Dr. Leszek KALINA

 Was born in Třinec, Czech Republic, in 1963. After graduating from the Polish Secondary School in Český Těšín he became a student of Music and Czech studies at the Pedagogical Faculty in Ostrava. During his degree he was particularly interested in choral music, ethnomusicology, musical history and the pedagogy of music. In 1986, at the beginning of his fourth year, he founded the Mixed Youth Choir Collegium Canticorum, which immediately became very well known, not only in the Těšín region. After graduating, he continued to perfect his theoretical knowledge regarding musicology and musical pedagogy and was awarded his PhD for his thesis “A Comparative Study of the Polish and Czech Systems of Musical Education” (1991). He took part in Professor Józef Bok’s seminars on the interpretation of choral music at the Warsaw Academy of Music five times.

 At the Polish Secondary School in Český Těšín, where he began working as a music teacher, he founded the student’s choir Collegium Iuvenum consisting of students from the school.

 In the genre of folk music he runs two highland bands: Zorómbek, also made up of secondary school students (founded 1989); and Sómsiek, made up of former students (founded 1995). He is also a founder and artistic director of the chamber choir Amici Cantionis Antiquae (founded 1992), the mixed choir Canticum Novum (founded 1999), and the vocal ensemble Alaudae (founded 2002). Apart from these activities he was also a member or artistic director of about 15 other musical or theatrical ensembles between 1980 and 1995.

Leszek Kalina does not only take part in musical events in the Těšín region as the artistic director of his own ensembles. He was the artistic director of the Choral and Musical Association of Polish Choirs in the Czech Republic, which is a separate section of the Czech Choir Union and Polish Choir and Orchestra Association from 1991to 2003, and his been president since 2005. He was also the chairman of the Composer Department of the Literary and Artistic Association PZKO (1989-1993). At present he also works as a music education methodologist at the Pedagogical Centre for the Polish National Education in Český Těšín. 

 After leaving the Collegium Canticorum Choir in 1999, he co-founded the Polish Artistic Society Ars Musica, where he works as artistic director. The aim of the Society is to support the culture (understood in a broad sense) of the Polish national minority in the Czech Republic.

 Since 1991 he has also been a member of the Alliance of Choir Conductors of the Musical Artist and Scientific Association in the Czech Republic, where he works as a regional consultant for conductors of mixed choirs. In 2006, he was granted membership of the Association of Concert Artists in the Czech Republic. From 2004 to 2009 he was the chairman of the Competition and International Festival Grant Awarding Committee of the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic.

 He often gives professional seminars, lectures and workshops at various choral and folk festivals and competitions, and conducts performances of combined choirs.

 He has also been the author, co-author or reviewer of several academic papers in the fields of musical pedagogy, musical history, philology, music education courebooks, choral and school songbooks and music education syllabuses.

 He has received several important distinctions, including: the President of Poland the Order of the Gold Cross of Merit (2015), the Highest Order of the Minister of Culture of the Polish Republic “Zasłużony dla Kultury Polskiej” (1996), the Medal of the Polish Ministry of National Education and Sport (2005), the Golden Order of Honour with a laurel leaf of the Polish Choir and Orchestra Association (2009), the Gold Badge the Czech Choirs  Association, the Award of the Silver Brooch of the Consulate General of the Polish Republic in Ostrava (2001), the Stanisław Moniuszko International Award (2010) and the Prominent Pedagogical Personality Award from the commissioner of the Moravian and Silesian region (2002).

 Most notable artistic achievements

2017

The Golden Medal in 45. International Competition "Festival of Songs" in Olomouc Collegium Iuvenum

2017

the second place (first price not awarded) in the Competition "Golden Ear of Corn" in Zebrzydowice (Poland) Zorómbek

2016

The Silver Diploma in the 7th International Choirs Christmas Competition in Kraków  (Poland)

Canticum Novum

2016

The Silver Diploma in the 7th International Choirs Christmas Competition in Kraków  (Poland)

Collegium Iuvenum

2014

The Silver Diploma in the X competition of Rybnik Coral Autumn (Poland)

Collegium Iuvenum

2014

Two Silwer Medals in the 28th International Choirs Competition PRAGA CANTAT

Canticum Novum

2014

the special prize (2nd place) in the Competition of Silesian Folk Songs in Koszęcin (Poland) Zorómbek

