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Concert by organist Karol Mossakowski

Centre for Fine Arts BOZAR (Brussels)
03/03/19
Karol Mossakowski © Vaiva Wronecka Karol Mossakowski © Vaiva Wronecka


On Sunday 3 March 2019 Polish organist Karol MOSSAKOWSKI will be in Brussels for a concert at BOZAR.

Mossakowski started playing his father’s organ and piano at the age of three and has since conquered the world with his daring interpretations and improvisations to accompany silent films.

Come and hear this improvisational talent on Sunday afternoon at the Centre for Fine Arts.



PROGRAMME
Fantasie & Fuge, BWV 542, Johann Sebastian Bach
Improvisation I, Karol Mossakowski
Variations sérieuses, op. 54, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Improvisation II, Karol Mossakowski
Prélude, op. 28/4, Frédéric Chopin
Mephisto Waltz no. 1, Franz Liszt

PRACTICAL INFORMATION
>>> Centre for Fine Arts BOZAR (Rue Ravenstein 23, 1000 Brussels), Henry Le Bœuf Hall - see map
>>> Sunday 3 March 2019 - 11h
>>> 12€ (tickets available online)

+++ On the website of the Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels



Karol Mossakowski is renowned for both his interpretation and improvisation skills. He has shaped his deep musical personnality since the age of three, when he began to study the piano and the organ with his father. After musical studies in Poland with Elżbieta Karolak and Jarosław Tarnawski, he entered the organ, improvisation, and composition classes at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris as a student of Olivier Latry, Michel Bouvard, Thierry Escaich, Philippe Lefebvre.

Among the many prizes he was awarded, he won the first prize of the International Prague Spring Competition, and the Grand Prix de Chartres in 2016, one of the most prestigious international competitions. In 2010, he won the international Competition Feliks Nowowiejski in Poznań. In 2015, he was awarded the Grand Prix and the Prix du Public of the Jean-Louis Florentz international Competition in Angers by the Beaux-Arts Academy in Paris, and the Grand Prix André-Marchal in Biarritz. In 2016, he won the Prix international Boëllmann-Gigout in Strasbourg. That same year, he was awarded the « Debiut Roku » prize of the Music and Dance Polish National Institute.

In 2014-15 Mossakowski was appointed Young Artist in Residence at Cathedral of St. Louis King of France in New Orleans (USA), where he performed many recitals and taught interpretation and improvisation lessons.

For Karol Mossakowski it is essential to support living music thanks to improvisation, to which he gives an important role in his recitals and develops by accompagnying silent films. Thus, much sought for his improvisation talent, he recently performed ciné-concerts at La Rochelle’s International Film Festival, or at the Festival Lumière in Lyon during which he improvised on Dreyer’s Jeanne d’Arc at Lyon’s Auditorium. In 2017 he released a DVD of this performance on Gaumont-Pathé.

He is titular organist of Lille’s Cathedral, and teaches organ and improvisation at the Hector Berlioz Conservatory in Paris.



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