Professor Bogdan Gola, DMus Hab.

Choir­mas­ter, con­duc­tor and edu­ca­tor. He debuted as the choir leader of the Sile­sian Opera in Bytom (1976–1982). After that, he led the fol­low­ing choirs: at the J. Elsner Phil­har­mon­ic in Opole, “Sile­sia” Song and Dance Ensem­ble, the Music Acad­e­my in Katow­ice and the Teatr Wiel­ki — Grand The­atre in War­saw. He estab­lished the “All Anti­co” Ancient Music Ensem­ble (1976–86), which spe­cialised in Renais­sance and Baroque music, and the “Sac­ri Con­cen­tus” Poly­phon­ic Choir which was affil­i­at­ed with the War­saw Music Soci­ety in 1993–1998. His range of inter­ests is very wide indeed: from Gre­go­ri­an mon­ody to the mon­u­men­tal works of Wag­n­er and Pen­derec­ki.

The Teatr Wiel­ki — Grand Opera Choir which he led in 1984–95 and has again been man­ag­ing since 1998 has won the nev­er-end­ing acclaim of crit­ics and audi­ences at home and abroad (e.g., in Paris, Lon­don, Berlin, Moscow, Jerusalem, Tokyo, Peking or Hong-Kong). This choir’s supreme com­pe­tence has been record­ed by Pol­skie Nagra­nia, Schwann Koch Inter­na­tion­al, Stu­dio Berlin Clas­sic, CPO, EMI, CD-ACCORD and also by TVP, ZDF, 3SAT and ARTE, Pol­ish radio broad­cast­ers and EBU. Bog­dan Gola has co-oper­at­ed with many dis­tin­guished con­duc­tors, e.g., Jacek Kasp­szyk, Mark Minkows­ki, Jesus L. Coboz, Jan Krenz, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Antoni Wit, Kaz­imierz Kord, Krzysztof Pen­derec­ki and Placido Domin­go. He has also co-oper­at­ed on many opera pro­duc­tions with such well-known stage direc­tors as Kaz­imierz Kutz, Maria Foł­tyn, Mark Weiss-Grze­sińs­ki, Mar­iusz Tre­lińs­ki and Krzysztof War­likows­ki. In 1988–89 he co-oper­at­ed with stage con­duc­tor Robert Satanows­ki and the out­stand­ing stage direc­tor August Everd­ing in the pro­duc­tion of Wag­n­er’s “Ring”.

When plan­ning his con­cert pro­grams Bog­dan Gola reach­es not only for well-known ora­to­ry and choir works but also for ancient, for­got­ten can­zon­alles, codes and scores of the mas­ters of Pol­ish baroque and roman­tic music (J. Elsner, F. Gotschalk, S. Moniuszko, J. Ste­fani, J. Wańs­ki, J. M. Żebrows­ki, I, Reimann). He has pre­pared archival record­ings of these pro­grams for TVP2 in co-oper­a­tion with the “Con­cer­to Aven­na” Cham­ber Orches­tra and lead­ing Pol­ish singers. In addi­tion to his artis­tic work Bog­dan Gola also teach­es. He began to teach at the K. Szy­manows­ki Music Acad­e­my in Katow­ice in 1979. In 1986 he moved to the Fry­deryk Chopin Acad­e­my of Music in War­saw where he is a mem­ber of the fac­ul­ty at the Depart­ment of Music Edu­ca­tion. He was Vice-Dean of the Depart­ment in 1998–2004 and is now full pro­fes­sor respon­si­ble for the train­ing of choir con­duct­ing adepts. He was nom­i­nat­ed tit­u­lar pro­fes­sor of musi­cal arts in 2001. His artis­tic and edu­ca­tion­al work has won him a Glo­ria Artis Sil­ver Medal. Many of Pro­fes­sor Bog­dan Gola’s for­mer stu­dents now hold sig­nif­i­cant posts at all lev­els of music edu­ca­tion, in var­i­ous cul­tur­al insti­tu­tions and the pub­lic media.

He is head of the Chair of Choir Con­duct­ing for term 2008–2012.

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