderecki. Wojciech Kilar, Augustyn Bloch, Krzysztof Meyer, Edward Pałłasz, Andrzej Koszewski, Krzysztof Penderecki and Paweł Łukaszewski have all written pieces specially for the Choir. 

Year after year, the quality of the Polish Chamber Choir’s sound and interpretation guarantees its collaborating with the world’s best orchestras (including Sinfonia Varsovia, NOSPR, the Academy of Ancient Music, Divino Sospiro, Neue Düsseldorfer Hofmusik, Concilium Musicum Wien, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Venice Baroque Orchestra) and celebrated choral conductors, including Eric Ericson, Uwe Gronostay and Stephen Layton. 

The Polish Chamber Choir is a regular guest at international music festivals, such as Warsaw Autumn, Wratislavia Cantans, Soundstreams, Music in Old Cracow, Gaude Mater International Sacred Music Festival, Bydgoszcz Music Festival, Warsaw Music Meetings, and also in Salzburg, Dresden, Berlin and Tokyo. The Choir tours almost all of Europe, as well as the United States, Canada and Japan. The Polish Chamber Choir has also performed on one of the world’s biggest contemporary music stages: Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ in Amsterdam, at the TENSO Days 2016 Festival. 


Besides over 80 CDs, audio and video tapes, many of which were nominated for phonographic awards, the Polish Chamber Choir has also recorded for Polish and international radio and television stations: TVP Polish Television (including a complete set of 68 offertories by Giovanni P. da Palestrina), and abroad for Dutch Radio, Sender Freies Berlin, Westdeutscher Rundfunk and for ZDF (German public television’s channel two). The Polish Chamber Choir is the world’s only ensemble to have all of Krzysztof Penderecki’s a cappella choir music in its repertory. 

In 2013, together with the Swiss instrumental Musica Fiorita ensemble, the Polish Chamber Choir, recorded 55 motets by Andreas Hakenberger (1574–1627) arranged by Jan Węcowski. The double-album with this music was released in October 2018 by the renowned Naxos label. In February 2018, the DUX record company released the disc Jubilate with music by Ireneusz Łukaszewski, the founder of the Polish Chamber Choir and its first conductor. November, in turn, saw the premiere of Polish Choir Music with previously unreleased pieces by Juliusz Łuciuk, Augustyn Bloch, Andrzej Koszewski, Wojciech Kilar, Edward Pałłasz, Krzysztof Penderecki and Paweł Łukaszewski. 

To commemorate the Polish Chamber Choir’s 40th anniversary in 2018, an anniversary book by Artur Matys titled Polski Chór Kameralny Schola Cantorum Gedanensis (1978–2018) was released.

Discs recorded by the Polish Chamber Choir have received 21 nominations for the prestigious Fryderyk Award of the Polish Academy of Phonography, winning five times, most recently in 2014 for Marian Borkowski Choral Works in the Best Polish Music Recording Category. The Choir is also a winner of two Orphee D’or prizes awarded by the French Academie du Disque Lyrique for best choir music recording.
The Schola Cantorum Gedanensis Polish Chamber Choir is a cultural institution of the City of Gdańsk. It is also a member of TENSO, the European network for professional chamber choirs. The Polish Chamber Choir is an organiser of many artistic projects, such as Bach Days, the Chopin in Gdańsk International Festival and the Mozartiana International Festival. 
In 2018 the Polish Chamber Choir celebrated its 40th anniversary.