Biography

SEBASTIAN SZUMSKI- baritone

     Born in 1984 in Zakopane, Sebastian Szumski discovered his passion for singing at the age of 9. Between 1995 and 2005 he was a singer in the Boy's and Men's Choir of the Poznan Philharmonic. With this choir he performed in Poland and abroad, visiting the most prominent music stages and festivals. After graduating with honors from the Voice and Drama Faculty of the Academy of Music in Kraków in the class of Semen Skurhan and Marek Rzepka, he perfected his skills during numerous master classes supervised by Helena Lazarska, Eva Blahova, Charles Kellys, Rudolf Piernay, Ryszard Karczykowski and Teresa Żylis- Gara.

     At his freshman year he debuted in the Poznan Philharmonic at the concert conducted by prof. Stefan Stuligrosz. Since then he has been invited to sing in various solo recitals and oratorios in Poland and abroad. He performed in almost every European country and collaborated with esteemed pianists, including Andrzej Tatarski, Marcin Koziak, Piotr Różański, and reputable conductors like Jan Tomasz Adamus, Krzysztof Penderecki, Stefan Stuligrosz, Piotr Sułkowski, Federico Maria Sardelli, Allesandro de Marchi, Paul McCreesh, Joshua Riffkin, Andrew Parrot, Vincent Dumestre, Fabio Bonizzoni.

     In 2008 he debuted on the stage during Barbacanfestival in Krakow, where he played the part of Count Almaviva in the opera The Mariage of Figaro by W. A. Mozart. In 2009 and 2010 he performed at the Belcanto International Vocals Festival in Naleczow and won the Gold Nightingale Award, the audience award and the Polish Federation of Performing Artists Award. In 2010 he received the Opera Studio Scholarship in Verdi Theatre in Pisa and in 2010/2011 season performed the part of maestro in the opera Le convenienze e inconvenienze teatrali by G. Donizetti. He also sang the part of Maestro in theaters in Tuscany: Lucca and Livorno.

     Sebastian Szumski continues touring around Europe. He is a part of several albums, radio and television recordings, including J. S. Bach's Weihnachtsoratorium CD with Arte dei Suonatori, a DVD with the III Copernican Symphony by H. M. Górecki and a complete CD recording of bach's motets, produced with solo cast for the prominent French studio Alpha. His repertoire ranges from Renaissance polyphonies to contemporary pieces, including song cycles, solo parts in the oratorios and the operas by Händel, Purcell, Mozart, Donizetti, Rossini and Leoncavallo. Recently he specializes in the Baroque music and collaborates with Arte dei Suonatori, la Poem Harmonique and La Risonanza. Currently Sebastian Szumski works as a chamber musician and a soloist for one of the most acclaimed European early music ensembles, Capella Cracoviensis.