Polish organist Karol Mossakowsi presents a program of improvised silent film accompaniments and organ solo music followed by a post concert gathering in the Julia Garden with live carillon music performed by John Meier. This is a free event.
Entersect Kids! - our free concurrent children's program is available with reservation. Children Kinder to age 10 will make their own silent movie that our organist will improvise music for later in the concert. Babies through Pre-K will enjoy time in the nursury. Register here by Thursday, November 16. We cannot accept walk ins.
About the artist
Karol Mossakowski is renowned for both his interpretation and improvisation skills. He has shaped his deep musical personnality since the age of three, when he began to study the piano and the organ with his father. After musical studies in Poland with Elżbieta Karolak and Jarosław Tarnawski, he entered the organ, improvisation, and composition classes at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris as a student of Olivier Latry, Michel Bouvard, Thierry Escaich, Philippe Lefebvre et László Fassang.
Among the many prizes he was awarded, he won the first prize of the International Prague Spring Competition, and the Grand Prix de Chartres in 2016, one of the most prestigious international competitions. In 2010, he won the international Competition Feliks Nowowiejski in Poznań. In 2015, he was awarded the Grand Prix and the Prix du Public of the Jean-Louis Florentz international Competition in Angers by the Beaux-Arts Academy in Paris, and the Grand Prix André-Marchal in Biarritz. In 2016, he won the Prix international Boëllmann-Gigout in Strasbourg. That same year, he was awarded the « Debiut Roku » prize of the Music and Dance Polish National Institute.
In 2014-15 Mossakowski 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.
For Karol Mossakowski it is essential to support living music thanks to improvisation, to which he gives an important role in his recitals and develops by accompagnying silent films. Thus, much sought for his improvisation talent, he recently performed ciné-concerts at La Rochelle’s International Film Festival, or at the Festival Lumière in Lyon during which he improvised on Dreyer’s Jeanne d’Arc at Lyon’s Auditorium. He will soon release a DVD of this performance on Gaumont-Pathé.
Since January 2017 he has been teaching organ and improvisation at the Hector Berlioz Conservatory in Paris. Karol Mossakowski recently played in such venues as St Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theater, Paris Philharmonie, Köln’s Cathedral, Radio France Auditorium in Paris, Lyon’s Auditorium, Prague’Smetana Hall, Essen’s Philharmonie, Warsaw’s Philharmonie, and Budapest’s Palace of Arts (Müpa). During the 17-18 season, Karol will play recitals, among others, at Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral, Radio France Auditorium, Mariinsky Theater, and perform Poulenc’s Organ Concerto with the Mulhouse Orchestra in the context of the Paris Philharmonie’season. Invited by the Quebec City Film Festival, he will also play a ciné-concert at the Palais Montcalm.