International Concert Series
The Good Shepherd International Concert Series seeks to present captivating music, played by some of the brightest rising stars on the international scene, to the people of the Minneapolis–Saint Paul metropolitan area. Pope Benedict XVI described classical music as an "encounter with the divine," which can help us experience "very deeply the Lord's presence." We believe that musical expression is necessary for the culture of our community to thrive. As God's grace and love toward humanity is reflected through musical creativity, we can tangibly witness Him "making all things new."
All concerts are open to the public with no admission charge. A free-will offering will be taken to help cover our expenses. Each concert is followed by a reception where the audience may enjoy refreshments and fellowship and an opportunity to greet the performers.
We are able to present these recitals free of charge due to generous donations from the congregation and the free-will offerings. Mark your calendars for our 2018-2019 events:
Chere Ko (Hong Kong), organ
June 16, Saturday @ 6:15 PM
Born in Hong Kong, now based in NYC, Chere Ko was educated at St. Leonards-Mayfield School (U.K.). She went on to read music at the University of Manchester, and later at the Royal Northern College of Music. She also undertook private studies with Ann Elise Smoot. In 2010, she was able to study in The Netherlands and was awarded a scholarship by Flentrop Orgelbouw. Throughout her time in Manchester she was in great demand as an organist and harpsichordist and had been a prize-winner in competitions. Chere was the recipient of the Artistic Excellence Award (Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University) and the John R. Rodland Memorial Scholarship Competition (Third Prize, 2014). She has given recitals at notable venues such as St. Mark's Cathedral (Seattle), St. George's (Hanover Square, London), Central Synagogue (New York City), and St. James Episcopal Church (Historical Keyboard Society North America conference 2017). She is currently a doctoral candidate under Dr. Janette Fishell at the Jacobs School of Music. Aside from her academic studies, Chere is an active church musician and harpsichordist. She previously served as Organist at First Presbyterian Church (Columbus, IN), Centenary United Methodist Church (Lebanon, IN), and as Associate Organist and Choirmaster at the Cathedral of the Incarnation (Garden City, New York).
Michael Tsalka (Israel-Netherlands), piano
July 14, Saturday @ 6:15 PM
Early keyboard performer and pianist Michael Tsalka has won numerous prizes and awards in Europe, the U.S.A., the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America. A versatile musician, he performs with equal virtuosity a wide span of repertoire from the early Baroque to our days on the harpsichord, fortepiano, clavichord, square piano, chamber organ and modern piano. Dr. Tsalka was born in Tel-Aviv, Israel. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree from Tel-Aviv University, he continued his studies in Germany and Italy. In 2001, he received a Piano Solo Diploma from the Scuola Superiore Internazionale del Trio di Trieste, where he studied with Dario di Rosa. From 2002-2008, he studied at Temple University under the guidance of Joyce Lindorff, Harvey Wedeen, and Lambert Orkis. Tsalka holds three degrees from that institution: a Master’s degree in Chamber Music/Accompanying, a Master’s degree in Harpsichord Performance and a Doctorate in Piano Performance. Dr. Tsalka maintains a busy concert schedule. Recent engagements include performances at the Boston Early Music Festival, the Forbidden City Hall in Beijing, Bellas Artes Theater in Mexico City, the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, the Metropolitan Museum in New York, St. Denis Festival in Paris, Der Gasteig in Munich, Beethoven House in Bonn, Tokyo’s City Opera, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Volksbuehne Hall in Berlin, the Jerusalem Music Center, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Accademia Bartolomeo Cristofori in Florence, and interviews and live performances for radio stations in Hong Kong, Chicago, Buenos Aires, Berlin, Munich, St. Petersburg, Beijing, Stockholm, Helsinki, Auckland, St. Louis, Sydney, Amsterdam, Brussels, Geneva, London, Mexico City, and Jerusalem. He has performed as soloist with numerous orchestras, among them The Sydney Consort (Australia), the University of Birmingham Chamber Orchestra (U.K.), Temple University Chamber Orchestra (Philadelphia, U.S.A.), Krasnoyarsk Chamber Orchestra (Russia), Guatemala Symphony Orchestra, Musica Raritana (New Jersey, U.S.A.), Silvestre Revueltas Chamber Orchestra (Guanajuato, Mexico), St. Louis’ City Orchestra (U.S.A.), Hermitage Festival Orchestra (St. Petersburg, Russia), Saarbrucken Symphony Orchestra (Germany), Baroque Camerata (Kaohsiung, Taiwan), Filharmonica Orchestra (Manila, Philippines), and ThoroughBass (Sydney).
