He was born in Koszalin in 1995. He started learning to play the guitar at the age of 7 and for the next 12 years, he learnt under the supervision of Dariusz Schmidt in the Grażyna Bacewicz State Music School Complex in Koszalin (diploma with honours). Then he graduated from the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw after studies with Ryszard Bałauszko (diploma with honours).
He has also mastered his skills during numerous courses and master classes conducted by such outstanding musicians as Sérgio Assad, Zoran Dukić, Alvaro Pierri, Łukasz Kuropaczewski, and Paul O’Dette.
As a teenager, Mateusz Kowalski was spotted and recognised as one of the most interesting guitarists of the young generation. He is the winner of many international guitar competitions — his most important achievements include winning the first prizes in Antony (France) and Rust (Austria).
At the 2018/2019 music season, he participated in a prestigious programme for guitarists called EuroStrings.
Apart from numerous concerts in Poland, he has given concerts in Slovakia, Hungary, France, Italy, Croatia,
Liechtenstein, Spain, Germany, South Africa, Belgium, England, Sweden, and Austria (including the famous Vienna Musikverein concert hall). As a distinguished graduate, he received an invitation from the Rector of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music to participate in the concert of the graduates at the Warsaw Philharmonic — he performed Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquín Rodrigo with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra (June 2019).
Mateusz Kowalski is a scholarship holder of the Marshal of the Zachodniopomorskie Voivodeship,
the Mayor of Koszalin, the Minister of Culture and National Heritage (the “Young Poland” programme) and the
Polish Children’s Fund.
“Youthful energy and virtuosity, beautiful concert programme, noble sounds.”
Senior Lecturer Ryszard Bałauszko, The Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw
“Mateusz Kowalski executes his interpretations with great artlessness, nobility of the sound and beautiful phrasing, showing vast variety of moods, emotions, dynamics. He deals with technical challenges with ease, characterized by brilliant virtuosity.”
Professor The Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, Marcin Zalewski, DMus Hab
“Thanks to understanding the role of harmony and articulation in interpreting a musical composition, the Artist creates natural-sounding musical statement. Due to being able to easily use all the possibilities of the instrument and successfully recognizing its idiomatic features, he transfers the expression to the listener with specific, skillfully selected techniques, with sense of good taste.
He operates the time and dynamics in a fantastic way - from rich-sounding forte to beautiful subtle piano and pianissimo.”
Agata Sapiecha, DMus Hab