Professor FCUM Ireneusz Wyrwa, DMus Hab.

Ireneusz Wyr­wa was born in 1975 in Bochnia. He start­ed to learn organ play­ing at the Fry­deryk Chopin State Sec­ondary School in Cra­cow under Mieczysław Tule­ja. In 1999 he grad­u­at­ed with hon­ours from the Karol Szy­manows­ki Acad­e­my of Music in Katow­ice, organ class of Prof. Julian Gem­bal­s­ki. He has par­tic­i­pat­ed in a num­ber of mas­ter cours­es in organ inter­pre­ta­tion taught by such artists as: Marie-Claire Alain, Guy Bovet, Loren­zo Ghiel­mi, Mar­tin Hasel­böck, André Isoir, Ton Koop­man, Jon Laukvik, Ludger Lohmann, Her­bert Wulf, Jean-Claude Zehn­der and Wolf­gang Zer­er.

He won awards at two all-Poland organ com­pe­ti­tions: in Wrocław (1st award, 1994) and in Rumia (2nd award, 1996). In 2000 he won the 2nd award at the Inter­na­tion­al Feliks Nowowiejs­ki Organ Com­pe­ti­tion in Poz­nań.

He has pur­sued a vivid con­cert career in Poland and abroad. He also per­forms togeth­er with renowned sym­pho­ny orches­tras. Part of his artis­tic achieve­ments are archive record­ings for the Pol­ish Radio and the Pol­ish Tele­vi­sion.

For over 20 he was an active church musi­cian, work­ing in a few Pol­ish dio­ce­ses.

In 2001 he obtained the 1st degree qual­i­fi­ca­tions in the artis­tic dis­ci­pline of instru­men­tal stud­ies, spe­cial­ty of organ play­ing, and in 2012, on the basis of a the­sis enti­tled Per­for­mance issues in organ pieces by Feliks Nowowiejs­ki in the light of the composer’s aes­thet­i­cal views on the basis of select­ed sym­phonies opus 45, as well as his artis­tic achieve­ments, he obtained a post-doc­tor­al degree as part of the same dis­ci­pline and spe­cial­ty.

In the peri­od of 1999–2013 he was a research and teach­ing employ­ee at the Insti­tute of Musi­col­o­gy, John Paul II Catholic Uni­ver­si­ty of Lublin, where he taught organ play­ing, organ lit­er­a­ture, litur­gi­cal accom­pa­ni­ment, impro­vi­sa­tion, coun­ter­point and har­mo­ny.

Cur­rent­ly he is employed as Pro­fes­sor at the Unit of Church Music, Fry­deryk Chopin Uni­ver­si­ty of Music in War­saw. He is also a lec­tur­er at the Pope’s The­o­log­i­cal Depart­ment, Col­legium Bobolanum in War­saw. He sits on the jury dur­ing organ audi­tions and com­pe­ti­tions, he is invit­ed to deliv­er guest speech­es and lec­tures, he pub­lish­es schol­ar­ly and pop­u­lar sci­ence texts, runs sem­i­nars and per­for­mance cours­es. He is active as an orga­niz­er of music life, and he is also an expert in his­tor­i­cal and con­tem­po­rary organ con­struc­tion.

last modified: 18/02/2014