Dr. Tsalka has recorded 20 CDs for labels such as Naxos, Grand Piano, Ljud & Bild (Stockholm), Brilliant Classics (Amsterdam) Paladino (Vienna), and the Israeli Music Institute (Israel). Additionally, seven of his scholarly articles have been published by music journals, including De Clavicordio (Italy), Piano Bulletin EPTA (Netherlands), Early Keyboard Journal and Early Music America (U.S.A.). Dr. Tsalka often collaborates with composers: In 2016-2018, he will perform sixteen world premieres dedicated to him by composers of fourteen different nationalities. He has presented more then hundred master classes and lecture-recitals in academic institutions in all continents. During his doctorate years, he taught at the Esther Boyer College of Music. From 2009-2014, he was a professor of harpsichord and chamber music at the Escuela Superior de Música, National Center for the Arts (Mexico City), and a professor of early keyboards at Lilla Akademien (Stockholm). Currently, he is a visiting professor at Celaya Conservatory in Guanajuato, Mexico. Dr. Tsalka is on the board of directors of ECMTA (European Chamber Music Teachers Association) and the HKSNA (Historical Keyboard Society of North America). In 2011, he was the artistic director of the Bach Festival, at the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, Qingdao’s Grand Theatre and Wuhan’s Qintai Concert Hall. From 2012 to 2015, he was the co-artistic director of the Nordic Historical Keyboard Festival in Kuopio, Finland. In December 2014, he was the artist director of a mini-festival, titled “Fanfares and Ornaments” for the Dutch Embassy in Stockholm. In 2014 he became the artistic director of the Geelvinck Fortepiano Festival in the Netherlands. Currently, he is also the artistic director of the Across Bridges International Piano Summer Academy (Shanghai and Valencia).
Christopher Henley (United States), organ
July 28, Saturday @ 6:15 PM
A native of Talladega, Alabama, Christopher Henley serves as the organist of Anniston First United Methodist Church, where he provides service music for the 8:30 and 10:30 traditional worship services, manages the Soli Deo Gloria Concert Series, and accompanies various vocal and instrumental ensembles. Prior to his service at Anniston First, he served as the organist of the First United Methodist Church in Talladega and Pell City, Alabama. He is the founder and artistic director of The Noble Camerata, an auditioned vocal ensemble, that sings choral services in the Anniston, Alabama area and seasonal concerts. In addition to his church responsibilities, he serves on the faculty of the Community Music School of the University of Alabama, where is an instructor of piano. In March 2017, Christopher was named a member of the Class of 2017 “20 Under 30” by The Diapason magazine, an international journal of organ music, for his leadership in the field of organ and choral music. Mr. Henley is currently a senior in pursuit of the Bachelor of Music degree in Organ Performance at The University of Alabama where he studies with Dr. Faythe Freese.
Active as a performer, Mr. Henley has performed across the United States as a soloist. Recent performances have taken him to Saint Thomas, Fifth Avenue in New York City; First Plymouth Congregational Church in Lincoln, Nebraska; Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, Illinois; and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Berkeley, California. Upcoming performances include appearances in Atlanta, Georgia; Ashland, Alabama; Tuscaloosa, Alabama; Washington, D.C.; New York, New York; Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Portland, Oregon. As a competitor, he received first prize in the 2013 University of Alabama Organ Scholarship Competition, the 2013 Minnie McNeil Carr Organ Scholarship Competition, and the 2012 Clarence Dickenson Organ Festival (Beginner). In 2015, he was a finalist for the Southeast Regional Competition for Young Organists for the American Guild of Organists in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Baltic Duo: Ilona Kudiņa & Aija Rēķe (Latvia), flute & violin
Cristiano Rizzotto, piano & organ
September 22, Saturday @ 6:15 PM
The Baltic Duo was founded in 2015 in Boston and represents the identity of both Latvian musicians and one of the main goals – to popularize chamber music written by Latvian composers internationally. Their concert repertoire is very wide range starting from baroque music to contemporary and rare compositions written for the unique combination of violin and flute. The Baltic Duo has performed in the USA and Latvia including venues such as Boston’s King’s Chapel, Durbe’s Castle in Latvia and Martin Luther’s Cathedral in Daugavpils, Latvia.
