from Poland was founded in 2010. It consists of musicians who for years have been associated with the choral stage of the Tricity and Wejherowo and the Academy of Music in Gdańsk. The ensemble’s official seat is the Museum of Kashubian- Pomeranian Literature and Music in Wejherowo. The octet specialises in performing a cappella music. Its repertoire includes music of different periods from the Renaissance onwards; however, it is dominated by contemporary music compositions, a significant part of which has been written exclusively for the group. Art’n’Voices has been awarded multiple times at national and international competitions. Its achievements include ten Grand Prix awards, including at the 11th International Choir Festival Mundus Cantat in Sopot (2015) or the National Contemporary Choral Music Festival Music Everywhere (Gdańsk 2014). The ensemble has been successful at two prestigious competitions within the framework of the European Grand Prix for Choral Singing: Polifonico Guido di Arezzo in Italy (2017) and Tolosako Abesbatza Lehiaketa in Spain (2019), where it won two 1st place awards. In 2021, the Polish Phonographic Academy awarded Art’n’Voices with the Frederic Award (also known as the Polish Grammy) for album Midnight Stories in the category: Album of the Year - Contemporary Music. Art’n’Voices is the first a cappella octet to receive this award. The Fryderyk (named after Frédéric Chopin) is the most prestigious award in the Polish Music Industry. So far, Art’n’Voices has released three albums: The Way of the Cross. With Christ at the Wejherowo Calvary (2013), which included compositions by the ensemble’s leader, Anna Rocławska-Musiałczyk, Art’n’Voices Live in Provence (2019), a recording of one of the concerts during a tour which was a part of the Festival des Chœurs Lauréats in France, to which the best choirs and vocal ensembles from around the world are invited. The last album by Art’n’Voices is called Midnight Stories. It’s critically acclaimed for its original compositions and precision in performance. Due to the large variety of texts used by individual artists, each of the twelve recorded compositions shows its own vision in which, in various shots, the motif of the coming of nightfall and everything related to it is presented. Art’n’Voices is the organizer of the ArteFonie Festival, which takes place every September in Wejherowo. Art’n’Voices successfully gives concerts throughout the country and Europe, performing at various festivals and on standalone concert tours.
Polish organist and improviser born in Szczecin in 1985. In 2013 he graduated with honours from the class of organ of Prof. Dr. hc Christoph Bossert at Hochschule für Musik in Würzburgu as a beneficiary of the scholarship offered under the Bavarian BAYHOST programme, having first graduated from the class of organ of the Chopin University of Music in Warsaw in 2010. During his studies he participated in the Erasmus- Socrates programme (one year) and studied in the class of Prof. Franz Danksagmüller at Hochschule für Musik in Lübeck. He participated in master courses run by such outstanding professors as Wolfgang Zerer, Michael Radulescu, Peter van Dijk, Harald Vogel, Martin Sander, Rudolf Mayer, László Fassang and Andrés Cea Galán. He also took part in the courses of organ improvisation held by Prof. Wolfgang Seifen and Dirk Börner. Having graduated from the University in Warsaw he took a six months’ training in organ building at Kristian Wegscheider’s workshop in Dresden (Wegscheider Orgelbau Dresden) and at the company of Torkildsen brothers in Norway (Torkildsen Orgelbyggeri Åsen), he also participated in the intonation course organised by the International Society of Organbuilders (ISO) at Bernard Aubertin’s manufacture in Courtefontaine, France. The artist is a member of Baltisches Orgel Centrum, the international Bach-Societät group, the Polish Bach Society, and he chairs the Sub-Committee for Organ Building at the Archdiocese of Kraków. He gives concerts both in Poland, and abroad (Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Norway, Lithuania). In his active concert life, he also performs as an organ improviser playing the background music to silent films, and cooperates with the Flores Rosarum ensemble, Kantorei Sankt Barbara, and Cracov Singers. In 2015 he won the 1st prize at the International Improvisation Competition ‘Internationaler Kinoorgel-Wettbewerb im Babylon’ in Berlin, and in 2016 he was awarded with the special Antalffy-Preis prize for the best interpretation of music on a historic organ at the International Organ Competition ION in Nürnberg. In 2017 he won the 1st prize and the special prize (the Cup of the Mayor of Poznań) at the 6th Feliks Nowowiejski International Organ Competition in Poznań. In 2019 he was the awardee of the 2nd prize and the audience award at the International Competition of Improvisation in Schwäbisch Gmünd. In 2015 he won the competition organised by the Centre for Artistic Education for writing a syllabus for the organ-playing course, intended for secondary schools of music in Poland. Filip Presseisen is a lecturer at the Pontifical University of John Paul II in Kraków, and the head of the instrumental section at the Archdiocese School of Music, level II, in Kraków.