Alan Urbanek has graduated from Academy of Music in Wroclaw, at Symphony Conducting in professor Marek Pijarowski's class and Choral Conducting in professor Halina Bobrowicz's class. In 2002 he gained second-degree qualifications that correspond with the assistant professor degree. In 2003 he graduated from Culture Management post-graduate studies at Jagiellonski University. Alan Urbanek has got over 450 oratorical, symphonic, and chamber music concerts, as well as operatic and operetta performances and choir a cappella music concerts in his conducting output. In 2009 Alan Urbanek was honoured with the Professor degree in musical arts.
The most important artistic projects of Alan Urbanek as a conductor in the recent years are include:
2008 - the world premiere of the Polish Armenian Liturgy for Easter in musical working of Stanisław Śmiełowski,
2008 - the concert with Wiesław Ochman, a world-famous tenor,
2007 - the concert for Polish Television, directed by Elżbieta Skrętkowska, led by Bogusław Kaczyński at the Opera in Wroclaw, with participation of Polish music stars:
Justyna Steczkowska, Katarzyna Cerekwicka, the Golec Brothers, Paweł Kukiz, Andrzej Piaseczny. 2005 - Missa pro Pace by Wojciech Kilar featuring Wojciech Kilar as a special, honorable guest of the concert. 2004 - Nieszpory Ludźmierskie (The Ludźmierz Vespers) by Jan Kanty Pawluśkiewicz with the premiere soloist cast: Elżbieta Towarnicka, Hanna Banaszak, Beata Rybotycka, Jacek Wójcicki, Grzegorz Turnau, Zbigniew Wodecki and Jan Kanty Pawluśkiewicz himself.
Conducting repertoire of Alan Urbanek includes great works such as: Requiem by W. A. Mozart, Creation by J. Haydn, Requiem by G. Fauree, Stabat Mater by G. Rossini, Liturgica Domestica by Alexander Gretchaninov, Requiem by Karl Ditter von Dittersdorf, Stabat Mater by Joseph Haydn, Carmina Burana by Carl Orff, Mass in C major Op. 86 by Ludwig van Beethoven, Litany to Holy Spirit by Zbigniew Kozub, Mystery of the Holy Cross by Andrzej Nikodemowicz.
Alan Urbanek was a co-producer of the Polish premiere of Missa Gospel's by Włodzimierz Szomański.
As the director (2001 - 2002) of the Choir of Dolnośląska Opera, he was the co-producer of great premiere opera spectacles at Centennial Hall in Wroclaw (The Haunted Manor, Fiddler on the Roof) and other venues (Carmen). Earlier (1993 - 1995) he co-produced the opera premiere of Don Carlos and The Magic Flute as the choir director.
Among his conducting works there are also many classical operetta performances and musicals, such as: The Count of Luxembourg, The Bat, The Beggar Student, Viennese Blood, Victoria and Her Hussar, Chicago, The Magician of Lublin, Kiss me Kate, Zorba, music management of The Csárdás Princess directed by Igor Przegrodzki - between 1995 and 2001, when Alan Urbanek was a conductor, an orchestra director, a music director Assistant Artistic Director at the Music Theatre Operetta in Wroclaw.
In 2002-2005 A. Urbanek exercised artistic tutelage over the Chamber Music Choir at Wroclaw Philharmonic, giving concerts e.g. at International Festival Wratislavia Cantans.
Since 1993 he has been the director of the GAUDIUM Choir of the University of Wroclaw, pursuing intense artistic activity. He is the founder of the Wroclaw Academic Choir, created solely for the purpose of cooperation with Piotr Rubik.
Alan Urbanek has many times conducted the outstanding Beethoven Academy Orchestra from Cracow. As a conductor he co-operated with Philharmonics in Lublin, Lodz, Opole, Kalisz, Wroclaw, pursued artistic projects with the Leopoldinum Chamber Music Orchestra, Wratislavia Chamber Music Orchestra and Charlotte Civic Orchestra in the USA.
In 2007 he started a conducting co-operation with the Theatre of Music in Lublin, where he prepared the new production of The Fiddler on the Roof.
Alan Urbanek is an independent scientific-didactic worker at the Karol Lipinski University of Music in Wroclaw, at the Department of Composition, Conducting, Theory of Music and Music Therapy.
In 2004 took up the post of artistic and organizing matters of the International Choir Conductors Tournament W stronę Polifonii (Towards Polyphony).
Since the 2004/2005 academic year he has been working as the assistant professor at the University of Wroclaw at the Cultural Studies Institute at the Musicology Institution, where he is co-founder and co-director of the international cycle of concerts and lectures Musicological Forum of Wroclaw. In 2008 Alan Urbanek was honored with the Golden Award of Polish Choirs and Orchestras Association. He was also awarded with several vice-chancellors' awards at the University of Wroclaw and the Karol Lipinski Academy of Music in Wroclaw, as well as the award for outstanding conducting performance at the International Choir Festival in Moscow.
Alan Urbanek's discography includes fourteen titles of CDs and DVDs at present. The last works are The Polish Armenian Liturgy for Easter in musical working of Stanisław Śmiełowski and Missa pro Pace by Wojciech Kilar, both published in 2008.
He conducted concerts in foreign countries like Austria, Finland, France, Greece, Lithuania, Germany, Russia, Switzerland, the USA, Hungary and Italy.