Roman Rewakowicz

completed his musical education at the Warsaw Chopin Academy of Music receiving diplomas in the symphonic conducting (studying under Boguslaw Madey) as well as in the theory of music. He also studied composition with Marian Borkowski.

Currently, his conducting activities include guest appearances with a number of symphonic orchestras in Poland and Ukraine. For example, he appeared with such orchestras as the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Kiev Camerata, National Chamber Ensemble “Kyiv Soloists”, and the Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra. He is also invovoled in choir field leading Warsaw Choir Cappella Corale Varsaviana as well as cooperating with Nartional Choir of Ukraine “DUMKA”.

Having composer’s experience, Roman Rewakowicz pays special attention to contemporary music. He is a co-founder and co-organizer of the International Contemporary Music Festival Contrasts, which takes place in Lviv (Ukraine) since 1995. At the Festival he appeared as a conductor, performing for the first time works by Ukrainian composers Yuri Laniuk, Ihor Shcherbakov, and Polish composer Edward Sielicki. Thanks to Rewakowicz, the Festival witnessed Ukrainian premieres of works by Witold Lutoslawski, Krzysztof Penderecki, Zygmunt Krauze, Arvo Pärt and many others, all of which were conducted by him.

He participates in various festivals presenting new music, including at “Warsaw Musical Meetings” (performing Requiem by Alexander Shchetynski) and “Cracow Composers Music Days.” In October 2000 he gave a  concert (as part of cultural projects of the Festival “Kraków – European City of Culture”), at which four premieres of new compositions were performed, commissioned by the Festival “Velvet Curtain - Kraków 2000” from composers of Lithuania, Ukraine, Czech Republic and Slovakia. Moreover, he conducted the opening concert of the 10th International Review of Composers in Belgrade (Yugoslavia) and the closing concert of the Melos-Ethos Festival in Bratislava (Slovakia). He made Russian premier of piece by Giya Kancheli at the International Festival of Contemporary Music “Rostov Premieres”. In April 2008 he premiered works of young Ukrainian composers – Bohdana Frolak, Bohdan Sehin, Mykhailo Shved and Olexandr Shymko (the recipients of Gaude Polonia scholarships, sponsored by the Polish Ministry of Culture), commissioned by the Polish Institute in Kiev, and  performed with the Kiev Camerata orchestra as part of the Festival “Season Premieres.” In Aprill 2009 the project had its continuation with the other four new pieces composed by Zoltan Almashi, Svitlana Azarova, Mariya Oliynyk and Lubava Sydorenko. The eight pieces were performed during concert tour in Poland and Ukraine by Polish Orchestra Sinfonia Iuventus under Roman Rewakowicz conducting.

In 2010 he conducted 10 Ukrainian, Bielorussian and Russian orchestras with piano concertos by Chopin devoted to the 200 Universary of composer’s birthday. His activities included performances with the Lviv Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra at the Warsaw National Philharmonic Concert Hall and presentation of music by Karol Szymanowski with the National Symphon Orchestra of Ukraine & National Choir of Ukraine “Dumka” in Kiev as well as Belarusian State Symphony Orchestra & Chorus in Minsk. In 2013 he conducted ten Ukrainian orchestras (among others in Lviv, Kyiv, Odessa, Donetsk, Kharkiv) and four Russian orchestras (Belgorod, Rostov-on-Don, Uffa, Nizhny Novgorod) with music by Witold Lutoslawski in the centennial year of the composer’s birthday. The concets includes performanes by Polish, Ukrainian and Russian soloists – soprano Olga Pasichnyk, pianists Lukas Geniusas, Beata Bilinska, József Örmény, Maciej Grzybowski, violinist Dima Tkachenko and others.

The year 2016-2017 was marked with conductor’s cooperation with The National Chamber Ensemble “Kyiv Soloists”. Concerts with the Ensemble under Roman Rewakowicz were performed in several cities in Ukraine and Poland entitled “The Polish-Ukrainian music dialogs” icluding music by Zygmunt Krauze, Wojciech Kilar, Valentin Silvestrov, Igor Shcherbakov and other Polisch and Ukranian composers. In 2018, he participated in the project "Music of Independence," conducting the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine and the National Choir of Ukraine "DUMKA" in Kyiv.

Amongst his many achievements we will also find recordings of music by Zbigniew Preisner (Sony Music Poland), Yuri Laniuk (CD Accord), Alexander Shchetynsky (Naxos) and film music by Jan A.P. Kaczmarek, Michal Lorenc and Stanislaw Syrewicz.