PIOTR KUSIEWICZ, the son of tenor Jan Kusiewicz, is one of the most outstanding Polish oratorio singers. He started to play the piano aged four under the guidance of his mother. He studied piano with Prof. Zbigniew Sliwinski and singing (honours degree) with Prof. Jerzy Szymanski at the Gdansk Academy of Music.
In 1978 he received the first prize and two distinctions in the 13th International Antonin Dvorák Vocal Competition in Karlove Vary.
The artist appeared in concerts and operas both in Poland and abroad. He has sung at all Polish philharmonic halls, the Grand Theatre in Warsaw and Lódz, the Opera - Houses of Cracow and Wroclaw, the Baltic Opera in Gdansk, the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, the Philharmonics of Berlin, Munich, Cologne, the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, the Royal Festival Hall in London, the Carnegie Hall, the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, the Musikverein in Vienna, as well as at concert halls in Stockholm, Montreal, Milan, Moscow, Jerusalem, Seoul and Guadeloupe.
He has collaborated with such prominent conductors as Leonard Bernstein, Charles Dutoit, Daniele Gatti, Adrian Leaper, Kazimierz Kord, Jerzy Katlewicz, Antoni Wit, Tomasz Bugaj, Jacek Kaspszyk, Stefan Stuligrosz, Krzysztof Penderecki. His repertory includes over 130 oratorio works, operas by Haendel and Monteverdi, as well as song cycles.
Piotr Kusiewicz is much sought after for his interpretations of contemporary music. He performs works by Krzysztof Penderecki, Witold Lutoslawski, Krzysztof Baculewski, Edward Pallasz, Juliusz Luciuk, Pawel Lukaszewski and Zbigniew Preisner. Composers often trust him to premiere their works and he sings at festivals, including the Warsaw Autumn, the Gaude Mater (Czestochowa) and the Krzysztof Penderecki Festival. The artist collaborates with early music ensembles and the Warsaw Chamber Opera.
An important point in his career is a role in Karol Szymanowski's "King Roger" under Charles Dutoit in Paris, Montreal, New York (Carnegie Hall) and Tokyo. He is the first polish singer, who had performed and has recorded /for NAXOS/ "Paroles tissees" by Witold Lutoslawski.
Piotr Kusiewicz is head and professor of the Vocal Department at the Gdansk Musical Academy (where he teaches singing). He also teaches solo singing at the Musical Academy in Bydgoszcz. He is one of the few Polish singers who run courses in the interpretation of Baroque music.
He has recorded 30 CD's with a different kind of music - from XVth Century to contemporary music (Lutoslawski, Penderecki) and even... pop-jazz. He has done them for ERATO, NAXOS, Aperto, Dynamic, ACCORD, CD Accord, DUX, Polskie Nagrania.
In March 2008 Piotr Kusiewicz has been awarded the Holy Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice medal by Pope Benedict XVI.