Guitarist Łukasz Kuropaczewski was born in 1981 in the small Polish town of Gniezno, he began studying guitar at the age of ten. At 13 his early talent brought him to the attention of the distinguished guitar teacher Piotr Zaleski with whom he studied from 1994 to 2003.
Upon receiving a Master’s degree from the Academy of Music in Wroclaw, Poland, he traveled to the U.S. on full scholarship to study with Manuel Barrueco at the Peabody Institute, where he was awarded an Artist Diploma in 2008. During this time, he performed concerts in his native land and around the world, demonstrating his remarkable passion and precision to enthusiastic audiences.
Always in great demand as a recitalist, chamber musician, and as soloist with orchestras, he is invited regularly to perform at numerous festivals around the world, he also judged the 2017 ARD International Music Competition in Munich. During last 2 seasons he made his recital debut at the Pablo Casals Festival in Puerto Rico and return to the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival for collaborations with violinists Daniel Hope and Jennifer Frautschi. Gave the premiere of Marc Neikrug’s Three pieces for guitar at the Baltimore Museum of Art in Baltimore, MD during his spring recital tour of the United States culminating in chamber concerts with accordionist Maciej Frackiewicz in Cleveland, OH and Pinehurst, North Carolina. He also appeared at the Caramoor Festival.
Highlights of his solo recitals include appearances in London’s Royal Festival Hall, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Warsaw’s National Philharmonic Hall, Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, Tonhalle in Zürich and New York's Carnegie Hall. As avid chamber music collaborator, he frequently works with musicians from his native Poland, as well as the Orion String Quartet, mandolinist Avi Avital, operatic soprano Chen Reiss, violinist Daniel Hope, Giardino Armonico Concertmaster - Stefano Barneschi and accordionist Richard Galliano.
He premiered Concertos by Angelo Gilardino, Krzysztof Meyer, M. Gorecki, Alexander Tansman (Polish premiere), and Krzysztof Penderecki (guitar version of Viola Concerto premiere with Sinfonia Varsovia and Maximiano Valdés). He joined Maximiano Valdés and Orquesta Filarmónica de Santiago to perform the newly adapted classical guitar version of Penderecki’s Viola concerto in Santiago. He’s the dedicatee of Krzysztof Meyer and Angelo Gilardino’s new guitar Sonatas.
Former guitar faculty at University of Pennsylvania from 2008 to 2010, he currently is the guitar professor of the Kunst University Graz, Austria as well as the faculty at the Academy of Music in Poznan, Poland, holding a doctorate degree in performance. In addition, he is the artist director of the Polish Guitar Academy Festival held in Poznan every year. He has recorded six CDs to date.
Kuropaczewski plays a guitar by Ross Gutmeier (USA) fitted with Savarez Alliance Corum strings.