Posting Date: September 18, 2009
Internationally acclaimed guitarist in recital at Kennesaw State
By Jarmea L. Boone
The Kennesaw State University School of Music presents the guest recital of Lukasz Kuropaczewski on guitar Sept. 26 at 8 p.m. in the Performance Hall of the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center.
He arrives at KSU under a high recommendation to Assistant Professor of Music Mary Akerman. “His resume and recordings were very impressive,” says Akerman. “Imagine my delight a couple of months later when I had the opportunity to hear him perform at the Guitar Foundation of America Convention in Ithaca, N.Y. His actual live performance was extraordinary. He played music composed in a variety of styles from different centuries and countries, including some works from his native Poland.”
Akerman describes Kuropaczewski as “ a very powerful player with speed and volume beyond the norm. He is an expressive player, using the full range of the instrument's capabilities to bring the music to life. I am very excited about his performance here at KSU and would encourage everyone to attend.”
Kuropaczewski was born in Gniezno, Poland in 1981 and began playing the guitar at age 10. He studied at the Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University under the tutelage of classical guitarist Manuel Barrueco. Kuropaczewski has toured extensively in Europe, Canada, South America, Japan and the United States. Most notably, he has performed solo recitals in London’s Royal Festival Hall, The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, National Philharmony Hall and National Radio Hall in Warsaw and Carnegie Hall in N.Y. Kuropaczewski has five recordings to his credit, most recently “Lukasz Kuropaczewski: Polish Music.” All have received critical acclaim around the world.
He is an active teacher and is on at the Academy of Music in Poznan, Poland and at the University of Pennsylvania, in addition to assisting Barrueco at the Peabody Conservatory. He is also the artistic director of the Polish Guitar Academy and holds master classes worldwide. Kuropaczewski plays Savarez strings and Boguslaw Teryks guitars.