Tadeusz Biernacki, conductor

 

BIOGRAPHY

Tadeusz Biernacki holds the position of Music Director of Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Music Director and Conductor of Saskatoon Opera as well as Associate Music Director, Assistant Conductor and Chorus Master of Manitoba Opera.  Tadeusz was born in Czestochowa Poland where he begun his music education at early age of four.  He won the Karol Szymanowski competition in Warsaw in 1976 and earned his Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from the Conservatory of Music in Katowice in 1978.  He has performed as a soloist in many European countries.  Tadeusz settled in Canada in 1978 and continued his studies with professor Marek Jablonski at the University of Manitoba and Banff School of Fine Arts.  As a winner of 1980 Young Artist’s Competition he has toured Canada extensively in solo and chamber music recitals.  In 1983 he had begun his association with the Manitoba Opera and in 1988 with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. He made his conducting debut with Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in 1992, in 1995 he conducted “The Abduction from Seraglio” for Manitoba Opera and has since conducted Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Red Deer Symphony Orchestra, Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, University of Manitoba Symphony Orchestra, String and Symphony Orchestras of The International Music Camp at Peace Garden, Music Baroque Ensemble, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, National Arts Center Orchestra in Ottawa, Windsor Symphony Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Cleveland Opera Orchestra (USA), Tessaloniki State Orchestra (Greece), Kaohsiung City Symphony Orchestra (Taiwan),Hong Kong Sinfonietta and Royal Winnipeg Ballet Orchestra.

 

Since 2001 he has been collaborating with Saskatoon Opera as Music Director and Conductor. Tadeusz has also branched out into composition with his 1 act opera  “Happy campers” composed for Manitoba Opera School Tour in 1997, and numerous symphonic arrangements and orchestrations made for RWB, WSO, MO, SO, “Queen’s gala” with TSO, “Queen’s visit” with WSO, Governor General Awards with NAC, Ann Mortifee and others.  His “Charlies Kreuzfahrt” full-length ballet commissioned for Stadtische Theater Chemnitz (Germany) received its world premiere in 2005. 

 

Feeling equally at home with choral music he has been Music Director of “Sokol” Polish Folk Ensemble since 1980.  Under his leadership the ensemble has made several recordings and has been touring in Canada and abroad. Tadeusz maintains busy schedule as pianist in solo and chamber recitals as well as an accompanist for many opera singers.

 

PROFESSIONAL PROFILE

 

Conductor, Pianist, Composer, Arranger, Teacher, Coach.

 

EDUCATION

 

1974-1978 Master of Music in Performance. Conservatory of Music Katowice Poland.

1978-1980 Bachelor of Music in Performance. University of Manitoba School of Music.

1986-1987 Teacher’s Certification. University of Manitoba Faculty of Education.

1979-1981 Piano master classes Banff School of Fine Arts

1987-1988 Conducting master classes Aspen Music Festival, Tanglewood Music Festival

 

TEACHERS

 

A.Jasinski, M.Jablonski, M.Pressler, P.Vermel, S.Skrowaczewski

 

EMPLOYMENT

 

1988-present Music Director - Royal Winnipeg Ballet.

1983-present Assistant Music Director, Assistant Conductor, Chorus Master - Manitoba Opera.

1980-present Music Director and Conductor - “Sokol” Polish Folk Ensemble.

1988-1998 Teacher of piano and ear training - U of Manitoba School of Music Preparatory Division.

2001-present Music Director and Conductor – Saskatoon Opera

 

 

 

 

 

COMPETITIONS

 

• Karol Szymanowski Piano Competition Warsaw Poland 1977 - Winner.

• Young Artist Series Competition Winnipeg Manitoba 1980 - Winner.

 

PERFORMANCES

 

• Conductor with Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Red Deer Symphony Orchestra, Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, Windsor Symphony Orchestra, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, National Arts Center Orchestra, Royal Winnipeg Ballet Orchestra, Tessaloniki State Orchestra (Greece), Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (USA), Kaohsiung City Symphony Orchestra (Taiwan), Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Music Baroque Ensemble.

