Tomasz Kowalczyk

Composer, poet, educator, piano teacher




Tomasz Kowalczyk (March 26, 1990) - composer, pianist, poet. In 2012, Tomasz graduated from the University of J.A Komeński in Leszno in the field of "Artistic education - musical art", and in 2014, the field of "Pedagogy" at the University of Humanities of Stanisław Leszczyński in Leszno. In 2018-2020, he released over 10 music albums in the field of piano, vocal and film music, which are available on streaming portals. Tomasz Kowalczyk composed songs based on poems by Jan Lechoń and other well known Polish poets. He composes vocal music for the participants and finalists of Voice of Poland or Szansa na Sukces - popular tv music programme. Tomasz made a piano tour of England's historic towns in 2016 and gave concerts in Berlin and in Polish cities, incl. Kraków, Poznań, Leszno, Kościerzyna, Rydzyna. His works have been broadcast, among others in Rmf Classic, Radio Pryzmat, Ciche Radio or Radio Guardian. Tomasz lives in Leszno, where he teaches piano and composes piano, vocal, entertainment and film music. He also accepts composing orders. Tomasz has published 4 books on art and poetry. His works are played by musicians all over the world, incl. by Anna Sutyagina, popular influencer for modern piano music

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What does music mean to you personally?

Music is everything - waves of moving trees, dancing rays of the sun, echoes of stars. We are made of sounds that are a mirror image of our soul. We need waves to exist because without them man becomes a dead shell - without words, gestures, care and love - which emanate with special vibrations. Music can be found everywhere - from birds that carry its infinity - to black holes, peculiarities that tremble with nothingness and oblivion.

Do you agree that music is all about fantasy?

Music is a clash of imagination, dreams, love, anger, reality, onirism, grotesque and the pathos of the prose of life. It is the accumulation of all senses, visions and spirituality.

If you were not a professional musician, what would you have been?

Then I would be dead.

The classical music audience is getting old, are you worried about the future?

I am not afraid of this, as humanity will eventually, after democracy, return to the highest values, which is classical music, poetry or true art. What is total kitsch today will be buried and beauty will be rediscovered. It is enough to look at Moritz Moszkowski, who was detected after about 100 years afresh. A composer lives the eternity of his music.

What do you envision the role of music to be in the 21st century? Do you see that there is a transformation of this role?

The transformation will happen in the near future. At this point, humanity is overwhelmed with minimalism and a common musical language, for example piano, which show the shallowness and fall of the human soul.

Do you think that the musician today needs to be more creative? What is the role of creativity in the musical process for you?

Fact. Contemporary composers have been deprived of rich texture, dynamics - which, like texture, agogic and polyrhythmia - can be developed indefinitely. Not only composers, but also artists from other fields have become mostly straightforward. I believe this is due to the push for materialism and the force to fit to simple human tastes.

Do you think we as musicians can do something to attract the younger generation to music concerts? How would you do this?

In philharmonics, the relationship between early and modern music is not well-balanced. I think it could fuel teenagers and children a little to the music itself. Music education, as well as the subject of music itself, is also considered in some countries as 'singing and playing the flute'. It is not said that music develops abstract thinking, math skills, linguistics, and emotional intelligence.

Tell us about your creative process. What is your favorite piece (written by you) and how did you start working on it?

Each track is a piece of me torn from the abyss of my soul. I will not find my favorite song, in some songs I bow to all-powerful nature, in others I sing with the voice of birds. When I compose, I am integrated with the entire universe. I see everything through the eyes of black holes, I hear with the rays of stars, I breathe the infinity of the cosmos.

Can you give some advice for young people who want to discover classical music for themselves?

Every contemporary variety of music stems from classical music. Beethoven already played blues in the second part of the 32nd sonata, Bach's beginnings of jazz can be heard, and Chopin's rock or metal progressions can be found. Such searches develop a complete view of what music is, that it is connected vessels, DNA, mitosis, and meiosis all rolled into one.

Do you think about the audience when composing?

When I compose I cease to exist. There is only a sound that brings out the entire existence that surrounds me. Nature then lives its own life, then there are no forced and planned activities. Everything is born limitless in itself.

What projects are coming up? Do you experiment in your projects?

My newest piano album has just been released - to which I cordially invite you. It is available on all streaming websites. There are 10 tracks that are very varied nature - from tsunami strikes to blissful feelings of respite.