About Choir

Choir of Kazimierz Wielki University - Bydgoszcz/Poland
ul. J. K. Chodkiewicza 30, 85-064 Bydgoszcz/Poland
tel/+ 48 52 3419275
fax/ + 48 52 3419295
e-mail: dyrygent@ukw.edu.pl; bmendlik@ukw.edu.pl

The academic choir  represents the University Kazimierz Wielki of Bydgoszcz in Poland. It is directed by Prof. dr Bernard Mendlik who are responsible for its high artistic potential. Dr. Benedykt Odya assists at special artistic occasions. The choir, whose members are all University students, perfoms a cappella music of all musical periods from Renaissance until today.

The choir`s repertoire also consists of major oratoric masterpieces:

  • W. A. Mozart: Coronation Mass and Requiem,
  • J. Haydn: Nelson Mass,
  • A. Dvorak: Requiem and Stabat Mater,
  • G. Rossini: Requiem and Messe Solennelle,
  • G. Verdi: Requiem,
  • L. van Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 and Canatata "The lost son",
  • C. Debussy: Nocturnes,
  • G. Faure: Requiem,
  • K. Szymanowski: "Harnasie",
  • W. Kilar: Exodus and Angelus, Missa pro pace,
  • P. Tschaikowsky: Mazepa,
  • A. Bruckner: Requiem,
  • F. Schubert: Mass in G major,
  • H. Górecki: Beatus Vir,
  • A. Ramirez: Missa Criolla,
  • C. Orff: Carmina Burana,
  • J. Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem.

These pieces the choir perfomed with different orchestras in Poland (Bydgoszcz, Gdańsk, Toruń, Koszalin, Łódż) and abroad (Germany, Denmark, Czek Republic, Slovakia, Estonia). The musical institutions the ensemble cooperates with are:

  • Filharmonia Pomorska in Bydgoszcz
  • Toruń Chamber Orchestra
  • Filharmonia Bałtycka in Gdańsk
  • Philharmonia of Koszalin
  • Opera Nova in Bydgoszcz.

The choir has won many European Choral Competition awards and has been broadcast by Polish and different European Radio Companies such as the German WDR. The singers took part in the following choral competitions and festivals:

  • 1992 and 1995 Kalundborg Choir Festival  (Denmark) – 1st and 2nd  Prize
  • 1992 Festival of the Deutsche Sängerbund (Cologne, Germany)
  • 1994 Choral Workshop in Viborg, Herning ( Denmark )
  • 1996 International Choir Festival in Malta – 2nd  Prize
  • 1997 Florilege Vocal de Tours (France) 2nd Prize
  • 1997 Akademicka Banska Bystrica (Slovakia ) – 2nd  Prize
  • 1998 Kalundborg Choir Festival (Denmark) – 2nd  Prize
  • 1998 5. Orlando di Lasso Choir Festival (Vatican) – 1st Prize
  • 1999 International Choir Festival Limburg (Germany) – 3rd Prize
  • 2000 7. Orlando di Lasso Chorfestival  (Vatican) – 1st Prize and Gold Medal
  • 2000 International Choir Festival in Malta – 1st Prize and Golden Trophy
  • 2001 8. Orlando di Lasso Choir Festival (Vatican) – 1st and 2nd  Prize (in two categories)
  • 2003 Akademicka Banska Bystrica (Slovakia ) – 1st Prize
  • 2004 Helsingborg Choir Festival (Sweden) – Silver Diploma
  • 2005 1. International Choir Festival „Mallorca en Musica”(Spain)
  • 2006 International Choir Festival „Ad una corda” in Pezinok/Bratyslava (Slovakia)
  • 2006 International Choir Festival in Malta – 2nd  Prize
  • 2007 Concert Tour to Padova, Venezia, Lido di Jesolo (Italy)
  • 2008 Music Festival „ Lago di Garda“  (Italy)
  • 2009 Internat. A. Bruckner Choir Competition in Linz (Austria) – Silver Diploma
  • 2010 Alta Pusteria Choir Festival in Alto Adige (Italia)
  • 2011 IV International Malta Choir Festival (Malta) - 1st Prize and 2nd Prize
  • 2013 Akademicka Banska Bystrica (Slovakia) – Silver Diploma
  • 2014 European Music Festival for Young People Neerpelt (Belgium) - 1st Prize
  • 2015 Festiwal Chórów Akademickich - Święty Krzyż, Kielce (Poland) - 2nd Prize
Uniwersytet Kazimierza Wielkiego, Chór Akademicki UKW,

ul. J.K. Chodkiewicza 30, 85-064 Bydgoszcz, tel. +48 52 341 91 00