Before moving to Boston in 2001, Ilona Kudiņa was orchestra artist in the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra. Her academic credentials include a Professional Diploma in Music Performance from Berklee College of Music and a Master of Arts in Music Performance from Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music, a well-regarded institution located in Riga, Latvia. Since 2000, she has played flute and piccolo for the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, been the Flute Chair for the Greg Hopkins Jazz Orchestra in Boston, MA, and formed, led, composed, and arranged music for the Ilona Kudiņa Quintet and the Amber Flute Quartet. This is in addition to the numerous projects that include recording and performing at Jazz Festivals in the US and abroad, an international jazz celebration at the UN, classical solo recitals in the US, Canada, and Latvia, performances at the Latvian Embassy in Washington, DC, and many other concerts across various genres. In 2016, she received the American Latvian Association's Lifetime Achievement Award for success in the music field and for promoting Latvian music and culture in the USA.
Ilona has served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts. She also has more than 20 years of experience as an educator. Her former students include accomplished professional flute players who perform worldwide. She currently teaches music at the Brimmer and May School, Chestnut Hill, MA. She has also taught at the Boston Center of Adult Education and at Coolidge Corner Music. Ilona returns to Europe each summer to perform and teach master classes. She has also performed at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA, at Boston University, and in the American Repertory Theatre's production of Marat/Sade. Since 2015, Ilona Kudiņa is Willow Flute Ensemble music director. The Willow Flute Ensemble is a seven-member group of musicians, specializing in all flutes – from piccolo down to the deep-toned bass flute. Ilona Kudiņa founded the Amber Flute Quartet in 2008 as a vehicle for showcasing music for flute by Baltic composers. She continues to serve as the Quartet leader. In 2014, the Amber Flute Quartet was enthusiastically received in a USA concert tour organized by the Latvian Cultural Association TILTS ("Bridge"), Inc., with additional support by the American Latvian Association (ALA) and USA Latvian communities. Various concerts in Latvian cities such as Sigulda, Riga, Ogre, and Daugavpils, were also always received with enthusiasm. For many years, Ilona has served as a board member and currently as president of the Baltic American Society of New England, in Boston, MA.
Aija Rēķe is a violinist, chamber musician and pedagogue. She graduated Boston University (MM, 2015), USA and Rotterdam Conservatory (BM, 2013) in the Netherlands. Winner of “Solo Bach Competition” at Boston University (2014), a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, American National Music Honor Society since 2015 and a recipient of the Boston Latvian Cultural Heritage award (2014). She has performed extensively in Europe and North America as a soloist, chamber musician and in numerous orchestras. Aija is a founding member of the Theia Piano Trio, which toured in the USA. As a passionate pedagogue, she has taught in El Sistema program in the USA. Her second instrument is baroque violin. Aija has performed with the baroque orchestra Collegium Musicum at the University of Toronto (Canada) among others. Her collaboration with several composers led to multiple world premieres, including microtonal “Musings” for violin solo by Lara Poe. Composer Lara Poe wrote a Violin Concerto for Aija Rēķe, which will premiere in the 2017/2018 concert season.
