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Eugeniusz Michał Towarnicki

born on 4.01.1904. in Kolomya (territory of present-day Ukraine), died in Kraków on 19.03.1971.

From 1917 to 1920, he was a student of the High School of Economics in Lviv. After graduating, he began studying at the Polish Music Society Conservatory in Lviv. He graduated in 1927 the class of A. Spata and St. Szera. In the same year, he studied supplementary studies with M. Moyse in Paris. Since 1928 he was the flutist of the Municipal Theatre Orchestra (Grand Theatre and Theatre of News) in Lviv. From 1933 to 1939 he ran a flute class at the Polish Music Society Conservatory. In 1938 he was appointed as flutist by the Polish Radio Orchestra in Lviv under the direction of T. Seredyński. In 1939, when the World War II broke out, he was called into the army, then evacuated to Romania from where he was sent to France in 1940, where the 1st Grenadier Division was formed. In June 1940, in the Battle of Lagarde, the formation ceased to exist and Towarnicki went to the prisoner camp and then a concentration camp, where he had been imprisoned until 1945.  In 1947 he began working as the Principal Flutist of the Polish Radio and Television Orchestra in Kraków, where he had played concerts until 1970, both as a soloist and a chamber musician and also made numerous recordings. As of 1947 he was also a flute teacher at the W. Żeleński State High School of Music in Kraków.  In addition to working as a musician and educator, he created important flute handbooks, which represented a breakthrough in the teaching of flute playing in Poland after the World War II: School for flute – volumes I, II, III (1955-1962) and the Study of Technique on the Small Flute (1966). This gave all the flute students a unique opportunity to learn the exercises of the greatest masters and previously inaccessible or quite new repertoire - written by contemporary composers. The last publication was the collective work Flute from A to Z (1977).

Edited by Sebastian Łukaszewski - soloist of the Grand Theatre in Poznań Orchestra with significant number of concerts, chamber performances and premieres of ballet, opera, operetta and musical performances. The artist cooperates with the Opera at the Castle in Szczecin, the Wrocław Opera, the Nova Opera, the Poznań Philharmonic, Warmian-Masurian and the Musical Theatre in Poznań. He has performed in most European countries with titles such as e.g.: Der Rosenkavalier, Arena di Verona gala, Verdi-Gala, Strauss-Gala, Verdi-Requiem, Tosca, La Boheme, Aida, Carmen, Nabucco, Hänsel und Gretel, Carmina Burana and many others. In addition to his artistic creative work, the flutist is fascinated by history, architecture and music exploration, implementing the idea of writing a biography of a well-known Poznań flutist and educator – Prof. Augustyn Boczek