Tenor-Wojciech Sokolnicki

Fot. Adam Nawracaj

Wojciech SokolnickiFor Wojciech Sokolnicki, the young Polish tenor the creativity and romantic expression combined with aesthetic eloquence constitues the essence of his talent. Being at ease with bel canto from the art song to the operatic aria the artist reshapes his individual style on demand. Evoking the great Italian masters of the golden era Wojciech Sokolnicki on stage is a grand artist. Born in Walbrzych, Poland, from an early age on Wojciech has been drown into the arts and music. His first inspiration was saxophone and that led him to enter the Elementary Music School in his hometown-class of Prof. Jaroslaw Janik. After receiving the High School Diploma his interests shifted towards the creative arts and enabled him to be accepted at the Academy of Fine Arts in Lodz which he completed and was awarded Master of Art degree in designing and costumology. Again the concept of challenge promoted the young artist to review his original interest and choose the musical path: the vocal studies at the Academy of Music in Poznan. His mentors were Prof. Jerzy Mechlinski and Prof. Ryszard Karczykowski. Additionally he took part in master classes led by Prof.Anita Garancy, Prof. Jurij Grigorjew and Prof. Karola Theil. "Artistic excellence" has always been the motto for this young singer. In 2010 he won the auditions to appear in the title role of Leonard Bernstein's opera "Candide" at the Poznan's Grand Opera. His Italian debut appearance in the same role followed  through Maestro Elio Boncampagni's invitation to sing in Lucca's Teatro del Giglo directed by Michal Znaniecki. Innumerable premiere appearance in the same title role at Teatro Alghieri in Ravenna, Teatro Goldoni in Livorno and Teatro Verdi in Pisa ensured the success of Polish and Italian debut performances culminating with the Jan Kiepura Award "The Best Debut Perfromance of the year 2010" offered by the Mazovian Music Theatre in Warsaw. The live broadcast Gala Concert at W. Lutoslawski Studio S1 of the Polish Radio & TV in Warsaw was a memorable event. Wieslaw Ochman, the eminent Polish tenor was present at this concert and being impressed with Wojciech Sokolnicki's artistry invited him to perform in a concert  "An Hommage to Jan Kiepura" at the National Philharmonic Hall in Warsaw. The year 2011 was very prolific in diverse presentations: an unusual concert in the Opera at the Castle of Szczecin: XIII Grand Tournament of Tenors, appearance in a musical "Mandragora" as Arlecchino at the Poznan Grand Opera directed by Michal Znaniecki and again "Candide" by Leonard Bernstein,  this time in a  concert version at the Teatro Politeama Garibaldi in Palermo with the Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana conducted by Maestro Elio Boncampagni. In 2012 Wojciech Sokolinicki was reinvited to Szczecin to sing again at the XiV Grand Tournament of Tenors. Having keen interest in the art song the artist prepared the whole cycle of Sergei Rachmaninoff songs and presentend them at the H. Wieniawski Theatre in Szczawno Zdroj with piano accompaniment of Joanna Zaremba.

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