• Piano soloist with Czestochowa Philharmonic Orchestra, Silesian Philharmonic Orchestra, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Royal Winnipeg Ballet Orchestra.

• Pianist in solo and chamber music recitals in Europe, Canada and United States.

 

COMPOSITIONS

 

• Happy Campers - 1 act opera commissioned for Manitoba Opera School Tour.

• Chaplin – ballet commissioned for Stadtische Theater Chemnitz.

• Orchestral arrangements for Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Manitoba Opera, Toronto Symphony Orchestra and National Arts Center Orchestra.

• Choral arrangements for “Sokol” Ensemble and University Singers.

 

FOREIGN LANGUAGES

• Polish, Russian, German.

 

 

Winnipeg : Biernacki, Herrmann, Tyborowski

 

SPECIAL ABILITIES

• Perfect pitch

 

MUSIC SOFTWARE SPECIALIST

 

• Finale, Sibelius, Smart score, Cakewalk Pro, Logic Audio, Pro Tools, Tadeusz Biernacki - Conductor 3

 

REPERTOIRE

 

Adam

Giselle 

Bach

Brandenburg concerto no. 3 in G Major 

Brandenburg concerto no. 5 in D Major 

Concerto for 2 violins in d minor 

Suite no. 3 in D major 

Baird

Colas Breugnon 

Barber

Adagio for strings Capricorn concerto 

Beethoven

Mass in C Major op.86 

Symphony no. 1 op.21 in C Major 

Symphony no. 2 op.36 in D major 

Symphony no. 4 op.60 in B flat Major 

Symphony no. 6 op.68 in F Major 

Symphony no. 7 op.92 in A Major 

Symphony no. 9 op.125 in d minor 

Violin concerto op.61 in D Major 

Bernstein

Candide: Overture 

West side story: Symphonic dances 

Bizet

Carmen 

Carmen: Suite no. 1 

Petite Suite 

Borodin

Prince Igor: Polovtsian dances 

Brahms

Hungarian dance no. 5 

Symphony no. 1 op. 68 in c minor 

Symphony no. 2 op. 73 in D Major 

Violin concerto op. 77 in D Major 

Britten

Diversions on a theme op.21 

Four Sea Interludes Simple symphony op.4 

Young person’s guide to the orchestra op.34 

Chausson

Poeme op.25 

Chopin

Andante spianato and Grande Polonaise op.22 

Les sylphides 

Piano concerto no. 1 op.11 in e minor 

Copland

Appalachian spring 

El salon Mexico 

Rodeo 

Corelli

Concerto grosso no. 8 in g minor 

La Folia 

Suite for string orchestra 

Conte

The gift of The Magi 

Debussy

Children’s corner 

Danse Sacree et profane Images Nocturnes 

Petite Suite 

Prelude a l’apres-midi d’un faune 

Donizetti

Don Pasquale 

Lucia di Lammermoor 

Dvorak

Cypresses 

Eckhardt-Gramatte

The Hostess of Ghent 

Falla

El amor brujo 

Faure

Pelleas and Mellisande 

Gasieniec

Ostinato for strings 

Gershwin

Porgy and Bess: suite for chorus and orchestra 

Glazunov

Raymonda Tadeusz Biernacki - Conductor 4 

Gorecki

Beatus vir 

Choros I op 20 

Kleines requiem fur eine Polka 

Three pieces in The Old Style 

Totus Tuus 

Gottschalk

Grande tarantelle 

Grieg

Peer Gynt: Suite no. 1 

Haendel

Messiah 

Haydn

Toy symphony in C Major 

Trumpet concerto in E flat Major 

Holst

The wondering scholar 

Honnegger

Mermoz Suite I & II 

Pacific 231 

Humperdinck

Hansel and Gretel 

Jarzebski

Tamburetta, Chromatica, Canzon quatra 

Karlowicz

Serenade for string orchestra 

Khachaturian

Gayane: Sabre dance 

Kilar

Orawa 

Krzesany 

Kurylewicz

Schema Quattro per quattro 

Lehar

Merry widow 

Lutoslawski

Concerto for orchestra 

Dance preludes 

Overture for String Orchestra 

5 folk melodies for string orchestra 

Mahler

Kindertotenlieder 

Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen 

Symphony no. 1 in D Major 

Symphony no. 2 in c minor 

Symphony no. 9 in D Major 

Mascagni

Cavalleria rusticana : excerpts 

Mendelssohn

Midsummernight’s dream op.21 

Violin concerto op.64 in e minor 

Minkus

Don Quichote 

La Bayadere 

Paquita 

Moniuszko

Halka 

Litany No. 3 

Straszny dwor (Haunted Manor)

