Marek Raczynski belongs to the young generation of Polish composers and relates his artistic work mainly to choral music. He has composed many a cappella choral pieces which entered the repertoire of many vocal ensembles all over the world. His artistic repository also includes vocal-instrumental pieces, instrumental forms and numerous arrangements.
His initiation to the world of music Marek Raczynski owes to Prof. Stefan Stuligrosz, the conductor of “The Poznan Nightingales”, the boys’ and men’s choir in which Marek Raczynski sang for over a decade. Later, as a member of many choirs performing in Poland and Germany, he further developed his sense of music and knowledge of choral literature. Marek Raczynski graduated from the Frederic Chopin University of Music in Warsaw where he mastered his composing skills during a Post-Graduate Composition Course in the class of Prof. Pawel Lukaszewski.
Additionally, Raczynski also graduated from the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan where he studied psychology. Marek Raczynski does not limit himself to composing. He is a co-founder and member of “Minimus” Vocal Ensemble and, since 2015, he is a vice-president of the Chamber Music Promotion Association, “Musica Minima”.
Marek Raczynski’s pieces have won many prizes at composing competitions. Among his most prominent compositions he enumerates:
2018 – Composers Competition Legnica Cantat, Legnica, Polska – 2 Prize „Na klawiszach fal” („Deszcz na morzu”) for a cappella choir
2017 – Andrzej Koszewski International Composers Competition, Poznań, Polska – 3 Prize „O vere beata nox” for a cappella choir
2017 – Composers Competition Musica Caelestis, Warszawa, Polska – 1st Prize „Sancte Michael Archangele” for female a capella choir
2016 – Tadeusz Baird Composers Competition, Warszawa, Polska – distinction „Jako cień są nasze dni…” for vocal ensamble
2015 – International Composers Competition MUSICA SACRA NOVA – 1st Prize „Media Vita” for 3 unaccompanied choirs
2014 – Composers Competition Opus 966 – 2nd Prize „Spiritus Domini” for a cappella choir
2014 – Composers Competition Opus 966 – Special Prize „Poznan Chamber Choir Composer in Residence”
2014 – Polish Composers Competition, Wejherowo, Polska – 1st Prize „Mój Ójcze” for a cappella choir
2013 – Composers Competition Opus 966 – 2nd Prize „Gaudeamus omnes” for a cappella choir
2013 – III Feliks Nowowiejski International Composers Competition – 1st Prize „Ave Regina caelorum” for a cappella choir
2012 – II Feliks Nowowiejski International Composers Competition – distinction „Laudate Dominum” for a cappella choir
2009 – I Polish Composers Competition for Eucharistic Motet– 1st Prize „Ave verum Corpus” for a cappella choir