Collaborative Pianist/Vocal Coach
Marek Ruszczynski has worked and performed under the tutelage of Marilyn Horne in the program The Song Continues both in Carnegie Hall in New York and at the Opéra de Bastille in Paris. Driven by a passion for vocal music, Marek acquired the skills of supporting opera singers, learning the craft from several distinguished artists including Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Christa Ludwig and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. During his studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama he was awarded the Gold Medal Accompanist Prize in both 2009 and 2011. Marek is a Samling Artist, a Britten-Pears Young Artist, and an alumnus of Academie Musicale de Villecroze. He has held a position of a vocal coach at both the Royal Irish Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Supported by the Opera Awards Foundation he trained as repetiteur at the National Opera Studio in London. In 2015 he worked as the language coach for the production of King Roger for the Royal Opera House in London. Currently he is a member of the music staff at the Jette Parker Young Artists Program of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, works as a vocal coach at the Royal Academy of Music and for the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation, and sits in a jury for the Manhattan Voice Competition.