Professor Jerzy Knetig, DMus Hab.

Before he began to study music, Jerzy Knetig stud­ied engi­neer­ing at the War­saw Poly­tech­nic where he grad­u­at­ed in 1973. He then went on to study solo singing under Euge­nia Sza­ni­awska at the Sec­ondary Music School in War­saw where he grad­u­at­ed with hon­ours in 1977. That same year he began to take pri­vate singing lessons from Mieczysław Salec­ki and then Stanisława Zawadz­ka. He fin­ished the Acad­e­my of Music in Cra­cow, where he stud­ied under Pro­fes­sor Hele­na Łazars­ka, with hon­ours. In 1983/84 obtained a year’s grant from the Aus­tri­an gov­ern­ment and went to the Col­lege of Music in Vien­na to improve his skills fur­ther under Kurt Egniluz.

Jerzy Knetig has worked with the Nation­al Phil­har­mon­ic in War­saw since 1981 and the Cra­cow Opera since 1982. He joined the War­saw Cham­ber Opera as a soloist in 1986 and has trav­elled all over Europe with it.

He has sung at many fes­ti­vals, e.g., Wratislavia Can­tans, War­saw Autumn, Berlin­er Fest­wochen, Caryn­tiche Som­mer, Salzburg­er Fest­spiele, The Euro­pean Music Fes­ti­val in Berlin and Tokyo, and the Mon­reale Ora­to­ry Music Fes­ti­val in Paler­mo. He has been invit­ed to sing in operas and ora­to­ry con­certs in many coun­tries in Europe and Japan (where he did an opera tour singing Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro in Novem­ber and Decem­ber 1999) and Israel. He has sung at the La Scala, the Wiener Staat­sop­er and the The­ater an der Wien.

Recent­ly Jerzy Knetig took part in the offi­cial inau­gu­ra­tion con­cert of the “Krzysztof Pen­derec­ki year” at the Cra­cow Phil­har­mon­ic, con­duct­ed by Jan Krentz (Beethoven’s Ninth Sym­pho­ny).

Jerzy Knetig’s reper­to­ry includes sev­er­al dozen operas (most­ly Mozart), about 110 ora­to­ry parts (includ­ing both of Bach’s Pas­sions) and over 300 songs. He has also made numer­ous radio and record record­ings includ­ing the archival record­ing of all of Igna­cy Jan Paderewski’s songs. In 1991 Jerzy Knetig began to teach at the War­saw Uni­ver­si­ty of Music where he has his own solo singing class. He has been a pro­fes­sor since 1999. His stu­dents have won many awards at Pol­ish nation­al vocal com­pe­ti­tions. In 1996 Jerzy Knetig also began to teach singing at the Sec­ondary Music School in War­saw. He and his pupils pro­duced Paisiello’s full-scale opera Il due Con­tesse in April 1999.

He was head of the Chair of Vocal Stud­ies at the FCAM in 2005–2008. In the peri­od of 2008–2012 he held the func­tion of Dean of the Depart­ment of Vocal Stud­ies at the Fry­deryk Chopin Uni­ver­si­ty of Music in War­saw.

last modified: 05/05/2015