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Szymon Bywalec

The path of musical education led from the 1st and then 2nd degree Mieczysław Karłowicz State Music School in Katowice, through studies at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music at the Faculty of Composition, Theory and Music Education in the field of conducting—specialty: symphonic and opera conducting and at the Instrumental Department of the Academy of Music in Krakow in the oboe class, and ended with gaining experience through participation in numerous competitions, workshops and festivals. Collaboration with the best conductors, orchestras and choirs ultimately shaped musical preferences that are not limited to the classics, but include also particularly close to his heart first performances, both early and contemporary music, many of which were recorded for radio and CD publications. His musical achievements have been appreciated through numerous awards granted in Poland and abroad, and his scientific achievements through obtaining a post-doctoral degree.

Currently, he educates new generations as a professor at the Academy of Music in Katowice, and as an active conductor, he leads the Orkiestra Muzyki Nowej (New Music Orchestra), at the same time cooperating with many philharmonic, radio and chamber choirs and orchestras in Poland and abroad.

Katarzyna Naliwajek

Musicologist and music lover.

She received her musical education at the University of Warsaw at the Faculty of Musicology, which she then deepened during doctoral studies and participation in numerous seminars and exhibitions. Working since 2007 at the University of Warsaw, she is also involved in the activities of many institutions, including the Związek Kompozytorów Polskich (Polish Composers’ Union), Towarzystwo im. Witolda Lutosławskiego and the Warsaw Autumn” International Festival of Contemporary Music. In her research, she focuses especially on the music of the German occupation period and forgotten compositional works. The effects of her work are exhibitions and publications presented both in Poland and abroad, including the awarded multimedia exhibition “Music in Occupied Poland 1939–1945”. The exhibition, in addition to presenting the plethora of music in that period also shows the results of the extermination policy of the Third Reich in the occupied territories, as well as the deliberate and planned destruction of the Polish elites, including the music elite. The exhibition also touches upon the subject of the existence of music in concentration and extermination camps. This subject is also discussed in numerous lectures and talks in Poland and abroad, including the ones for the Polish Radio.

Joanna Szymala

The composer from Żory is a graduate of the Academy of Music in Katowice, majoring in Composition and Theory of Music, as well as Jazz and Stage Music. After graduation, she perfected her skills by participating in many master workshops and consultations with distinguished representatives of the world of music, and took part in many musical projects and events, establishing cooperation with artists from Poland and abroad. The culmination of continued academic activity was obtaining the doctoral degree in musical arts in 2019.

As a composer, she creates classical music, both chamber and symphonic, but also electronic and electroacoustic, and her compositions are performed during numerous concerts and festivals. Her vocal career, in which she combines popular music with elements of jazz, also brings her nationwide and international recognition. Some of her musical achievements can be listened to on a dedicated website.

Jakub Koszyk

A physiotherapist by profession, graduated from the Academy of Physical Education in Katowice and the Medical University of Silesia. He treats his current work in Krakow as not only a profession, but also a passion. Another passion of his is music: entertainment, rock and film, which he has been creating for a long time now, while expanding his knowledge and acquiring skills in the field of electronic music production, as well as broadly understood mixing and mastering.

Currently, the realization of artistic interests is dominated mainly by the composition and production of electronic works and cooperation in this field with other artists, including foreign ones. The latest production in which he participated as one of the music producers is the album of the American artist 1nightinparis – A Legend Is Born” and the newly published song JEMK feat. Gabriel Foks – Days gone by.