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Jakub Przybycień


Jakub Przybycień is a Polish conductor and violinist. Having grown up in the orchestra, he stands out in particular for his excellent understanding of the orchestral perspective. He has dedicated himself to conducting as a way of using his voice and standing up for his beliefs. Musicians from orchestras from all over the world appreciate his energetic and charismatic manner. His clear character and musical ideas inspire musicians and audiences wherever he goes and leave a lasting impression.

For the season 2023/24 Jakub Przybycień is appointed as conducting assistant of Maestro Ludovic Morlot by the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra and National Orchestra of Catalonia as well as Mills Williams Junior Fellow in Conducting at the RNCM in Manchester. In March 2023 Jakub was a finalist of the Donatella Flick Conducting Competition, where he conducted the London Symphony Orchestra during the final concert. In 2022, he was a finalist of the masterclasses with the Critical Orchestra Berlin. During the Gstaad Conducting Academy 2021 he was awarded the Neeme Järvi Prize.

The path to becoming a conductor led me through my love for the orchestra. Standing in front of musicians gives me the possibility to speak up. As a conductor, I am able to lead through a story of a piece. I get to take an orchestra on a musical journey and find a common language to tell our own version of a composition.

Jakub Przybycień currently works as an assistant of Professors Johannes Schlaefli and Christoph-Mathias Mueller, with whom he is completing his Master's in Specialized Music Performance at the Zürich University of the Arts. He is also the chief conductor of the Zürcher Orchester Sozietät and a scholarship holder of the Forum Dirigieren.

Musical career

The musical education of Jakub Przybycień started at the age of six with playing the violin. During his career as a violinist, he received laureates in many national and international violin competitions. Some of his many achievements include qualifying for the prestigious European Union Youth Orchestra, where he worked with and learned from outstanding musicians such as maestro Bernard Haitink, Manfred Honeck, Noah Bendix-Balgley, and Lorenza Borrani. Between 2014-2019 he studied violin with Professor Monika Urbaniak Lisik at the Academy of the Arts in Bern (CH). He graduated his Bachelor as well as his Master studies with distinction. While studying violin he started pursuing his career as a conductor. He obtained his Bachelor degree in orchestral conducting with honors at the Academy of Music in Wrocław (PL) with Professor Marek Pijarowski. During his studies in Wrocław, he had multiple chances of working with the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic and the Lower Silesian Philharmonic Orchestra in Jelenia Góra. For his Master Jakub Przybycien studied in the world-renowned conducting class of Professor Johannes Schlaefli at the Zurich University of the Arts (CH).

To further develop his musical and technical skills as a conductor, Jakub Przybycień has already participated in several master classes led by eminent conductors such as Neeme, Paavo and Kristjan Järvi, Marin Alsop, Jaap van Zweden, Peter Eötvös, Jorma Panula and Michael Sanderling. He has collaborated with orchestras such as London Symphony Orchestra, Balthasar-Neumann-Ensembles, Sinfonie Orchester Biel Solothurn, Luzerner Sinfonieorchester, Berner Symphonieorchester, Musikkollegium Winterthur, Baltic Sea Philharmonic, Philharmonie Baden-Baden, Philharmonie Hradec Králové, and Zielona Góra Philharmonic Orchestra. In this season Jakub Przybycień will make his debut with the Łódź Philharmonic, the Nürnberger Symphoniker, and the Bratislava Symphony Orchestra, among others.

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