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Piotr Mazurek

cello

Piotr Mazurek was born in Poznań. He commenced the study of music in the Henryk Wieniawski State Music School in Poznań at the age of seven in the class of Professor M. Mazurek. He continued his education in the General Music School in Poznań – the “School of Talent”.

In 2004-2009 Mazurek studied at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw in the class of Professor T. Strahl, graduating with an A.

In the course of his education he took part in many cello and chamber music competitions, often finishing in winning positions. These include 1st prize at the 25th Stanisław Hajzer National Bach Competition in Zielona Góra (1999), first-grade distinction at the 5th Kazimierz Wiłkomirski International Youth Cello Competition in Poznań (2000), 2nd prize at the 26th Stanisław Hajzer National Bach Competition in Zielona Góra (2001), first-grade distinction at the 6th Kazimierz Wiłkomirski International Youth Cello Competition in Poznań (2002), distinction for a member of a quartet at the National Secondary Music School Chamber Ensemble Competition in Wrocław (2003), 1st prize at the Grażyna Bacewicz National String Chamber Ensemble Competition in Łódź (2003), 3rd prize at the National Secondary Music School Cello and Bass Student Auditions (2004), 1st prize at the 1st International Chamber Ensemble Competition in Oleśnica (2005), a distinction at the 1st National String Players’ Competition in Cracow (2006), 1st prize at the 25th National “Talent Week” Festival in Tarnów-Kąśna Dolna (2007) and a distinction at the Dezyderiusz Danczowski National Cello Competition in Poznań (2007).

Piotr Mazurek has also participated in master classes in Łańcut, Bydgoszcz, Żagań, Zakopane, and Janowiec in the class of Professor Kazimierz Michalik, Professor Tomasz Strahl and Professor Cecylia Barczyk. Mazurek performs in Poland (Poznań, Bydgoszcz, Szczecin, Puławy, Zakopane, Koszalin, Łódź ) and abroad (Cologne, Hamburg, Mansfield, Amsterdam, Munich, Graz, Manila). He received a scholarship from the National Children’s Benefit Fund.

In 2004 he was the only person in Poland to receive an invitation from the Asian Cultural Center to participate in a chamber music course in Manila in the Philippines. In 2005 he received an invitation to play in the Nationaal Jeugd Orkest (NJO), where he has had the opportunity to refine playing in an orchestra and work with the most famous conductors in the world.

Piotr Mazurek played with such conductors as Charles Dutoit, Valery Gergiev, Marc Minkowski, John Axelrod, Ivan Fischer, Michel Corboz, Reinbert de Leeuw, Pierre Laurent Aimard, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Antoni Wit, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Jacek Kaspszyk and Grzegorz Nowak.

In 2007-2010 he held the position of concert master in the Warsaw Chamber Opera.

He has been the acting cello leader in the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra since January 2010. He has been a lecturer of the Sinfonia Varsovia Academy, a project intended to refine the playing skills of orchestra musicians.

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