2014

the second place in the Competition "Golden Ear of Corn" in Zebrzydowice (Poland) Zorómbek

2014

Second Place (Large Choirs) and Third Place (Chamder Choirs) in IV international competition VRATISLAVIA SACRA in Wrocław (Poland) Canticum Novum

2013

The Christmas concert in Polish senate house in Warszawa

Collegium Iuvenum

2013

The Golden Diploma in the finals of natiowide competition "Opava Cantat"

Collegium Iuvenum

2013

The Silver Diploma in the International Choirs Competition in Międzyzdroje (Poland)

Canticum Novum

2013

Second (the first not awarded) and third place in International Competition "Cracovia Cantans" in Kraków (Poland)

Collegium Iuvenum

2012

Winner of the survey “Tacy jesteśmy” for the Most Popular Polish choir in the Cieszyn Region Collegium Iuvenum

2012

“The Silver Flambeau” in the International Competition of Marian-Sacred Music in Częstochowa (Poland) Collegium Iuvenum

2012

Awarded 1st Place in the 14th Stanisław Hadyna International Folk Song Competition

Zorómbek

2012

“The Silver Band” in the International Competition of Sacred Music in Námestovo (Slovakia) Canticum Novum

2012

the second place in the Competition "Golden Ear of Corn" in Zebrzydowice (Poland) Zorómbek

2012

“The Gold and Silver Band” in the International Competition "SLOVAKIA CANTAT" in Bratislava (Slovakia) Collegium Iuvenum

2011

“The Silver Band” in the III International Youth Music Festival in Bratislava (Slovakia) Zorómbek

2011

The second place in the finals of the contest “Śląskie Śpiewanie” (Silesian Singing) (Poland) Zorómbek

2011

participation in the one of the most prestigious european competition – 57th International Choral Competition in Cork (Ireland) Canticum Novum

2010

The Gold Diploma and winner in category in VI international competition Gaude Cantem in Bielsko-Biała (Poland) Canticum Novum

2010

The special prize in  22th International Competition of Sacred Music in Rumia (Poland) Collegium Iuvenum

2010

Awarded 1st Place in the 12th Stanisław Hadyna International Folk Song Competition

Zorómbek

2010

Awarded Silver and Gold Medals in Festa Musicale, Olomouc, Czech Republic

Canticum Novum

2009

Winner of the survey "Tacy jesteśmy" for the Most Popular Polish Choir in the Cieszyn Region

Canticum Novum

2009

Winner of a Special Prize in the survey " Tacy jesteśmy" for the Most Popular Polish Ensemble in the Cieszyn Region

Alaudae

2009

Awarded 2nd place (IV category) and 3th place (II b category) in one of the most prestigious European competitions – the 48th International Seghizzi Musical Competition, Gorizia, Italy

Canticum Novum

2009

“The Silver Band” in the International Competition of Sacred Music in Námestovo (Slovakia)

Collegium Iuvenum

2009

Awarded 1st Prize in the 57th European Music Festival for Youngsters, Neerpelt, Belgium

Zorómbek

2009

Awarded 1st  Prize and Grand Prix in the Competition Chrám i tvrz, Vsetín, Czech Republic

Alaudae

2008

Winner of the Gold Diploma in the 4th International Competition Gaude Cantem, Bielsko-Biała, Poland

Canticum Novum

2008

The Special Prize (2nd place) in the 10th Stanisław Hadyna International Folk Song Competition, Wisła, Poland

Zorómbek

2008

Release of the CD “Ło, przepiekne grónie”

Zorómbek

2008

3 Silver Levels at the 20th International Academic Choirs Competition, Pardubice, Czech Republic

Canticum Novum

2008

Winner of the Silver Medal in Festa Musicale, Olomouc, Czech Republic

Amici Can. Antiquae

2008

Winner of the Silver Tuning-Fork in the finals of the National Competition of School Choirs, Bydgoszcz, Poland

Collegium Iuvenum

2007

Awarded 3rd Prize in the Mixed Choirs Competition, the 4th Prize in Female Choirs and Folk Song Parties Competitions in one of the most prestigious European competitions – 25th International Musical Competition, Cantonigros, Spain

Canticum Novum

2007

Awarded 2nd Place in the 9th Stanisław Hadyna International Folk Song Competition, Koszęcin, Poland

Zorómbek

2007

Winner of the Golden Tuning-Fork in the finals of the National Competition of School Choirs, Bydgoszcz, Poland

