Maria Piotrowska-Bogalecka

Maria Piotrowska-Bogalecka graduated from the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice (in choral conducting and musical education), and the Academy of Music in Kraków (postgraduate studies in music theory). She also studied at Kodály Institute of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest, and developed her conducting skills at courses both in Poland and abroad (Eric Ericson Masterclass in Haarlem, International Kodály Seminar in Kecskemét, and Masterclass for Choral Conductors of Studium Chorale in Maastricht).

She won the first prize, as well as the Edmund Maćkowiak special prize for the best choral rehearsal technique at the 11th National Competition for Choral Conductors in Poznań. She received numerous scholarships from the Polish Minister of Culture and National Heritage, the Marshal of the Silesian Voivodeship, and the Mayor of the City of Chorzów. In 2009, she received the prize of the Marshal of the Silesian Voivodship.

In 2007, she set up the Contento Core Vocal Ensemble. As its artistic director, she has organised more than 70 concerts, took part in several dozen festivals and concert cycles, coordinated numerous projects, prepared several world premiere performances, and produced two albums.

In 2012, she completed her doctoral degree in choral conducting, and in 2014, published the book “Decorum et varietas: psalmy w muzyce wokalnej i wokalno-instrumentalnej polskiego baroku” [Decorum et varietas. Psalms in Vocal and Vocal-instrumental Music of Polish Baroque].

Currently, Maria Piotrowska-Bogalecka has been working as a lecturer at the Choral Conducting Department of the Academy of Music in Katowice. She also used to coordinate the KoChAM International Festival of Music Academy Choirs. From 2015 to 2017, she was the Silesia Region curator for the national programme “Śpiewająca Polska” [Singing Poland] at the National Forum of Music in Wrocław.

Since September 2017, she has been working as a choirmaster for the Polish Radio Choir, and since 2018, she acts also as its artistic director.