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Chamber Orchestra of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań

Conductor: dr Aleksander Gref






Chamber Orchestra of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań



Chamber Orchestra of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań was established in 2004 on the initiative of its current conductor, Aleksander Gref. For over a decade of its activity the orchestra has represented AMU by participating in various cultural and social projects as well as performing at academic ceremonies. The orchestra participates in annual concerts organized by the Rector of the AMU: The New Year's Concert and the May Concert, and supports independent musical projects by working with ensembles from Poland and abroad. In 2010, the orchestra took part in a video clip promoting the Foundation Dar Szpiku [The Gift of Bone Marrow], which helps people with blood cancer.

The diverse repertoire of the orchestra includes pieces from the canon of classical music, passionate Argentine tango, entertainment music evergreens and well-known film music themes. So far the ensemble has performed arrangements of compositions by Fryderyk Chopin, Piotr Tchaikovsky, Béla Bartók, Edward Grieg, Johann Brahms, Astor Piazzolla, John Williams, Jerry Bock and many other artists.


Aleksander Gref

The founder of Adam Mickiewicz University Chamber Orchestra, Aleksander Gref has been its conductor since 2004.

Between 2006 and 2009 he was the Music Director of the Grand Theater symphony orchestra in Poznań. He is the first guest conductor of the "Pro Arte” Symphony Orchestra and is the founder and Artistic Director of the Sollus Symphony Orchestra. He studied conducting with Professor Renard Czajkowski at the Academy of Music in Poznań, from which he graduated with honors.

In 1998 he became a laureate of the 2nd edition of Young Conductors Review in Białystok where he received two additional awards: for the competition`s most interesting personality and for the presentation of conducting mastery. In 2003 he got through to the semi-finals of 6th International Conductors` Competition in Sankt Petersburg. Aleksander Gref is an active conductor both at home and abroad (Germany, Austria, Russia, Switzerland, Spain, France). He has performed with the majority of Polish philharmonic orchestras (e.g the Warsaw Philharmonic, the Wroclaw Philharmonic, the Poznan Philharmonic, the Silesian Philharmonic in Katowice, Karol Szymanowski Philharmonic in Krakow and the Baltic Philharmonic in Gdansk) as well as foreign ensembles: L`Ensamble orchestral de Paris, Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife, Symphonic Orchestra Academic Capella of St. Petersburg, and Symphonic Orchestra of the Theater of Opera and Ballet St. Petersburg Conservatory. He has performed at a number of music festivals including the Vienna Music Festival in Jelenia Góra, Hoffmann Festival in Poznań, Poznań Music Spring, Animi Music Festival in Warsaw and Bydgoszcz Music Festival in Bydgoszcz.

Since 1999 he has worked as a conductor for the Grand Theater in Poznań where he has been involved in the preparations of over 30 operas ("Parsifal", "La Bohème", "Tosca", "Madama Butterfly", "Don Carlos", "Aida", Otello", "Werther", "The Magic Flute", "Don Pasquale" etc.). As the Music Director he supervised the preparation of the following performances: "Carmen", "Don Kichot", "Pan Twardowski", "Drzewiecki`s Ballet", "Ernani", "Fidelio", "Romeo and Juliet", "Fiddler on the Roof", "Peter and the Wolf" and "Brundibar", and since 2002 he has cooperated with the Music Theater in Poznań, where he was instrumental in the preparation of "The Merry Widow", "Zorba", "Das Land des Lächelns" and "The Merry Wives of Windsor".

In 2001 he conducted the inaugural performance of Bizet's "Carmen" in the newly opened "Kleist Forum" opera house in Frankfurt a. Oder, and in 2002 he received Artistic Award of the City of Poznań for his achievements in the field of opera and symphony. In 2008 he started to work as a pedagogue at the Academy of Music in Poznań. He is currently working on his PhD dissertation.

Aleksander Gref has conducted over 300 opera, operetta, and musical performance as well as over 100 symphonic and chamber concerts. During his artistic career he has had the opportunity to collaborate with such artists as: Małgorzata Walewska, Joanna Wos, Grazyna Brodzińska, Maryla Rodowicz, Natalia Kukulska, Ania Dabrowska, Hanna Banaszak, Katarzyna Skrzynecka, Antonello Palombi, Franco Bonisolli, Charles Aznavour, Roger Waters (Pink Floyd), Waldemar Malicki, Wojciech Drabowicz, Marek Torzewski, Jacek Wojcicki, Marcin Wyrostek, Groupa Mozarta, Kuba Badach, Piotr Cugowski etc. In 2012, invited by the "Stołeczna Estrada" he took part in the multimedia project "Water symphony." Within a year the spectacle in Warsaw was watched by about 700 000 viewers.


Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland



The fifteenth (anniversary) Universitas Cantat, 18-21, 2022

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Universitas Cantat 2022 has become part of a European project “WeBEUnited – West-Balkan and Europe united, musical synergies for young artists”. It's a mutual joining of forces and experiences between the four project partners: Belgium, Hungary, Poland, Italy and the 6 West-Balkan countries Montenegro, Serbia, the FYR Macedonia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo. The aim of the project is to exchange music between West-Balkan and other European countries and to promote transnational mobility of cultural and creative works and artists.

Within the project Universitas Cantat has established close cooperation with FYR of Macedonia and in that the choirs participating in the festival have the opportunity to perform together two songs composed especially for this occasion: one written by a Macedonian composer and the other by a composer from Poland. The compositions will be performed at the Final Concert of the 15 International Festival Universitas Cantat. To prepare for the execution of the song the participating choirs (including the choir from FYR of Macedonia invited to the festival) will attend special workshops guided by the composers. Both compositions will be included in a booklet of all new European and West-Balkan songs composed for the project „WeBEUnited”.

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Adam Mickiewicz University Chamber Choir
Poznań University of Medical Sciences Mixed Choir
University Choir Coro da Camera of the University of Life Sciences in Poznań
Poznan University of Economics Chamber Choir Musica Viva
Chamber Choir of Faculty of Pedagogy and Fine Arts (Kalisz) of Adam Mickiewicz University,
Chamber Choir of Poznań Fermata at the University of the Arts
Paderewski Chamber Choir
Poznań University of Economics and Business Female Choir Sonantes
Chamber Orchestra of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland
Adam Mickiewicz University Academic Choir, Poland
“Dragan Shuplevski” choir, Northern Macedonia
The Brno University of Technology Choir, Czech Republic
Chamber Choir of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, German
Gdansk Jeunesses Musicales Percussion Ensemble, Poland
Chamber Choir of University of Zielona Gora "Cantus Humanus", Poland
The Bacewicz Percussion Ensemble, Poland
Gdansk Jeunesses Musicales Percussion Ensemble, Poland


Director del Festival
prof. Krzysztof Szydzisz
tel.: +48 608 30 70 30

Vicedirectora del Festival
dr Joanna Piech-Sławecka
tel.: +48 604 525 554


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Św. Marcin 78, 61-809 Poznań, Poland

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