Rafał Kleszcz

Clarinet / Poland

Rafał Kleszcz started his clarinet studies at the age of 13 in the Comprehensive Music School in Dębica (Poland).

He is a prize winner of over thirty national and international clarinet competitions. One of the most important is the 1st prize in 5th International Clarinet Competition in Lisbon. In 2016 he was the 1st prize winner of international music competitions like West Pomeranian Clarinet Festival in Szczecin and International Wind Instruments Competition in Wroclaw. In 2018 he took the 1st place at the International Contemporary Music Competition in Cracow, as well as the 1st place and the Grand Prix Award of the Wind Instruments Festival in Kielce. In 2019 he won the National Clarinet Competition organised by the Music Education Centre in Warsaw and 5th International Clarinet Competition in Lisbon. In 2020 he won the International Wind Instruments Competition in Białystok and took the 2nd place of Premio di Interpretazione Musicale Città di Chiavari Competition. He has been selected to 5th International Clarinet Competition Ghent 2021, and also to Cluj International Clarinet Competition 2021.

He has taken part in many master classes led by outstanding musicians and teachers, among others Florent Heau, Jean-Marc Fessard, Stephan Vermeersch, Karel Dohnal and Gabor Varga.

Rafał was a scholarship holder of the Polish Children’s Fund, and also a laureate of the Young Music Academy program organised by the Music Academy in Katowice where he currently studies in the clarinet class of Prof. Roman Widaszek.

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