Professor at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, obtained his post-doctoral degree at the Academy of Music in Cracow. He completed higher education in music at the Academy of Music in Cracow and Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna, class of Professor Hans Haselböck. He obtained his university diplomas in the field of organ playing with honours.
He is a prize-winner of organ competitions in Prague (second prize), Nuremberg (third prize) and Pretoria, where in addition to the first prize he received the following awards: for the best performance of the trio sonata by J.S. Bach, for the best recital in the third round of the competition, and for the best performance of a piece with an orchestra in the final round of the competition.
His concert activity led him to Asia, Africa, North America and many European countries. He has performed in many European cathedrals (e.g. in Vienna, Chartres, Lausanne), in concert halls of the Warsaw Philharmonic, Berliner Philharmonie, Notting Albert Hall, Meistersingerhalle in Nuremberg, Cleveland Museum of Art, hall of the Austrian radio ORF in Vienna, Slovak Radio in Bratislava and repeatedly in the B. Smetana hall in Prague. In 1997 he gave a series of concerts in the USA, he also went on three tours across the Republic of South Africa performing in major music centres of that country.
Wacław Golonka performed as a soloist with orchestras: Radio Philharmony Orchestra in Pretoria, Bydgoszcz Philharmonic, Brno Philharmonic, Prague’s FOK, Concerto Avenna, Bielsko Chamber Orchestra, Capella Cracoviensis and Silesian Chamber Orchestra. With the orchestra Concerto Avenna he recorded an organ concerto by Paweł Łukaszewski. The recording was included on the album with pieces by this composer, which received the “Fryderyk 2008″ award.
He has made numerous recordings for TV and radio stations. His recording for TV Polonia illustrated the series of films “Polish Madonnas” and in 1998 the TV Katowice made a film about his activity entitled “The Music of Sound and Space”. Recordings made by the Czech Radio are presented on the European EBU network. The Czech Radio has also released CD recordings. Later on he recorded for the Dutch radio Hilversum, German Bayerischer Rundfunk, Austrian ORF, Slovak Radio and Czech Television.
As a chamber musician he collaborates with many artists presenting music from all periods and styles. A wide field of his activity is work related to the organization of music festivals. He is an author of a CD recording and a book entitled Sigfrid Karg-Elert (1877–1933) – in the Element of Sound Colourism.
Eight CD albums with chamber and solo music document his varied artistic activity.
He has conducted lectures, among other institutions, at academies of music in Gdańsk and Poznań, Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Leipzig, and during a course of organ music interpretation in St. Thomas Church in Leipzig.
Wacław Golonka, DMus Hab. is employed at the FCUM holding the post of Professor at the Chair of Organ and Harpsichord.