Miriam Grosman (Brazil), piano
October 6, Saturday @ 6:15 PM
Miriam Grosman desenvolveu seus estudos no Rio de Janeiro, onde obteve vários prêmios em concursos de piano. É Doutora em Artes Musicais (DMA), título concedido pela Catholic University of América, em Washington DC, onde foi orientada pelo Prof. Dr. Thomas Mastroianni. Graduada pela Escola de Música da UFRJ, é também Mestre em Música pela mesma Instituição. Professora Associada da U.F.R.J., integra os quadros dos Cursos de Graduação e Pós-Graduação como professora de Piano e orientadora de dissertações de Mestrado.. Recebe convites para Master Classes, oferecendo, ainda, cursos de extensão e seminários voltados para aspectos didáticos, estilísticos e interpretativos, como por exemplo: Aprendizagem e Memorização, Desenvolvimento do Pianismo, Chopin: obra e estilo, Beethoven: estilo e interpretação. Ë autora de vários artigos publicados em revistas especializadas de circulação nacional: Liszt e a Técnica Pianística, O Pianismo no Brasil, Ginastera e Música de Câmera com Piano, A Importância do Trabalho Mental, entre outros. Apresenta regularmente trabalhos nos Colóquios internos da Pós-Graduação, com ênfase em aspectos didáticos como Técnica Pianística, Medo de Palco e a Importância do Ritmo.Muitos de seus alunos se destacaram em concursos nacionais de relevância, alguns deles atualmente em programas de pós-graduação no exterior. Paralelamente à docência, desenvolve atividade artística relevante como solista e camerista, já tendo se apresentado em várias salas de Concerto no Brasil, Portugal, Espanha, Áustria e Estados Unidos. Integra o Trio Francisco Mignone com o violoncelista Ricardo Santoro e o flautista Afonso de Oliveira com gravações inéditas que incluem os dois trios do compositor para esta formação. Os comentários da crítica especializada foram excelentes, incluindo a Revista Diapason que avaliou o CD com a cotação de 5 Diapasons.Sobre a interpretação dos 6 Estudos Transcendentais, Carlos Dantas declara:….” a pianista Miriam Grosman nos dá uma versão que prima pela dinâmica filigranada, pela conduta técnica dominada senhorilmente. Performance nota 10”. (Tribuna da Imprensa, 3 de maio de 2006). Exerceu a chefia do Departamento de Teclado e Percussão por 5 anos e foi Coordenadora dos Cursos de Extensão da Escola de Música da UFRJ de 2007 a 2015.
Amanda Māra Rizzotto, soprano
Cristiano Rizzotto, piano
November 3, Saturday @ 6:15 PM
Amanda Māra Rizzotto, soprano, is finishing her Master's degree in Vocal Performance at North Park University in Chicago, under Annie Picard. She is Latvian Brazilian and started singing at the age of seven with the Children's Choir of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) where she remained as a soloist until the age of sixteen. That year she joined Brasil Ensemble and Sacra Vox, the two select chamber choirs of the same university. She performed at the Municipal Theater (Rio’s Opera House) and the most important cultural spaces and venues of the state of Rio de Janeiro and other states of Brazil. In 2010 she was a soloist at the UFRJ Choir concert in Buenos Aires celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the Independence of Argentina. In 2015 she performed in America with her brother, the organist Cristiano Rizzotto, at Saint Meinrad Archabbey in Indiana and at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Denver. Amanda is also a harpist and holds a bachelor degree in speech therapy. Amanda is part of the North Park University Chamber singers and she has performed with them in venues across the country. Last spring she played Cendrillon (Cinderella) in the North Park Univesity Opera Production of Cendrillon by Jules Massenet in Atheneum theater.
Good Shepherd Choir
December 15, Saturday @ 6:15 PM
Join our fun group! The choir rehearses in the Gallery on Thursday evenings from 7 to 9. We invite any curious members to join us for a rehearsal! This choir has a solid core of paid section leaders and committed volunteers. To join us, you do not need to have an angelic voice or advanced knowledge of music. In fact, not all members in the choir know how to read music. There are really only three criteria necessary for joining: 1) Willingness to commit to scheduled rehearsals and masses, 2) ability to match pitch, 3) ability to carry a tune. Again, we invite you to come to the loft during rehearsal and check it out if you think you might be interested. High school students are also encouraged to partake, as this may be a very formative experience for them. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email or call the Director of Music.
Svyati Duo: Rebecca Hepplewhite & Julian Collings (United Kingdom), cello & organ
January 12, Saturday @ 6:15 PM
Since forming Svyati Duo in 2009 Rebecca Hepplewhite (cello) and Julian Collings (organ) have gained international critical acclaim, both for their concert performances and commercial CD releases. Heralded as 'exemplary' performers by Fanfare Magazine, their concert engagements have taken them to venues throughout Europe, the United States of America and Asia. Svyati Duo take their name from Julian and Rebecca's first collaboration, as conductor and cellist in a performance of Sir John Tavener's masterpiece 'Svyati' for solo cello and choir. Tavener subsequently became the duo's Patron the following year and remained so until his death in 2013. Rebecca and Julian maintain a diverse and exciting repertoire, from Baroque sonatas through to substantial romantic and contemporary works, and are committed to performing music that displays the diversity of their instrumental combination.
