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Tomasz Orlow - NOSPR

Tomasz OrlowOrgan

photo by Łukasz Wójcik

Tomasz Orlow is an organist, improviser, holder of a Ph.D. in music, and graduate of the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice in the organ class of Julian Gembalski (1998). In 1999–2000 he was awarded the Culture Foundation scholarship which he used to improve his improvisation skills at the Robert-Schumann Musikhochschule in Düsseldorf in the class of Wolfgang Seifen’s organ improvisation.
Tomasz Orlow participated in the 3rd annual Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck Organ Competition in Gdansk in 1997, where he won the 2nd prize (1st prize was not awarded) and also became the laureate of the 1st International Organ Competition in Warsaw in 1997 (a certificate of merit).
He regularly performs at concerts in Poland and abroad, most often in connection with the presentation of improvisational art. He is also regularly involved in the study of contemporary organ music, giving several premieres of contemporary composers. He works closely with the Camerata Silesia Katowice City Singers' Ensemble.
Tomasz Orlow currently teaches at the Music Institute of the Art Department, Silesian University in Cieszyn, where he instructs students in the interpretation of organ literature, improvisation and organ performance. Furthermore, he is engaged in organ activities (both research and documentary), in which he implements the restoration and reconstruction of historical instruments.


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