Collegium Iuvenum

2007

Winner of the Golden Tuning-Fork in the finals of the National Competition of School Choirs, Bydgoszcz, Poland

Alaudae

2006

Awarded 2nd Place in the category of advanced choirs in 18th International Competition of Sacred Music, Rumia, Poland

Canticum Novum

2006

Release of the CD Novum koncertowo

Canticum Novum

2006

Winner of the Golden Tuning-Fork and 2nd place in the finals of the National Competition of School Choirs, Bydgoszcz, Poland

Alaudae

2006

Winner of the Silver Diploma in the Competition Young2006Prague, Prague, Czech Republic

Collegium Iuvenum

2006

Release of the CD “Memento 1939-1945”

choirs of Ars Musica

2005

Winner of the survey “Tacy jesteśmy” for the Most Popular Polish choir in the Cieszyn Region

Canticum Novum

2005

Awarded 1st Place and the Award for the Best Conductor in the Competition of Rybnik Choral Autumn, Rybnik, Poland

Canticum Novum

2005

Winner of the Golden Diploma in the 9th International Competition Gaude Cantem, Bielsko-Biała, Poland

Collegium Iuvenum

2005

Awarded 2nd Prize and the Golden Diploma in the 11th International Academic Competition, Banská Bystrica (Slovakia).

Canticum Novum

2005

Winner of the Gold Medal in the 27th International Competition Figúš-Bystrý, Banská Bystrica, Slovakia

Collegium Iuvenum

2005

Winner of the Golden Tuning-Fork in the Finals of the National Competition of School Choirs, Bydgoszcz, Poland

Collegium Iuvenum

2004

Awarded 3rd Prize in the category of Advanced Mixed Choirs and Gold Medal in the Folk Category at the 18th International Choirs Competition Praga Cantat, Prague, Czech Republic.

Canticum Novum

2004

Winner of the Gold Medal at the 9th Festival Opava Cantat, Opava, Czech Republic

Collegium Iuvenum

2004

Release of the CD “Iuvenum koncertowo”

Collegium Iuvenum

2004

Awarded 1st Prize Cum Laude at the 52nd European Music Festival for Youngsters in Neerpelt, Belgium

Collegium Iuvenum

2004

Winner of the Golden Tuning-Fork and 2nd Place in the Finals of the National Competition of School Choirs in Bydgoszcz, Poland

Collegium Iuvenum

2004

Awarded the Special Prize in the Finals of the State Competition of Christmas Music in Będzin, Poland

Amici Can. Antiquae

2003

Winner of two Gold Medals and 1st Place in the A1 category at the 8th Festival Opava Cantat, Opava, Czech Republic

Collegium Iuvenum

2003

Awarded 1st Place in the 5th Stanisław Hadyna International Folk Song Competition, Wisła, Poland

Zorómbek

2003

Participation in the prestigious 40th International Competition of Choral Singing, Spittal an der Drau, Austria

Canticum Novum

2003

Awarded 1st Prize and the Golden Diploma in the A category in 3th International B. Martinù Choirs Competition, Pardubice, Czech Republic

Canticum Novum

2003

Winner of the Gold Medal in the Gymnasia Cantat Festival, Brno, Czech Republic

Collegium Iuvenum

2003

Winner of the Golden Tuning-Fork in the Finals of the National Competition of School Choirs in Bydgoszcz, Poland

Collegium Iuvenum

2003

Awarded 2nd Place in the Finals of the State Competition of Christmas Music, Będzin, Poland

Zorómbek

2002

Awarded 2nd place in the 12th State Competition of Polish Choral Songs, Katowice, Poland

Canticum Novum

2002

Participation in the non-competitive 5th Alta Pusteria International Choral Festival, Italy, where the choir was unofficially judged as one of the best choirs taking part in the festival.

