“deep engagement with the expressive potential of his instrument distinguished his recital" | Neil Fisher, The Times

Rafał studied classical accordion at the Royal Academy of Music and made his London debut in the Purcell Room in 2009 as a PLG Artist. Since then he has performed at venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Barbican, King’s Place, Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall (Manchester), Symphony Hall (Birmingham) and the Carnegie Hall, New York. He has worked with ensembles including BBC SO, Royal Opera House, Aurora Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, CHROMA, Rambert Dance Company, Nash Ensemble, Riot Ensemble, and with many contemporary composers creating new repertoire for classical accordion. In 2015 he released his debut solo album of pieces for accordion and electronics. He is a prizewinner of competitions in Poland, Lithuania, Switzerland, Slovakia, Italy, and the UK.

Rafał is a keen chamber musician, and in 2011 he recorded an album for Universal Music Korea with cellist Hau-Eun Kim, featuring works by Bach and Piazzolla.

Rafał has participated in masterclasses with leading musicians including Friedrich Lips, Matti Rantanen, Mika Vayrynen, Claudio Jacomucci, Vojin Vasovic. As soloist and orchestral musician he has worked with such conductors as Valery Gergiev, Pierre-Andre Valade, Baldur Brönnimann, Michael Boder, Nicholas Collon, Christopher Austin, Ernst Kovacić, and Szymon Bywalec. His performances have been broadcasted on BBC Radio 3 and Polish Radio 2.

For his achievements Rafał has been awarded scholarships from the Minister of Culture in Poland, Crescendum-Est Polonia Foundation, Solti Foundation, and the Craxton Foundation. 

In Season 2017/18 Rafał is an artist in residence with New Music Orchestra in Katowice.

Rafał plays a Pigini Sirius Millenium accordion, made on special order and purchased with the help of Ministry of Culture in Poland and Royal Philharmonic Society, UK.

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