Mozart

Ave verum corpus K.618 

Clarinet concerto, K.622 in A Major 

Cosi fan tutte 

Don Giovanni 

Eine kleine Nachtmusik K.525 Piano concerto no. 9 K.271 in E flat Major 

Symphony no. 36 K.425 in C Major (“Linz”) 

Symphony no. 38 K.504 in D Major (“Prague”) 

Symphony no. 39 K.543 in E flat Major 

Symphony no. 40 K.550 in g minor 

Symphony no. 41 K.551 in C Major (“Jupiter”) The Abduction from the Seraglio K.384 

The Magic Flute 

Offenbach

Gaite Parisenne 

Tales of Hoffman 

Orff

Carmina Burana 

Pachelbel

Canon in D

Panufnik

Jagiellonian Triptych 

Old Polish Suite 

Paulli

Napoli Tadeusz Biernacki - Conductor 5 

Penderecki

Agnus Dei 

Threnody 

Poulenc

Organ concerto 

Sinfonietta 

Prokofiev

Peter and the wolf 

Romeo and Juliet 

Puccini

I Crisantemi 

Madama Butterfly 

Minuetto 

Pugni

Esmeralda 

Rossini

Il viaggio a Reims: Overture 

La gazza ladra: Overture 

L’Italiana in Algeri: Overture 

The Barber of Seville 

William Tell: Overture 

Saint-Saens

Organ Symphony No. 3 

Sarasate

Zigeunerweisen op.20 

Schubert

Octet in F Major 

Sibelius

Symphony no. 1 in e minor 

Skalkottas

5 Greek Dances 

Strauss J.

Die Fledermaus 

Der Zigeuner Baron 

A Night in Venice 

Strauss R.

Four last songs 

Horn concerto no. 2 in E flat Major 

Stravinsky

Concerto in E flat (“Dumbarton Oaks”) 

Firebird Suite, 1919 

L’Oiseau de Feu 

Les Noces 

L’histoire du soldat 

Le sacre du printemps 

Petrouchka 

Pulcinella 

Suppe

Morning, noon and night in Vienna: Overture 

Szymanowski

Harnasie 

Tchaikovsky

Andante Cantabile for cello and string orchestra 

Nutcracker 

Piano concerto no. 3 op.75 in E flat Major 

Serenade op.48 

Sleeping Beauty 

Suite no. 1 

Swan lake 

Symphony no.4 op.36 in f minor 

Symphony no.5 op.64 in e minor 

Verdi

Aida 

Don Carlo: Ballo della Regina 

La forza del destino 

Nabucco 

Il Trovatore 

La Traviata 

Vivaldi

Concerto for 4 violins 

Concerto for guitar and strings in D Major 

Concerto for strings and continuo in A Major 

Violin Concerto in E Major 

Walton

Facade: Suite no. 1 

Webern

Five pieces op. 5 

Wieniawski

Legende 

Williams/Burden

Star Wars Medley 

Williams/Cacavas

Selections from E.T. Tadeusz Biernacki - Conductor 6 

 

 

STATEMENT OF ARTISTIC ACTIVITIES

  • Associate Music Director for Royal Winnipeg Ballet.

