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JAKUB POLACZYK was born in Cracow on the 8th of March in 1983. He is a composer, pianist, and music educator living in New York. In 2015, he began teaching at the New York Conservatory of Music. In 2013 he received his Artist Diploma in Composition (Prof. Reza Vali) as a full scholarship recipient at the Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. In 2010 he received combined Bachelor/ Master Degree in Composition (2010) from the Music Academy of Cracow. There he studied composition with Assistant Professor Marcel Chyrzyński, orchestration with Prof. Krzysztof Penderecki and computer music with Prof. Marek Chołoniewski. In 2008/2009 semester as part of the Socrates-Erasmus Exchange Scholars program he studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels, where he refined his compositional techniques in the class of Jan van Landeghem. In 2010-2011 he took postgraduate course in film scoring and theater music at the Music Academy and Schiller Film School in Lodz. In 2008 he received Master Degree in Musicology from the Jagiellonian University in Cracow under the supervision of Prof. Małgorzata Woźna-Stankiewicz, and in 2005 Bachelor Degree in Musicology under supervision of Professor Jadwiga Paja-Stach.  In 2005 he graduated from the Żelenski Secondary Music School in the piano class of Irena Rolanowska, obtaining diploma with honors. JAKUB has also received numerous awards and scholarship outside the academia. The most recent being the Iron Composer Award at the 2013 Iron Composer Competition held at Cleveland, Ohio. In 2013 he also received artistic scholarship from the Minister of Culture of Poland - "Young Poland". In 2010 he received a music scholarship from the Major of the City of Krakow - Jacek Majchrowski. In both 2010 and 2007 he received the artistic scholarship from the Sapere Auso Foundation. Jakub is a Steinway & Sons artist and as a pianist he collaborated with such artist as: Naya Rodriquez - student of Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo, ballet companies: Cracow National Opera and Ballet, Marta Graham in NYC, Stage Arts in Pelham, and contemporary ensembles: Mise-EN and SME in New York. Jakub composed pieces for Renata Guzik, David Whitwell, Catherina Gregory, Lenka Pellant, Cody Green, Ivan Ivanov, Benita Benietez, Marco Ciccone, Weronika Krowka, Mariusz Pedzialek / Alina Mleczko, Avanti Ensemble, Tromba Nova Quartet, NeoQuartet, Underground Trio, Aririang Ensemble, Litvos Woodwind Quintet, Polanski Duo, Lexington Chamber Orchestra, Carnegie Mellon Symphony Orchestra and Cleveland Blue Waters Orchestra. JAKUB is an active figure among international music festivals: Chopin and Beyond in NYC (2016), Chopin and Friends in NYC (2015, 2016), Annual Festival of Contemporary Music in San Francisco (2013), Summer Sounds in Pavoroo (2013), Janackovy Mai in Ostrava (2013), Drusomanija in Druskienniki (2013, 2012, 2011), “Tre Colori” Festival in Budapest (2011), ISCM in Sydney (2010), International Conference in La Coruna (2010), Ostrava Music Days (2009), International Contemporary Music Festival in Daegu (2008). He was selected to participate at the prestigious summer courses, in 2014 at the Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium in Eugene (USA); 2013 at the “Synthesis” in Radziejowice (Poland); and Sävellyspaja (Finland); 2012 at the SOUNDscape Festival in Maccagno (Italy); in 2010 at the “Etchings Festival” in Auvillar (France); and in 2009 at the Ostrava Music Days in Ostrava (Czech Republic). JAKUB is also a prolific songwriter. At the SongDoor International Songwriting Competition in Nashville his songs won Honorable Mentions three times and in 2015 "Floating Skies" got into the Finals in the Instrumental Category(3rd Place). In 2005 at the UK Songwriting Contest in London, two of his songs made it to the semifinals. JAKUB has been a member of the Polish Composers Society since 2014, and a member of the College of Music Society in the US since 2013.In 2016 two of his his new chamber works: "A Bit of Glass" and "Astorian Dyptyque" took place at Carnegie Hall in NYC during the Opening "Chopin and Beyond" Concerts Series organized by The New York Conservatory of Music and Marymount Manhattan College. Additional info about the artist and music samples maybe found at: Link.

