Klaudiusz Baran (Poland) – accordion

Johann Sebastian Bach

Goldberg Variations BWV 988 (selection)

Klaudiusz Baran

Klaudiusz Baran

Born in Prze­myśl. In 1995 he grad­u­ated from the Fry­deryk Chopin Acad­emy of Music in War­saw, class of Pro­fes­sor Jerzy Jurek. As a schol­ar­ship holder of the French gov­ern­ment he con­tin­ued his stud­ies at Con­ser­va­toire “Paul Dukas” in Paris, class of Pro­fes­sor Max Bonnay.

He won the 1st Prizes at the All-Poland Accor­dion Com­pe­ti­tion in Katow­ice (1993), the Inter­na­tional Accor­dion Com­pe­ti­tion in Castelfi­dardo (Italy, 1997) and the Inter­na­tional Accor­dion Com­pe­ti­tion in Paris (1997).

He par­tic­i­pated in many fes­ti­vals, such as: “The War­saw Autumn”, “The Con­cert of the Year” in the Por­czyński Gallery in War­saw, the Byd­goszcz Fes­ti­val of Music Com­pe­ti­tion Win­ners„ “Lutosławski’s Forum” at the National Phil­har­monic in War­saw, Fes­ti­val of Con­tem­po­rary Music “Musica Polonica Nova” in Wrocław, “Musica Mod­erna” in Łódź, Accor­dion Music Fes­ti­val in Kragu­je­vac (Ser­bia), “Bayan and Bayanists” in Moscow, “Brawo Mae­stro” in Kąśna Dolna, “The Cross Cul­ture Fes­ti­val” in War­saw, “The Dia­logue of Four Cul­tures” in Łódź, “EXPO 2008” in Saragossa, Accor­dion Music Fes­ti­val in St. Peters­burg, “The Pol­ish Cul­ture Sea­son” in Rus­sia, “Tango Fes­ti­val y Mundial de Baile” in Buenos Aires, and many others.

As a soloist he coop­er­ated with the orches­tras of most of the Pol­ish phil­har­mon­ics, as well as the National Orches­tra of the Pol­ish Radio, Orches­tra of the Pol­ish Radio “Amadeus”, “Sin­foni­etta Cra­covia”, the Pol­ish Radio Orches­tra, the AUKSO Orches­tra, “Capella Byd­gostien­sis”, “Cam­er­ata Acad­e­mia”, “Vratislavia“, Dres­d­ner Phil­har­moniker, Phil­har­monie Meinen­gen, and a num­ber of oth­ers, under the baton of such con­duc­tors as: Agnieszka Ducz­mal, Hec­tor Guz­man, Zsolt Hamar, Rein­bert de Leeuw, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Jiři Malat, Charles Olivieri-Munroe, Michał Nes­terow­icz, Rein­hard Petersen, Daniel Raiskin, Mirosław Sko­ryk, Ste­fanos Tsialis, Krzysztof Urbański, Lucas Vis, Tadeusz Woj­ciechowski, Ryszard Zimak.

Klaudiusz Baran

Klaudiusz Baran

He gave con­certs together with such artists as: Roby Lakatos, Ivan Monighetti, Julius Berger, Susana Mon­cayo von Hase, Krzysztof Jakow­icz, Kon­stanty Andrzej Kulka, Tomasz Strahl, Andrzej Bauer, Michał Nagy, Vadim Brod­ski, Walde­mar Mal­icki, Paweł Gus­nar, the Royal String Quar­tet, and others.

In March 2009, as part of the “Amber Road Fes­ti­val“ in Kalisz, together with a Ger­man cel­list Julius Berger and the Kalisz Phil­har­monic Orches­tra he had an oppor­tu­nity to per­form the piece “Sieben Worte” by Sofia Gubaidulina under the baton of Adam Klo­cek – in the pres­ence of the com­poser, who also par­tic­i­pated in it.

He is a mem­ber and founder of such ensem­bles as: Tan­gata Quin­tet, with which he was twice nom­i­nated for the Fry­deryk Award (2004, 2005), Machina del Tango and DesOrient.

He per­formed solo, in cham­ber ensem­bles and with sym­phony orches­tras in Poland and abroad – in France, Italy, Aus­tria, Ukraine, Rus­sia, Spain, Czech Repub­lic, Ger­many, Belarus, Lux­em­bourg, Ser­bia, Slo­va­kia, Lithua­nia, Esto­nia, Great Britain, Nor­way, China, Switzer­land and Argentina.

He is invited as a lec­turer to the inter­na­tional courses of music inter­pre­ta­tion (Poland, France, Ser­bia) and as a jury mem­ber of national and inter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions (Poland, Italy, Slo­va­kia, Serbia).

In 2003 his CD was released by the Sony­Clas­si­cal record com­pany with solo and cham­ber works by Astor Piaz­zolla, the album won the award of the Phono­graphic Acad­emy – “Fry­deryk 2003” – in the cat­e­gory “Best Album – Cham­ber Music”.

He made numer­ous record­ings for the Pol­ish Radio and Tele­vi­sion, as well as with film, the­atre and light music.

His stu­dents have been awarded over 50 times at inter­na­tional and all-Poland accor­dion com­pe­ti­tions, and inter-disciplinary com­pe­ti­tions, in solo and cham­ber categories.

He is employed at the Fry­deryk Chopin Uni­ver­sity of Music in War­saw as Pro­fes­sor; in the period of 2002–2005 he per­formed duties of Head of the Interuni­ver­si­tary Chair of Accor­dion there, and from 2008 he was Deputy Dean of the Depart­ment of Instru­men­tal Stud­ies, and since 2011 he has been Dean of the Depart­ment of Instru­men­tal Stud­ies. For the term of office of 2012–2016 Pro­fes­sor Klaudiusz Baran holds the func­tion of Prorec­tor for Artis­tic Affairs.

He has been dec­o­rated with the Bronze Medal for Merit to Cul­ture – Glo­ria Artis.