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Marcel Markowski

cello

Marcel Markowski studied in Bartłomiej Budzyński’s Private Music School in Józefów in the cello class of Professor Tatiana Przybylska and Professor Michał Nyżnyk, in the Karol Kurpiński State Music School no. 4 in Warsaw in the class of Professor Karol Leonowicz (completed in 2002 with a top grade diploma), in the Fryderyk Chopin Secondary State Music School Complex in Warsaw in the cello class of Professor Karol Leonowicz, in the Zenon Brzewski General Music School in Warsaw in the cello class of Professor Stanisław Firlej, in the Henryk Wieniawski General Music School in Łódź in the class of Professor Stanisław Firlej (completed with honours), in the K. & G. Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź in the class of Professor Stanisław Firlej (bachelor degree completed with honours), in the K. & G. Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź in the class of Professor Stanisław Firlej (master’s degree) and in the class of Professor Michael Flaksman and Jelena Ocic in Mannheim (Germany) under the Erasmus international exchange program. In 2014-2015 he was a student of the  International Menuhin Music Academy in Coppet (Switzerland).

Markowski is the laureate of many awards and distinctions: 1st prize at the 3rd Regional Cello Competition in Warsaw (1997), 1st prize at the 4th Regional Cello Competition in Warsaw (1998), 3rd prize at the 5th Regional Cello Competition in Warsaw (1999), honourable mention at the 5th International Cello Competition in Wrocław (1999), 1st prize at the 6th Regional Cello Competition in Warsaw (2000), 1st prize at the 5th Janina Garść National Music Competition in Stalowa Wola (2000), finalist, diploma recipient and prize winner at the David Popper International Cello Competition in Varpalota, Hungary (2000), 1st prize at the International Young Musicians’ Competition in Wrocław (2001), special honourable mention at the David Popper Cello Competition in Varpalota, Hungary (2003), 2nd prize at the National Young Cellists’ Competition in Łódź (2004), 1st prize at the 7th K. Wiłkomirski Cello Competition in Poznań (2004), qualified to a group of 77 participants (out of a total of 250 entrants) in the international Mstislav Rostropovich competition in Paris (2005), 1st prize at the Grażyna Bacewicz National Chamber Ensembles Competition with violinist Marta Ojrzanowska in Łódź (2007), 3rd prize and two special prizes at the Dezyderiusz Danczowski National Cello Competition in Poznań (2007), finalist in the Aleksander Tansman International Musical Individuality Competition in Łódź (2008), 1st prize and the Grand Prix at the International Chamber Ensembles Competition with accordionist Przemysław Skórka in Pula (Croatia, 2009), 1st prize at the International Chamber Ensembles Competition with accordionist Przemysław Skórka in Slovenia (2009), laureate of the “Recital Competition” organised during the 22nd Summer Music Academy in Pagań (2009) and 2nd prize at the Yamaha Scholarship National String Instruments Competition in Łódź (2010).

He has participated in many master classes in Poland, Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands with many renowned teachers, including Michael Flaksman, Jelena Ocic, Ivan Monighetti, Dominik Połoński, Tomasz Strahl and Jeroen Reuling.

He has performed many times as leader in the Cademic Symphony Orchestra and as leader in the l’Autunno chamber orchestra. He has also played in the tutti section of the “Mannheimer Philharmoniker” Orchestra.

In June 2012 Marcel Markowski became the cello leader in the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra.

He has been a lecturer of the Sinfonia Varsovia Academy, a project intended to refine the playing skills of orchestra musicians.

In 2014 he recorded Mieczysław Weinberg’s Cello Concerto with Sinfonia Varsovia and Jerzy Maksymiuk (Anthology of Contemporary Polish Music 1939 -1945).

Concerts

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