Ryszard Minkiewicz

The tenor Ryszard Minkiewicz studied composition and theory of music at the Academy of Music in Gdansk, and then solo singing with Piotr Kusiewicz at the same Academy.

He was awarded the special prize at the Third International Ada Sari Competition in Nowy Sàcz (Poland) for the performance of contemporary lyric songs. In 1992 he won third prize as well as the prize of the Syndicate of the French Theatre Directors at the International Singing Competition in Toulouse. Since 1989 he has been a soloist of leading Polish Opera Houses in Warsaw, Poznań, Kraków, Bydgoszcz and Gdansk, where he has appeared in operas by Rossini, Mozart, Donizetti. Johann Strauss and Leonard Bernstein.

Ryszard Minkiewicz has a wide and versatile cantata, oratorio and concert repertoire. He works regularly with all major Polish Philharmonic organizations and festivals, and frequently participates in International Music Festivals, among others at Prazske Jaro, the BBC Proms in London, the Salzburg Festival, Musicora in Paris, Wratislavia Cantans and the Warsaw Autumn. He has appeared with such renowned orchestras as the Orchestre National de France, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, Bratislava and Brno Philharmonic Orchestras, Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, Capella Savaria, and Musica Aeterna, with conductors including Charles Dutoit, Simon Rattle, Yehudi Menuhin, Leos Svarovski, Jacek Kasprzyk, and Kazimierz Kord. Recordings of the artist are found on Naxos, EMI, Marco Polo, PolyGram, Accord, Dux, and other labels.

Ryszard Minkiewicz has also made a number of recordings for Polish Radio and Television as well as for BBC TV London (Szymanowski) and Brno TV (Janáček’s Glagolithic Mass).