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     Jakub Polaczyk (b. 1983, Krakow) is a New York based Polish composer and pianist. Double Silver Medal winner of the Global Music Awards (2023), Winner of the 2020 American Prize in Composition and 2013 Iron Instant Composer Award in Cleveland, OH. He graduated from Jagiellonian University, Krzysztof Penderecki Academy of Music in Krakow and Carnegie Mellon University and as a Socrates-Erasmus exchange program he studied at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. Since 2015 he has been teaching at the New York Conservatory of Music and since 2018 has been a New Music Director of the Chopin and Friends Festival in NYC directing International Composition Competition "New Vision" and in 2020 Virtual NYDAI Quarantine Talks Series. Since 2021 Jakub is hosting his program called "Coffees after Bach" at the Polish Radio WRKL: AM910, NYC/AM1030, Chicago. 
As a composer and orchestrator associated with the International Music Organization of New York and Polish Theater Institute in the USA, additionally served as a Music Director of the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Newark, NJ (2019-2023). He lectured at: Carnegie Mellon University (2013, 2018), Krzysztof Penderecki Academy of Music in Krakow (2014), Sichuan Conservatory of Music (2015), Kosciuszko Foundation in NY (2018), Escola De Música de Brasilia(2019), Wheaton College in Chicago (2020) Iowa Community College in Des Moines (2020), Gonzaga University (2021), University of Nevada Las Vegas (2022) University of Washington in Seattle (2023).
     As a composer he participated in many courses, conferences and festivals in: USA, Canada, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia such as: ISCM, Warsaw Autumn, June in Buffalo, Bach Oregon Composer Sympoium, SoundSCAPE, Annual Festival of Contemporary Music in San Francisco, Ostrava Music Days, NYCEMF,  Janacek Festival in Czech Republic, Tre Colori in Budapest, Yuri Bashment's  Festival in Russia, Druskomanija in Lithuania, Cracow International Composers Festival, Ball State New Music Festival, KLK in Ukraine, SPCCF in Brazil, DICMF in South Korea, ICCM in Spain, OUA Electroacoustic Music Festival in Japan, Atemporanea in Argentina. His works have been performed internationally at such prestigious venues as: Carnegie Hall and Bruno Walter Auditorium/Lincoln Center in New York City, Recital Hall West in Sydney, Vietnam Grand Concert Hall and were performed by: Brazil National Orchestra, Bulgarian National Orchestra in Sofia, Hanoi Philharmonic Orchestra, Blue Waters Orchestra in Cleveland, Carnegie Mellon Orchestra, Penderecki Music Academy of Krakow Orchestra, Lexington Chamber Orchestra, Janacek Orchestra, Orion Orchestra, Lviv KLK String Orchestra, Promeria Orchestra and Ensembles: Mise-En Ensemble, S.E.M ensemble, Pudget T
acoma Wind Ensemble, Four Corners, Avanti, NED, Cracow Duo, Polanski Duo, Litvos Trio, Slee Sinfonietta, Carnegie Contemporary Ensemble, JACK Quartet, Dedalus Ensemble, NeoQuartet, Cracow Golden Woodwind Quintet, Daegu Contemporary Ensemble, Ostrava Soloists, Moscow Virtuoso Soloists, Goodmori Ensemble, Gentile Trio, Blow Up Percussion, Argus Quartet.
    As a pianist collaborated with: Christine Walevska, Pein-Wen, Nadia Rodriguez, Kofi Hayford, Justyna Giermola, Beata Halska, Roberto Vasquez, Marta Płomińska, Ivan Ivanov, Wioletta Strączek, Piotr Lato, Wojtek Komsta, Anna Wilk, Agnieszka Świgut, Renata Guzik and many others singers, instrumentalists and ballet companies in NYC metropolitan area and National Opera of Krakow. He achieved scholarships from: Composers' Guild of New Jersey, ASCAP Plus Award, Carnegie Mellon Foundation, Sapere Auso, Minister of Culture of Poland and Mayor of Cracow. In 2019 was nominated for the Szaflarska Prize in Arts : Global-Local-Great ranking in Southern Poland. His music is published by: Donemus, PWM, Babel Scores, Arcomics and released by Ablaze Records and Albany Records. Documentary Movie "Conversations with Jakub Polaczyk" directed by Dennis Woytek won bronze on the 44th Telly Awards  in NYC (2023). 

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