biography

Jacek started his musical career as a member of a male voice choir in his native city Wroclaw (Poland) at the age of sixteen. While in Poland, he performed with all major early music ensembles such a Bornus Consort and premiered newly discovered pieces of early Polish music including Mielczewski’s ‘Opera Omnia with the Warsaw Chamber Opera’. Jacek also performed at many festivals at home and abroad and made numerous CD and radio recordings.

Jacek is a member of Resurgam, a Dublin based ensemble, with which he sings the great sacred repertoire of the renaissance and baroque periods. He is also a lay vicar at Christ Church, regularly cooperating with the Palestrina Choir, St. Patrick’s Cathedral Choir, and various choral societies and orchestras such as the Irish Baroque Orchestra and the Irish Chamber Orchestra. At the same time, he occasionally works with Opera Ireland, Lyric Opera, Northern Ireland Opera and Opera Theatre Company performing repertoire ranging from Monteverdi to contemporary music.

He has recorded for the RTÉ and the BBC and toured Europe, Russia, China, Brazil, Lebanon and the USA.

Jacek has  recently sang solo part in J.S Bach’s St Mathew Passion (October 2017), Crucifixus Pro Nobis by Kenneth Leighton in Dublin’s Christ Church Cathedral (a critically acclaimed performance, April 2017), ‘Sun Rings’ by Terry Riley with Kronos Quartet in Glagow as part of a London Cultural Olympiad. He also premiered Arvo Part’s ‘Stabat Mater’ at RTÉ Living Music Festival in 2008. In 2017 Jacek received Arts Council reward to give the first performance of Polish Baroque music of S.S Szarzynski in Ireland (in cooperation with his friend a researcher- lutenist Jerzy Zak from Poland and a violinist Monica Huggett) in September 2017.

His current engegements and future artistic plans include singing JS Bach’s St Mathew Passion in March 2018  with Nederlands Kamerkoor, under Jan Willem de Vriend in Leiden, a tenor solo part in an Irish premeire of  C.H Graun’s Passion ‘Der Tod Jesu’  in  Dublin (March 2018), and the ‘Rose Tree’ role in John O’Brien’s opera based on Oscar Wilde’s story ‘The Nightingale and the Rose’ inI reland in autumn 2018, as well as performing a selection of Italian Baroque cantatas  by Monteverdi, Cesti and Rossi with  his ensembles ‘Chant21’ in Dublin in April 2018.

He had the pleasure to be work with several distinguished conductors such as James Wood, Stephen Layton, Celso Antunes, David Brophy, John Butt, Bo Holten, Stephen Cleobury, Tõnu Kaljuste, Paul Hillier and Terry Edwards.