Jakub Polaczyk (b. 1983) is a Polish composer and pianist living in New York City. Jakub obtained his Artist Diploma in Composition at Carnegie Mellon University (2013) as a full scholarship recipient studying under Dr. Reza Vali. Jakub completed his postgraduate studies in computer, audiovisual and film music at the Music Academy and Film School in Lodz, Poland (2011). He obtained his Master in Music Composition from the Academy of Music in Cracow, Poland (2010), where he studied under M. Chyrzynski, M. Choloniewski and K. Penderecki. In 2009 he graduated with M.A. and B.A in Musicology from the Jagiellonian University of Cracow.
Jakub participated in many International composition masterclasses including: June in Buffalo in the USA (2017), International Trombone Festival Composer Symposium in the USA (2017), the Oregon Bach Festival in the USA (2014), Synthesis in Poland (2013), Savellyspaja in Finalnd (2013), SoundSCAPE Festival in Italy (2011), The Etchings Festival in France (2010), and Ostrava Music Days in Czech Republic (2009). His compositions were performed and premiered at : COLA Mise-En in Brooklyn (2017), June in Buffalo (2017), Chopin and Beyond at the Carnegie Hall in New York (2016), San Francisco New Music Annual Festival (2013), Warsaw Autumn (2009), ISCM in Sydney (2010), Tre Colori in Budapest (2010), and at the numerous CMS Conferences in the United States (2013-2017). As a pianist he collaborated with Carnegie Contemporary Ensemble, S.E.M., Mis-En, Centre Stage at Ballet Arts in Pelham, Martha Graham Dance Company and Cracow National Opera. Jakub is currently teaching at the New York Conservatory of Music.
Jakub has won numerous awards in composition and songwriting including the 3rd Place at the SongDoor Songwriting Competition in Nashville (2015), Finalist of the American Prize in Composition (2014), Iron Composer Award at Cleveland, Ohio (2013), the National Polish Baird Award in Composition (2013), and the winner of the Orion Orchestral Composition Contest in London (2010). Jakub was also a recipient of the Minister of Culture of Poland Scholarship (2013), and the President of Cracow Music Scholarship (2010).
Jakub’s recent premieres includes his “Missa Apuncta”, a Mass written to commemorate the 1050th Anniversary of Christianity in Poland; it was premiered at the International Chopin and Friends Festival (2016) at the St.Stanislaus Kostka Church in Brooklyn.
Jakub’s works are published by PWM Feniks, and Euterpe in Poland, and online by Babel Scores and Aromics. his music is released by Ablaze Records in the USA. Jakub is a Steinway Artist, and a member of ASCAP and the Polish Composers Union.
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