Rafał Łuc, PhD, MMus (Hons), BMus (Hons) LRAM
(b. 21/12/1987 in Wrocław, Poland), graduated at the Royal Academy of Music (prof. Owen Murray) and the Karol Lipiński Music Academy in Wrocław (dr hab. Zbigniew Łuc) where he holds a position of assistant at the moment.
His very active concert life first began at age ten, being fifteen he appeared for the first time as a soloist along Wrocław Philharmonic Orchestra, in May 2004 he performed with orchestras in Malmö and Copenhagen.
Rafal made his London debut in the Purcell Room, Southbank Centre in January 2009. He received a most favourable review by The Times labelling him as a highly mature artist who performs with deep engagement, showing off all the potential of his instrument (Neil Fisher).
During his studies in the UK Rafał performed in the most important venues such as St Martin in the Fields, Barbican, King’s Place, Royal Albert Hall in London, Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, Colston Hall in Bristol, few times in the Wigmore Hall as a finalist of Young Concert Artists Trust and Patron’s Award; also in Symphony Hall in Birmingham with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra from St. Petersburg under the direction of Valery Gergiev.
In April 2011 he made a debut in the United States playing in Weill Hall, Carnegie Hall among others; in June 2011 he recorded an album for Universal Music Korea with cellist Hau-Eun Kim, featuring works by Bach and Piazzolla.
He is a part of Duo van Vliet, with Scottish violist Ian Anderson, he is also a cofounder of an ensemble Kompopolex, which specializes in performing new music. Rafał has also worked in a variety of ensembles including BBC SO, Royal Opera House, Aurora Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, London Sinfonietta, Nash Ensemble, Chroma, Rambert Dance Company, Nash Ensemble, Riot Ensemble, and with many contemporary composers creating new repertoire for classical accordion. He performed in the most important contemporary music festivals such as Warsaw Autumn, Musica Polonica Nova, Musica Electronica Nova, Poznań Spring, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Ostrava New Music Days.
Rafał has participated in masterclasses with leading musicians including Friedrich Lips, Matti Rantanen, Mika Vayrynen, Claudio Jacomucci, Vojin Vasovic. As soloist and orchestral musician he has worked with such conductors as Valery Gergiev, Pierre-Andre Valade, Baldur Brönnimann, Lionel Bringuier, Christopher Austin, Mirga Gražynitė-Tyla, Łukasz Borowicz, Szymon Bywalec, Maciej Koczur. His performances have been broadcasted on BBC Radio 3 and Polish Radio 2.