Prizes and distinctions:

2004
DSCH for Piano, Flute, Vibraphone and Double Bass. Crescendo - 12th All-Polish Composition Competition,Tarnów - 3rd prize
2006
2006 - An Ancient Book for Voice and Piano. Adam Didur Compositon Competiton in Sanok. ApokElipsis for chamber orchestra - “Patri patriae – 4th All-Polish Composition Competition, Katowice – honourable mention in the student category.
2007
Combinations on Olympus for Solo Trombone, 5th Tadeusz Ochlewski Composition Competition, Kraków – 1st prize
2008
Fantasy from stele for doublebass and piano, All-Polsih Composition Competiton organised with Polsih Society of Composers and Bassist Society, Wrocław - honourable mention
2008
Oratio Fatima for mixed choir , JP II Days - Composition Cometition 2008, Kraków - Ist prize
2008
Magic Map for Harp - Srebrna Szybka 3rd All-Polish Composers Composition for Children and Youngsters 2008, Kraków - honourable mention
2009
Jancio Muzykant for string quartet, computer and child - Workshop and Competition for music for children : "Music and fun" , Poznan - main honourable distinction
2009
Motet in the glaze of Bergson , 2ndMarek Stachowski Composition Competition for Young Composers, Kraków – IInd distincition
2009
JAM.exe for string orchestra . Jeju International Composition Competition, South Korea - Special Award
2010
Katar(z)ynka W. Pandorze for harpischord solo - Wanda Landowska Composition Compeititon, Warsaw - honourable distinction
2010
III prize (ex aequo) for Ringtone no.8 at the Sfogato Ringtone Concert and Competition.
2011
FANFARES PROCESSION for Symphonic Orchestra. Orion Symphony Composers Competition,London - 1st prize
2011
Aleatoranka for Solo Piano "Mikolajowskie Granie"- III H.M. Gorecki Festival - Composition Competition for children - Rydultowy -Ist degree distincion
2011
Ciuchcia Tuwima for Solo Piano "Mikolajowskie Granie"- III H.M. Gorecki Festival - Composition Competition for children - Rydultowy - Ist degree distincion
2011
Honorable Mention Citation on the 'International Music Prize for Excellence in Composition 2011' in Thesalloniki
2012
BAden-baDen-badEn for prepared piano, violin, harp, 2 percussions and Accordion. Generace - International Composition Competition for composers up to 30 years old, Ostrava - 2nd prize (1st not awarded)
2012
String Quartet No.1 "Postcards from Pittsburgh" Harry G. Archer Memorial Student String Quartet Competition, Pittsburgh - honourable mention in the graduate students category.
2012
I'vo piangendo for Bass-baritone and string quartet. XXth Adam Didur Composition Comeptition , Sanok - Ist degree distinction
2013
Cosas que puedieron ser for high voice and prepared Piano, - Taduesz Baird Polish Composers Society Composition Compeition, Warsaw- 1st prize
2013
Finalist of the 4th Anton Dvorak Composition Competition in Prague.
2013
Ist prize on the Iron Instant Composition Competition 2013 in Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music in Cleveland in Ohio.
2014
Pas de deux for Accordion, Cello and Video - Finalist of the 25th Taduesz Baird Polish Composers Society Composition Competition, Warsaw
2014
Remix Virtual Artist Film Music Competition - winner for the music for "Warm Winter" animation by Xin Li, Chapel Hills in North Carolina.
2014
Finalist of the American Prize in Composition
2015
Finalist of the SongDoor International Songwriting Competition in Nashville, TN for Instrumental "Floating Skies" and Honorable Mention for "Morning Shells".