Jan Stokłosa

Composer, arranger, conductor, multi-instrumentalist and founder of the Stokłosa Collective Orchestra

Winner of 2 Fryderyk awards (Polish Grammy’s):

  • Album of the Year (Blues/Roots category) 2022 – “Pieśni współczesne” Miuosha i Zespołu Pieśni i Tańca Śląsk. (”Contemporary Songs” Miuosh  and the Śląsk Song and Dance Ensemble – Orchestration, choir preparation, conducting).
  • Album of the Year (Metal category) 2019 – “I love you at your darkest” Behemoth (orchestration and conducting).

2017-2021 – musical director at the Rampa Theatre Music Stage and its largest projects: Rhapsody with a Demon, Broadway Exclusive, Women on the edge of a nervous breakdown, Twist and Shout, Jesus Christ Superstar.

A co-composer of music for three productions ordered by the Wielki Teatr National Opera: Impresje (2013), Rozterki Miłosne wg Krakowiaków i Górali (a performance to mark the 250th anniversary of the National Theatre) (2015), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2017). Arranger and conductor for the project I love Moniuszko (2019).

Co-composer and musical arrangement for children’s shows e.g. Pożarcia królewny Bluetki (The devouring of Princess Bluetki) and Zobacz Zoo (See the zoo) performed to the poetry of J. Brzechwy.

Composer of Christmas pieces for the charity concert „Święta w prezencie”  (“Christmas as a present) performed annually in various culture centres (UMFC Warsaw, Concert Studio S1, National Philharmonic).

Closely associated with the Film Music Festival in Cracow, for which he created the arrangements for the gala concerts; Scoring4Wajda (2015 – director of chosen pieces), The Glamorous Show (2019 – musical director, arrangements), the Film Music Gala (2021 – arrangement of chosen pieces) and Scoring4Skolimowski (2022 – orchestral suite arrangement with Jerzy Skolimowski’s music, concert conductor)

From 2017-2019, the musical director, arranger and conductor for a series of TV concerts and also the national concert tour Gintrowski – A jednak coś po nas zostanie (Gintrowski –something will remain after us, after all).

 He cooperated with the Podlaska Opera and Philharmonic as music director and conductor on the staging of the musical Jesus Christ Superstar (2020), and also the musical fairy story Cat in Boots as an arranger (2016).

 He has realised many television productions as music director, arranger and was many times conductor of galas and concerts including (NIE)Zakazane piosenki (2018,2019,2020) for Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego (“The (not)forbidden songs” (2018,2019,2020) for the Warsaw Uprising Museum), „W dziewiętnastym roczku” (“In the 19th year”) prepared for the anniversary of the Silesian Uprising (2019), Carol concerts in the Pelplińskie cathedral  (arrangements since 2016), Battle of the Tenors for Roses (2020-2022), the Feniks Award Gala (2020), Great Carol-Singing with Polsat (2022) and the Ministry of Culture Awards Gala (2019 and 2022).

In June 2017 he arranged the greatest hits of the band ‘Bajm’ for Beata Kozidrak, for a symphony orchestra, as requested by Ferrero Rocher and Sinfonia Viva.

In 2018 he composed music for the poetry of Kazimiera Iłłakowiczówna resulting in the EP by Natalia – “The rebellion of youth”. In 2020 he arranged and produced the recording “There is a star” with the songs of Sophie Loren as interpreted by the artist.

In December 2018 he was the musical director for the enthusiastically reviewed concert “The Best of Broadway” in the Polish Theatre in Warsaw. The special guest of the event was the world-famous musical actor Ramin Karimllo.

The music composer for the radio program „Niepokonani 1920” (Undefeated 1920) –Polish Radio 2020.

He has often worked with Andrezj Smolik as an orchestrator and instrumentalist for the projects; Miuosh/Smolik/Nospr (a series of concerts and a recording), Obywatel GC 2.0 (Citizen GC 2.0), Historie (Stories) (for the Warsaw Uprising Museum), Nina (film) and a concert celebrating the 120th anniversary of the town of Sopot as a conductor.

