Mateusz Kowalski

He studied viola da gamba with Kazimierz Pyzik and at the Academy of Music in Krakow in the class of Marcin Zalewski, graduating in 2009 with a diploma with distinction. He perfected his skills at the Royal Conservatory in the Hague, under the guidance of Phillipe Pierlot and Rainer Zipperling. He has participated in masterclass courses and lessons led by such musicians as Paolo Pandolfo, Marianne Muller, Petr Wagner, Christine Plubeau, Mark Caudle, and in orchestra projects directed by Jacques Ogg and Manfred Cordes.

He is a member of the Floripari ensemble, which specialises in Renaissance music and has its seat at the Royal Castle in Wawel. He performs also in a few other early music ensembles: ConsortiumSedinum (Szczecin), Ars Cantus (Wrocław), Camerata Cracovia, International Barocum Ensemble and the Lithuanian Brevis Consort. He collaborates with the ‘Cracovia Danza’Ballet.

Together with the Gambasada Trio, he placed first in the International Competition of Early Music – Żory 2012. He recorded the ‘Vienna 1709’ record together with the Czech Tourbillon Ensemble led by Petr Wagner, which was published by the German Music Publisher Accent. From 2013, he has been teaching the viola da gamba class at the Academy of Music in Krakow.

He leads a vocal ensemble Perfugiu, which performs mainly religious early music and traditional Polish church songs. He has recorded five CD records with the ensemble. He collaborates with the Dominican Liturgy Centre, taking part in recordings and leading liturgical music workshops. For several years he was a member of the Brotherhood of the Lute from the Manor in Wysoka, a vocal group led by the lute player Antoni Pilch.