Joseph Kingma (Palm Beach Atlantic University), piano
February 9, Saturday @ 6:15 PM
Known for a sound that is “rich and encompassing, yet delicate and refined” and a “flawless and expressive” technique, pianist Joseph Kingma is in constant demand as both a performer and teacher. First prize winner of the American Liszt Society’s first Franz Liszt International Piano Competition, held at Ohio State University, he has also won awards in the Cincinnati World Piano Competition, Sorantin International Young Artists Competition, and the Monroe Symphony League’s Emerging Artists Competition. Joseph joined the faculty of Palm Beach Atlantic University in the fall of 2018 as Assistant Professor of Piano and Coordinator of the Keyboard Division.
His poetic artistry and technical mastery has led to numerous concerto performances with orchestras across the nation. Passionate about both performing and teaching, he has drawn engagements from major universities, concert series, and orchestras from across the nation and maintains a busy concertizing and teaching schedule. A member of the American Liszt Society, he has performed at its annual festival. His musical interests are wide-ranging, and his repertoire includes a wide variety of composers in the solo, concerto, and chamber genres. He is currently represented in North America by Elegy Artist Management. In 2017, Joseph graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with his DMA, where he studied with Anton Nel. Previously, he earned his BM and MM at Rice University under the tutelage of Robert Roux. His earlier teachers include Aviram Reichert, Philip Pletcher, and Elena Arseniev. Joseph currently lives in southeast Florida with his wife (Rebecca), daughter (Eliana), and dog (Spunky).
Gedymin Grubba (Poland), organ
March 16, Saturday @ 6:15 PM
Gedymin Grubba (b. 1981) is an international organist, composer, and conductor performing about 100 concerts each year around the world. He is currently one of the most active Polish concert organists. So far he traveled around the globe five times on world concert tours across Europe, South America, North America (including 20 concerts in the US), South Africa, Asia, Australia, and Oceania. Last year (2016) marked the 20th anniversary of his artistic work, amounting to 1,500 recitals given so far. Geydmin has recorded several of CD’s (19 incl. DVD) and numerous recordings for radio and television in the world. He frequently conducts master-classes and is invited to be an adjudicator for organ competitions in the world. Since 1999 he is the Director of the International Festival of Organ Music at the Cathedral in Pelplin which is one of the most significant and prestigious cultural events of its kind in Europe. Since 2003 he is also Chairman of the Promotion of Art Gabriel Fauré Foundation which organizes about 50 concerts a year.
Sean Lundquist, tenor
April 6, Saturday @ 6:15 PM
Sean Lundquist is a senior studying Vocal Performance at the University of Minnesota with Philip Zawisza. He currently serves as the tenor section leader at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Golden Valley. He has performed with the Isthmus Vocal Ensemble, Moraine Chorus, and as the occasional sixth voice in the QuintEssentials. Sean has an Associate Degree from the University of Wisconsin - Washington County, where he studied with Deanna Gibeau.
Haskell Small (United States), piano
April 27, Saturday @ 6:15 PM
Composer and pianist Haskell Small has been praised for the exquisite blend of sound and silence in his compositions and for his prodigious technique and subtle touch at the keyboard. His discography of over a dozen recordings and his frequent national and international tours have firmly established Small's stellar artistic reputation around the world. Highlights of Small's international performance career include engagements at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center and Spoleto USA. His acclaimed artistry has spread further through his active YouTube channel and other videos, which have received millions of views. In addition to his online videos, Small was featured on the nationally-broadcast PBS special “A Celebration of the Piano.”
Over the course of his career, Small's contemplative nature has drawn him to music that seeks a spiritual quietude that approaches silence. His ongoing series of compositions, performances and recordings, "Journeys in Silence", reflects this interest. Small regularly tours the United States, Europe and Japan, programming his own compositions as well as works by other composers that share this aesthetic, performing in monasteries, churches and galleries as well as more conventional concert venues. Small has received commissions from the Washington Ballet, Three Rivers Piano Competition, Georgetown Symphony and Paul Hill Chorale, among others. Small’s discography includes recordings of his own compositions as well as the Goldberg Variations by JS Bach, Musica Callada by Federico Mompou and Gershwin in Black and White (a collection of piano transcriptions) on the MSR, Naxos, Centaur and 4Tay labels. Haskell Small received his musical training at the San Francisco Conservatory and Carnegie-Mellon University. He studied piano with Leon Fleisher and William Masselos, and composition with Vincent Persichetti and Ronald Leich. Haskell Small is a faculty member and former Piano Department Chair of the Washington (DC) Conservatory of Music, where he has taught since 1984.