Canticum Novum

2002

Awarded 1st Prize in the Silesian Song Competition, Poland

Zorómbek

2002

Winner of the Silver Tuning-Fork and 2nd Prize in the Finals of the National Competition of School Choirs in Bydgoszcz, Poland

Collegium Iuvenum

2001

Winner of the Gold Medal in the 6th Opava Cantat Festival, Opava, Czech Republic

Collegium Iuvenum

2001

3rd Prize in the 1st Festival of Silesian Choirs in Ustroń, Poland

Canticum Novum

2001

Winner of the Gold Medal in the Gymnasia Cantat Festival, Brno, Czech Republic

Collegium Iuvenum

2001

Winner of the Golden Tuning-Fork and 2nd Prize in the National Competition of School Choirs in Bydgoszcz, Poland

Collegium Iuvenum

2000

Winner of the Gold Medal in the 5th Opava Cantat Festival, Opava, Czech Republic

Collegium Iuvenum

2000

Participation at the prestigious Festival of Choral Art in Jihlava, Czech Republic and the World-wide Performance Composition

Canticum Novum

2000

Awarded 1st Prize in the Silesian Song Competition, Poland

Zorómbek

2000

Winner of the Gold Medal in the Gymnasia Cantat Festival, Brno, Czech Republic

Collegium Iuvenum

2000

Winner of the Silver Tuning-Fork in the Finals of the National Competition of School Choirs in Bydgoszcz, Poland

Collegium Iuvenum

1999

Awarded 2nd Prize in the 30th Folklore Festival of Polish Highlanders in Żywiec, Poland

Sómsiek

1999

Awarded 2nd Prize in the Folklore Band Competition in Zebrzydowice, Poland

Zorómbek

1999

Winner of the Gold Medal in the Gymnasia Cantat Festival, Brno, Czech Republic

Collegium Iuvenum

1999

Winner of the Golden Tuning-Fork and 2nd Prize in the National Competition of School Choirs in Bydgoszcz, Poland

Collegium Iuvenum

1998

Release of the CD “Z narodzenia Pana”

Collegium Canticorum

1998

Winner of the Gold Medal in the Competition of Christmas and Advent Music in Prague, Czech Republic

Collegium Canticorum

1998

Winner of the Gold Medal in the 3rd Festival of Opava Cantat, Opava, Czech Republic

Collegium Iuvenum

1997

Winner of the Gold Medal in the 2nd Festival Opava Cantat, Opava, Czech Republic

Collegium Iuvenum

1997

Awarded the Special Prize in the Adult Choirs Category in the 9th Annual Competition of Sacral Music in Rumia, Poland

Collegium Canticorum

1997

Awarded 1st Prize in the Folk Ensemble Festival in Zebrzydowice, Poland

Sómsiek

1997

Awarded 1st Prize in the Silesian Song Regional Competition, Poland

Zorómbek

1997

Winner of the Golden Tuning-Fork and the 2nd Prize in the National Competition of School Choirs in Bydgoszcz, Poland

Collegium Iuvenum

1996

Release of the CD “Canticorum iubilo”

Collegium Canticorum

1996

Awarded 1st Prize in the Silesian Song Competition, Poland

Zorómbek

1996

Awarded 1st Prize in the Silesian School Choir Competition, Katowice, Poland

Collegium Iuvenum

1995

Participation in the World Music Competition in Llangollen, Wales, Great Britain and 2nd Prize in the Folk Ensembles Category

Collegium Canticorum

Sómsiek

1995

Winner of three Gold Medals at the Competition of Polish Choirs in the Czech Republic

Collegium Canticorum

Collegium Iuvenum

Amici Can. Antiquae

1995

Awarded 3rd Prize and the Prize for the Best Interpretation of Contemporary Composition at the Prague Days of Choral Singing in the Large Adult Choirs Category

Collegium Iuvenum

1994

Participation in one of the most prestigious European competitions – The 15th International Béla Bartók Competition in Debrecén, Hungary

Collegium Canticorum

1994

Winner of the Golden Tuning-Fork and the Cup of the Minister of National Education as the Outright Winner in the National School Choir Competition in Bydgoszcz, Poland

Collegium Iuvenum

1994

Awarded 1st Prize and Prize for the Best Programme at the Prague Days of Choral Singing

Collegium Canticorum

1993

Participation in the Bydgoszcz Finals of the National Competition of School Choirs and Winner of the Silver Tuning-Fork in their Category, Bydgoszcz, Poland

Collegium Iuvenum

1990

Awarded 1st Prize and the Prize for the Best Interpretation of a Compulsory Composition in the Festival of Choral Art in Jihlava, Czech Republic

Collegium Canticorum

1990

1st Winner of the Competition of Polish Choirs in the Czech Republic

Collegium Canticorum

1988

Awarded 4th and 5th Prize in the International Festival in Międzyzdroje, Poland and the Cup for the Most Versatile Choir

Collegium Canticorum