Jan Tomasz Adamus

Conductor, organist, harpsichordist and culture creator specialising in authentic performance of classical music, from Renaissance polyphony to romantic symphony and opera.

He studied in Krakow and Amsterdam, and was a lecturer at the Academy of Music in Wrocław for many years. He has produced many Polish premieres of great international repertoires on historical instruments – works such as “St Matthew Passion” (Johann Sebastian Bach), “Messiah”, “Theodora”, “Hercules”, “Amadigi”, “Sosarme”, “Tamerlano”, “Rodelinda” (George Frideric Handel), “Missa Solemnis” (Ludwig van Beethoven), “Le nozze di Figaro”, “Don Giovanni” (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) and many others. He has performed at many renowned festivals and prestigious venues, most recently at the Wratislavia Cantans, the Festival of Polish Music, the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra hall, the SWR Festspiele Schwetzingen, Bachfest Leipzig, Händel-Festspiele Halle. He is especially appreciated for his performances of vocal and instrumental works.

Since 2008, he has been the general and artistic director of the cultural institution Capella Cracoviensis – the Krakow chamber choir and the orchestra playing historical instruments. In recent years, Capella Cracoviensis has become an institution managed in an exemplary way. The orchestra is one of the most important ensembles playing historical instruments in Europe, while the choir – due to its extraordinary timbre and plasticity of sound – is gaining more and more renown with the best record companies.

As a creator of culture, Jan Tomasz Adamus initiated, among others, the Theatrum Musicum – a joint project of Krakow’s music institutions, which is becoming one of the largest classical music stages in Europe.

Since 2000, he has been the artistic director of the Bach Festival in Świdnica – one of the largest and most recognisable festivals taking place outside large musical centres, and at the same time an exceptionally organic and culturally creative festival. He has made many recordings of solo organ repertoire, old Polish music, Romanticism on historical instruments (Chopin, Schubert) and contemporary music (Pärt).

In recent years, he has collaborated with Capella Cracoviensis on a number of very innovative stage projects, including opera titles, crossover and social performances (Mozart’s “Le nozze di Figaro”, Handel’s “Amadigi di Gaula”, Gluck’s “Orfeo ed Euridice”, Monteverdi at a milk bar, choral Mendelssohn in the forest, and Mozart’s “Requiem” as karaoke). He participates in the works of Opera Europa – an international organisation associating the best theatres and opera festivals from all over Europe.