Biography

Krzysztof LukasDr. Krzysztof Lukas studied with Julian Gembalski at the University of Music in Katowice in his native country, Poland, at first. Then he moved to Stuttgart/Germany where he was pursuing post-graduate studies with Jon Laukvik at the University of Music at the Künstlerische Ausbildung program and  in the prestigious Solistenklasse program, which is the highest program in the German Universities of Music system. He has completed his education participating in many master classes with almost all the important European organists. Meetings with Ton Koopman and Guy Bovet had a special influence on him. 2004-2006 he studied also theology at the University of Tuebingen.

He made his name in the Polish organ world especially since 1997 when he won first prize at the Polish National Organ Competition in Rumia. Since then he has gained several  prizes at international competitions in Germany, France, Russia  and Italy. They include first prizes at the International Organ Competition “Nicolas de Grigny” in Bitche/France 2001, granted by Dame Gillian Weir, Ewald Kooiman and Nigel Allcoat, and at the International Organ Competition in Rome in the same year.

Concert travels were leading him throughout Europe, North Africa and Asia. His most important performances were in Vienna (St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Radiokulturhaus ORF, live broadcasted through Austrian Radio 1 ORF), London (Westminster Cathedral, The Temple Church, Manoukian Cultural Centre – presented by The Keyboard Trust, Nürnberg (Meistersingerhalle), Bologna (Basilica di S. Antonio) Yokohama (Minato Mirai Hall), Tokyo (Lilia Hall), Seoul (Kyungdong church), Algier (Notre Dame d’Afrique) and in churches of Geneva, Rome, Rimini, Stuttgart, Warsaw, Kaliningrad etc. He has recorded for radio and TV in several countries. 2008 was published his CD at the historical Berschdorf organ in Poland.  2012 he received his doctor degree making a research and writing a dissertation about the tempo rubato in organ music. He gives masterclasses and lectures about the interpretation of organ music in Europe and Asia. He is an adjunct professor at the Karol Szymanowski University of Music in Katowice/Poland.