Professor Andrzej Banasiewicz, DMus Hab.

Andrzej Banasiewicz is Full Pro­fes­sor in Music. He grad­u­at­ed with hon­ours from the High­er State School of Music in War­saw, Depart­ment of Music Edu­ca­tion, class of choir con­duct­ing of Pro­fes­sor Hen­ryk Woj­narows­ki. Since 1971 he has been con­nect­ed with his home uni­ver­si­ty as an aca­d­e­m­ic teacher, at first he held the post of Assis­tant, then Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor and Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor. In the peri­od of 1981–1984 he was Vice-Dean at the Depart­ment of Music Edu­ca­tion. In 1992 he obtained the uni­ver­si­ty title of Pro­fes­sor in Music, which was award­ed to him by Pres­i­dent of the Repub­lic of Poland Lech Wałęsa. Between 1999 and 2002 he head­ed the Chair of Choir Con­duct­ing.

Andrzej Banasiewicz runs the class of choir con­duct­ing at the Depart­ment of Choir Con­duct­ing, Music Edu­ca­tion, Church Music, Rhyth­mics and Dance at the Fry­deryk Chopin Uni­ver­si­ty of Music in War­saw. In the peri­od of 2002–2008 he was Dean, and in the peri­od of 2008–2012 he was Deputy Dean of that Depart­ment. In 2011 the Pol­ish Accred­i­ta­tion Com­mit­tee award­ed the Depart­ment with an excep­tion­al grade for run­ning the Major called Music Artis­tic Edu­ca­tion. Dur­ing the 2012 elec­tions he was elect­ed Prorec­tor for Teach­ing Affairs of the Fry­deryk Chopin Uni­ver­si­ty of Music.

Andrzej Banasiewicz also runs the class of choir con­duct­ing at the Post­grad­u­ate Choir­mas­ter Stud­ies at the Acad­e­my of Music in Byd­goszcz. Many of his alum­ni work suc­cess­ful­ly with choir ensem­bles, win­ning numer­ous prizes at choir com­pe­ti­tions and fes­ti­vals in Poland and abroad.

Andrzej Banasiewicz has been a super­vi­sor and exam­in­er of MA the­ses and dur­ing the reg­is­tra­tion and con­fer­ment pro­ce­dures for a doc­tor­al and a post-doc­tor­al degree in Choir Con­duct­ing, as well as an exam­in­er dur­ing pro­ce­dures for award­ing the title of Pro­fes­sor in Music. He has been appoint­ed for an expert of the Pol­ish State Accred­i­ta­tion Com­mit­tee.

Andrzej Banasiewicz runs vivid artis­tic activ­i­ty. He con­duct­ed pro­fes­sion­al choirs such as: the Choir of the Nation­al Phil­har­mon­ic, the Choir of the Great The­atre in War­saw and the Choir of the Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Artis­tic Ensem­ble of the Pol­ish Army, as well as choirs, which work on a vol­un­tary basis: the Aca­d­e­m­ic Choir of the Uni­ver­si­ty of War­saw, the Choir of the Singing Soci­ety Har­fa [Harp] in War­saw, the War­saw Teach­ers’ Choir and the Choir of the Med­ical Acad­e­my in Białys­tok. In his reper­toire he has a count­less num­ber of vocal as well as vocal and instru­men­tal pieces, from the Renais­sance peri­od to mod­ern times. He is also inter­est­ed in jazz and light music. He par­tic­i­pat­ed in prepar­ing a few dozens of ora­to­rios and operas by Pol­ish and for­eign com­posers. He also coop­er­at­ed with the Orches­tra of the Białys­tok Phil­har­mon­ic, with which he pre­pared and con­duct­ed many ora­to­rio works by A. Vival­di, G. F. Hän­del, J.S. Bach, W.A. Mozart and F. Schu­bert. He gave con­certs through­out the whole of Poland, as well as abroad: in France, Switzer­land, Bel­gium, Hol­land, Fin­land, Aus­tria, Great Britain, Spain, Ger­many and Italy. With the choirs con­duct­ed by him he par­tic­i­pat­ed in choir com­pe­ti­tions and fes­ti­vals in Poland and abroad, where he won high prizes and hon­orary men­tions. He coop­er­at­ed with choirs and orches­tras in France, Bel­gium, con­duct­ing choir and vocal and instru­men­tal music con­certs. He was also invit­ed to join the jury of choir com­pe­ti­tions and fes­ti­vals in Poland and abroad.

In the peri­od of 1993–2004 Andrzej Banasiewicz held the func­tion of Man­ag­er of the Choir of the Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Artis­tic Ensem­ble of the Pol­ish Army. With this choir he per­formed con­certs in Poland and abroad: in the USA, Cana­da, Bel­gium, France and Italy. He was a co-cre­ator of his­tor­i­cal, patri­ot­ic, reli­gious, opera, and musi­cal pro­grammes, as well as con­tem­po­rary army per­for­mances. He made numer­ous radio, tele­vi­sion and film record­ings. He also gave a con­cert dur­ing an audi­ence with the Pope John Paul II.

In 2001 the Choir of the Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Artis­tic Ensem­ble of the Pol­ish Army man­aged by Andrzej Banasiewicz was award­ed with the diplo­ma called Ben­e­mer­en­ti, by the Field Bish­op of the Pol­ish Army for mer­its in the area of prop­a­gat­ing Pol­ish cul­ture, preach­ing the his­tor­i­cal truth, strength­en­ing the nation­al pride and dig­ni­ty and bring­ing peo­ple joy and hope.

For the record­ings with the Choir of the Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Artis­tic Ensem­ble of the Pol­ish Army Andrzej Banasiewicz received the Gold­en Record for the CD called Gorzkie Żale [Bit­ter Lamen­ta­tions] (2002) and three Plat­inum Records for the CDs: Pieśni Wielka­noc­ne [East­er Songs] (2002), Ave Maria (2002) and Jasnogórs­ka Pani [Lady of Jas­na Góra] (2005), which were award­ed to him by the Union of the Audio Video Pro­duc­ers.

Andrzej Banasiewicz has the fol­low­ing dec­o­ra­tions: Mer­i­to­ri­ous Cul­ture Activist (1983), Medal of the Nation­al Edu­ca­tion Com­mis­sion (1987), Bronze Medal: Armed Forces in Ser­vice for the Coun­try (2001), Sil­ver Medal for Mer­it for the Coun­try Defence (2002), Gold Cross of Mer­it (2003). In 2006 he was hon­oured with the Diplo­ma of the Min­is­ter of Cul­ture and Nation­al Her­itage for spe­cial mer­its in the pro­mo­tion of music. He twice won the Fry­deryk Chopin Uni­ver­si­ty of Music in War­saw Rector’s Award of the 1st Degree. He was dec­o­rat­ed with the Sil­ver Medal For Mer­it to Cul­ture – Glo­ria Artis (2007) and an Hon­orary Badge called The Order of Mer­it for Pol­ish Cul­ture (2011), award­ed by the Min­is­ter of Cul­ture and Nation­al Her­itage.

last modified: 01/09/2016