  • Conducted Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Kitchener - Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, National Arts Center Orchestra, Windsor Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Tessaloniki State Orchestra (Greece), St. Paul Chamber Orchestra (USA), Kaohsiung City Symphony Orchestra (Taiwan), Hong Kong Sinfonietta and RWB Orchestra in performances of Romeo and Juliet, Sleeping Beauty, Nutcracker, Swan Lake, The Rite of Spring, Petrouchka, Les Noces, L’Oiseau de Feu, Jeu de Cartes, Pulcinella, Afternoon of a Faun, Giselle, La Bayadere, Carmina Burana, Gaite Parisienne, Midsummer’s Night Dream, Raymonda, Four last songs, Dark elegies, Don Quixote, Onegin, Rodeo, Ballo della Regina, Les Sylphides, Appalachian Spring, Concerto barocco, L’histoire du soldat, Esmeralda, Facade, Lilac garden, Paquita, Square Dance, Les Patineurs, Napoli, Harnasie, 7-th Symphony, Dracula, Beauty and the Beast, Madama Butterfly, Anna Karenina and other repertoire.

  • Soloist with WSO, RWB and other orchestras in piano concertos by Mozart, Tschaikovsky, Ravel and Gottschalk.

  • Orchestrated parts of Pas de dix for Royal Winnipeg Ballet Orchestra in 1995, L’Etiquette in 1998, Grand defile classique in 2000 and Ecstasy of Rita Joe 2003.

  • Assistant Music Director, Assistant Conductor, Chorus Master for Manitoba Opera.

  • Productions of Tosca, Otello, Norma, L’Elisir d’amore, Cavaleria rusticana, Pagliaci, La forza del destino, Lucia del Lammermoor, The Magic Flute, Die Fledermaus, Il Trovatore, The merry widow, Romeo and Juliette, Cosi fan tutti, Don Giovanni, The Daughter of the regiment, Tales of Hoffman, Eugen Onegin, The marriage of Figaro, Un ballo in maschera, Nabucco, Dialogues of Carmelites, Pearl Fishers, Carmen, Abduction from the Seraglio, Rigoletto, Barber of Seville, Nosferatu, Turandot, La Cenerentola, The Council, La Traviata, Don Pasquale, The Turn Of The Screw, La Boheme, Madama Butterfly, Faust, Hansel & Gretel, Macbeth, Aida, Salome.

  • Conducted Abduction from the Seraglio in 1995, Don Pasquale in 1998, Hansel & Gretel in 2000, Barber of Seville, The Magic Flute in 2001, Cosi fan tutte in 2002, Don Giovanni in 2003 and L’Elisir d’amore in 2005.

  • Conducted world premiere of The Hostess of Ghent by Sonia Eckhardt-Gramatte in 1996.

  • Conducted Manitoba Opera Chorus and Music Baroque Ensemble in Celebration of Music - gala opening of the Italian Canadian Center in 1998.

  • Music Director of Opera on the Rooftop Manitoba Opera production in 1993 and 1998.

  • Music Director of Together in song co-production of Manitoba Opera and Rosh Pina Synagogue in 1997.

  • Chorus Master for MO Chorus and Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir for Verdi’s Requiem in 1996.

  • Composed opera Happy Campers 1 act opera commissioned for Manitoba Opera School Tour 1997.

  • Music Director of Italian Gala 2002.

  • Music Director of Opera in the Park Manitoba Opera Production in 2000, 2001 and 2002.

  • Orchestrated “Mal per me” for production of Macbeth in 2000.

  • Music Director of Tribute to Irving Guttman 2003.

  • Chorus Master for Puccini Gala in 2003.

  • Chorus Master for Verdi Gala in 2004.

  • Chorus Master for French Opera Gala in 2005 Tadeusz Biernacki - Conductor 7

  • Assistant conductor to Imre Pallo, Anton Coppola, Alfredo Silipigni, Elio Boncompagni, Anton Guadagno, Victor de Renzi, John Matheson, Richard Bradshaw, Bramwell Tovey, John DeMain, Louis Salemno, David Agler, Timothy Vernon, Daniel Lipton, Tyrone Patterson and others.

