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Szymon Grab

Szymon Grab

In 1986 at the age of six, Szymon Grab began piano and solfege lessons with his father, an organist at a parish church in Legnica, Poland. “My father was a soldier-​musician and amateur accordion player. This made him quite popular with the ladies in our small town and as a young boy I was very impressed by that.”

Previously

  • Associate Organist-​Choirmaster, All Saints Church, Pasadena, California, January 2012–April 2015
  • Organist, Church of Our Savior Episcopal Church, San Gabriel
  • Organist, St. Bede’s Catholic Church, La Cañada

Performances

  • Soloist, Los Angeles Bach Festival 2014
  • American debut, Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Los Angeles, April 2007
  • International Organ Festival in Kłodzko, Poland, 1999
  • Görlitzer Orgelzyklus, Germany
  • Conversatorium Organowe, Legnica, Poland

Awards

  • 2nd prize, Elftman National Organ Competition, 2010
  • Finalist, 2003 Anton Heiller International Organ Competition, Italy
  • Finalist, 2002 Nijmegen International Organ Competition, Netherlands
  • Poland Ministry of Culture Scholarship Award, 1995–1997
  • Artistic Award of the City of Legnica, Poland

Studies

  • Doctor of Musical Arts, University of Southern California, 2012
  • Chopin Academy of Music, Warsaw, Poland, 2004
  • Diploma in solo organ performance, Karol Kurpiński State Music High School, Legnica, Poland, 1999
  • Organ instructors: Ryszard Rydz, Andrzej Chorosiński, Cherry Rhodes