Jakub Polaczyk (b. 1983, Krakow) is a New York based Polish composer and pianist. Winner of many international and national prizes in composition including: the 2020 American Prize in Composition, SIMC-Nuove Musiche per Clavicembalo, Milano (2019), 2013 Iron Instant Composer Award in Cleveland, OH, ZKP Taduesz Baird Polish Composers Society Composition Compeition in Warsaw(2013), Orion Symphony Competition in London (2011).
He graduated from Jagiellonian University, Krzysztof Penderecki Academy of Music in Krakow and Carnegie Mellon University and as a Socrates-Erasmus exchange program he studied at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. Since 2015 he has been teaching at the New York Conservatory of Music and since 2018 has been a New Music Director of the Chopin and Friends Festival in NYC directing International Composition Competition "New Vision" and in 2020 Virtual NYDAI Quarantine Talks Series. Since 2021 Jakub is hosting his program called "Post-Bachian Coffees" at the Polish Radio WRKL: AM910: NYC & AM1030: Chicago.
As a composer and orchestrator associated with the International Music Organization of New York and Polish Theater Institute in the USA, additionally a Music Director of the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Newark, NJ. He lectured at: Carnegie Mellon University (2013, 2018), Krzysztof Penderecki Academy of Music in Krakow (2014), Sichuan Conservatory of Music (2015), Kosciuszko Foundation in NY (2018), Escola De Música de Brasilia(2019), Wheaton College in Chicago (2020) Iowa Community College in Des Moines (2020), Gonzaga University (2021).
As a composer he participated in many courses, conferences and festivals in: USA, Canada, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia such as: ISCM, Warsaw Autumn, June in Buffalo, Bach Oregon Composer Sympoium, SoundSCAPE, Annual Festival of Contemporary Music in San Francisco, Ostrava Music Days, NYCEMF, Janacek Festival in Czech Republic, Tre Colori in Budapest, Yuri Bashment's Festival in Russia, Druskomanija in Lithuania, Cracow International Composers Festival, Ball State New Music Festival, KLK in Ukraine, SPCCF in Brazil, DICMF in South Korea, ICCM in Spain, OUA Electroacoustic Music Festival in Japan, Atemporanea in Argentina. His works have been performed internationally at such prestigious venues as: Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City, Recital Hall West in Sydney and were performed by: Brazil National Orchestra, Blue Waters Orchestra in Cleveland, Carnegie Mellon Orchestra, Penderecki Music Academy of Krakow Orchestra, Lexington Chamber Orchestra, Janacek Orchestra, Orion Orchestra, Lviv KLK String Orchestra, Promeria Orchestra and Ensembles: Mise-En, Four Corners, Avanti, NED, Cracow Duo, Polanski Duo, Litvos Trio, Slee Sinfonietta, Carnegie Contemporary Ensemble, JACK Quartet, Dedalus Ensemble, NeoQuartet, Daegu Contemporary Ensemble, Ostrava Soloists, Moscow Virtuoso Soloists, Goodmori Ensemble, Gentile Trio, Blow Up Percussion, Argus Quartet.
As a pianist Polaczyk collaborated with: Christine Walevska, Pein-Wen, Sarah Lucero, Roberto Vasquez, Ivan Ivanov and many singers, instrumentalists and ballet companies in NYC metropolitan area and National Opera of Krakow. He achieved scholarships from: Carnegie Mellon Foundation, Sapere Auso, Minister of Culture of Poland and Mayor of Cracow. In 2019 was nominated for the Szaflarska Prize in Arts in Southern Poland.