Tomek Szczepaniak, Mater

Tomek Szczepaniak has been interested in music since his early childhood. He started the music education by studying piano performance and singing in a famous choir Poznanskie Slowiki of professor Stefan Stuligrosz. When he was 15 years old, he started playing classical percussion. He graduated from Ignacy Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznan and gained his MA in percussion performance from Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen. Since 2009 he has been collaborating with various Polish orchestras such Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra, Sinfonia Juventus, Collegium F, La Quttro Staggione L’autunno orchestra performing with Krzysztof Penderecki, Monserat Caballe, José Carreras, Andrea Bocelli, Placido Domingo, Serj Tankian, Leibach and Archive amongst others. In 2012 together with Anders Kann Elten he formed Phantom Duo. They successfully performed in Scandinavian countries and Poland. In 2013 they won the 2nd prize and in 2015 the 1st prize in Royal Danish Academy of Music ensemble competition and in 2014 they were accepted into semi-finals of the esteemed Danish Radio Channel II ensemble competition (P2 Kammermusik Konkurrence). He is very interested in multidisciplinary art projects and collaboration with artists working across different fields. His transdisciplinary projects include: Osmosis (2014) – a laboratory for dancers and musicians from Poznan and Berlin; a collaboration with a dancer and performance artist, Weronika Cegielska since 2012, creating site-specific performances in London, Poznan and Copenhagen; Travers (2018) – an international cross-disciplinary project based in Glyptoteket in Copenhagen for professional artists. In 2018 he also co-founded a Milan-based ensemble MONOC. The ensemble’s focus is combining sound and visual arts. They presented their interpretation of Timber by Michael Gordon with a live light installation at Parade Electronique at Contemporary Music Hub in Milan. He has performed with well-known ensembles specializing in contemporary music such as: Slagwerk den Haag, Ensemble Modern, Athelas Sinfonietta and Eccozone. Currently he also works on developing his own instruments to be used for new commissions but also for arranging old music.