‘Young Mr. Kowalski was spectacular, `{`…`}` truly breathtaking!’

Classical Guitar Magazine

MATEUSZ KOWALSKI, classical guitar virtuoso from Poland and winner of the 2nd Eurostrings Winners Competition, will be teaching and performing at our Festival!

Mateusz Kowalski is emerging as a star on the worldwide guitar stage. His repertoire consists of pieces from different epochs – from renaissance to modern compositions. He interprets them in a historically informed manner. His aim is to build interesting, convincing and very often surprising musical creations, being in the same while the great stories, which impact the listeners.

As a concert artist, he performed in the most famous venues worldwide. At the age of 23, he made his debut in Vienna Musikverein and in Shanghai Grand Theatre, where great stars as Yo-Yo Ma and Luciano Pavarotti gave concerts. In 2019 he performed Concierto de Aranjuez with Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra. He gave recitals in Paris, Budapest, London and could be heard in 15 countries all over the world.

The competitions he had won had a huge, positive impact on his career. Next to the 1st prize and audience prize in Antony, France, the most important one is the 2nd EuroStrings International Competition – the highlight of the EuroStrings program, which Mateusz was a member of. EuroStrings is the first European platform gathering 17 classical guitar festivals that organize international guitar competitions. To become a member of the program one has to win at least one of them. In Mateusz’s case, it was a competition in Rust, Austria.

The program creates a lot of international opportunities supporting professional career development. 2nd EuroStrings International Competition, which in 2019 took place in London, is the first European competition open only to the winners of the EuroStrings international competitions. The winners were representatives of 12 countries. Part of the 1st prize was an international tour in Europe, the US and Asia.

In September 2019 artist’s debut CD album, Mateusz Kowalski Classical Guitarist was premiered. It was released by the Polish label CD Accord and distributed by NAXOS. The CD is a set of important pieces for the artist. The program consists of compositions written by Bach, Giuliani, Tárrega, Barrios, Piazzolla, Ponce, Schubert and Assad (premiere recording).<br /> Mateusz was born in Koszalin in 1995.

He started learning to play the guitar at the age of 7 and for the next 12 years, he learnt under the supervision of Dariusz Schmidt in the Grażyna Bacewicz State Music School Complex in Koszalin (diploma with honours). Then he graduated from the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw after studies with Ryszard Bałauszko (diploma with honours).

He has also mastered his skills during numerous courses and masterclasses conducted by such outstanding musicians as Sérgio Assad, Oscar Ghiglia Zoran Dukić, Alvaro Pierri, Łukasz Kuropaczewski and Paul O’Dette.

Apart from touring, Mateusz is very active as a pedagogue, too. He gave masterclasses during festivals in Szeged (Hungary), Rust (Austria) and Qingdao (China). Since October 2019, he has been teaching at The Frederic Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. Mateusz Kowalski is a scholarship holder of the Marshal of the Zachodniopomorskie Voivodeship, the Mayor of Koszalin and the Minister of Culture and National Heritage (the “Young Poland” programme).

The artist proudly plays on instruments built by famous luthiers: Masaki Sakurai, Karl-Heinz Roemmich and Hanson Yao.