She’s a real fireball…
As it burns, everyone around it also starts to burn, but
they do not get burned out, they only become better.
Sławek A. Wróblewski, PhD, of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music
In Polish music since 1999.
Irina Bogdanovich is a conductor, pianist, composer and artistic director of the Academic Choir of the University of Warsaw since 2002.
In addition to working on a cappella music she carries out immense artistic projects collaborating with the most outstanding Polish instrumental ensembles including the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra and the Beethoven Academy Orchestra.
One of her greatest successes was the production of the music and film show „Alexander Nevsky”, hel in the FOCUS office building in Warsaw, to which she reconstructed a part of Sergei Prokofiev’s music (2003).
Appreciated at numerous national and international festivals and competitions (eight times Grand Prix, ten times first place, one time second place, four times third place, five times special prize for the best conductor), she has been invited to conduct workshops and participate in thematic conferences, both in Poland and abroad. She collaborates with SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities, giving lectures on Entrepreneurial Leadership in Creative Industries.
She graduated with honours from two Russian music universities (Moscow and Yekaterinburg) in choral conducting and piano faculty; in 2017 – internship in the conducting master class of Prof. Tomasz Bugaj of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music. She is committed to improving Polish-Russian cultural dialogue and her contribution to that cause was recognized in 2017 and 2019 by the Centre for Polish-Russian Dialogue and Understanding. Apart from that, she is a member of the Phonographic Academy presenting Fryderyk Polish music awards.
She executes piano recitals, both at home and abroad. Irina also provides an accompaniment for outstanding soloists. She is the author of soundtrack for the film „The Lost town of Świteź” (dir. Kamil Polak) which received more tha 20 prizes in many international film festivals and won the best soundtrack prize in London. She composed also soundtrack for the short film „Przedtem, potem” (dir. Edyta Sewruk). Irina wrote a song-cycle for choir and instruments called „Łąka” („Meadow”) to the words of a famous Polish poet, Bolesław Leśmian (2015).
Irina Bogdanovich founded EMotivo (2016). She is an artistic director of this vocal group, which sung in such places as Kremenets (Ukraine), Moscow (Russia), Bologna (Italy), Heiden (Switzerland). She executes with EMotivo a project „The absolutely most beutiful songs” for EMotivo and jazz trio originally written for one of the best Polish singers (2019). More info: https://www.emotivo-vox.com/.
„She’s Polish by choice” – that’s how Paulina Młynarska refers to Irina in a documentary film about her. What interests her most in the world of music is the shaping of the melody and the expressive performance of grand works, which have sometimes sunk into oblivion.
- 17th International Festival of Choral Art „The Singing World” in Petersburg, Russia (2019) – 1st Prize in mixed choirs category – 1st Prize in sacred music category – 1st Prize in folklore music – Award for the best conductor – Grand Prix
- International Festival of Choral Music in Barczewo, Poland (2019) – Gold Diploma – Award for the best performance of contemporary music – Award for the best performance of early music – Award for the best conductor – Grand Prix
- International Festival of Academic Choirs Pardubice, Czech Republic (2018) – Gold Diploma and 1st place in mixed choirs category – Gold Diploma and 1st place in Bohuslav Martinu category – Gold Diploma and 1st place in folklore category – Pardubice University Rector’s Award – Grand Prix
- VII National Competition Ars Liturgica, Poland (2016) – Gold Diploma and 2nd place in mixed choirs category – Caritas of the Archdiocese of Gniezno Director’s Award
- I Warsaw Festival of Advent and Christmas Songs, Poland (2015) – Gold Diploma
- Festiwal 54. Concorso Internazionale Di Canto Corale, Gorizia, Italy (2015) – promotion to the final
- Vivat Academia Competition, Poland (2015) – Grand Prix
- Busan Choral Festival&Competition, South Korea (2014) – 3rd place in classical music category
- Festival Legnica Cantat 44, Poland (2013) – Silver Diploma
- Choral Competition in Niš, Serbia (2012) – Prize for the best performing of foreign piece of music
- Festival Legnica Cantat 42, Poland (2011) – Grand Prix
- Festival XXX Hajnówka’s Orhodox Church Music Days, Poland (2011) – 3rd place in academic choirs category
- Festival Cantio Lodziensis, Poland (2010) – Grand Prix
- Varsovia Cantat Competition, Poland (2010) – 2nd place in mixed adult choirs category
- XXIX International Festival of Orthodox Church Music „Hajnówka”, Poland (2010) – 1st place in lay amateur choirs category
- II Mazovian Festival of Academic Choirs Vivat Academia, Poland (2009) – Grand Prix – Diploma for the best 20th Century music performing
- Festival Legnica Cantat 40, Poland (2009) – 1st place in adult choirs category
- II Festival Rybnik Choral Autumn, Poland (2006) – Grand Prix – Prize for the best conductor
- Festival Legnica Cantat 36, Poland (2005) – 2nd place in academic choirs category
- International Choral Festival in Randers, Denmark (2002) – 3rd place
- CD: Rachmaninoff – All-Night Vigil (2018)
- Recordings of 15 national anthems of drużyn football teams for UEFA European Championship 2012, Poland and Ukraine (2012)
- Recordings of next national anthems for UEAFA European Championship 2016, France (2016)
- CD: Haydn – Lessel (2012)
- CD: Tylem wytrwał! (2011)
- CD: Bach – Great Mass in B minor (2008)
- CD: Tallisk, Sisask, Rachmaninoff, Szymanowski (2007)
- Johann Sebastian Bach – Great Mass in B minor BWV 232 (1749)
- Giuseppe Verdi – Requiem (1874)
- Franz Joseph Haydn – „The Creation” H.21/2 (1778)
- Franz Joseph Haydn – Missa Cellensis in honorem Beatissimae Virginis Mariae, Cäcilienmesse, Hob. XXII:5 (1766)
- Antonin Dvořák – Stabat Mater op. 58 (1877)
- Francis Poulenc – Stabat Mater (1950)
- Karol Szymanowski – Stabat Mater op. 53 (1926)
- Sergei Prokofiev – Aleksander Newski (1939)
- Wolfgang Amadeusz Mozart – Missa Brevis D-dur KV 194 (1774)
- Wolfgang Amadeusz Mozart – Wielka Msza c-moll KV 427 (1782/1783)
- Antonio Vivaldi – Gloria RV 589
- Johann Sebastian Bach: – Gott, man lobet dich in der Stille BWV 120 – Jesu, nun sei gepreiset BWV 41 – Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen BWV 11
- Franciszek Lessel – Polish Mass
- Franciszek Lessel – Graduale
- Franciszek Lessel – Offertorium
- Miłosz Bembinow – Amor vincit (2011)
- Irina Bogdanovich – „Łąka” / „Meadow” (2015)
- Irina Bogdanovich – „The Lost town of Świteź” (2010)