Orchestration and conductor on the renowned project Miuosh x Śląsk – Contemporary Songs (2021) – platinum record.

Creator of the orchestra arrangements for Justyna Steczkowska’s 25th anniversary concert tour which took place in 2021/2022.

Co-producer of a new soundtrack for the ‘Metro’ musical which premiered at the Spodek in Katowice in 2021.

Composer of the hymn for the international World Athletics Relays in the Silesia Stadium in Chorzów.

Music Director for the 28th IHF Men’s World Championship Draw Gala and conductor of the NOSPR orchestra in Katowice, which performed his arrangements of popular pieces. The TV broadcast reached 120 countries around the world.

In March 2022, together with the band IRA and his own Stokłosa Collective Orchestra he initiated a charity campaign – Music for Freedom. In express time a new arrangement for Obejmij Mi (Embrace me) was created and realised in agreement with the Ukrainian group Okean Elzy. Around 100 people were involved in the campaign as volunteers. Within a few days of the premiere of the video prepared by the Bosko collective, it had gained several million views. All the money raised went to charity organisations connected with aid for Ukraine.

He composed ‘Wariacje Ludowe’ (Folk Variations) on order – a concert for a string orchestra, ethnic instruments and voices. The piece ordered by the Sinfonietta Cracovia was first performed as part of the Etno Rozstaje festival in October 2022. The group was conducted by Katarzyna Tomali-Jedynak, soloists were Sebastian Karpiel-Bułecka (voice / violin / fujara / bagpipes), Bożena Bujnicka (soprano) and Helena Matuszewska (suka / chordophone).

In 2022 he composed “Trzy Utwory Romantyczne” (3 Romantic pieces) for the National Culture Centre, based on the ballads and romantic writings of Adam Mickiewicz. The 3-part composition (The Primrose, the Siren of Lake Switea, Mr Twardowski) designed for a ballet is performed on 12 solo instruments.

He was the music producer for the recording “Jednego Serca – (Kon)teksty Polskiego Romantyzmu” (One Heart (con)texts of Polish Romanticism) with pieces based on Polish oracles. The album was requested by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage as a summary of the Year of Romanticism. Alongside pieces by Niemen, Grechuta and Moniuszki there were new compositions by Jan Stokłosa to the writings of Asnyk, Norwid and Krasiński. Among the performers we can hear the voices of Kasia Moś, Mateusz Ziółka, Olga Szomańska, Janusz Radek, Łukasz Drapała and Rafał Bartmiński (2022)

He wrote the music for the film “Rotmistrz Pilecki” (Cavalry Master Pilecki) directed by Miłosz Kozioła (2022).

Since 2021 he has run self-designed workshops on composition and arrangement, “WarsztatON” which take place regularly in the Grand Theatre National Opera in Warsaw.

He has worked with the most important orchestras in Poland – NOSPR, NFM, Sinfona Varsovia, The Beethoven Academy Orchestra, the orchestra of the National Opera, The Polish Baltic Philharmonic (Filharmonia Bałtycka) and many others.

Cellist for the string quartet, “Fair Play Quartet”, which specialises in performing pop music on stringed instruments. A former musician of the Sinfonia Iuventus orchestra as well as the orchestra of the Grand Theatre National Opera.

As a session musician he is present on over 60 recordings. He has worked with the majority of Polish music stars.

He has performed numerous times at the largest music festivals in Poland like the Open’er Festival, Męskie Granie, Off Festival, Orange Warsaw Festival, FMF, Transatlantyk, Opole and Sopot among others.

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Jan Stokłosa

Dzisiaj, przy czwartku trochę klasyki i pieśń, którą napisałem do słów Zygmunta Krasińskiego specjalnie dla naszego wybitnego tenora Rafał Bartmiński. Gra Stokłosa Collective Orchestra.
Kompozycja inspirowana pieśniami Schuberta przygotowana na płytę „Jednego serca - (kon)teksty romantyzmu” wydanej przez Ministerstwo Kultury i Dziedzictwa Narodowego.
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