  • Pianist for Leona Mitchell, Cristina Deutekom, Mariana Niculescu, Ellen Shade, Gianna Rolandi, Linda Roark-Strummer, Christine Donahue, Kristine Ciesinski, Victoria Vergara, Li Ping Zhang, Ealynn Voss, Eva Zseller, Mary Jane Johnson, Silvia Tro Santafe, Patricia Racette, Maureene Forester, Judith Forst, Tracy Dahl, Joanne Kolomyjec, Jean Stilwell, Sandra Graham, Kathleen Brett, Eduard Tumagian, Hans Ashbaker, Franco Farina, Berry McCauley, Antonio Barasorda, Peter Strummer, Dean Peterson, Craig Sirianni, John Fowler, Donnie Ray Albert, Jeff Mattsey, Louis Quilico, Gino Quilico, Richard Margison, Claude Corbeil, John Fanning, Phillip Ens, Theodore Baerg and others.

  • Stage directors: Sonja Frisell, Ann Ewers, Sandra Bernhard, David Morelock, Irving Guttman, Brian Macdonald, Bernard Uzan, Kelly Robinson, Michael Cavanaugh and others.

  • Music Director and Conductor of Saskatoon Opera Association

  • Conductor of The Magic Flute for Saskatoon Opera Association 2001.

  • Conductor of Don Pasquale for Saskatoon Opera Association 2002.

  • Arranger of a new orchestration for Carmen for Saskatoon Opera Association 2002.

  • Conductor of Carmen for Saskatoon Opera Association 2003.

  • Conductor of The Barber of Seville for Saskatoon Opera 2004.

  • Conductor of Die Fledermaus for Saskatoon Opera Association 2005.

  • Music Director of Sokol Polish Folk Ensemble.

  • Conducted numerous performances in Winnipeg as well as tours in Canada , USA and Europe.

  • Composed, arranged and orchestrated most of repertoire.

  • Recorded three albums 1988-1998.

  • Other activities.

  • Pianist in solo, vocal and chamber music recitals in Canada and United States 1978-2004.

  • Guest conductor with Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in 1992.

  • Music Director and Conductor of Messiah at West End Cultural Center - 1993 and 1994.

  • Music Director and Conductor of The Wondering Scholar - 1993 Winnipeg Fringe Festival.

  • Chorus Master for Of Rage and Remembrance by John Corigliano at Winnipeg Cares Aids Benefit 1993.

  • Music Director and Conductor of Anne of Green Gables - 1994 summer production for Theater Calgary.

  • Arranger of Feel the Spirit (theme song) performed by WSO at 1994 Winnipeg Cares Aids Benefit.

  • Guest conductor of Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra in Ballet Jorgan’s Romeo & Juliet 1999.

  • Arranger of The hand of a hero (theme song) for United Way. Winnipeg 1999.

  • Guest conductor with Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra in 1998 and Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra in 1999.

  • Pianist in command performance for the Governor General of Canada. Ottawa 1999.

  • Conductor of the University of Manitoba Singers in their concert for the Polish Art Festival 1999.

  • Conductor and arranger for the “Millennium Concert” for the Polish Music Society of Canada 2000. Tadeusz Biernacki - Conductor 8

  • Guest conductor with Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Red Deer Symphony and Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra in Ballet Alberta’s Nutcracker 2000.

  • Conductor and arranger for the “Polish music of the 20th Century” Concert for the Polish Music Society of Canada 2002.

  • Arranger of The show must go on (Moulin Rouge) and To say goodbye to you for Toronto Symphony in Queen’s Gala 2003.

  • Arranger of Apogee for National Arts Centre Orchestra in Governor General Awards Gala 2003.

  • Conductor of WSO in RWB portion of Queen’s Gala Winnipeg 2003.

  • Conductor of The gift of the Magi (Canadian premiere) for The Little Opera Company

  • Arranger of Hollow Reed and Are you lonesome for Evelyn Hart and Ann Mortifee with NAC and WSO.

  • Conductor of opera King Midas for Manitoba Chamber Orchestra Education Outreach Project 2004.

  • Conductor of Manitoba Chamber Orchestra and Tom Cochrane in a performance for Investors Group.

  • Composer and arranger of Charlie’s cruise ballet commissioned by Stadtische Theater Chemnitz (Germany) 2005.

 

 

 

 

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