Samuel Backman (American Organ Institute), organ
June 8, Saturday @ 6:15 PM
Samuel Backman is a native of Duluth, MN who was raised in Independence, WI. He holds a Masters of Music degree from Yale University’s Institute of Sacred Music and a Bachelor of Music degree, Magna Cum Laude with departmental distinction from Saint Olaf College. He received tutelage in organ from John Ferguson, Catherine Rodland, Martin Jean, and Thomas Murray. Additionally, he studied choral conducting with Christopher Aspaas, Anton Armstrong, and Marguerite Brooks. In addition to musical training, Sam studied philosophy and theology at the Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity. Awards include election to the national honorary music society, Pi Kappa Lambda while at Saint Olaf College, as well as the G. Winston Cassler Scholarship. At Yale University, Samuel was awarded a full tuition scholarship and was winner of the Mary Baker Award for excellence in organ accompaniment. Samuel also earned first-prize in the 2010 LTSC Paul and Ruth Manz Scholarship competition.
Samuel has been active as a church musician since the age of 12. Backman has worked as assistant organist at Saint Paul’s Episcopal on the Green in Norwalk, and organist at the University Church at Yale. He was the Organist and Choirmaster at Good shepherd Catholic Church from 2014 to 2016. In addition, he was active as an organist at the Cathedral of Saint Paul, in the formation of Choristers in the Cathedral Choir School, and as organist for special liturgies as a member of the sacred music staff at the Cathedral of Saint Paul. He is currently a doctoral candidate at the American Organ Institute of the University of Oklahoma, under Dr. John Schwandt.
Mateusz Rzewuski (Poland), organ
July 23, Tuesday @ 6:15 PM
Mateusz Rzewuski was born in 1991 in Łuków. He completed with honors and with the highest mark a Master’s degree course at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw in an organ class conducted by prof. Andrzej Chorosiński and Master’s Programme – Master of Music in Musikhochschule in Lubeck in an organ class under prof. Franz Danksagmüller. He is leading vivid artistic activities. He actively participated in many master classes run by: Guy Bovet, Piter van Dijk, Hans Fagius, Gerhard Gnann, Olivier Latry, Ludger Lohmann, Christophe Mantoux , Michael Radulescu, Daniel Roth, Wolfgang Zerer and many others. During international festivals Mateusz performed concerts in Poland, Germany, France, Lithuania, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. In 2011 Mateusz became a finalist of the International Festival of Sacral Music of the Reverend Stanisław Ormiński in Rumia and in the following year he also participated in archive recordings for the Polish Television.
In 2013 he became a finalist of the All-Poland Competition for Organ Improvisation in Legnica. In the same year he won first prize and was awarded special prize at the International Organ Competition “Organists of New Europe” (Organiści Nowej Europy) in Bardo. He also took part in the Erasmus student exchange programme in Musikhochschule in Lubeck, where he studied in an organ class under prof. Franz Danksagmüller. In 2015 he won II prize and was awarded a special prize at the VII International M. K. Čiurlionis Organ Competition in Vilnius. He was twice awarded a scholarship by President of the capital city of Warsaw and a scholarship by Rector of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. He was also awarded a scholarship by the Ministry of Science and won the ‘Young Poland’ (Młoda Polska) scholarship of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage to study for a Master’s Degree in Germany for his outstanding artistic achievements. In 2013 he also initiated the Organ and Chamber Music Festival in Łuków, in which he acts as an artistic director. Currently he is studying organ and improvisation at Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional in Paris as a part of „La cycle concertiste” course in a soloist class under prof. Christophe Mantoux.
Good Shepherd Catholic Church is enormously grateful to all those who have supported and continue to support our Music Program through their presence and generous financial contributions.
For additional information about these recitals, the music ministry, the pipe organ, and the harpsichord at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Golden Valley, Minnesota, please call the Music Office at 763-544-0416 ext. 853 or contact us via e-mail.