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Sacrum Profanum 2023

Rafał Łuc

Rafał Łuc (born 1987) is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music in London (in the class of Prof. Owen Murray), the Musikene Centro Superior de Música del País Vasco in San Sebastián (in the class of Iñaki Alberdi) and the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music (in the class of Zbigniew Łuc). He currently works as an assistant professor at the latter. In 2018, he was awarded his habilitation in music arts.

As a 15-year-old musician, he performed for the first time as a soloist with the Wrocław Philharmonic Orchestra. During his studies in the UK, he performed in the most important concert halls, including the famous St Martin in the Fields Church, the Barbican Centre, the Royal Albert Hall and Wigmore Hall in London. In 2011, he debuted in the United States, performing at Carnegie Hall and Weill Hall.

He has played with Korean cellist Hau-Eun Kim, he is part of Duo van Vliet with Scottish viola player Ian Anderson, he is also a co-founder and member of the Kompopolex ensemble, which specialises in contemporary music performance. He also collaborates with such ensembles as BBC SO, Royal Opera House, Aurora Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, London Sinfonietta, Nash Ensemble, Chroma, Rambert Dance Company, Riot Ensemble, NFM Wrocław Philharmonic and Wrocław Opera.

He has performed at the most important festivals of contemporary music (Warsaw Autumn, Musica Polonica Nova, Musica Electronica Nova, Poznań Spring, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Ostrava New Music Days).

In 2015, DUX released his debut acc++ca album with pieces for accordion and electronic instruments. Two years later, in June 2017, Orchid Classics released the album Lachrymae ReVisited by Duo van Vliet, nominated for EMV Award for New Music Recording of the Year by New Music Scotland.