MAGDALENA WDOWICKA-MACKIEWICZ (Polonia)
Magdalena Wdowicka-Mackiewicz is a graduate of the Academy of Music in Poznań, where, in 1994, she was awarded an MA diploma with honours in the class of choir conducting led by Professor Stanisław Kulczyński. She is a double prize winner of the All-Polish Choir Conductors Competition (1992 – 2nd Prize, 1994 – 1st Prize). In 1994 she was hired by the Academy of Music in Poznań, at the Faculty of Choral Conducting, Musical Education, and Church Music, where she still works as a professor. Since October 2012 she has been Head of the Department of Choir Conducting.
During her musical career she has been cooperating with many choirs and orchestras (among others baroque orchestra “Arte dei Suonatori”), with whom she prepared vocal and instrumental pieces of J. S. Bach, D. Buxtehude, W.A. Mozart, C. Orff, A. Pärt and others.
Magdalena Wdowicka-Mackiewicz specialises in Renaissance and Baroque music. As a lecturer, she takes part in science sessions and conferences. She has been a jury member in choir competitions and has run choir workshops.
Besides her pedagogical activity, she gives many concerts with Dysonans Chamber Choir which she founded in 1991 and has been leading ever since. This cooperation resulted in lot of significant prizes in choir competitions in Poland and Europe.
1998 – 3rd prize in the category of vocal ensembles at the 46thI International Polyphonic Competition of Guido d’Arezzo, Italy
2000 – special prize of the public Polish Radio for ‘the ensemble that has proved the best sound values’ at the 31st all-Polish choir competition ‘Legnica Cantat’, Poland
2001 – participation in semi-finals of ‘Let the People Sing’ choir competition organised by the BCC Radio
2008 – 1st prize at the IV International Festival Gaude Cantem, Bielsko-Biala
2010 – 1st prize at the XXII International Festival of Sacred Music in Rumia
2011 – Grand Prix at the XLVI International Choral Music Festival, Międzyzdroje
2012 – 3rd prize in the category mixed choirs at the International Choral Competition, Rimini, Italy
2016 – 1st prize in the category Baroque and 2nd prize in the category Renaissance at the 55th International Choral Singing Competition Seghizzi, Gorizia, Italy