KRZYSZTOF GARSTKA

Harpsichordist. Krzysztof Garstka graduated with honours from the Chopin University of Music, where he studied harpsichord under Prof. Leszek Kędracki and Prof. Alina Ratkowska. He continued his education during an artistic internship at his Alma Mater in harpsichord class led by Prof. Alina Ratkowska and during the two-year postgraduate course in Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in harpsichord class under Prof. Andrea Marcon. In 2009, Garstka finished a half-year course at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Graz, where he studied in the harpsichord class with Prof. Eva Maria Pollerus and Michael Hell as part of the Erasmus-Socrates scholarship programme. In 2011, he qualified for the New Talent Competition organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) in cooperation with Radio and Television Slovakia(Bratislava).

In December 2009, Garstka won the 1st prize in the 1st Academic Harpsichord Competition in Poznań. In 2017, he got a Honorable Mention in the harpsichord category of Prague Spring International Music Competition “Pražské jaro”, and the 3rd prize in the 17th “Paola Bernardi” Harpsichord Competition in Bologna. Garstka perfected his skills during numerous international early music courses led by Jesper Christensen, Marieke Spaans, Alina Ratkowska, Leszek Kędracki, Lilianna Stawarz, Nicholas Parle, or Urszula Bartkiewicz.

Since 2010 he’s taught at the  Chopin University of Music, where in 2013 he became an assistant teacher. The artist often collaborates with such ensemles and orchestras as Diletto, La Tempesta, Royal Baroque Ensemble, Sinfonia Varsovia, and is the artistic director of the Gradus ad Parnassum Early Music Ensemble. He also performs as a soloist and chamber musician – in both Poland and Europe.

In September 2018 he was appointed the musical director of the Period Instruments Ensemble of the Polish Royal Opera Capella Regia Polona .