Janusz Siadlak is one of the best conductors in Poland and the winner of the Special Prize of The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage for invaluable contributions to Polish musical culture.
He is a creator of new trends and musical solutions, an initiator and author of many artistic events (Academic Musical Meetings, Musicalia Czestochowiana, Music in Temples, Palace Concerts), including the International Festival of the Bach Family, which gains more and more popularity every year. Janusz Siadlak is the founder and conductor of the Collegium Cantorum choir – presently the choir of the Czestochowa Philharmonic- with which he has been very successful both in Poland and abroad. He is also a co-founder and the artistic director of the Polish Chamber Voices.
His work has been appreciated by the Provincial Governor and awarded with a prestigious prize for his lifetime artistic work, and by the President of the city of Częstochowa for exceptional achievements in music. He has been honoured with numerous awards for “the Best Conductor”.
A graduate of the department of Musical Education at the Pedagogical University of Czestochowa and Postgraduate Studies for choirmasters at the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz, where he graduated with honours. He has taken part in courses, seminars, and conferences which were led by eminent choral conductors and representatives of the world choral studies, including prof. Heinrich Poos from Frankfurt am Main, Dr. Hans Jaskulsky from the Conservatory in Bochum, Dr. Hikaru Hayashi, University of Tokyo, Uwe Gronostay with the Berlin Philharmonic, prof. Tatsuya Murata from Tokyo, and Director of the Polish Chamber Choir Jan Lukaszewski.
The choirmaster Janusz Siadlak is a charismatic person and a leader of positive changes. A famous Polish composer Paweł Łukaszewski described him using these words: [Musicians] thanks to the work of Janusz Siadlak gained a new personality, sensitive to art and because of that to other people as well. “
The area of particular interest of Janusz Siadlak is deepening sensitivity to the quality and expression of sound, obtaining the sound richness by improving vocal techniques of singers to achieve the best possible homogeneity of the choir sound.
This Master of baton has so far cooperated with many famous ensembles and individuals of the world of art, classical and pop music:
Song and Dance Ensemble “Śląsk”, where he held the position of choir director for 6 years
the Wroclaw Chamber Orchestra “Leopoldinum”,
Capella Cracoviensis, Accademia dell’Arcadia,
the Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra,
the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra,
the Gliwice Chamber Orchestra,
the Sudecka Philharmonic Orchestra,
the Częstochowa Philharmonic Orchestra,
Polski Chór Kameralny, Polish Radio Choir,
soloists of the Grand Theatre — National Opera in Warsaw,
soloists of opera theatres in Vienna and many other European cities.
The Częstochowa Philharmonic Choir Collegium Cantorum is a vocal ensemble which was created in 2012 as a combination of a great passion for music, commitment and great musical sensitivity. The choir Collegium Cantorum is energy and professionalism and intensive, systematic artistic work, which enables continuous improvement of skills and preparing a comprehensive and highly diversified repertoire. The singers of the choir easily cope with different styles of music like classical music, opera music, a musical or popular music, as well as in contemporary compositions. The team appears on stage in full ensemble cast, in smaller ensembles and with singers performing solo, all presenting their vocal artistry. As a result, each concert of the choir Collegium Cantorum is a unique event and a true celebration of choral music.
The beginnings of the choir date back to 1987 when Janusz Siadlak established his first choir. The choir director’s experience gained over the years, and his great desire to create the highest quality performances led to the professionalization of the activities of the choir. As a 24-person, professional mixed choir the Collegium Cantorum has been operating since 2012, being one of the artistic ensembles of the Częstochowa Philharmonic.
The Collegium Cantorum Choir has toured almost all over Poland, in most European countries, as well as in Argentina, Uruguay, China and the USA (twice) everywhere collecting excellent reviews and meeting with an enthusiastic reception of the audience.
The choir has made many first performances of works by Polish composers – including Andrzej Koszewski, Wojciech Łukaszewski, Juliusz Łuciuk, Roman Maciejewski, Edward Bogusławski, Marian Borkowski, Marek Jasiński, Stanisław Moryto. The choir is appreciated for its impeccable technique and exceptional sensitivity to music in even the most demanding, rarely appearing on stages, works of composers such as Arvo Pärt, Ernst Pepping and Hugo Distler. Repeatedly invited by Zbigniew Preisner to collaborate on various projects related to film music and television productions. During the tour of the choir in Argentina, the conductor received the score of Misa por la Paz y la Justicia from its composer Ariel Ramirez. Thanks to this the premiere of this beautiful Mass could take place in Poland.
In addition to a cappella programs the choir performs (either alone or in an enlarged ensemble cast) oratorios and cantatas. It has worked, among others, with: the Częstochowa Philharmonic Orchestra, the Łódź Philharmonic Orchestra, NFM – Leopoldinum, the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra (USA), Capella Cracoviensis and the Accademia Dell Arcadia orchestra.
An important part of the activities of the Collegium Cantorum are the authorial events organized within the activities of the Częstochowa Philharmonic – these include themed music shows such as Hot Africa and The Beatles Symphonically, extremely popular and appreciated among the public, and celebrate successes series of thematic concerts: „Thursday evenings with the Collegium Cantorum” presenting the richness and diversity of vocal music (from the very latest music, through the classical and opera music to popular music and musical jokes). The Collegium Cantorum is also the organizer of the Festival of Music of the Bach Family.
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