A Deputy Director of the Pomeranian Philharmonic. In 1990, he received a Master’s Degree in the field of musicology at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. A year later he was employed in the Pomeranian Philharmonic at first as a Manager of the Artistic Work Organising Office and then, since 2002, as a Deputy Director. In 2011, he completed Culture Management Postgraduate Studies at the Faculty of Management and Marketing of the Poznan School of Social Sciences. What is more, he raised his qualifications, taking part in many training courses and conferences in the field of cultural institution management, promotion strategies, marketing, public relations, and fund acquisition. Since 1983 he has been hosting concerts, popularising classical music on many important international and national events, among others in Bydgoszcz, Warsaw, Sopot, Gdańsk, and Poznań. As an outstanding student still at the university in Poznań, he contributed to the music life of Bydgoszcz, his home town, e.g. between 1988 and 1993 during International Percussion Workshops in Bydgoszcz as an artistic work coordinator, English translator, assistant of the leading drummers: John Beck, Steven Schick, and Pascal Zavaro; from 1.01.1992 to 31.12.1993 he was a director of the International Percussion Workshops. Between 1988 and 1994 he closely collaborated with Polish Radio and Television, the local radio in Bydgoszcz (currently “Radio PiK”), working first as an apprentice and later – editing, recording and cutting radio broadcasts; recording archive music for the record library; preparing musical setting for radio broadcasts; and hosting his own authorial broadcasts that promoted classical music. From 01.01.2001 to 31.12.2001 he was a director of the 5th Padarewski International Piano Competition in Bydgoszcz. Since September 2013 he has been a lecturer at the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz (his own curriculum “Marketing and management in cultural institutions”). Cezary Nelkowski has authored many publications, e.g. articles promoting classical music in Promocje Kujawsko-Pomorskie and Ruch Muzyczny magazines. He translated such books as Dictionary of Music by Arthur Jacobs (published by Delta publ. in 1993). He was an editor of the series of scientific publications Acta Musicologica (in collaboration with Professor Irena Poniatowska, PhD) and Acta Slavica (in collaboration with Professor Adam Bezwiński, PhD) between 1994 and 2014, as well as many publications of the Pomeranian Philharmonic in Bydgoszcz – including concert and festival programmes and music albums (the last album Capelli Bydgostiensis with the music of Grażyna Bacewicz recorded for the studio NAXOS received a Fryderyk 2015 award from the Phonographic Academy). Since the very beginning of his work in Bydgoszcz Philharmonic he has proven to be a very valuable assistant of the board of directors – full of initiative and novel ideas, responsible, characterised by high propriety, highly qualified, also within the organisation of the International Festivals and Musicology Congresses Musica Antiqua Europae Orientalis – the cultural highlight of the Region. Cezary Nelkowski’s solid education, enterprising attitude, initiative, and constantly expanded music knowledge, broad horizons, perfect sense of orientation in the global music market and modern trends, ability to make decisions and lead a team of people – all this supported by his genuine passion for his work in the name of the mission of the Philharmonic specified in its charter gave him appreciation and respect in the music environment of Bydgoszcz and beyond.
He won many awards and distinctive mentions in the field of creating and disseminating music culture:
1994 – Bydgoszcz County Administrator’s Award;
1996 – For active and creative contribution to the celebrations of the 650th Anniversary of Bydgoszcz he was awarded by the Mayor of Bydgoszcz a Medal for the 650th Anniversary of granting Bydgoszcz city rights;
1998 – Mayor’s Award;
2000 – Award of the Marshall of Kujawsko-Pomorskie Province;
2001 – For active and creative contribution to the celebrations of the Paderewski Year he was awarded an Award of the Marshall of the Province;
2003 – Decorated by the President of the Republic of Poland with a Bronze Cross of Merit;
2004 – Award of the Marshall of Kujawsko-Pomorskie Province;
2010 – Award of the Marshall of Kujawsko-Pomorskie Province and commemorative medal and diploma of acknowledgement for the collaboration in organising the Chopin Year Celebrations
2012 – Mayor’s Award;
2013 – Decorated by the President of the Republic of Poland with a Medal for Long Service;
– Decorated by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage with a Medal for Merit to Polish Culture;
– Bydgoszcz Mayor’s Award for extraordinary merit to the City of Bydgoszcz.