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Teacher Rafał Kwiatkowski



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Performing fields:
solo, chamber

Andrzej Orkisz
Cecylia Barczyk
Adam Krêgielewski

Born in 1978 into a musical family, Rafał Kwiatkowski graduated from the Academy of Music in Warsaw. Winner of many competitions for young musicians in Poland and the USA, the musician sealed his international career with honours including first prizes at the International Music Competition in Viña del Mar in Chile, International Forum of Young Performers in Ljubljana, “Young Concert Artists” European Auditions in Leipzig, International Duo Competition in Kuhmo (Finland, with pianist Grzegorz Gorczyca), “Young Concert Artists” International Auditions in New York, and the Second Prize at the Paulo Cello Competition in Helsinki. Foreign tours have taken him to many European countries, both Americas, Africa, Asia, where – during a concert tour of Japan – he gave a recital in Tokyo’s Suntory Hall. Since his 1999 recital début at New York’s Y Hall and chamber concert at the Carnegie Hall, the artist has toured the USA several times. Besides these, Kwiatkowski performed at many prestigious festivals: Pablo Casals Festival in Puerto Rico, Schleswig-Holstein, Europäischer Musik Sommer, Usedomer Musikfestival in Germany, Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival in Finland, World Cello Congress in St Petersburg, Semanas Musicales de Frutillar in Chile, Prague Autumn, and at major Polish festivals. He has performed and made recordings with leading Polish orchestras including Sinfonia Varsovia, Sinfonietta Cracovia, the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra. In 2000, he made an acclaimed début with the Warsaw Philharmonic under Stanisław Skrowaczewski, which led to the invitation of the orchestra for international tours and a CD recording of Witold Lutosławski’s Cello concerto, which won two “Fryderyk” awards of the Polish recording industry. Kwiatkowski has also performed with orchestras – including Munich Philharmonic – in Bogota, Santiago, Los Angeles, Moscow, Helsinki, Budapest, Palermo, and Astana.
He performed Penderecki’s Viola concerto under the composer’s baton (Berlin, 2001) and a few months later took part in the Polish premiere of Penderecki’s Concerto grosso. Since then the young artist has been regularly invited by Penderecki not only to perform his works in Poland and abroad but also to record them. Rafał Kwiatkowski was the soloist at the symphony concerts in Copenhagen, Helsinki, and Basel that promoted Polish culture on the occasion of Polish accession to the EU. The recognised cellist has held several grants from the Polish Minister of Culture. In 1999, he received the prestigious “Paszport” award from “Polityka” national weekly for his outstanding musical achievements.
Besides his solo activities, Kwiatkowski is pleased to perform chamber music. Every August since 1998, he appears at “Bravo Maestro” Chamber Music Festivals in Paderewski’s manor house that is beautifully placed in the south of Poland, where most eminent Polish artists meet for the joy of playing together. He gave many concerts in trio with Vadim Brodski and Waldemar Malicki (Vienna, Copenhagen), and became a member of the Warsaw Quintet reactivated after twenty years’ break by violist Stefan Kamasa who many years earlier co-founded the world-famous Warsaw Quintet with pianist Władysław Szpilman.
In February 2009, Kwiatkowski with Krystian Zimerman performed a series of concerts with Grażyna Bacewicz’s piano quintets. The tour was crowned by releasing a CD on Deutsche Grammophon label.
Rafał Kwiatkowski is a member of the faculty at the Fryderyk Chopin Music University in Warsaw.

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This cellist was posted by Adam and last edited on 19 July 2009 at 11:12:45 PM.