World-renowned organist, composer and conductor Gedymin Grubba will perform Thursday at Our Lady of Fatima Church during a U.S. tour that includes Chicago, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. The 1.5-hour concert is free and begins at 6:15 p.m. For details call Fatima at 232-8945.

According to the 31-year-old Pole’s website:

Gedymin Grubba was born in 1981 in northern Poland. He is an organist, a composer, a conductor and a manager of culture. In gedymin_grubba_organist2006 he graduated from the Stanislaw Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdansk, where he studied organ with Roman Perucki and composition with Eugeniusz Glowski. Since 2003 he has been the chairman of the Promotion of Art Gabriel Fauré Foundation in Gdansk, which organizes about 40 concerts a year, including The International Festival of Organ Music in the Pelplin Cathedral. The Festival is one of the most significant events of that kind in Poland. Gedymin Grubba has taken part in numerous master classes in Europe (there have been 14 so far). Since 1996 he performs in over 50 concerts in different cities all over the world every year. Last year (2011) he celebrated the 15th anniversary of his artistic work. During the 15 years (1996-2011) he has given over 500 concerts as a soloist, a chamber music player and a conductor. He has been an adjudicator for organ competitions. He also regularly gives demonstrations of the world famous organ in the Cathedral in Oliwa. He is a laureate of many organ and composition competitions. In 2009 he was rewarded for his cultural activity with the prestigious “Mestwin” award. He is a member of the Polish Composers’ Union Youth Circle. He has made several recordings for Polish and European radio and TV (also as a conductor) and also solo CD recordings (14 CDs).

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