Professor FCUM Adam Bogacki, DMus Hab.


Pho­to K. Welian

Adam Bogac­ki belongs to the small group of Pol­ish dou­ble bass play­ers who are soloists and cham­ber musi­cians.

He grad­u­at­ed from the Fry­deryk Chopin State Sec­ondary Music School in Bytom, dou­ble bass class of Pro­fes­sor Ger­ard Przy­była, obtain­ing a diplo­ma with hon­ours. After that he stud­ied at the Fry­deryk Chopin Acad­e­my of Music in War­saw, class of Pro­fes­sor Tadeusz Pel­czar and Pro­fes­sor Andrzej Mysińs­ki. In 2009 he obtained a post-doc­tor­al degree at the Fry­deryk Chopin Uni­ver­si­ty of Music in War­saw.

He was a first-place win­ner of a few all-Poland dou­ble bass and cham­ber music com­pe­ti­tions, e.g. in Elbląg, Wrocław and War­saw, he also won the first dis­tinc­tion at the W. Buc­chi Inter­na­tion­al Dou­ble Bass Com­pe­ti­tion (1993).

He start­ed his career as a solo bassist in 1998 when, togeth­er with the Pol­ish Youth Sym­pho­ny Orches­tra from Bytom, he went on a con­cert tour in Spain, per­form­ing in over 20 cities, e.g. in  such a venue as Palau de Music in Valen­cia as part of the Euro­pean Fes­ti­val of Orches­tras and Soloists. Dur­ing his stud­ies and lat­er he toured as a soloist in the Czech Repub­lic, France, Ger­many and Swe­den, among oth­ers. He coop­er­at­ed with numer­ous cham­ber music ensem­bles: Chopin Soloist, New War­saw Trio, Con­cer­to Aven­na — War­saw Soloists under Andrzej Mysińs­ki, and the Pol­ish Cham­ber Orches­tra under Jan Stanien­da. In the peri­od of 1994–2006 he con­stant­ly coop­er­at­ed with the Pol­ish Cham­ber Phil­har­mon­ic in Gdańsk under Woj­ciech Rajs­ki.

As a cham­ber musi­cian Adam Bogac­ki has per­formed with Poland’s out­stand­ing pianists: Edward Wolanin, Janusz Ole­jniczak, Walde­mar Mal­ic­ki, and Marek Drewnows­ki. In 1997, togeth­er with the Cam­er­a­ta Quar­tet, harp­si­chordist Marek Toporows­ki and vio­lin­ist Robert Kabara he record­ed The Four Sea­sons (DUX), the first Pol­ish audio­philes’ album with clas­si­cal music. One year lat­er the album won the award of the Pol­ish Phono­graph­ic Indus­try – FRYDERYK 98.

In 1993, as a result of spe­cial audi­tions at the Pol­ish Radio, Adam Bogac­ki took up the post of the first dou­ble bass play­er of the Pol­ish Radio Orches­tra in War­saw, at the same time col­lab­o­rat­ing with Sin­fo­ni­aVarso­via and Menuhin Fes­ti­val Orches­tra under the baton of Lord Sir J. Menuhin. With that ensem­ble he per­formed in Europe’s most impor­tant con­cert halls. In 2006 the Pol­ish Radio released Adam Bogacki’s solo album enti­tled Dou­ble Bass with pieces by N. Pagani­ni, G. Bottesi­ni and D. Drag­onet­ti which he played togeth­er with the Pol­ish Radio Orches­tra. In 2008 the artist opened the World Dou­ble Bass Fes­ti­val with the orches­tra of the Wrocław Phil­har­mon­ic; he also per­formed as a soloist with the world-famous flautist and con­duc­tor Patrick Gulouis.

Adam Bogac­ki has con­duct­ed dou­ble bass mas­ter­class­es for Japan­ese stu­dents in War­saw, in Zamość, Łomża, Wrocław, Bytom and Łódź where he sits on the jury of the All-Poland Dou­ble Bass Com­pe­ti­tion as well. Since 2010 he has also con­duct­ed class­es in teach­ing method­ics in dou­ble bass play­ing in War­saw and Teresin as part of the Cen­tre of  Edu­ca­tion of Artis­tic School Teach­ers. In 2013, togeth­er with teacher and bassist Jacek Kic­man, he ini­ti­at­ed the 1st Pro­fes­sor Tadeusz Pel­czar All-Poland Com­pe­ti­tion.

Adam Bogac­ki was award­ed with a badge of the Min­is­ter of Cul­ture – Mer­i­to­ri­ous Cul­ture Activist, and the 1st degree award of Rec­tor of the Fry­deryk Chopin Acad­e­my of Music (2003).

The artist plays a con­tem­po­rary instru­ment from Mario Laz­zari­ni luthier’s school.

Pub­li­ca­tions: Kon­tra­bas dzisi­aj [Duble Bass Today], UMFC, Warsza­wa 2007; ISBN 978–83–89444–86–8
Pły­ty: Kon­tra­bas [Dou­ble Bass] Adam Bogac­ki, Pol­skie Radio 2006; Cztery Pory Roku [The Four Sea­sons], DUX 1997, Kwartet Cam­er­a­ta, Kabara, Toporows­ki, Bogac­ki, ‘Fry­deryk 98’ award; Młodzi kom­pozy­torzy w hołdzie Fry­derykowi Chopinowi [Young Com­posers Pay A Trib­ute to Fry­deryk Chopin], DUX 2009, nom­i­na­tion for the ‘Fry­deryk 09’ award; Władysław Żeleńs­ki — Pieśni [Songs], Urszu­la Kryger and Con­cer­to Aven­na, DUX 2012, nom­i­na­tion for the ‘Fry­deryk 12’ award.

In April 2014, as a result of a com­pe­ti­tion he obtained a post of Pro­fes­sor at the Chair of String Instru­ments, FCUM in War­saw.


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