Karol Kozłowski


Graduated from the Academy of Music in Gdańsk ( MA in Singing and Drama with distinction, 2007 ) where he studied with dr Stanisław Daniel Kotliński. He is also a graduate of the Faculty of Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. Participated in master classes of Ryszard Karczykowski, Rolando Panerai, Salvatore Fisichella, Sylvia Geszty, Helena Łazarska and Claudio Desderi. He was awarded the second prize at the Hariclea Darclèe International Voice Competition (Romania, 2005) and received nomination for the 2013 Polityka’s Passport Award for classical music.

In years 2007- 2009 he was a soloist of the Wrocław Opera, where he debuted as Alfred in Die Fledermaus (The Bat) by J. Strauss, and sung also the part of Tamino in The Magic Flute by W. A. Mozart, Count Almaviva in The Barber of Seville by G. Rossini, Cassio in Otello by G. Verdi, Archangel in Paradise Lost by K. Penderecki and Edrisi in K. Szymanowski’s King Roger. Karol Kozłowski has sung on the stages of the Théâtre Montansier in Versailles (Oebalus in W. A. Mozart’s Apollo et Hyacinthus), the Latvian National Opera in Riga (Count Almaviva in G. Rossini’s The Barber of Seville), Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz in Munich (Lindoro in G. Rossini’s L’Italiana in Algeri) and of the Kyiv Opera (Edrisi in K. Szymanowski’s King Roger). Since 2009 he has collaborated with the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera, where he has has been featured as Vitellozzo in G. Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia, Misail in M. Musorgski’s Boris Godunov, Damazy in S. Moniuszko’s The Haunted Manor, Young Servant in R. Strauss’ Elektra, Kudryash in L. Janaček’s Katya Kabanova, Edrisi in K. Szymanowski’s King Roger, Goro in G. Puccini’s Madame Butterfly, the Dancing Master and the Lamplighter in G. Puccini’s Manon Lescaut and Father Mignon in K. Penderecki’s The Devils of Loudun.

Karol Kozłowski has been highly praised in the baroque repertoire, particularly for his interpretation of the Evangelist in Bach’s both St John Passion and St Matthew Passion. He has been performing with all major polish baroque music ensembles i.a. Capella Cracoviensis, Wrocławska Orkiestra Barokowa, {oh!} Orkiestra Historyczna, Musicae Antiquae Collegium Varsoviense, Il Giardino d’Amore and Arte dei Suonatori.  

He has cooperated with such conductors as Fabio Bonizzoni, Andreas Spering, Andrew Parrott, Konrad Junghänel, Kai Wessel, Christophe Rousset, Benjamin Bayl, Joshua Rifkin and Jan Tomasz Adamus.

His voice’s exceptional timbre and versality has inspired also living composers. Since 2012 Kozłowski has regularly participated in the Kissinger Sommer Festival in Bad Kissingen, where parallel to the masterpieces of Romantic and 20th century art song, accompanied by such outstanding pianists like Melvyn Tan, Axel Bauni and Jan Philip Schulze he has performed the world premiere pieces for voice and piano, written especially for him by i.a. Oliver Schneller, Manfred Trojahn and Bernd Redmann. In 2014 composition of Andrzej Kwieciński- Canzon de’baci for tenor and orchestra, performed for the first time in Katowice a year earlier during the 6th Festival of Premieres (Karol Kozłowski was accompanied by AUKSO Chamber Orchestra of the City of Tychy under the baton of Marek Moś) won the 61st International Rostrum of Composers in Helsinki. The artist’s tenor voice inspired a composer Paweł Mykietyn to cast him as Settembrini in his opera The Magic Mountain. The world premiere, directed by Andrzej Chyra took place at Malta Festival 2015 in Poznań.

Since 2010 Karol Kozłowski he has performed together with a pianist Jolanta Pawlik. The artists recorded two great song cycles of Franz Schubert on Wilhelm Müller’s poems- Die schöne Müllerin  and Winterreise, both released by DUX.