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Mariusz Mróz
Javier Busto
Milan Kolena
Margrethe Ek
Artur Wróbel

Mariusz Mróz (Gdansk, Poland)

Professor at the Gdańsk University of Technology and the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz at the Department of Conducting, Jazz and Music Education. Conductor of the Academic Choir of the Gdańsk University of Technology, Artistic Director of the Gdańsk Branch of the Polish Association of Choirs and Orchestras. He has performed in many Polish and foreign concert halls (Belgium, Germany, France, Spain, Mexico, Denmark, Sweden, Estonia, Lithuania, Russia, Czech Republic, Austria, Slovenia, Italy, the Netherlands, Hungary, Macedonia). He took part in 32 national and 22 international choir competitions and festivals where he received a total of 55 awards. He is the author of many publications on church music, a speaker at scientific conferences, and a juror at national and foreign choral competitions.

Javier Busto (Spain)

Born in Hondarribia (Basque Country-Spain) in 1949. Graduated in Medicine by the University of Valladolid. Initiated into choral music by Erwin List. Conductor of mixed choir Ederki Korua in Valladolid (1971-1976). Founder-Conductor of mixed choir, Eskifaia Abesbatza in Hondarribia (1978-1994). Founder-Conductor of female choir, Kanta Cantemus Korua (1995 - 2007). Founder-Conductor of female choir, Aqua Lauda Korua (2014) His scores are being published in Basque Country, France, Germany, Japan, USA, United Kingdom and Sweden.
Takes part as a jury in composition and interpretation competitions for choirs, in Arezzo, Rimini and Nuoro-Cerdeña (Italy), Antalya (Turkey), Baden (Österreich), Debrecen (Hungary), Ejea de los Caballeros (Spain), Hamar (Norway), Las Palmas de G.C. (Spain), Maasmechelem (Belgium), Maribor (Slovenia), Mérida (Venezuela), Montserrat (Catalunya-Spain), Neerpelt (Belgium), Riga (Latvia), Split (Croatia), Takarazuka (Japan), Tours (France), Tolosa (Basque Country- Spain) and Yeosu (South Korea). Guest Conductor in Argentina, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Norwegian, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, USA and Venezuela. Invited at IV World Symposium on Choral Music in Sydney, Australia (August 1996). GOLDEN BADGE in his hometown, Hondarribia (1999). ORFEÓN DONOSTIARRA & UNIVERSITY OF THE BASQUE COUNTRY AWARD (2012).

Milan Kolena (Bratislava, Slovakia)

At the Zilina Conservatory he studied piano, singing and choir conducting. After graduating with a degree in Choral Conducting at the University of Performing Arts (VSMU) in Bratislava under the tutelage of Prof. Peter Hradil, he continued his studies in sacred music at VSMU. He also continued his studies of Gregorian Chant with Prof. J.Kohlhaufl at the University for Music and Darstellende Kunst in Vienna where he is the author of the first Slovak professional publication on Gregorian chant: ”Súčasné smery v interpretácii gregorianskeho choralu” (Current Directions in Interpretation of Gregorian Chant). He actively cooperates in the interpretation of Gregorian chant with Prof. Dr. F.K. Prassl from Graz and Prof. Dr. J.B. Goschl from Munich. Milan Kolena teaches choir conducting and Gregorian chant at VŠMU. Since 1998 Milan Kolena has been the Art Director of the International Choir Festivals in Bratislava. He is active as a Jury member at national and international choral competitions in Czech Republic, Poland, Italy, Slovakia. He led many workshops and seminars about vocal polyphony, Gregorian chant and Slovak contemporary music. During 2004-2006 together with Schola Gregoriana Bratisalvensis recorded 3 CDs of Bratislava antiphons for Slovak National Library. Since 2013 he is the president of the Slovak Choral Association. In 2014 he gave lectures at three American universities: Illinois Wesleyan University School, University of Missouri School of Music, Colorado State University, topic: The Question of the Interpretation of Latin texts in Sacred Choral Music. He was awarded the best conductor special prize of the „Singing World“ choral competition in St. Petersburg, Russia in 2015. In the same year he also did workshops in China and Hong Kong.

Margrethe Ek (Norway)

Margrethe Ek started conducting at the age of 14. Ek studied music for eight years, including master in singing, an education in music performance and presentation, and a diploma in conducting from the Norwegian Academy of Music. She has written a book of the health benefits of singing in a choir (Cantando 2012). An article of choir and health benefits are to be published in the bulletin of international federation of choral music (IFCM). Ek currently works as a teacher in music at two local high schools. She has previously worked at the University of Oslo within the subjects of song and conduction for 11 years. Being a conductor filled with energy and dynamic presentations, she has conducted several ensembles at high levels within several genres – both choirs and instrumental ensembles (symphony orchestras and wind ensembles). Ek’s different ensembles have often been seen on national TV and radio, and they have participated in choir contests at international levels with great results. Margrethe Ek has been acknowledged as both a lecturer and a visiting conductor for both businesses and musical ensembles in Norway. She is often invited to be a judge in both national and international choir contests. Today Margrethe Ek is the conductor of Moss Ensemble Consensus, founded in 2010.

Artur Wróbel (Wroclaw, Poland)

He graduated with honors from the Faculty of Musical Education at Academy of Music. Academy of Music in Wroclaw, with a specialization in Leading Teams vocal and instrumental, in the classroom conducting Prof. Alan Urbanek. In 2008 he also completed a Masters in Conducting at the direction of the Department of Composition, Conducting, Music Theory and Therapy, Wroclaw Academy of Music, under Prof. Mark Pijarowski. He is the winner of the National Choir Conducting Competition in Poznan in 2004 (honorable mention), was also a scholar of the Ministry of Culture and Arts for the academic year 2003/2004. In a ten-year internship was assistant in the Academy of Music. K. Lipinski in Wroclaw at the Department of Music Education. It is now an academic at his alma mater where he teaches conducting, Academic Choir of them. S. Krukowski, and string orchestra. In June 2009, obtained his doctorate in musical arts in the artistic field: conducting. Since November 2004, is employed at the State Secondary School of Music to them. Richard Bukowski in Wroclaw, where he leads the chamber orchestra, choir and vocal ensemble. . In the years 2002 – 2005 he was assistant conductor of the Academic Choir of Wroclaw Technical University, and held the 2005/2006 season, artistic director of the choir duties at the Capitol Music Theatre in Wroclaw. In 2006-2008 he was also assistant conductor at the Wroclaw Opera, where in January 2007 led to the successful performances of J. Strauss’ Vengeance bat, his debut as a conductor on the operatic stage. Since July 2008 Arthur Wrobel was the music director and conductor of the Cantilena Chamber Male Choir.

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