Michał Szostak

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Michał Szostak
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Born1980 (age 42–43)
  • International concert organists
  • organologist
  • musicologist
  • researcher

Michał Szostak (born 1980), international concert organologist, musicologist and researcher from Poland, Doctor of Music Arts in organ performance[1], studied organ performance at Fryderyk Chopin Music University in Warsaw under Prof. Andrzej Chorosiński and organ Musical improvisation in Pontificio Istituto Ambrosiano di Musica Sacra in Milan under Maestro Davide Paleari as well as management (Master and PhD studies) at Leon Koźmiński Academy in Warsaw. As the first Pole[2][3] he received the certificate of Royal College of Organists|The Royal College of Organists. He is a member of American Guild of Organists|The American Guild of Organists and Organ Historical Society|The Organ Historical Society. He performs annually dozens organ recitals around the world: Argentina, Austria, Canada, Czech Republic[4][5], Denmark, France, Germany[6], Italy, Kazakhstan, Nigeria, Poland[7][8][9][10][11], Slovakia, Ukraine[12], the United Kingdom[13] and the USA[14]. He is an author of books ('The Lichen Organ in Relation to the Largest Instruments in Poland, Europe and the World'[15]), chapters of books, post-conference publications[16] [17] and scientific articles in international organ magazines: British 'The Organ', American 'The Diapason (magazine)|The Diapason' and 'The Vox Humana'. He has the widest international bibliography among the Polish scholars working in area of organ studies. His fields of scientific explorations are: instruments - their features[18] and construction[19][20], historical tendencies in organ building[21], historical and contemporary performance practices[22], life and creation of important figures of music world[23]. He is an author of many original approaches in scientific fields of organology, e.g.: methodology of the comparison of instruments according to their size[24], aesthetically oriented approach to the perception of organ music. In the years 2011-2018, he held the prestigious position of Music Director and the Leading Organist at the Shrine of the Virgin Mary in Licheń Stary where he played the largest organ in Poland (Zych, 157/6M+P) located in the Basilica of Our Lady of Licheń|Basilica in Licheń Stary (the largest church in Poland). In the years 2002-2011, he was the Music Director and the Leading Organist at the Our Lady of Lourdes church in Warsaw. He recordedmon CDs (the largest organ in Poland in Lichen basilica: “Ave Regina Caelorum” with improvisations[25] and 'French Inspirations: 2nd half of the 19th century' with French repertoire and improvisations[26], Petr organ in the church of St. Ignace in Prague, Czech Republic) released by L'Arte dell'Organo label, for radio broadcasts, TV and online platforms. He is an often guest of public broadcasts[27][28]. He is an co-author of organological auditions in Radio 106,2, as well as a founder and president of Jan Drzewoski Foundation.

Since 2019 he held a position of adjunct professor in SWPSUniversity of Social Sciences in Warsaw, running researches in the field of art and business, as well as didactic activities on English-spoken tracks of Master ofMBA studies and Clark University programs.

In the media


External links

  • Bio of the artist on the Polskie Centrum Informacji Muzycznej page
  • Google scholar page
  • Akademia.edu page
  • Official YouTube channel
  • Official webpage


  1. "Zawiadomienie o publicznej obronie pracy doktorskiej". {{cite web}}: |archive-date= requires |archive-url= (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. "Michał Szostak absolwentem Papieskiego Instytutu Muzyki Sakralnej w Mediolanie". {{cite web}}: |archive-date= requires |archive-url= (help); line feed character in |title= at position 27 (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. "Jedyny taki w Polsce. Organista z Lichenia odznaczony przez brytyjskie towarzystwo". {{cite web}}: |archive-date= requires |archive-url= (help); no-break space character in |title= at position 14 (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. "Varhanni koncert sv. Ludmily". 2 August 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. "Varhanni koncert Dr. Michał Szostak". {{cite web}}: |archive-date= requires |archive-url= (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. "Szostak begeistert mit Improvisation für Orgel". 9 April 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. "Organ Concert Słupsk". 29 July 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. "Koncert organowy w Legnicy zagra Michał Szostak". {{cite web}}: |archive-date= requires |archive-url= (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. "Zapraszamy na koncert Michała Szostaka". {{cite web}}: |archive-date= requires |archive-url= (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. "„Więź z Mesjaszem". Wielkanocny koncert organowy dr. Michała Szostaka". {{cite web}}: |archive-date= requires |archive-url= (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. "Rybnik dla Was". 3 October 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  12. "Szostak Organ Concert". {{cite web}}: |archive-date= requires |archive-url= (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  13. "Organ Recital by Michał Szostak". 26 April 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  14. "Erben Organ Days 2020". Erben Organ. Retrieved 2 October 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  15. Szostak, Michał (2017). Licheńskie organy na tle największych instrumentów Polski, Europy i świata (in Polish). Licheń Stary: Zakład Gospodarczy Dom Pielgrzyma. ISBN 978-83-64126-14-7.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)
  16. Szostak, Michał (2017). "Wielkie organy Bazyliki w Licheniu w zestawieniu z największymi organami świata". In Pasternak, Paweł (ed.). Wokół nowych organów w kościele NSPJ w Tarnowie (in Polish). Tarnów: wydawnictwo Biblos. pp. 95–128. ISBN 978-83-7793-504-0.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)
  17. Szostak, Michał (15 September 2020). "Kitsch in Management". IBIMA Conference.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  18. Szostak, Michał (September 30, 2018). "The largest pipe organs in the world". The Vox Humana.
  19. Szostak, Michał (May–July 2018). "Evolution of Cavaillé-Coll's symphonic organs". The Organ. Musical Opinion Ltd, London. 384: 8–23. ISSN 0030-4883.
  20. Szostak, Michał (February–April 2018). "Implementation of the Aristide Cavaillé-Coll's Vatican project in Poland". The Organ. Musical Opinion Ltd, London. 383: 33–47. ISSN 0030-4883.
  21. Szostak, Michał (Summer 2018). "Romantic tendencies in 19th-century organ building in Europe". The Organ. Musical Opinion Ltd, London. 385: 10–27. ISSN 0030-4883.
  22. Szostak, Michał (May–July 2019). "Louis-James-Alfred Lefébure-Wély - a sesquicentenary assessment". The Organ. London: Musical Opinion Ltd. 388: 4–21. ISSN 0030-4883.
  23. Szostak, Michał (February–April 2019). "An appreciation of Aristide Cavaillé-Coll on the 120th anniversary of his death". The Organ. Musical Opinion Ltd, London. 387: 6–21. ISSN 0030-4883.
  24. Szostak, Michał (September 30, 2018). "The largest pipe organs in the world". The Vox Humana.
  25. Szostak Michał, CD, Ave Regina Caelorum, L'Arte dell'Organo, 2017
  26. Szostak Michał, CD, "French Inspirations: 2nd Half of 19th Century - symfonic organ at Licheń Stary Basilica", L'Arte dell'Organo, 2018
  27. "Katolickie Radio Zamość". 2 September 2018.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  28. "Poranek RDC: dr Michał Szostak – jedyny Polak w Królewskim Towarzystwie Organistów". {{cite web}}: |archive-date= requires |archive-url= (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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