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Marcin Szelest – organ

Szelest MarcinStudied organ at the Academy of Music in Krakow, Poland, with Mirosława Semeniuk-Podraza (M.A. with honors, 1997), and – as a Fulbright scholar – at The Boston Conservatory, U.S.A., with James David Christie (Artist Diploma in Organ Performance, 1999). In 1995 he won the first prize at the Second Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck Organ Competition in Gdańsk (Danzig), Poland. He has performed in Europe and the USA. as a recitalist and with numerous soloists, choirs, orchestras and period-instrument ensembles (e.g. Boston Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Silesia, Capella Cracoviensis, Ensemble Abendmusik, Central European Baroque Orchestra, The Bach Ensemble, Wrocław Baroque Orchestra) under such conductors as Manfred Cordes, Paul Esswood, Barthold Kuijken, Seiji Ozawa and Joshua Rifkin. Co-founder and artistic director of the early music ensemble Harmonia Sacra. M. Szelest teaches organ at the Academy of Music in Krakow, where he received the Doctor Habilitatus of Music degree in 2007. As an early music scholar, he published several articles on Polish early music and prepared an annotated edition of the collected works of Stanisław Sylwester Szarzyński as his Ph. D. dissertation at the Jagellonian University in Krakow. He is also President of the Polish Early Music Society and organist of the restored 1704 organ at the Church of the Holy Cross in Krakow.