Born in Poland in 1990 into a family of musicians, Karol Mossakowski began his musical studies with his father. After high school, he entered the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań where he studied organ with Elżbieta Karolak and Jarosław Tarnawski. In 2011 he entered the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris (classes of Olivier Latry, Michel Bouvard, Thierry Escaich, Philippe Lefebvre and László Fassang).
Karol Mossakowski is a laureate of several international organ competitions. He won the 1st prize at the Feliks Nowowiejski International Organ Competition in Poznań in 2010, the 1st prize at the Prague Spring International Organ Competition in 2013, the 1st prize and the audience prize at the Grand Prix Jean-Louis Florentz Competition in Angers in 2015, the 1st prize and the audience prize at the Grand Prix André Marchal Improvisation Competition in Biarritz in 2015. In 2016 he won one of the most prestigious organ improvisation competitions, the Grand Prix de Chartres.
In the 2014–15 season Mossakowski was the Young Artist in Residence at Cathedral of St Louis King of France in New Orleans. During six months, he taught interpretation and improvisation lessons and gave master-classes to the public of the American Guild of Organists.
Karol Mossakowski gives an important role to improvisation in his recitals and accompanies silent films. He recently performed ciné-concerts at the La Rochelle’s International Film Festival and the Festival Lumière in Lyon during which he improvised during screening of Carl Theodor Dreyer’s La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc. His engagements for the 2018–19 season include appearances at the Cathedral of St Etienne of Bourges, the Basilica of St Remi in Reims, the Basilica of St Clotilde in Paris among others. Currently Karol Mossakowski is the titular organist of Lille Cathedral. He teaches organ and improvisation at the Hector Berlioz Conservatory in Paris.
Information for January 2019