A special concert, organized on the occasion of Zbigniew Bargielski‘s 80th birthday and Wojciech Michniewski‘s 70th birthday was held on Mach 26, 2017 at the Pomeranian Philharmonic in Bydgoszcz. The program of the concert—Te Deum by Anton Bruckner, Symphony No. 7 by Ludwig van Beethoven and Concerto for piano, percussion and orchestra by Zbigniew Bargielski—was performed by Magdalena Mórawska (soprano), Justyna Gęsicka (alto), Krzysztof Zimny (tenor), Łukasz Jakubczak (bass), Krzysztof Książek (piano), Agata Kruszewska (percussion) and the Choir and Symphony Orchestra of the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz under the baton of Wojciech Michniewski.
Composer Zbigniew Bargielski studied composition with Tadeusz Szeligowski at the State Higher School of Music in Warsaw and Bolesław Szabelski at the State Higher School of Music in Katowice. Having graduated, he continues his studies with Nadia Boulanger in Paris and at Hochschule Hochschule für Musik in Graz. His works have been performed in many European countries as well as the USA, Australia and South America. Besides composing, he is a writer and music teacher. He has been teaching composition at the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz (since 2002) and the Academy of Music in Kraków (since 2003).
Wojciech Michniewski—composer, conductor and professor of the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz—was closely associated with the Warsaw Philharmonic from 1973-78, then held the positions of artistic director of the Grand Theatre in Łódź from 1979-81 and music director of the modern scene at the Warsaw Chamber Opera (1979-83), then became the managing and artistic director of the Poznań Philharmonic from 1987-91. He has conducted both symphonic concerts and opera performances in almost all European countries, Asia and both Americas. Apart from the vast classical repertory, he is particularly valued for his interpretations of contemporary music.