Baritone Krzysztof Biernacki maintains a busy schedule as a performer, university professor and opera stage director. Born and raised in Poland, his professional credits include opera, oratorio, concert, and recital performances in North America and Europe.
His operatic engagements in Canada include Vancouver Opera (Barber of Seville, La Fanciulla del West, Der Freischütz, Un Ballo in Maschera), Manitoba Opera (Carmen, Rigoletto), Calgary Opera (Filomena, Don Pasquale), Orchestra London Canada (Rigoletto, Madama Butterfly) and Banff Center for Performing Arts (Kafka’s Chimp, Therese Raquin).
His recent European engagements include solo recitals at international music festivals in Italy, Spain, Germany, Poland, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Serbia, France and Norway.
In 2008 Krzysztof made his New York City Carnegie Hall debut performing with UNF Wind Symphony at the Isaac Stern Auditorium and an opera recital at the Zankel Hall. Recent concerts also include Polar Express with Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven 9th Symphony with Coastal Symphony of Georgia, Mozart Requiem, Handel’s Messiah and Brahms Requiem with Orchestre Philharmonique du Nouveau Monde in Montreal, plus anniversary concerts with Paderewski Symphony Orchestra of Chicago and Toronto Sinfonietta. Art song recitals in North America include University of Alaska, University of Lethbridge, Eastern New Mexico University, Florida Gulf Coast University and Jacksonville University. His newly recorded CD featuring songs for baritone voice and piano by Polish composer Karol Szymanowski will be released on MRS Classics later this year.
Since 2005 Krzysztof holds the position of Associate Professor and Head of Voice and Opera at University of North Florida in Jacksonville. In 2007 he established UNF Opera Ensemble, which produces two to three full opera productions each year and participates in a study abroad program in the Czech Republic.
Krzysztof is a graduate of University of Manitoba (B. Mus.), University of Western Ontario (M. Mus.), and University of British Columbia (D.M.A). He is the recipient of the 2013 Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award and 2014 Gerson Yessin Professorship in Music at UNF. He also serves as the Artistic Director of UNF Cummer Family Foundation Chamber Music Series and Assistant Director of UNF School of Music.