JAKUB STEFEK PHD, PHD
Organist, lecturer, author
Doctor of arts and doctor of economics, assistant professor at the Department of Music Theory and Didactics at the Academy of Art in Szczecin, member of the board of the SPOT.ON ART Foundation.
In 2015, he graduated with an excellent grade in organ playing at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw in the organ class of prof. Andrzej Chorosiński. As part of the Erasmus program, he also studied at the Kunstuniversitaet Graz in the class of prof. Gunther Rost. Since 2017, Jakub Stefek has been a lecturer at the Academy of Art in Szczecin, where he conducts classes in organ, chamber music, liturgical accompaniment, organization of artistic events, social communication and music lectures. In 2021, he obtained a PhD in musical arts at the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław. In 2022, he obtained a PhD in economics at the University of Economics in Katowice.
As a musician, Jakub Stefek is active in the field of Jewish organ music. In February 2018, he participated in the first concert in the post-war history of Warsaw synagogues, during which organ works were performed in the Nożyk Synagogue. In the same year, he initiated the annual festival "Jewish Music Days in Szczecin". Since 2019, he has been cooperating with cantor Isidoro Abramowicz, director of cantorial studies at the Abraham Geiger Kolleg - rabbinical school in Berlin. Since 2020, he has been constantly cooperating with the Jewish Community in Berlin as the organist of the Pestalozzistrasse Synagogue - the only synagogue in Germany, which continues the 19th-century musical tradition of Reform Judaism to this day. With an artistic program called "Music of the New Synagogue" he performed at concerts in several cities in Poland, Germany and Israel. Thanks to the work of Jakub Stefek, organ works by many Jewish composers were performed for the first time since war in Poland. New works inspired by this tradition were dedicated to him by Dariusz Przybylski, Adam Porębski, Ignacy Zalewski and Anna Huszcza.
The subject of his doctoral thesis was "The Organ Solo Works of Jewish composers of Central Europe in the years 1810–1938". It is the first book on this subject in Polish literature. In 2022, it received third prize at the 10th Majer Balaban Competition for the best doctoral theses on Jews and Israel, organized by the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw, as the first PhD thesis in the field of musical arts in the history of the competition.
In 2021, the University of Potsdam released his album "Arno Nadel - Schire Simroh" with cantor Isidoro Abramowicz and the Choir of the Pestalozzisttrasse Synagogue in Berlin. In 2023 CD "Jakub Weiss - Psalms and Hymns" with Isidoro Abramowicz, Barbara Halec and the Chamber Choir of the Academy of Art in Szczecin has been released by DUX label. In 2023, he received the Creative Scholarship of the City of Szczecin to record another album. Further pioneering projects are under preparation, both restoring the cultural heritage of Central Europe and inspiring composers, artists and performers to constantly search for new paths of artistic expression.
His greatest interests include performing arts marketing. He completed post-graduate studies "Academy of Management - modern company management practices" at the Warsaw School of Economics. He participated in artistic and scientific conferences, and also collaborated with, among others with the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music, POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, the Main Board of the Polish Association of Choirs and Orchestras and the Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic in Szczecin. He was a speaker at TEDx Warsaw, where his speeches about organ inspiration were listened live by several thousand people. Since 2017, he has been a board member of the SPOT.ON ART Foundation based in Szczecin, under which he has carried out over a dozen original projects. In addition, he takes part in initiatives popularizing knowledge about the history of culture in Szczecin. Since 2017, he has also been a lecturer at the "Culture Manager" postgraduate studies conducted by the University of Economics in Katowice. He is the author of publications, among others: "Defining recipients of organ music", "Cultural products in the opinion of consumers on the example of POLIN Museum" and "Was the organ hipster? A Historical Instrument in Contemporary Culture ”. The subject of his doctoral dissertation in this area was modeling consumer behavior on the performing arts market in Poland.
FIELDS OF STUDY
Jewish Organ Music: Synagogal music, composers and their instruments 1810 - 1938
the creative renewal of performance tradition subjected to complete disappearance
the first collection and systematisation of knowledge in this area in the Polish language
Main thesis: there is a set of characteristic elements of the work by Jewish organ music composers born in Central Europe in the 19th and the first half of the 20th century, rooted in the Central European cultural tradition, and influenced by the idea of German Reform Judaism.
Main aim: restoration of Jewish organ music as a significant cultural heritage of Central Europe to the general public of scientists and artists.
Audience developement: Models of consumer behavior on the performing arts market
What are the determinants of consumers' behaviours on the performative arts market?
What are the characteristics of current consumers of performative arts?
Is there a group of consumers who, despite having a set of characteristics belonging to current consumers, are not recipients of performing arts?
What are the barriers for this group of consumers to enter the performative arts market?
The theoretical aim of the research is to build models of behaviour of current and potential consumers on the Polish performing arts market, with particular emphasis on their psychological, social and economic profile.
The methodical objective is to solve conceptual and methodical dilemmas related to the process of building models of consumer behaviour on the performative arts market.
The application objective is to indicate the possibility of using models of consumer behaviour in the process of managing cultural institutions.
KONTAKT / CONTACT
Akademia Sztuki w Szczecinie
Academy of Art in Szczecin
Plac Orła Białego 2
70-562 Szczecin, POLAND
+48 691 782 958
Sprawy organizacyjne / Management support
Fundacja SPOT.ON ART / SPOT.ON ART Foundation
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