Maria Piotrowska-Bogalecka graduated from the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice (in choral conducting and musical education), and the Academy of Music in Krakow (postgraduate studies in music theory). She also studied at Kodály Institute of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, and developed her conducting skills at courses both in Poland and abroad (Ericson Masterclass in Haarlem, International Kodály Seminar in Kecskemet, and Studium Chorale Masterclass for Choral Conductors in Maastricht).
She won the first prize, as well as the Edmund Maćkowiak special prize for the best choral rehearsal technique, at the XI National Competition for Choral Conductors in Poznan. She received numerous scholarships from the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, the Marshal of the Silesian Voivodship, and the Mayor of Chorzów. In 2009, as the conductor of the first choir she led – Accordare Chamber Choir in Bytom, awarded numerous prizes at competitions and festivals – she received the prize of the Marshal of the Silesian Voivodship.
In 2007, she set up the Contento Core Vocal Ensemble. As its artistic director, she has organised more than 70 concerts, took part in several dozen festivals and concert cycles, coordinated numerous projects, prepared several first performances, and produced two albums.
In 2012, she completed her doctoral degree in choral conducting, and in 2014 published the book “Decorum et varietas. Psalmy w muzyce wokalnej i wokalno-instrumentalnej polskiego baroku” (Decorum et varietas. Psalms in vocal and vocal-instrumental music of Polish Baroque).
Currently, Maria Piotrowska-Bogalecka works as a lecturer at the Choral Conducting Department of the Academy of Music in Katowice. She also coordinates the KoChAM International Festival of Music Academy Choirs. Since 2015, she has been the Silesia region curator for the national programme “Śpiewająca Polska” (Singing Poland) at the National Forum of Music in Wrocław.
Photo Magdalena Hałas