Brussels Philharmonic | Karol Mossakowski

Karol Mossakowski

Karol Mossakowski is renowned for both his interpretation and improvisation skills, he won the first prize of the International Prague Spring Competition as well as the Grand Prix de Chartres, and leads an international career in both of these fields that constantly evolve together. Karol was appointed Radio France’s organist in Residence in 2019, where he has gained the public’s enthusiasm thanks to an outstanding charisma.

Recent and future highlights include concerts in venues such as Radio France, Philharmonie de Paris, Lyon’s Auditorium, Warsaw Philharmonie, Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg, BOZAR Brussels, Palais Montcalm in Quebec, Bamberg’s Konzerthalle, Wroclaw’s National Forum of Music, as well as with orchestras as the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, or the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra under conductors like Myung-Whun Chung, Kent Nagano, Mikko Franck, and Stéphane Denève.

For Karol it is essential to support living music thanks to improvisation, to which he gives an important role in his recitals and develops by accompanying silent films. In 2017 he released a DVD with his improvisations on Dreyer’s Jeanne d’Arc for Gaumont-Pathé.

Karol Mossakowski is the recipient of many other international awards, including the first prize of the international Competition Feliks Nowowiejski in Poznań in 2010, the Grand Prix and the Prix du Public of the Jean-Louis Florentz international Competition in Angers awarded by the Beaux-Arts Academy in Paris, and the Grand Prix André-Marchal in Biarritz in 2015. In 2016, he won the Prix international Boëllmann-Gigout in Strasbourg. That same year, he was awarded the Corypheus of Polish Music prize of the Music and Dance Polish National Institute.

In 2014-15 Karol was appointed Young Artist in Residence at Cathedral of St. Louis King of France in New Orleans (USA), where he performed many recitals and taught interpretation and improvisation lessons.

Karol Mossakowski started the piano and the organ at three years old with his father. After musical studies in Poland with Elżbieta Karolak and Jarosław Tarnawski, he entered the organ, improvisation, and composition classes at the Paris Conservatory as a student of Olivier Latry, Michel Bouvard, Thierry Escaich, Philippe Lefebvre and László Fassang.

He is titular organist of Lille’s Cathedral, and professor of improvisation at the Higher School of Music in San Sebastián (Musikene).