dr hab. Michał Sławecki, prof. UMFC

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Michał Sławecki is an organist, conductor, specialist in Gregorian chant and composer. He graduated in church music and composition from the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw – diplomas with distinction. He continued his studies at the Conservatorio di Musica A. Casella in L’Aquila (Italy) and at the Pontificio Istituto di Musica Sacra in Rome (internship with Alberto Turco) and specialized in Gregorian chant interpretation with Nino Albarosa. He completed a 5-year series of international courses in Gregorian chant with AISCGre in Cremona. His professors have included Johannes B. Goschl (Kiel), Kees Pouderoijen (Vienna), Franz Karl Prasl (Graz/Roma), Federico Bardazzi (Firenze), Giovanni Conti (Lugano), Heinrich Rumphorst (Berlin), Alexander M. Schweitzer (Oslo/Munich) and Thomas Forest Kelly (Cambridge). He is also a graduate of Master of Arts in Liturgical Monody at the Pontifical University of John Paul II in Krakow.

Sławecki is a professor at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music of Warsaw, and has been dean of the Department of Church Music since 2019. He teaches Gregorian chant at the Academy of Music in Cracow and Bydgoszcz, as well as at Pontifical University of John Paul II (Master). His research focuses on subjects of theory and interpretation of Western liturgical monody based on the oldest available adiastematic sources in the spirit of Dom Eugene Cardine (Gregorian semiology, semiomodality and semioesthetics).

He is being invited as a lecturer to symposia, conferences and scientific seminars, as well as to courses on the interpretation Gregorian chant at home and abroad (Poland, Italy, France, Belgium, Spain, Slovakia, Lithuania). He is the author of numerous publications on the problems of Gregorian chant, choral conducting and sacred music; founder and editor-in-chief of the publishing series Thesaurus Musicae Sacrae. He is a member of the Italian and Polish sections of AISCGre.

Slawecki leads two Gregorian ensembles: since 2007 Mulierum Schola Gregoriana Clamaverunt Iusti, with which he won the 59th “Polifonico Guido d’Arezzo” International Competition in 2011 (canto monodico cristiano – concorso and rassegna), and in 2016 he won a Fryderyk Award for CD Verbum Incarnatum. Since 2013 with Schola Gregoriana Cardinalis Stephani Wyszynski he promotes Jasna Gora monodic music in a special way, by publishing CDs in the series Musica Claromontana. Since 2014, he has been the artistic director and conductor of the Choir of Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw. As of 2019, has begun collaborating with Schola Gregoriana Vilnensis, which has resulted in numerous courses in Marijampolė, Vilnius and Solesmes, but most importantly in researching 14thcentury Vilnius manuscripts and recordings for CDs and television.