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4th international organ masterclass

from July 8th to 10th 2024 - with Karol Mossakowski

fourth edition - From July 8th to 10th 2024

with Karol Mossakowski

Courtesy Keith Burke

Presentation

This course is aimed at organists with a good level.
▪ Welcome reception at the concert of Karol Mossakowski as part of Collegiades 2024 – our annual organ festival (32th edition).
This concert will take place on Sunday, July 7th 2024 at 6 p.m.
It will be followed by a cocktail offered to the students.
The dinner can be arranged but is not included.
Please let us know if you’d like to attend the welcome dinner when registering.
▪ The Masterclasses will all take place in the Collegiale Sainte Waudru from Monday, July 8th until Wednesday, July 10th between 9 am and 4.30 pm.
▪ The instruments will be made available in the city center.
▪ A concert will conclude the Masterclasses on July 10th at 6.30 pm in the Collegiale.
Each student will have the opportunity to attend two individual classes (45 minutes) with the professor. The students are encouraged to attend their colleague’s sessions as well.

 The Teacher: Karol Mossakowski

Karol Mossakowski is renowned for both his interpretation and improvisation skills. He was awarded First Prizes of the International Prague Spring Competition and the Grand Prix de Chartres and leads an international career in both art forms as they mutually enrich one another. In February 2023 he was appointed titular organist at Saint-Sulpice in Paris, as a successor to such musicians as Charles-Marie Widor, Marcel Dupré and Daniel Roth.
Recent and upcoming highlights include concerts in venues such as Radio France, Philharmonie de Paris, MÜPA Budapest, Wroclaw’s National Forum of Music, Lyon’s Auditorium, Warsaw Philharmonie, Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg, Madrid’s National Music Auditorium, BOZAR Brussels, Palais Montcalm in Quebec, Bamberg’s Konzerthalle, Dresden Philharmonie, Berlin, Cologne, Vienna, Milan cathedrals , as well as with orchestras as the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre national de Lyon, NFM Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra, National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, or the Odense Symphony Orchestra, under conductors like Myung-Whun Chung, Kent Nagano, Mikko Franck, Fabien Gabel, Giancarlo Guerrero, Cristian Măcelaru and Lawrence Foster.
In 2023 Karol is Artist in Residence at NOSPR Katowice and held the same position at Radio France for three seasons. The same year he receives the Orchestra Award of the International Classical Awards (ICMA). This season he will also perform the world premiere of Philippe Hersant’s « Unstern » concerto for organ and orchestra, with the Orchestre National de Lyon conducted by Antony Hermus.
Karol Mossakowski seeks to keep music alive thanks to improvisation, to which he gives an important role in his recitals and develops in silent film accompaniment. In 2017 his accompaniment of Dreyer’s Jeanne d’Arc for Lyon’s Festival Lumière was released in DVD on Gaumont. In 2021 he releases his first solo album Rivages featuring works from Bach, Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Liszt connected by improvisations, on Tempéraments, Radio France’s label. Two years later, he records Poulenc’s Concerto pour orgue and Jongen’s Symphonie Concertante with the NFM Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra and Giancarlo Guerrero, an album that is released in 2023 and critically acclaimed internationally by the media.
As a composer, he is in residence at the Festival de musique sacrée de Saint-Malo, for which he composed « Les Voiles de la Lumière” oratorio for three organs and mixed choir premiered in 2021, as well as « Trois Versets » for three organs, premiered in 2022 by Philippe Lefebvre, Olivier Latry, and Vincent Dubois. His last work, « Beauté infinie » for a cappella choir, is premiered in 2023.
In 2014/15 he was appointed Young Artist in Residence at Cathedral of St. Louis King of France in New Orleans (USA). In 2017-2023 he was the titular organist of Lille’s Cathedral. He is professor of improvisation at the Higher School of Music in San Sebastián (Musikene).

Karol Mossakowski started the piano and the organ at three years old with his father. After musical studies in Poland, he entered the organ, improvisation, and composition classes at the Paris Conservatory as a student of Olivier Latry, Michel Bouvard, Thierry Escaich, Philippe Lefebvre.

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